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Project Collaborator

Melissa L. Gilliam

Executive Vice President and Provost The Ohio State University


Melissa L. Gilliam is the chief academic officer of The Ohio State University. Previously she served as vice provost, the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Gilliam focused on academic excellence, supporting faculty at all stages of their careers, and issues involving diversity and inclusion. Dr. Gilliam conducts domestic and international research, addressing adolescent health and education using technology, design, and narrative. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and others. Dr. Gilliam is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. During her tenure at the University of Chicago, she held a variety of roles, including founder and director of the university’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the Biological Sciences Division at University of Chicago Medicine, and leader of the Program in Gynecology for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults.


The Game Changer Chicago Design Lab

2013 – 2016