MARCIA O'MALLEY, PhD
Advisor to the Provost on Health-Related Research and Educational Initiatives
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Marcia O’Malley received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and 2001, respectively. She is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering, of Computer Science, and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and directs the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at both Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Additionally, she is the Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at TIRR-Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is a co-founder of Houston Medical Robotics, Inc. Her research addresses issues that arise when humans physically interact with robotic systems, with a focus on training and rehabilitation in virtual environments. She has twice received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University. O’Malley received the ONR Young Investigator award and was also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
STACEY KALOVIDOURIS, PhD
Executive Director of Health-Related Research and Educational Initiatives in the Office of the Advisor to the Provost
In this role, Dr. Kalovidouris facilitates health-related cross-disciplinary research and education, fosters ties with the Texas Medical Center, creates partnerships with industry and promotes the translation of health-related research. She brings 19 years of experience working at the forefront of early stage scientific advances and discoveries. Recently, she completed the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program, Class 19. Dr. Kalovidouris is an inventor on a patent for a carbohydrate-protein method of inducing neuronal growth and has published research papers in the diverse areas of nanotechnology, glycobiology, immunology, neuroscience, and drug delivery of cancer therapeutics. Prior to her current position, Dr. Kalovidouris was the Executive Director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and she also was a Senior Scientist for Calando Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company providing targeted therapeutics for the development of nanoparticle drug formulations. Dr. Kalovidouris completed her postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology and holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was trained by the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir J Fraser Stoddart. She received her BA degree in Biochemistry from Swarthmore College.
Former Advisor to the Provost on Health-Related Research and Educational Initiatives (Feb 2016-July 2017)