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Lawrence B. Schook

Lawrence B. Schook

University of Illinois


Lawrence B. Schook is an Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Animal Sciences and Radiology, previously served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Illinois, overseeing the technology commercialization and economic development activities across the University’s three campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield). Previously he served as founding Director, UIUC Division of Biomedical Sciences and the founding Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) Theme Leader for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Schook is a recognized international scholar in comparative genomics and is known for leading the pig genome-sequencing project, which has provided researchers insights into human cancer and other chronic diseases. He is a noted entrepreneur who has launched three medical application startup companies. Schook is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Korean Government, and the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop the pig as a biomedical cancer model and has been the PI in extramural funding from the NIH, National Science Foundation (NSF) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He has co-authored/edited nine books and over 245 publications, has trained 43 graduate students, mentored 35 undergraduate projects and 25 postgraduate scholars. He has appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, veterinary pathobiology, pathology, surgery, the IGB and the Beckman Institute. He was a Fellow at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. Schook led the effort to develop UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative that spun out of the University, and is a founding Board member. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for Albion College, the National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Science Council, the Current Water Innovation Cluster Board, and the Illinois Technology Association Internet of Things Council. He previously served on the Board of Managers for the Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories, and Illinois 41st Governor Pat Quinn’s Innovation Council.

Research Interest

Bioengineering, Nutritional Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Veterinary Pathology, Animal Biotechnology, Gene-Mapping, Genome Sequencing, Xenobiotics, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Oncology and Radiology.