Sally Kornbluth, Ph.D. was appointed Duke University Provost on July 1, 2014 and was reappointed to a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. In this role, she serves as the chief academic officer, responsible for the university's teaching and research mission, developing the institution's intellectual priorities and overseeing their implementation. Kornbluth served as Vice Dean for Basic Science at Duke University School of Medicine from 2006-2014. In this role, she served as a liaison between the Dean’s office and the Basic Science Department Chairs and faculty, including oversight of the biomedical graduate programs in the School of Medicine, implementation of programs to support the research mission of the basic science faculty, and oversight of new and existing core laboratories.
Kornbluth received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in 1982 and a B.S. in Genetics from Cambridge University, England in 1984 where she was a Herchel Smith Scholar at Emmanuel College. She received her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1989 in Molecular Oncology and went on to postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Duke faculty in 1994 and is currently the Jo Rae Wright University Professor.
For many years, Kornbluth studied cell proliferation and programmed cell death, areas of central importance for understanding both carcinogenesis and degenerative disorders. She has published extensively in these areas, studying these problems in a variety of model organisms. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Duke Faculty Reexamine Their Roles as Scholars and Mentors in an Uncertain Time, Duke Today, May 2020
Kornbluth Receives NC Women's Leadership Award, Duke Today, October 2019
Women in STEM at Duke, Working @ Duke, April 2019
Two From Duke Named To National Academy Of Inventors, Duke Today, December 2018
"Duke Among Universities Increasing Number of Women Deans," from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 2018
"Kornbluth Reappointed to Second Five-Year Term as Provost," Duke Today, June 2018
"Words of Wisdom from Duke Women," Working @ Duke, March 2018