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Brad Day

Associate Vice Chancellor
Research & Innovation Initiatives
Research Integrity & Assurance



Brad Day is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Innovation Initiatives at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined the university in November 2021, is responsible for the development of new, cross- disciplinary, research activities which capture the strengths, and opportunities of faculty at UT. Importantly, in this role, he is focusing on convergence research activities to eliminate traditionally, siloed disciplinary-focused research and innovation. In 2023, he became responsible for the Division of Research Integrity and Assurance (DRIA). DRIA helps researchers and administrators support the responsible conduct of research and navigate research regulatory requirements as well as support researcher’s goals of excellent research, outreach, and advancement for all your scientific, creative, and scholarly activities while developing future researchers in an ethical, safe, and supportive environment.

Prior to UT, Day was a Foundation Professor at Michigan State University (MSU) where his research focused on the molecular-genetic regulation of plant immune signaling. His research was funded by a breadth of national and

international funding agencies, including NSF, USDA, NIH, Asian Development Bank, the Gates Foundation. During his time at MSU, he spent 1 year as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to MSU, he was a National Institute of Health-funded postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and an NSF postdoc at the National Institute of Agroenvironmental Resources in Japan.

He has a PhD and BS in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee.