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What is a Provost?

A Provost serves as the academic and administrative head of the college and is responsible for the oversight of all educational affairs and activities. He or she is also a tenured member of the faculty who continues to engage in scholarly research and teaching. As leader of the college, the Provost's responsibilities include:

  • Developing college curriculum
  • Evaluating faculty for promotion
  • Overseeing the programs and activities of college life
  • Providing a crucial link with alumni, parents, and families

Our Provost, Lakshmi Chilukuri

Our provost, Professor Lakshmi Chilukuri, is proud to be a long time member of the UC San Diego community.  Beginning as a part time student through UC Extension, she proceeded to complete a Masters and PhD in Marine Biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She taught in the Division of Biology for more than nineteen years, most recently as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Microbiology teaching labs. She is a creative and dynamic educator with experience using evidence-based teaching tools and creating innovative online study and teaching tools. If you take the Microbiology lab course, you will likely watch one or more of the videos she designed for the course.

Throughout her years at UC San Diego, Dr. Chilukuri has shown a deep and abiding commitment to undergraduate education, facilitating active and experiential learning and promoting student success through training in critical, analytical, and quantitative thinking. Revelle college students have twice awarded her their teaching award. As a member of the First Year Experience Advisory Committee and instructor of the FYE course she provides incoming students with a springboard for finding and utilizing the myriad of resources and opportunities at UC San Diego.  Her other committee work reflects her dedication to understanding and enhancing the undergraduate experience as a time of exploration, intellectual maturation, and relationship building.

Dr. Chilukuri has a demonstrated record of commitment to undergraduate education, equity, and diversity. She is one of the founding members of the pilot course in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Biology and Medicine, exploring the practice and philosophy of science from a multicultural perspective, the historical use and misuse of science in biomedical research and social policies, and issues of race and medicine in a post-genomic age. She is a member of the Division of Biological Sciences Diversity Committee, served as a Marshall Mentor for three years, is currently on the Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Basic Needs Committee.

A tireless advocate for transfer students, Dr. Chilukuri has taught, advised, or facilitated the Division of Biology Transfer Opportunities of Success program, the Summer Academy, and the Transfer Year Experience. She has originated a curriculum enhancement outreach program, the Burbank Project, connecting UC San Diego undergraduates, graduate and post doctoral students with teachers and students in an underrepresented elementary school in San Diego.

Dr. Chilukuri is also the proud parent of two generous and accomplished daughters, loves walking, hiking, backpacking, reading, working in her garden, and introducing her grandson to the wonders of nature and art.


Catalyst Building (map),

Mailing address:
Sixth College
UC San Diego
9685 Scholars Drive North
Mail Code 0054
La Jolla, CA 92093-0054


Contact the Provost

Phone: (858) 246-0428