Terri Lomax’ Profile

As Vice Chancellor of the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development at NC State University, Dr. Terri L. Lomax is responsible for research policy, private and governmental partnerships, and planning and administration for research, innovation, and economic development efforts. An award-winning researcher, she is also a professor of plant biology at the University.

The Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development supports NC State’s research and innovation communities and partners; advocates for necessary resources; and maximizes the benefits of NC State research and innovation for our region and state.

Dr. Lomax, who served as Interim Vice Chancellor from 2008 through 2009, arrived at NC State in the fall of 2006 as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

Before arriving at NC State, she was on assignment from Oregon State University to NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, where she served as division director of the Fundamental Space Biology programs, acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Research in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and Senior Policy Analyst for the NASA Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation and Senior Education Advisor to NASA’s Office of Education. In those capacities, she provided analytical decision-making support, policy recommendations, and advice to senior management with special emphasis on scientific research and education.

A member of the faculty at Oregon State University from 1987 until 2006, Dr. Lomax rose from Assistant to Associate to Full Professor of Botany and the Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology. She was also a member of the Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, and Plant Physiology programs, as well as the Honors College. She was founder and Director of a K-12 outreach program, Science Connections, and the Program for the Analysis of Biotechnology Issues, serving as lead communicator for the State of Oregon for agricultural biotechnology.

Among her honors and accomplishments, Dr. Lomax has been named a Fulbright Fellow, Carnegie Fellow, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, and Monsanto Research Fellow. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow in 2001 and received intensive training in communicating complex issues to the media, policymakers, business leaders, and the public. In 2004, she was presented the Founders Award of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology. A recipient of several faculty awards at Oregon State, she was named the Mortar Board ‘Top Prof’ in 2002.

Dr. Lomax has published more than 60 articles, including several in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has given more than 100 invited presentations, including session and conference organizer and plenary lectures at national and international conferences. A noted researcher in the areas of space biology, plant sensory genomics, and hormone action, Dr. Lomax has received grant and contract support totaling over $8 million for her work on 23 projects from the National Science Foundation, USDA, and NASA.

Dr. Lomax holds a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington, a M.S. in Botany/Biology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She carried out postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology and the University of Washington, Botany Department.