About the Research Institute

Advancing children’s health as a worldwide leader in pediatric research.

A Distinguished History of Bold Breakthroughs

It’s hard to imagine that in 1922, the Hospital established its first research laboratory in a single room in its basement. Today, the Research Institute is home to one of the largest pediatric research programs in the country solving the most challenging problems in children’s health. We propel scientific discovery by connecting unparalleled resources from the main hospital, to the Raymond G. Perelman campus, to the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, to Penn’s facilities, to community-based research partnerships. Modern science is truly a team sport. Our Research Administration and Operations staff create a high-performing environment that supports our 525 investigators and a research staff in the thousands. We cultivate a diverse workforce and inclusive environment, where all of our employees are valued, fully engaged, compassionate, and able to reach their fullest career potential.

Cornerstone Blog
It’s hard for me to even articulate what this [endowment] means to me because the depth of it really is immeasurable.

Leadership Team

Guided By Science
The Research Institute's Senior Leadership Team embraces our ICARE values — integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence — and empowers the research community to cultivate a sustainable strategic plan that leads the way to understanding causes, finding cures, and developing novel therapeutics and devices for rare and complex pediatric diseases.

Bryan Wolf
Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Beverly L. Davidson
Beverly L. Davidson, PhD

Chief Scientific Strategy Officer

Richard Aplenc
Richard Aplenc, MD, PhD, MSCE

Assistant Vice President and Chief Clinical Research Officer

Michelle A. Lewis
Michelle A. Lewis, MS, CRA

Vice President for Research Administration and Operations

Matthew Hodgson
Matthew Hodgson, MA, MS

Vice President, Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Zev Sunleaf
Zev Sunleaf

Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, Innovation and Research Contracts

Jeff Pennington
Jeff Pennington

Associate Vice President and Chief Research Informatics Officer

Facts & Figures FY18