Christopher Viggiani, Director of University Policy and Standards


As Director of University Policy and Standards, Dr. Viggiani established and manages OSU’s policy program. He manages the policy process, advises university leadership on policy and compliance issues, and works with the university community to develop and implement policies. Chris chairs the Policy Advisory Group and staffs the Executive Policy and Standards Committee. Prior to joining OSU, Chris served in the federal government as a science policy advisor and program director in the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He managed the NIH’s biosafety and biosecurity program where he developed national-level science policy, with a focus on national security issues and emerging biotechnologies. He led and participated in a range of government-wide policy efforts and was appointed Executive Director of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. As a scientist, Dr. Viggiani studied how DNA and chromosomes are properly replicated, repaired, and protected from damage—a key to understanding cancers and age-related disorders. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he studied how chromosome ends, called telomeres, are properly maintained and protected. Dr. Viggiani holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech.