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Office of Research Affairs Organizational Chart (PDF)

Vice Chancellor for Research Organizational Chart (PDF)


Name: Role: Phone Number:
Sandra A Brown Vice Chancellor for Research
Delegated Research Integrity Officer
(858) 534-3526
Miroslav Krstic Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (858) 534-5556
Faith Hawkins Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research (858) 534-3496

Administrative Support

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Stephanie Watson Executive Assistant to VCR (858) 822-3439
Elena (Ella) Gavrilescu Administrative Assistant to VCR (858) 534-3527
Lana Panetta Administrative Assistant (858) 534-9758

Animal Care Program (ACP)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Phil Richter Director, Animal Care Program (858) 534-3188

Animal Care Program (ACP) is a team of dedicated professionals committed to improving human and animal health, and promoting valuable advances in science. We do this by facilitating and participating in research, teaching, and training, while ensuring humane animal care.

ACP Leadership


Name: Role: Phone Number:
Michelle Franklin Assistant Director, Strategic Communications (858) 534-8564

Conflict of Interest Office (COI)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Jennifer J. Ford Director, Conflict of Interest 858-534-3335
TBD COI Research Compliance Analyst 858-822-1636
Jennifer Patterson COI Research Compliance Analyst 858-534-3695
Xuemei Wang COI Research Compliance Analyst 858-534-9974
Christina Continelli COI Administrative Assistant 858-246-5475

COI provides confidential assistance to faculty, staff, non-senate academics, and postdoctoral trainees to assess situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, their actions or judgments in the administration, management, teaching, research or performance of any professional activities at UC San Diego.

COI Leadership

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Angela McMahill Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Compliance and Integrity (858) 534-7321

Dual Use Research of Concern is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat, with broad potential consequences, to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.

Export Control

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Michael J. Miller Director, Export Control (858) 534-4175
Ryan Jordan Facility Security Officer/Sr. Export Control Analyst (858) 534-1947
Ashley Rubio Export Control Analyst/Assistant Facility Security Officer (858) 822-4136

Export Control identifies and manages export risks for national security and foreign policy reasons and provides export licensing in support of the research activities for university faculty, staff and students.

Events and Programs

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Devon Tolliver
Events & Program Specialist (858) 822-2529

Government Research Relations (GRR)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Angela Phillips Diaz Executive Director, Government Research Relations

(858) 822-7416 (CA)
(202) 974-6323 (DC)

Loressa Uson Government Relations Analyst (202) 974-6323

HR and Financial Management

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Kyle Nakanishi Director, Business Operations (858) 822-5321
Robert Clark Financial Analyst (858) 822-3456
Stacey McDermaid Human Resources Manager (858) 822-3491
Ingrid Pyper Human Resources Analyst (858) 534-3123
Catherine Schumacher ORU Academic Personnel Analyst (858) 822-1506
Gonzalo Urrutia Senior Admin Analyst (858) 534-6082
Tawni Grant Human Resources Assistant (858) 534-9467

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Kristen Anderson-Vicino Director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (858) 534-1594

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the university's animal care and use program and is responsible for reviewing all animal use protocols, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and overseeing training and educational programs.

IACUC Leadership

International Affairs

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Miwako Waga Director, International Outreach (858) 534-0321

Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Ross Damman Assistant Vice Chancellor (858) 534-0240
Gonzalo Urrutia Senior Administrative Analyst (858) 534-8400
Anthony Alvarado Administrative Assistant (858) 534-9884

OCGA is responsible for the stewardship of sponsored research and research collaborations from government (federal and state), for-profit industry, non-profit, foreign, and University of California sponsors.

OCGA Leadership

Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Paul Roben Associate Vice Chancellor (858) 246-0473
William Decker Director, Business Affairs and Commercialization (858) 822-5128
Greg Horowitt Director, Innovation Design
Christina Falcone Director, Finance and Operations (858) 534-7028
David Gibbons Associate Director (858) 534-0175
Donna Shaw Associate Director (858) 534-6086

The OIC protects, manages, and licenses UCSD's intellectual property, including inventions in the biomedical, life science and physical sciences sectors, copyright-protected materials such as software and images, and tangible research materials.

Innovation and Commercialization Leadership

Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (OPRSA)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Jennifer (Oh) Bourque Director, Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (858) 534-6632
Mark Lawson Faculty Director, Postdoctoral Training and Education (858) 534-7644
Coreen "Cory" Davis Research Scholar Program Manager (858) 822-7510
Jennie Salomon Postdoc and Visiting Scholar Analyst (858) 534-3553
Heather Dillon Career and Professional Development Program Manager (858) 822-5915

Organized Research Unit (ORU) Core Services

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Ingrid Pyper Human Resources Analyst (858) 534-3123
Jesse Martel ORU Fund Manager (858) 246-2277
Catherine Schumacher ORU Academic Personnel Analyst (858) 822-1506
Megan Murphy Program/Events Coordinator (858) 822-5297
Megan Ensminger Events Specialist (858) 246-3299
Isabel Castaneda  ORU Academic Personnel Analyst (858) 246-3298
Ayla Nejad ORU Analyst

Research Administration Training Program

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Nicole Joyce Manager, Research Administration Training Program  (858) 534-9112
Pamela J. Carrico Tallarida eRAP Training & Communications (858) 534-7353

Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Angela Fornataro McMahill Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Compliance and Integrity (858) 534-7321
Monique Teixeira RCI Research Compliance Supervisor (858) 246-5810
Diana Kim RCI Research Compliance Analyst (858) 246-5210
Rebecca Beutler RCI Research Compliance Analyst (858) 822-1767
Madeleine Paley RCI Data Assistant (858) 822-4939
Dena Demos RCI Administrative Assistant (858) 822-4939

UC San Diego is committed to the highest ethical and legal standards in the conduct of research. The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI) facilitates research, innovation and education, responsibly for global excellence and is responsible to provide broad oversight, resources and education for the integrity and compliance issues relating to the conduct of research.

RCI Leadership

Research Ethics Program

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Michael Kalichman Director, Research Ethics Program (858) 822-2027
Rebekah (Bekah) Yohe Ethics Program Coordinator (858) 822-2647

Research Proposal Development Service (RPDS)

Name: Role: Phone Number:
Sharon Franks Senior Director, Research Proposal Development Services  (858) 822-3452
Wendy Groves Director, Research Proposal Development Services  (858) 246-1451
Lynsey Fitzpatrick Strategic Research Opportunities/Limited Submissions Analyst (858) 822-3277
For more information, contact our main desk at (858) 534-9758.