Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor and the Director of Research Team Support & Development at the CTSA-supported Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science (NUCATS) Institute, where she engages in navigation and support for clinical and translational collaboration, cross-disciplinary research, research teams, and grantsmanship for collaborative opportunities. Focusing on the 'praxis' of team science (the practical aspects of science performed in teams) and the 'science' of team science (empirical research on scientific teams), Dr. Falk-Krzesinski serves as a conduit to help translate empirical research findings about team science into evidence-based effective practices for scientific teams and funders of team science. Her expertise in team science and the science of team science (SciTS) is evidenced by her graduate-level Team Science course and the Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference, which she chairs, through which she is working to develop a strong, interdisciplinary community of practice for team science and SciTS. In addition, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is a recognized expert on research networking tools and a member of the Purdue University Advisory Board on Virtual Collaboration. Within the CTSA Consortium, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been an active member of the Informatics KFC Research Networking Tool Affinity Group since its inception and joined SGC#3 in December, 2010.
In her earlier role as founding director of Northwestern's central Office of Research Development (ORD), she fostered numerous major multi/inter/transdisciplinary, team-oriented research initiatives spanning structural genomics of infectious diseases to cancer nanotechnology to regenerative medicine to oncofertility to art history to bioenergy to solar energy, securing over $140M in collaborative federal grants and contracts.
In 2008, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski launched a national network of research development professionals, which evolved into the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). She currently serves as the founding president of NORDP and is spearheading the organization's initiative to advance research collaboration nationally.Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is a research assistant professor in the NUCATS Institute at the medical school, senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the college of arts and sciences, and an instructor in the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has her B.S. in biological sciences with honors and a chemistry minor from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she conducted research on gene regulation and cell development in Bacillus subtilis. While still at UIC, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski worked at Abbott Laboratories with a pharmaceutical group developing the first HIV protease inhibitor, an important drug for the treatment of AIDS. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski then received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Loyola University of Chicago at the medical center, where she studied the genetics and biochemistry of central energy metabolism in Escherichia coli, and implications of the research on Parkinson's Disease. She returned to UIC at the medical campus as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine, Section of Digestive and Liver Diseases studying host-microbial pathogen interactions in human intestinal cells. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski went on to earn a certificate of professional development in nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.