- Vice Chancellor for Research: Harris Lewin
- Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration: Cindy Kiel
- Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Research Relations: Dushyant Pathak
- Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives: Paul Dodd
Harris 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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As 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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Paul 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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Dushyant 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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- Sponsored Programs Executive Director Research Administration: Ahmad Hakim-Elahi
- Institutional Review Board Administration Director: Daniel Redline
- InnovationAccess Executive Director: David McGee
- Office of Corporate Relations Director: Mona Ellerbrock
- Office of Corporate Relations Faculty Coordinator: Spyros Tseregounis
- Office of Corporate Relations Faculty Coordinator: Bart Weimer
- Interdisciplinary Research Support Director: Sheryl Soucy-Lubell
- Research Compliance & Integrity Director: Craig Allison
- Strategic Initiatives Executive Director Energy and Environmental Research Development: Martha Krebs
- Strategic Initiatives Executive Director Life & Health Sciences Research Development: Vacant
- Development Director: Barbara Celli
- Business & Finance Director: Delanda Buchanan
- Human Resources Manager: Marlene Denham
- Information Technology Services Director: Safa Hussain
- Communications & Marketing Public Information Representative: Sharon Ruth
Executive Director Research Administration: Ahmad Hakim-Elahi
Ahmad 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.
Director: Daniel Redline
As 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.
Executive Director: David McGee
David 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.
Office of Corporate Relations
As 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.
Spyros 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.
Focusing 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).
Director: Sheryl Soucy-Lubell
Sheryl 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.
Director: Craig Allison
Craig 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.
Martha Krebs is Executive Director for Energy and Environmental Research Development. She is responsible for working with faculty and staff to leverage and expand the energy and environmental research programs at UC Davis through partnerships with federal, state and private entities. She has served as Science Advisor for the California Energy Commission. Prior to joining UC Davis, Martha was Deputy Director for R&D at the California Energy Commission and responsible for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. In 2001, she was the founding Institute Director of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. From 1993 to 2000, Martha served as Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, responsible for the $3.5 billion basic research program that underlay the department’s energy, environmental and national security missions. Martha has also served as an Associate Director for Planning and Development at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and on the House Committee on Science first as a Professional Staff Member and then as Subcommittee Staff Director. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the Catholic University of America.
Senior Director: Barbara Celli
As 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.
Director: Delanda Buchanan
Business & 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.
Manager: Marlene Denham
Marlene 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.
Director: Safa Hussain
Safa Hussain, Director for Informational Technology (IT) Services, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science. Safa oversees the IT support in Office of Research and participating research units. He has served in different IT roles at UC Davis since 1998. Major accomplishments include the rollout of myUCDavis portal, UC Davis Campus Directory, and myPhone portal. He is the recipient of several awards including the 2003 Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Information Technology and the Power of Ten Award from UCOP.
Public Information Representative: Sharon Ruth
As Public Information Representative for Communications and Marketing at the Office of Research, Sharon Ruth provides strategic leadership for print and electronic publications to support faculty success in receipt and retention of awards for research and communicate the value of UC Davis research to society. Sharon brings over ten years of planning and implementing strategic communications for research and science programs at the university and is a regular guest lecturer for graduate students on the topic of science communications and writing. Prior to joining the Office of Research, Sharon worked as Communications and Marketing Manager for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for over a decade. Sharon bridges the academic, administrative, political and cultural boundaries of the university and often serves on campus-wide initiatives including the Third Governors’ Global Climate Summit Steering Committee and the UC Davis Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee. Sharon has a M.S. in Hydrology from UC Davis and a B.S. in Geology from Central Washington University. She has certificates in Essentials of Marketing for Higher Education and University Communications.