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Executive Leadership

Vice Chancellor for Research

Harris Lewin

Harris LewinHarris Lewin is Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Prior to his appointment at UC Davis, Harris spent 27 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Harris served as Director of the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, Founding Director of the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and Founding Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology. Harris' current research interest is in mammalian comparative and functional genomics. He and his team are studying how mammalian genomes evolve and the role of chromosome rearrangements in adaptation, speciation and the origins of cancer. Harris is Founding co-Editor of Annual Reviews of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, Associate Editor of the journal Animal Biotechnology and serves on the Editorial Board of Physiological Genomics and Annual Reviews of Genomics and Human Genetics. Harris is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2011 Harris was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture.

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Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration

Cindy Kiel

Cindy KielAs Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration at UC Davis, Cindy Kiel provides leadership over research administration and compliance areas for the university. Cindy holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Utah College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations. She most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services at The Washington University in St. Louis with oversight for grants and contracts, interdisciplinary research development and export controls. Preceding her work at The Washington University, she was Executive Director for Sponsored Projects at the University of Nevada. Prior to her engagement in academia, she practiced law at Utah Legal Services and the law firm of McMurray, McMurray, Dale and Parkinson in the fields of consumer protection, government records access, education law, false claims act litigation, corporate transactional work, employment law, contract breach litigation, immigration, and intellectual property infringement. Cindy is an active member in the Council on Government Relations and speaks nationally on a number of topics including: global research, research compliance, proposal development, federal contracting, subcontracts, budgeting and cost-share, negotiation tactics, export trade controls, technology transfer, and research infrastructure. She has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense.

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives

Paul Dodd

Paul DoddPaul Dodd is Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives. Paul has a background in nanoscale material science and applied physics and has worked at the interface between industry, academia and government for over 20 years. Paul is responsible for development of interdisciplinary research activities for the Davis campus and for initiating, supporting and coordinating the development of new strategic research partnerships, domestic and international. Paul administers the ten Organized Research Units on campus as well as Special Research Programs and Central Facilities. Prior to UC Davis Paul was Director of the Industry Collaborative Programs at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) where he was responsible for large-scale collaborative research centers and clusters in Information and Communication Technologies, Life Sciences and Renewable Energy. In 2009-10, Paul worked in Silicon Valley, California with the Irish Government’s enterprise development agency. His role was to develop research links between industry in the United States and academic research groups and centers in Ireland. Paul holds bachelor and master’s degrees in materials science from Trinity College Dublin and was awarded a Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast for research on nanoscale magnetic materials and devices with applications in magnetic recording head technologies.

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations

Dushyant Pathak

Dushyant PathakDushyant Pathak is Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations at UC Davis with responsibility for InnovationAccess, which manages patents, licenses and other matters relating to intellectual property and the Office of Corporate Relations, focused on fostering strategic partnerships with industry. Dushyant has 15 years of management experience including with Fortune-500, publicly traded, entrepreneurial and start-up companies in roles through which he has led business development and intellectual property teams, commercial planning and clinical project operations activities and been in senior leadership responsible for a successful NASDAQ IPO. Dushyant has led entrepreneurial teams at the start-up and early development stage, including raising capital from investors in the role of CEO. Dushyant has also worked in venture capital with Connecticut Innovations and as the first EIR at QB3/Mission Bay Capital. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco's School of Management. Dushyant received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology from Northwestern University and his B.A in Natural Science & Mathematics from Bennington College. He conducted post-doctoral research as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellow and was a member of the Research Faculty at Yale University in the molecular biophysics and biochemistry department.

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Senior Leadership

Sponsored Programs

Executive Director, Research Administration: Ahmad Hakim-Elahi

Ahmad Hakim-ElahiAhmad Hakim-Elahi is Executive Director, Research Administration, and Director of Sponsored Programs. Sponsored Programs assists the campus research community in its efforts to secure extramural funding while promoting proper stewardship of those funds. Ahmad received his B.S. degree in Mechanical and Agricultural Engineering, received his M.S. degree in Agronomy in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Genetics in 1981, both at the University of California, Davis. He received his J.D. degree from Santa Clara University in 1990. He is a member of the State of California Bar, the U.S. District Court, Northern California, and the U.S. Patent Bar, allowing him to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following the completion of his Doctoral and Post-doctoral training at UC Davis, he joined a San Francisco Bay Area plant biotechnology corporation as a research scientist, practicing plant breeding and biotechnology.  During the 12 years of his association with the company, he served in various positions of successively higher responsibilities, including the group leader of the company's plant breeding team, the research administrator overseeing all company research, and then as the in-house legal counsel. He was a member of a team that moved the company from being a privately-owned entity into a publicly-traded corporation in 1986. From 1994 to 1996, Ahmad was the senior manager of the technology and licensing office at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he established the first campus-based office of sponsored programs and licensing and technology transfer.  In 1996, he joined Sponsored Programs at UC Davis as a contracts and grants officer, and since 1998 he has been serving the campus as the Director of Sponsored Programs.

