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Simon Atkinson, IUPUI Vice Chancellor for Research, Chancellor's Professor

With a background spanning science, medicine and business, Simon Atkinson is prepared to expand programs and explore new avenues for the biology department to capitalize on its location in Indiana's life and health science hub.


The new biology chairman holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge in England and completed postdoctoral work on cell structure at Johns Hopkins University. He comes to the School of Science from Indiana University School of Medicine where he holds appointments in the Department of Medicine's Division of Nephrology and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


An internationally respected researcher, Atkinson applies the tools of basic science to the study of acute kidney injury with the goal of developing strategies to prevent the sudden decrease in function that can result in the need for dialysis or organ transplantation.

His current research focuses on cellular strategies to prevent or treat injuries to the kidney that can be caused by heart failure, cardiac surgery, toxins, and contrast agents administered for diagnostic tests.

He and fellow researchers hope to identify viable drugs to prevent harm and promote recovery if injury occurs.

Honors, Awards and Grants

While on the medical school faculty, he directed the medical biophysics doctoral program and was the recipient of a prestigious IU Trustees Teaching Award. Atkinson also is a founder and manager of INphoton, an IU start-up company that provides florescent microscopy services to the biotechnology industry.