Knowledge Enterprise leadership

Neal Woodbury

Vice President for Research and Chief Science and Technology Officer  
ASU Knowledge Enterprise

Neal Woodbury is vice president for research and chief science and technology officer for ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. In this capacity, he advances ASU’s high-level research initiatives and activities. 

Throughout the course of his 33-year tenure with ASU, Woodbury has been a trusted resource and advocate for ASU’s research enterprise, regularly advising ASU leadership on issues related to the university’s major research activities. He has been responsible for developing new, large-scale, collaborative projects, as well as facilitating broad interactions between the Knowledge Enterprise and ASU’s academic units.

Woodbury is concurrently a senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation and a faculty member in the Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine, the School of Molecular Sciences and the Global Security Initiative. He previously served as deputy director of the Biodesign Institute and has a well earned reputation as an astute and engaged leader. Woodbury is also past CEO of Science Foundation Arizona, a role in which he helped advance the goals of SFAz as a force for promoting science, high-tech industry and STEM education across Arizona. 

An esteemed researcher, Woodbury has published more than 165 scientific works. He is an expert in electron transfer and photosynthesis, and he has expanded his vast research repertoire as a human disease detective, co-founding HealthTell with ASU Professor Stephen Johnston. HealthTell focused on a diagnostic technology known as immunosignaturing, which involves fabrication of large numbers of peptides or related heteropolymers on silicon wafers. The resulting peptide arrays are the basis of a diagnostic platform that generates a comprehensive profile of circulating antibodies. 

In addition to his academic and research achievements, Woodbury is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and holds seven patents. He completed his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis.