Irving Epstein

Edward J. HackettVice Provost for Research


Harvard University, BA, MA, PhD
Oxford University, Diploma


Irving R. Epstein is interim vice provost for research, Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and University Professor at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1971. He is responsible for the Office of Research Administration, the Office of Technology Licensing, and the Foster Lab (which cares for animal subjects used in research). At Brandeis, he has served as Dean of Arts and Sciences from 1992 to 1994, as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1994 to 2001, as Interim Vice Provost for Research in 2014-15, and as Interim Provost in 2015-16. He received his A.B. (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1966, 1968 and 1971, respectively, carrying out his doctoral work in Chemical Physics under the direction of Nobel Laureate William N. Lipscomb. He received a Diploma in Advanced Mathematics as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1967 and was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University in 1971. Epstein has been a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar and was awarded Guggenheim and Humboldt Fellowships. He is the founder of STEM Posse, a program to identify, recruit and retain talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the sciences that has been replicated in 10 universities across the country. He chaired the first Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Oscillations and Dynamic Instabilities and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Systems Chemistry and on the board of directors of the New England Complex Systems Institute.

He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Honorary Professor at the China University of Mining and Technology.