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  • Susan Martinis

    Susan A. Martinis

    Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 333-0034

    martinis@illinois.edu

    Susan A. Martinis BIO

    Susan Martinis is Interim Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she provides leadership for the campus-wide interdisciplinary research institutes, promotes new research initiatives, and oversees the administrative and business processes that ensure the safe, ethical, and productive conduct of research at Illinois.

     

    Dr. Martinis, the Stephen G. Sligar Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, studies the mechanisms, evolution, and biomedical applications of protein synthesis and RNA-protein interactions. She is a successful researcher, engaged in entrepreneurial and corporate partnerships, a committed educator, and an experienced administrator.

     

    She earned her B.S. from Washington State University (1985) and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois (1990). She then trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. She was hired in 1993 at a start-up biotechnology company, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, where she was awarded the company’s first U.S. patent and National Institutes of Health SBIR grant, before moving to academia at the University of Houston in 1997. Cubist Pharmaceuticals grew to over 600 people, developed the life-saving drug Cubicin, and was acquired in 2014 by Merck Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Martinis also contributed to delineating the mechanism of action for a novel lead antimicrobial drug (AN2690; Rock et al, Science) that was developed by Anacor Pharmaceuticals and made commercially available as the anti-fungal Kerydin in 2014.

     

    Dr. Martinis earned tenure in Houston, Texas, where she received the University of Houston’s highest teaching honor, the Enron Teaching Excellence Award, as well as the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  She was also recognized by the Houston Alumni Organization with the Outstanding Faculty Award. 

     

    Dr. Martinis moved to the University of Illinois in 2005, and in 2009 was promoted to the rank of Professor, as well as appointed Head of the Department of Biochemistry and also Head of the Department of Medical Biochemistry in the Regional College of Medicine of the University of Illinois. She was named a University Scholar, and in 2015 was honored by appointment as the inaugural Stephen G. Sligar Endowed Professor in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She is a member of the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology and an Affiliate in the Department of Chemistry.  In addition, she received a prestigious Fellowship from the University of Illinois to participate in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s (Big 10 Academic Alliance) Academic Leadership Program in 2011-2012.  From 2014-2015, she served as Interim Associate Dean over the Biological, Chemical, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and subsequently returned to her position as Head of the Department of Biochemistry. 

     

    Dr. Martinis contributed significantly to the founding of the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, which offers a paradigm-shifting approach to teaching medicine that is engineering-based.  She served on the initial curriculum committee and as Interim Director of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, where she served on the Dean’s inaugural leadership team.

     

    Her research centers on the family of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, in particular leucyl-tRNA synthetase, where she has made significant contributions over 25 years to understand quality control mechanisms, tRNA recognition, and a non-canonical role in mitochondrial group I intron splicing. Her research program on leucyl-tRNA synthetase has been federally supported by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She has also received previous funding from the Human Frontiers Science Program, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, and the Texas Advanced Research Program.  She founded and currently leads a W.M. Keck Foundation-supported team of six research laboratories at the University of Illinois that spans cell, structural, and computational biology, as well as biochemistry. The goal of this Keck team is to discover and characterize non-canonical activities of as many as twenty splice variants of mammalian leucyl-tRNA synthetases. Early successes of this team are launching Professor Martinis’ research program into new directions and frontiers that have potential to redefine systems biology and yield innovative biomedical therapeutics.

     

    She is currently President of the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry (AMGDB) across North and Central America. She has served as an inaugural member of the National Institutes of Health Molecular Genetics A study section and participated in Review Panels for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Martinis was an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for five years.

  • Melanie Loots

    Melanie Loots

    Chief of Staff, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 333-0034

    mloots@illinois.edu

    Melanie Loots BIO

    Melanie Loots is the Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible for policy development, strategic and tactical planning, implementation of the University Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest on the Urbana campus, and is liaison to several cross-disciplinary campus units.

     

    Melanie has served on federal panels and committees, including National Science Foundation review panels, NASA’s SEDAC user working group, the National Research Council Committee for CODATA, and NSF’s Advisory Committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering, as well as organizational and program committees for technical conferences and the board of directors of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing. From 1991-2000, she directed the Applications Division of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1989, she worked in drug discovery and information services at E. R. Squibb and Sons, a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. Before moving into the pharmaceutical industry, Melanie received her Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Princeton in 1979, working with Professor Jeffrey Schwartz, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, working with Professor Jack Halpern.

  • Michael Brosco

    Michael Brosco

    Director of Research Application Development

    (217) 265-6419

    mbrosco@illinois.edu

    Mike leads the OVCR IT group, which develops and supports applications designed to facilitate research across the campus. This includes online systems for monitoring research compliance, funding programs and initiatives, researcher training, reporting tools, and OVCR accounting and business needs.

  • Stephen Burton

    Stephen Burton

    IT Technical Associate

    (217) 244-0279

    sburton@illinois.edu

    Steve works to design, code, and support the online applications provided by OVCR to facilitate research across the campus.

  • Jason Butler

    Jason Butler

    Director of Portfolio Budget and Planning

    (217) 244-2138

    butlerjc@illinois.edu

    Jason is responsible for oversight of the financial portions of all research programs within the OVCR administrative unit. He serves as the point of contact for all financial transactions and commitments for the OVCR.

  • Juan Chambers

    Juan Chambers

    Administrative Assistant

    (217) 244-7179

    chamber1@illinois.edu

    Juan provides administrative support for the Vice Chancellor for Research and oversees the OVCR Civil Service support staff.

  • Kate Day

    Kate Day

    HR Associate

    (217) 300-8355

    kday1@illinois.edu

    Kate staffs OVCR searches and provides advice and guidance on HR-related issues such as promotions, behavioral adaptation, budget forecasts, and diversity/inclusion issues.

