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.


Emilie Ratcliff, Policy Analyst. In her role as Policy Analyst, Emilie Ratcliff assists in the development of university policies and standards. She conducts research, reviews and analyzes policies, and assists with the drafting, editing, and archiving of OSU policies and standards. Emilie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at OSU. During her senior year, she worked as a copy editor for Orange Media Network and, upon graduation, held a temporary position as a Metadata Technician in the Valley Library’s Emerging Technologies & Services (ETS) Department, where she evaluated and revised the metadata of a variety of research and scholarly materials housed in [email protected] to ensure their long-term preservation and accessibility. Prior to joining the University Policy and Standards Program, Emilie supported OSU’s recent re-accreditation efforts as an Accreditation Assistant. In this role, she helped to prepare for and participate in meetings with various university stakeholders and contributed to the writing and editing of the university’s 2019 Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report, among other responsibilities.