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Institutional Review Board Administration

Director: Daniel Redline

Dan RedlineAs Director of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administration at UC Davis, Dan Redline oversees four research review committees and a professional support team. Collectively, they are responsible for protecting the rights, safety and welfare of human subjects involved in research at the university. Dan has over 20 years of clinical, regulatory and research experience in the hospital, academic medical center, and industry settings. In addition to his role at UC Davis, Dan is an Instructor for the Clinical Research Conduct and Management Program at UC Berkeley Extension. Dan returns to UC Davis after a five-year stint with industry, where he was most recently the Director of Clinical Affairs for Volcano Corporation, a medical device company specializing in interventional cardiology. He was previously an Associate Manager of Clinical Affairs at Dey, LP, a specialized pharmaceutical company. He left UC Davis as the Assistant Director of Clinical Trials and Research Compliance for the School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Center. Dan is a Chapter Chair, a Board Member and the incoming President for the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Prior to this, he was the Vice Chair of the Academic Medical Center Forum for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Dan has a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology, from UC Berkeley, and he completed graduate course work in the areas of Public Health and Medicine.

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Executive Director: David McGee

David McGeeDavid McGee is the Executive Director for UC Davis InnovationAccess which provides services that connect research to the marketplace and are focused specifically on protecting and commercializing intellectual property, and fostering entrepreneurship within the campus community. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2004, David was a consultant in biotechnology and intellectual property strategy. In 1987, David co-founded Large Scale Biology Corporation (LSBC), a biotechnology healthcare firm that developed new pharmaceuticals, including patient-specific cancer vaccines in plants using viral vectors. He served as the corporate Executive Vice President and the President of the Biomanufacturing Business Unit at LSBC until June 2003. From 1982 to 1987, David was a founding member and Vice President of Operations at Sungene Technologies Corporation, a plant biotechnology company that improved major commercial crop species using genetic engineering and tissue culture. David received his Ph.D. in genetics from Louisiana State University and served as a faculty instructor of zoology and genetics. David is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Office of Corporate Relations


Director: Mona Ellerbrock

Mona.jpgAs Director of Corporate Relations at UC Davis, Mona Ellerbrock works as the key liaison between the business community and the university. Through this role, she develops and manages corporate partnership opportunities and matches university assets to the needs of industry. Mona serves as a UC Davis-wide resource, working with academic and administrative leadership, faculty, staff, development officers and others to advance UC Davis' priorities through increased investment from corporations. She has been engaged in the development of systems to promote and expand new and emerging research initiatives and the advancement of alliances to support these initiatives here at UC Davis for over 15 years. Prior to becoming Director of Corporate Relations for the campus, Mona was the director of Industry Research Alliances in the Office of Research, where she worked to mobilize the campus academic and facility resources to support industry-university partnerships. Mona brings to this position a deep knowledge of the UC system, and of UC Davis faculty and research in particular, as well as a strong understanding of corporate and industrial interests in higher education and research. Mona has a Master's in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.

Faculty Coordinator: Spyros Tseregounis

Spyros.jpgSpyros Tseregounis joined UC Davis in September 2009 as the Associate of the Chancellor and a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Spyros also serves as Faculty Coordinator in the Office of Corporate Relations exploring research directions and opportunities with an emphasis on creating, maintaining and enhancing corporate/university partnerships, joint projects, and technology exchange programs. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Spyros was an Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and Industrial Relationships at the College of Engineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous to that he was an Engineering Materials/Process Consultant, with Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, IN. Before that he was a Staff Research Engineer with General Motors Corporation, Detroit, MI. His expertise is in the areas of engine lubrication and tribology. Spyros has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (1984 and 1981), and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1977). Spyros has an Excellence Award from ASTM, two awards for Research on Automotive Lubricants from SAE, and a Special Achievement Award from General Motors.

Faculty Coordinator: Bart Weimer

Bart.jpgFocusing on life and health sciences, Bart Weimer coordinates and facilitates the academic interface with industry in order to promote partnerships. Bart is also a Professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine. He aids the School with private/public partnerships in addition to maintaining an active research program in integrated microbial systems with specific interest in microbial processes that lead to disease from food systems. Prior to joining UC Davis, Bart was the Executive Director of the Center for Integrated BioSystems at Utah State University, was a faculty member in the food science program where he published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, was awarded 6 patents, licensed technology, and mentored 24 graduate students. Bart also established 3 companies where he served as Chief Technical Officer or President. Prior to beginning an academic career in 1991 he worked for a food and flavor company overseeing a microbial consulting group and fermented product activities. Bart has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Utah State University, a B.S. (Honors) from the University of Arizona in Microbiology & Immunology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry and genetics at the University of Melbourne (Australia).

