Dr. Alexia Kelley

Alexia Kelley, PhD

Assistant Dean for Research
Research, Innovation and Global Solutions
104 Rosenau Hall
CB #7415
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Alexia Kelley, PhD is the assistant dean for research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is the primary contact to support day-to-day research activities. Alexia works with the associate dean for research and other Gillings leaders to develop strategic research priorities, foster collaborations among partners both within UNC and external to the university, build the school’s research portfolio by supporting grant applications, and manage and mitigate risk associated with research compliance.

Prior to joining the Gillings School, Alexia was the project manager in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Research Development, fostering interdisciplinary research in areas of strategic focus for the campus. Alexia received a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and completed postdoctoral work at Duke University and NC State University.

Staff/Administrative Duties

• Is responsible for the day-to-day central strategic research operations of the School

• Leads and collaborates on strategic, school-wide research efforts to support the school’s mission

• Provides research development support by identifying funding opportunities, building multidisciplinary teams, and providing career development training

• Curates research-related data, produce metrics and reports to monitor and evaluate the school’s research successes

• Leads efforts to maintain research integrity and compliance by serving as the Co-Chair of the Gillings Conflict of Interest Committee


  • PhD, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 2007
  • BA, Biology, Colgate University, 1998