Vice President for Research

Lori L. McMahon, Ph.D.

Lori McMahon 

Dr. Lori L. McMahon is the vice president for research. In this role she serves as MUSC's chief scientific officer, overseeing all its associated divisions, which include responsibility for accreditation and regulatory affairs, university-wide promotion of research across all colleges and centers, representing the president and provost on internal and external research matters, and identifying institutional research strategies and benchmarks in relation to the MUSC strategic plan.

Graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with a B.A. in biology/chemistry, Dr. McMahon earned a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. She completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. McMahon possesses more than 22 years of experience as a faculty member, educator and administrator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a federally funded basic and translational neuroscience researcher with numerous awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies throughout her career at UAB and is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in the areas of neurodegenerative disease and neuropsychiatric illness, with a focus on synaptic plasticity and sex differences.

Associate Vice Presidents for Research

Patrick A. Flume, M.D.


Dr. Patrick Flume serves as the associate vice president for clinical research. In this appointment, he provides policy/strategic planning oversight of two key areas of the OVPR by working with administrative staff, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research Integrity. Additional duties include serving as VPR liaison to University Compliance, Conflict of Interest, the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, and the Office of Grants and Contract Accounting.

Leslie Lenert, M.D.

Dr. Leslie Lenert serves as the associate vice president for data science and informatics. In this appointment, he works to enhance the computing infrastructure of the university for research, focusing on the implementation of a Learning Health System model at MUSC in coordination with the Information Solutions group. Through his team at the Biomedical Informatics Center, he works to enhance researchers’ access to data from the health system.

Assistant Vice President for Research

Kevin Gray, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Gray serves as the assistant provost for research advancement. In this appointment, he works to enhance the profile and impact of MUSC's research mission through partnership and collaboration. He fosters and facilitates community, inter-institutional, and business relationships to advance strategic research development and engagement.

Contact Us

To learn more about MUSC's research areas and current research opportunities, contact Gwendolyn Bouchie (bouchie@musc.edu) at 843-792-4242

Other inquiries:

Media Requests

MUSC's Office of Public Relations team connects the media and scientists to explain health care related issues. Contact the Office of Public Relations at Heather Woolwine.

Research Support

Information for researchers related to funding or research support services, contact the office of research development.

Information for researchers related to research support services, please visit SPARC or contact the SCTR Success Center at 843-792-8300 or success@musc.edu.

Clinical Trial Participation

If you are interested in participating in a clinical research study, please visit the SCresearch.org or Clinical Trials to view clinical research participant opportunities. Research professionals are available at 843-792-8300 and can provide you with more information about study opportunities.

Clinical Trial Oversight

If you are seeking a qualified MUSC investigator to conduct a clinical study, please contact the SCTR Research Opportunities & Collaborations program.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or participate in our community engagement & outreach program, contact the SCTR at 843-792-8300.

Research Innovation

To connect researchers with industry partners to bring scientific discoveries to the marketplace, contact the Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization.