Claudia Neuhauser is the Interim Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Houston.
Prior to coming to the University of Houston, Claudia served as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Research Computing at the University of Minnesota. In her capacity as Director of Research Computing she directed the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), and U Spatial. She was the founding Director of Graduate Studies of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology graduate program from 2008 to 2017. Between 2008 and 2013, she served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the newly established University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). Prior to moving to UMR, she was Professor and Head and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She held faculty positions at the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of California Davis.
Claudia received her Diplom in mathematics from the Universität Heidelberg (Germany) in 1988, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1990. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). At the University of Minnesota, she was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. Claudia has served on numerous national committees and boards, including the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Claudia’s research is at the interface of mathematics and biology, and focuses on the analysis of ecological and evolutionary models and the development of statistical methods in biomedical applications, which have resulted in 65 publications and numerous research grants from primarily the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Claudia has supervised as adviser or co-adviser 11 Ph.D. and 12 M.S. theses. More recently, she has worked with researchers in architecture and interior design at the University of Minnesota on projects ranging from the analysis of team dynamics to the quality of interior spaces, and with the Criminal Division of the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office on a data fairness project. Her interest in furthering the quantitative training of life science undergraduate students has resulted in a widely used calculus book (Calculus for Biology and Medicine), which is now in its fourth edition.