Vicente Serves in New Role for LSU Research Advancement in the STEM Disciplines


Dr. Graca VicenteBATON ROUGE, September 23, 2020- Louisiana State University professor Maria da Graça Vicente will serve as special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development in the STEM areas in the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED).

Vicente will provide oversight for the Office of Research Advancement (ORA), an ORED unit that facilitates research collaboration with local, national, and international partners and fosters critical multidisciplinary initiatives.

Vicente will manage major research, development, and funding programs, especially in the biomedical and related fields. As a successful biomedical scientist, Vicente has maintained continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has authored over 200 scientific publications during her career at LSU. Vicente’s expertise will aid LSU in finding opportunities and external funding sources that align with institutional priorities and faculty research.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to assist the university in advancing research and funding opportunities for colleagues in the STEM disciplines,” Vicente said.

Vicente is the Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the LSU Department of Chemistry, focusing on chemotherapy and materials chemistry.  She is also the director of the NIH-supported Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at LSU. Her research focuses on the synthesis of new organic molecules, the investigation of their physiochemical and biological properties, and development for application in biology and medicine, including for diagnosis, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of cancer.

Vicente has been honored with several teaching and research awards at LSU, including a 2008 Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, a 2009 Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award, a 2015 LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2015 Distinguished Research Master in STEM. In 2018 she received a Presidential Award For Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Gretchen Schneider
LSU Department of Chemistry