R. Lane Coffee Jr.

R. Lane Coffee Jr., PhD, MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine


Dr. Coffee is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine as well as the Program Manager of the Project Development Teams (PDTs) which are part of the ICReATE (Indiana CTSI Connecting Researchers And Translational Expertise) Program at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).

In the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Coffee serves as a resource for trainee- and faculty-related research endeavors including project/study development as well as protocol and grant development and writing. He also directs the EM Summer Medical Student Research Program and is the sitting Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, & Wellness Task Force. Within the CTSI, he is responsible for managing research portfolios of investigators utilizing the PDTs as well as direct oversight and management of the Science Communication Studio which supports scientific communication skills development and advice using one-on-one meetings, peer review facilitation, and workshops in order to position investigators to be better equipped to communicate with the public and submit more effective grants and manuscripts. He is also working with colleagues within the CTSI and School of Medicine to develop and implement a new grant writing resource (e.g. one-on-one meetings, workshops, courses) that will be available to investigators for assistance with all aspects of grantsmanship.

Before coming to IU, Dr. Coffee was in research and grants administration at the University of South Dakota. With a background in neuroscience and chemistry, he received a Ph.D. in neuroscience (studying Fragile X Syndrome) from Vanderbilt University, a M.S. in chemistry (studying aminoglycoside interactions with DNA and RNA triple helices) from Clemson University, and completed post-doctoral training at Northwestern University and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

When he isn’t working, Dr. Coffee enjoys running, traveling to sunny destinations, and exploring local restaurants.


(317) 278-2150 

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Indianapolis, IN


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  • Program Manager | Indiana CTSI