Marilyn M. Lombardi, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor


Marilyn M. Lombardi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of Duke University’s Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship & Discovery (CONCEPT), the hub for the Duke School of Nursing’s signature initiative to promote creative, relevant and robust innovations in healthcare practice, education and research. Lombardi is an experienced entrepreneur in the private sector, having helped in the late 1990s to found a venture-capitalized software company (ViOS, Inc.) that pioneered the use of massively multiuser gaming environments as a means of navigating the ever-expanding information landscape of the Internet. Prior to joining the Duke University School of Nursing, Lombardi served as Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Engagement Center at Duke, a supercomputing center and research incubator for deploying advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. She has received funding support from the National Science Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to further her own research in human-computer interaction and the strategic use of emerging technologies for learning, collaboration and simulation.