Kharasch Named Director of Research Administration And Operations

December 1, 2017
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications

Karen Kharasch was recently named director of Research Administration and Operations for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI).

“We are delighted to have Karen join our team,” said Lori Pickens, MHA, DCI administrator. “She has more than 34 years of experience in academic medicine and research. Karen also has considerable proficiency in strategic planning, business development and operational management.”

From 2001 through October 2017, Kharasch served as executive director for the Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCC) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In her role as executive director, Kharasch was responsible for fiscal and managerial administration of research facilities, information systems, philanthropy funding, human resources and day-to-day operations.

Previously, from 2006 to 2011, Kharasch, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts, was business director for Research Development and Research Division Operations at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. From 2005 to 2006, she was business director for the Clinical and Translational Science Award, and from 1996 to 2003 Kharasch was managing director for the Science and Technology Center, Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

In her new role, Kharasch will direct the clinical research operations and all NCI Cancer Center Core Grant aspects related to clinical research, shared resources and program activities. She will also direct staff supporting clinical research in the institute’s 11 disease-based group teams, as well as the nine Core Grant Programs and shared resources of the NCI P30 Grant.

“I am delighted to join the Duke Cancer Institute,” said Kharasch. “The Duke Cancer Institute is a premier cancer center in the nation because of its innovation and breakthrough discoveries of our investigators. It is an honor and privilege to support the institute’s critical mass of talent.”

Kharasch assumed the role of director of Research Administration and Operations on Nov. 1.