Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH

Vice Chancellor, Research

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Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc, is vice chancellor for research, chief of the Division of Rheumatology and the Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, as well as a professor of Orofacial Sciences in the School of Dentistry.

In her role as vice chancellor for research, reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Criswell works closely with the EVCP, the vice deans of research in all four professional schools, and the vice chancellor for science policy and strategy to help define UCSF’s overall research priorities and goals. She also oversees research infrastructure, with a view to ensuring seamless and superior service to our researchers across campus. Criswell represents UCSF’s interests at the UC-wide Council of Vice Chancellors for Research.

Criswell received her medical degree from UCSF, MPH from UC Berkeley, and DSc degree in genetic epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences. She joined the faculty of the UCSF Division of Rheumatology in 1992.

A renowned researcher in human autoimmune disease, her investigations focus on the genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.