Provost Thorp became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2013 and also holds an endowed chair in chemistry and medicine. Provost Thorp joined Washington University after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as the Chancellor of UNC from 2008 through 2013.
A North Carolina native, Thorp started at UNC as an undergraduate student and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with highest honors in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989 at the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University.
In his research career, Thorp developed technology for electronic DNA chips and most recently co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which is commercializing new drugs for anti-fungal and prostate cancer indications.
He is currently a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center, and is currently chairing a committee for the National Academy of Sciences charged with establishing and promoting a culture of safety in academic laboratory research.