Waymaker Team

Phil Hockberger, Ph.D.

Higher education
Strategic Partnerships
Research infrastructure and facilities
Innovation district planning and development

Phil is an experienced scientist, teacher, speaker, and administrator. He has held numerous leadership roles at Northwestern University since joining the faculty in 1987.

Currently, Phil is Associate Vice President for Research overseeing the $800M research portfolio of the University. He is uniquely responsible for: (1) developing, maintaining, and advancing state-of-the-art research (core) facilities; (2) planning, coordination, construction, and renovation of research space; (3) developing and coordinating research partnerships with academic institutions, industry, and national laboratories.

Prior to his administrative roles, he taught and ran a research lab in the Department of Physiology of the Feinberg School of Medicine for 22 years. He has published 70+ research papers and book chapters on live-cell imaging, membrane biophysics, signal transduction, cell adhesion and migration, photobiology, and phototoxicity. He has served on numerous national review panels and study sections, and has received several prestigious awards, including the ABRF President’s Special Recognition Award (2017) and has given over 100 invited seminars and keynote presentations to national and international audiences.

Recently he founded the Chicago Biomedical Innovation Alliance to foster communication and coordination among stakeholders interested in building innovation districts in Chicago. He was recently appointed to Mayor Lightfoot’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Working Group, charged with contributing to the 10-year economic development plan for the City of Chicago.

Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, Phil received his Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he did postdoctoral research at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ.

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