Chitra Rajan

Chitra Rajan is the Associate Vice President for Research Advancement.

As Associate Vice President for Research Advancement, Chitra Rajan, PhD, oversees special initiatives including the Communities of Excellence and the Creative Arts Initiative. She also supervises the Office of Research Advancement and facilitaties large-scale, multidisciplinary grant proposals. 

Her current responsibilities include overseeing several strategic initiatives such as the three communities (Global Health Equity; The Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome; and Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies) and the Creative Arts Initiative. In supervising the Office of Research Advancement, she will help build successful faculty research proposals.

Before coming to Buffalo in August 2015, she was the associate vice president for research at Iowa State University, and held that position since July 2005. From 2002-2005, Rajan was the assistant dean at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. Prior to that, she served as the vice president for academic affairs at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.   

She obtained her PhD in mathematical economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1991.