Christopher Freel, PhD, MBA

Christopher Freel

Associate Vice President for Research
(919) 668-4378

The Associate Vice President for Research works closely with Vice President Carin on issues related to sponsored research compliance and research administration support services. This includes the development and implementation of efficient and effective policies and systems to streamline research and promote discovery by removing institutional barriers.

Chris comes to the Office of Research after several years as the Associate Vice Provost for Research and the former Assistant Dean for Basic Research in the Duke University School of Medicine. As an administrator, he has concentrated on representing the broad interests and needs of the research community and worked closely with the Research Administration Continuous Improvement (RACI) initiative, a body committed to improving Duke’s research support structure to better serve our faculty and researchers.

Chris earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Warren Wilson College and completed his doctoral studies in cell and developmental biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He conducted his postdoctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke investigating the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death and has published manuscripts in a number of cancer-related fields. Most recently, Chris earned an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

As Associate Vice President, Chris is committed to assuring that the services and resources offered through research administration meet the needs of the research community across Duke’s schools, institutes, and centers.