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Interdisciplinary Research Support

Director: Sheryl Soucy-Lubell

Sheryl Soucy-LubellSheryl Soucy-Lubell is the Director of Interdisciplinary Research Support in the UC Davis Office of Research. The Interdisciplinary Research Support team coordinates the preparation of major grant proposals for large-scale, interdisciplinary research programs. As director of this unit, Sheryl identifies and develops collaborative efforts in pursuit of extramural funding opportunities; advises campus administrators in prioritizing research efforts by determining UC Davis research capacity in specific areas and forecasting opportunities for success prior to committing resources; and conducts campus-wide research development activities such as workshops, trainings, program officer visits, funding opportunity searches and dissemination, and research team building. Sheryl also oversees the administration of the Limited Submissions program, which is a service of the Office of Research that assists faculty in identifying Limited Submission opportunities and coordinates the campus review and nomination of applications for those opportunities. The program identifies and advertises nearly 200 such opportunities each year, about two-thirds of which require review and nomination. She received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University.

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Research Compliance & Integrity

Director: Craig Allison

Craig AllisonCraig Allison is the Director of Research Compliance and Integrity. His unit monitors federal and state regulatory developments and changes to university policy to ensure the campus operates in compliance with applicable regulations and assesses research compliance risks and opportunities. Craig is as a UC Davis-wide resource, serving on multiple campus compliance committees, and developing research compliance policies and procedures in response to the rapidly evolving state and federal laws and regulations. He is a senior leader with over twenty years of experience in internal investigations, and interpreting/applying complex federal and state statutes and regulations including the federal sentencing guidelines. He also has substantial experience in developing regulatory compliance programs for private companies. Prior to joining UC Davis, Craig worked in the private sector handling complex civil and criminal litigation, and compliance matters in the areas of environmental, health care, tax, securities, antitrust, and immigration. Craig also has a solid science background, having obtained an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (Entomology) and a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley. He obtained his Juris Doctor from King Hall here at UC Davis.

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Strategic Initiatives

Executive Director for Humanities & Arts Research Development in Strategic Research Initiatives: Darrene Hackler

Darrene HacklerDarrene Hackler is Executive Director for Humanities & Arts Research Development in Strategic Research Initiatives at UC Davis’ Office of Research. She is responsible for working with faculty and staff to leverage and expand the humanities, arts and social sciences research programs at UC Davis through partnerships with federal, state and private entities. In addition, she serves as the main liaison to the Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts research clusters. Prior to joining UC Davis, Darrene was an associate professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Her research focuses on strategic economic development initiatives and programs in areas of innovation; entrepreneurship; broadband; and high-tech, green-tech and clean-tech industries. She has also served as vice president for research and programs at the International Economic Development Council and was a Senior Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). She received her Ph.D. in political science and economics and M.A. in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in California.

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Senior Director: Barbara Celli

Barbara CelliAs Senior Director of Development for the Office of Research, Barbara Celli raises private support to enhance the excellence of key interdisciplinary research initiatives and Organized Research Units, such as the Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Bodega Marine Lab. In this role, she connects the philanthropic interests of individuals, foundations and corporations to innovative opportunities within OR. These gifts support faculty working on solutions to pressing societal problems, students learning to become future leaders, and outreach activities that enrich public life. Prior to 2007, Barbara was the Director of Corporate Relations for UC Davis. She developed CEO and senior corporate relationships that resulted in increased funding opportunities across the university. Before joining academia in 2004, Barbara had 15 years of executive experience with major corporations, acquiring new business, managing strategic relationships and creating marketing campaigns. Positions included leadership roles at Charles Schwab & Co. and J. Walter Thompson in San Francisco. Barbara has a B. A. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a joint degree in music and business. She is a member of the CASE (Council on Advancement and Support of Education) and has participated in extensive development training by leading national organizations.

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Business & Finance

Director: Delanda Buchanan

Delanda BuchananBusiness & Finance works in partnership with the UC Davis community including administrators, faculty, staff, research unit directors and managers to deliver financially sound and cost-effective business processes.

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Human Resources

Manager: Marlene Denham

Marlene DenhamMarlene Dehnham is the Human Resources Manager in the Office of Research. She has a degree in Business Administration and over 20 years of experience working in a professional office setting, including eight years as an office manager/supervisor working with staff, students, directors, tellers, supervisors, faculty, customers, deans, etc. As the Human Resources Manager, Marlene is responsible for managing the OR HR team which provides strategic and analytical support and advice for academic federation and staff personnel functions throughout the Office of Research. The OR HR unit handles human resource issues such as policy interpretations; recruitments; academic federation appointments; retention; classification; compensation; merits and promotions; employee and labor relations issues; general benefits; and training and development. The OR HR unit builds a culture of organizational excellence, acceptance and a support system for a diverse community of talented employees and ensures they feel valued and vested in the organization.

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