Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Provost's Biography


Norberto Grzywacz, PhD

Norberto Grzywacz is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Loyola University Chicago.

As an academic leader, Dr. Grzywacz has focused on creating innovative interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty, researchers, and students.  His extensive research and record of publication combines multiple disciplines including neuroscience, physics, cognitive science, cellular biology, biomedical engineering, and mathematical and computational modeling.

Grzywacz combines a technical background with a deep appreciation for the value of the humanities; his research on the human visual system has facilitated breakthroughs in treating some forms of blindness and led him down his latest research path, which focuses on human vision and cognition and how the brain perceives beauty.

From 2014 until his appointment as Loyola’s provost in 2020, Dr. Grzywacz served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, where he also held faculty appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Prior to his time at Georgetown, Dr. Grzywacz served as the Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

In addition to these leadership roles, he was professor of neuroscience and of biomedical and electrical engineering while at USC. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Prior to MIT, Dr. Grzywacz was also a senior scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco devoted to helping the blind.

He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980 and his PhD in neurobiology in 1984 from the same institution.