Anantha Shekhar

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD

Associate Vice President of Research, and University Clinical Affairs


Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of Indiana’s largest statewide research organization, leads the IU School of Medicine’s research enterprise.

Dr. Shekhar holds several leadership posts at IU and IU Health and was named executive associate dean for research affairs in August 2015, overseeing all research-related activities at the IU School of Medicine. He is one of six executive associate deans who make up the school’s executive leadership team with Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD.

Dr. Shekhar is the founding director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI), a statewide institute within Indiana University School of Medicine, supported by a CTSA grant from the US National Institutes of Health and established in 2008 as a joint partnership of Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses and community organizations. The Institute’s mission is to assist in the rapid translation of new discoveries into novel treatments.

In addition to his roles with the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine, Dr. Shekhar is the Associate Vice President for University Affairs, Indiana University; Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs for Clinical Research, IU Health; August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Pharmacology & Toxicology at IU School of Medicine.


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Executive Associate Dean Research
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Titles & Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor, Indiana University
  • Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs
  • August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Pharmacology & Toxicology