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Philip Hockberger

Dr. Hockberger is currently an associate professor of physiology in the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM). His research spans cellular neuroscience, membrane biophysics and signal transduction, cell adhesion and migration, photobiology and phototoxicity. He is recognized internationally for his research contributions to the field of live-cell imaging, and he created two imaging facilities at FSM: Laser-Based Microscopy & Digital Imaging Facility (1995), and the Multiphoton Core Facility (2002). In 2009, he was appointed Northwestern’s first director of core facilities in the Office for Research.

As an associate vice president, Professor Hockberger oversees two offices: Core Facilities Administration and the Office of Research Planning & Facilities. He is responsible for the following: developing, maintaining and advancing state-of-the-art research facilities that are essential to the research mission of the University; making strategic planning, marketing and tactical business decisions related to research facilities; promoting professional development of directors and managers of research facilities; communicating and coordinating with schools/offices responsible for high-performance computing, software licensing, high-speed optical fiber network, and Big Data initiatives; communicating and coordinating with schools/offices responsible for research space planning and construction; communicating and coordinating with schools/faculty of research-related instrumentation proposals and purchases exceeding $300,000 per instrument; communicating and coordinating with schools/offices involved in developing regional facilities partnerships with other academic institutions and industry

Prof. Hockberger is an associate director of NUCATS, Northwestern’s clinical and translational sciences institute, where he is responsible for developing strategies and tactics for aligning clinical research facilities with other research facilities and initiatives at the University; for advancing the quality and efficiency of all research facilities involved in clinical and translational research; for managing the biannual Pilot Grant program.

Prof. Hockberger received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in neuroscience in 1982. He was a research associate at AT&T Bell Laboratories in molecular biophysics before joining the Northwestern faculty in 1987.


Aleksandra Mechetner, Administrative Assistant
Core Facilities Administration, Office for Research
Northwestern University