Dr. Carl A. Pinkert

Dr. Carl A. Pinkert

Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the University of Alabama


Dr. Carl A. Pinkert recently joined the University of Alabama (UA) in 2013 as Vice President for Research. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and advancing UA’s research goals and expanding the base of research funding from federal agencies, foundations, and the private sector. He oversees university-wide research enhancement and compliance activities including the formulation and promotion of research policies and guidelines, promotion and coordination of multidisciplinary research programs, development of research infrastructure, and oversight of technology transfer and economic development activities. He fosters research collaboration between and among faculty and students at UA and other institutions within the University of Alabama System and at other research universities within and beyond the State of Alabama. Additionally, he promotes collaborative research partnerships with the business community to expand the University’s applied research capacity. The Vice President for Research participates with the President, Provost and other vice presidents in the senior leadership of the University.

Dr. Pinkert is also a tenured Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he served at Auburn University – most recently as Associate Vice President for Research and Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Pathobiology. Prior, he served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Rochester and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, his research has revolved around animal modeling and transgenesis. His laboratory developed a number of enabling technologies for the genetic engineering of both nuclear and mitochondrial genomes, as well as mitochondrial modeling strategies to address human developmental and metabolic diseases.

He served as an editor of one scientific journal and on the editorial boards of five others. His research was funded by NIH, USDA, NSF, private foundations and industry. He was a Sigma Xi national lecturer from 1993-1995 and a recipient of the 1997 Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation Research Prize (awarded for biomedical research that significantly impacts on the welfare and well-being of animals used in research). He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011.