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Vice President for Institutional Collaborations

Vice President for Institutional Collaborations

Afzal Siddiqui, Ph.D.

Afzal Siddiqui, Ph.D.

Vice President for Institutional Collaborations

Phone: 806.743.2638
Email: Afzal.Siddiqui@ttuhsc.edu

About the Office

President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., has appointed Afzal Siddiqui, Ph.D., Grover E Murray Professor as Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Vice President for Institutional Collaborations.  Dr. Siddiqui will be reaching out to different schools and campuses to develop strategies, goals and benchmarks for these initiatives/programs.  These goals, as identified by President Mitchell, will seek to strengthen TTUHSC’s economic impact, establish local, national and international partnerships and embolden scholarly activity within the Texas Tech University System.

TTUHSC seeks to enhance university-industry partnerships in research by providing faculty access to federal funding through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  This can be accomplished by developing infrastructure for laboratory incubators at the TTU Innovation Hub at Research Park.  Currently, many TTUHSC researchers have several lines of investigations that would match the “incubator concept.”  Enormous opportunity exists at TTUHSC for university-based business incubators that would lead to innovation, job creation and economic growth.

TTUHSC aims to use established, strong and local community partnerships, national and international health and engagement programs as a platform for basic discovery to populations affected by diseases of global impact.  By implementing a support network for students and faculty, TTUHSC will secure funding through nationally competitive programs, such as the Fogarty Global Health Training Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Through the Fulbright Scholar Program, faculty and students are recruited to collaborative projects in more than 140 countries worldwide.  The costs of these projects are paid in full through the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, helping TTUHSC faculty and students to conduct their research globally while bringing the prestige of a nationally competitive program to TTUHSC.

Chancellor Robert L. Duncan, J.D., has asked the four TTUS institutions to focus on institutional collaborations in research, scholarly activity, international programs and other areas where we have collective expertise.  To meet Chancellor Duncan’s charge, the four presidents have agreed to the creation of a group with one representative from each university.  The Committee of Institutional Collaborations will begin its work by inventorying a list of existing educational programs initiatives, research and activities to provide the foundation for collaborative partnerships throughout the system.  The committee will seek opportunities for further collaborations ranging from global health, joint recruitment, professional development for students and faculty, university-industry collaborations/commercialization and beyond.  

Dr. Siddiqui welcomes ideas, comments and suggestions towards achieving these goals.  Please contact him at Afzal.Siddiqui@ttuhsc.edu

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