About Our Staff

Sheryl Soucy-Lubell

Sheryl is the director and editorial coordinator of the IRS unit. She has a PhD in Ecology and Evolution and is responsible for coordinating the activities of all team members – including faculty and staff – during proposal development. She edits technical writing or writing about specialized subjects and is able to critically review many scientific elements of the proposal.

Email: slslubell@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-7725

Alyssa Bunn

Alyssa, the unit’s financial analyst, is a Certified Research Administrator with 10 years of university budget experience, knowledge of the requirements of the Sponsored Programs Office and most sponsoring agencies, and a keen understanding of an investigator’s need for budget flexibility.

Email: aabunn@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-7827

Demet Candas Green

Demet is an editorial coordinator. Working with proposal development teams (faculty and IRS staff), she organizes the editorial tasks for proposals. She prepares checklists, production timelines, and templates of standard proposal components. She critically reviews and edits technical and scientific content of proposals. She has a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, and trained as a post-doctoral scholar at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center before she joined the IRS team.

Email: dcandas@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-7788

Bridget Gruber

Bridget is a research development analyst. She identifies funding opportunities and develops training materials and resources to assist faculty and staff in proposal preparation. She also coordinates activities of large-scale proposal development. Bridget has an MS in Aquatic Sciences and specializes in project management.

Email: bgruber@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-0188

Meg Sparling

Meg, the funding opportunities coordinator, identifies funding opportunities that are relevant to UC Davis researchers, and shares them through weekly funding announcements. She coordinates the internal selection process for funding opportunities that impose campus limits on applications. Meg also provides assistance to researchers in developing proposals, and works with administrative units to coordinate interdisciplinary research teams and align them with funding resources. She has a PhD in English from UC Davis.

Email: msparling@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-7738

Sean Tibbitts

Sean is the training grants analyst & coordinator. He works with faculty and staff on training grant applications and renewals, gathering data, filling in tables, creating timelines, providing templates and coordinating effort. He splits his time between the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, where he is part of the Analysis and Policy unit. Sean has an MS in Math from the University of Utah and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

Email: smtibbitts@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-2610

Erin Watkins

Erin has over 10 years of experience as a copy editor. In her role as senior editor with the IRS unit, she reviews project narratives with an eye to flow of logic, language usage, grammar and punctuation. Her edits are dual-purpose, aimed at creating consistency across all proposal components and helping each writer express their ideas clearly and concisely.

Email: ecwatkins@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 754-7828

Rachel Whitcombe

Rachel is the research development coordinator. She provides essential services to support the activities and programmatic needs of the IRS team in its mission to support UC Davis researchers in the development of grant and contract proposals for extramural funding.

Email: rwhitcombe@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-9196