  • Melissa Edwards

    Melissa Edwards

    Director of Research Communications and Managing Director, Office of Proposal Development

    (217) 265-5446

    mme@illinois.edu

    Melissa provides strategic research communications support for the University, managing the flow of OVCR news and information, connecting PIs with resources to develop and share research, promoting research events, and organizing the Research Communications Council.

  • Kelley Frazier

    Kelley Frazier

    Office Manager

    (217) 333-6771

    kdfrazie@illinois.edu

    Kelley provides administrative support for Cynthia Oliver and Melissa Edwards. She is also the primary point of contact for all Research Board/Scholars' Travel inquiries.

  • Maria Gillombardo

    Maria Gillombardo

    External Funding Coordinator—Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

    (217) 300-3336

    gillomba@illinois.edu

    Maria provides research and editorial services, organizes targeted information sessions for fellowship and grant competitions, coordinates proposal writing groups, and meets with faculty to discuss their research interests and grant-seeking plans. 

  • Lyndon Goodly

    Lyndon Goodly

    Director of Animal Resources

    (217) 333-2564

    goodly@illinois.edu

    Lyndon provides oversight of the campus Animal Care and Use Program. As the Institutional Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal Resources, he ensures that the university remains in compliance with federal, state, and institutional policies associated with animal research, teaching, and animal wellbeing.

  • Erica Hanson

    Human Resources Associate

    (217) 333-6897

    elhanson@illinois.edu

    Erica staffs OVCR searches and provides advice and guidance on HR-related issues such as promotions, behavioral adaptation, budget forecasts, and diversity/inclusion issues.

  • Steve Holland

    Steve Holland

    Research Safety Systems Developer

    (217) 244-5652

    shol726@illinois.edu

    Steve develops and supports applications designed to help facilitate research safety across the campus. This includes online systems for monitoring research safety compliance, research safety initiatives, researcher safety training, and reporting tools.

  • Harley Johnson

    Harley Johnson

    Faculty Fellow

    (217) 265-5468

    htj@illinois.edu

    Harley works with faculty to identify and pursue new sources of both sponsored and private external funding, provides assistance and advice to units and researchers who are considering large-scale strategic research initiatives, and oversees the process for selection of limited submission proposals.

  • Sue Key

    Sue Key

    Director of Portfolio Human Resources

    (217) 244-4592

    susankey@illinois.edu

    Sue is responsible for human resources activities, provides HR advice, and serves as the assistant EEO Officer for the OVCR portfolio.

  • Pradeep Khanna

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Relations and Economic Development

    (217) 244-3606

    pkhanna@illinois.edu

    Pradeep leads corporate relations and economic development activities for the campus.

  • Linda Lee Drozt

    Linda Lee Drozt

    Regulatory Research Coordinator

    (217) 333-8124

    lklee1@illinois.edu

    Linda coordinates campus compliance with sponsor-specific conflict of interest (COI) requirements/regulations and supports conflict identification and management efforts. 

  • Jan Novakofski

    Jan Novakofski

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for Compliance

    (217) 333-6181

    jnova@illinois.edu

    Jan manages the OVCR units that provide investigator support and regulatory oversight for activities involving animals, biological safety, chemicals, human subjects, and radioactive materials.

  • Cynthia Oliver

    Cynthia Oliver

    Associate Vice Chancellor - Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

    (217) 244-3154

    coliver@illinois.edu

    Cynthia leads OVCR programs that support the creative and scholarly work of faculty in the Humanities, Arts, and related fields. She also oversees the Office of Research Advising and Project Development and serves as Executive Officer of the Campus Research Board.

  • Sam Padilla

    Interim Research Integrity Officer

    (217) 300-6385

    sppadill@illinois.edu

    Sam serves as intake official for research misconduct allegations and promotes training in the responsible conduct of research for the campus.

  • Ben Percy

    Ben Percy

    IT Technical Associate

    (217) 300-1748

    bperc2@illinois.edu

    Ben develops and supports online applications designed to facilitate various research needs across the campus

  • Dave Richardson

    Dave Richardson

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Sponsored Programs Administration

    (217) 300-7191

    daverich@illinois.edu

    Dave leads Sponsored Projects Administration, the office that supports the research enterprise throughout the entire lifecycle of an externally sponsored project, from proposal submission to award close-out.

  • Sharee Robinson

    Sharee Robinson

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

    (217) 244-4430

    sdwax@illinois.edu

    Sharee oversees the financal and human resource operations for the OVCR and portfolio units.  

  • Richard Sallee

    Business Administrative Associate

    (217) 300-3082

    rsallee2@illinois.edu

    Richard provides support throughout the limited submission selection process and assists with choosing submitted proposals.

  • Abriel Shipley

    Abriel Shipley

    Full Stack Designer/Developer

    (217) 300-5483

    aship2@illinois.edu

    Abriel provides web application, user experience, programming, and technological support for the OVCR and reporting units.

  • Evan Simpson

    Evan Simpson

    Business/Administrative Associate

    (217) 300-6232

    esimpson@illinois.edu

    Evan provides OVCR accounting and business transaction support. He is also the departmental Unified Communications contact. 

  • Jason Vetter

    Jason Vetter

    Applications Analyst

    (217) 333-0034

    jvetter@illinois.edu

    Jason designs and develops the underlying architecture used by the OVCR IT group to build online systems for monitoring research compliance, funding programs and initiatives, researcher training, reporting tools, and OVCR accounting and business needs.

  • Kraig A Wagenecht

    Kraig A Wagenecht

    Director, External Research Partnerships

    (217) 300-3911

    wagenech@illinois.edu

    Kraig provides business and administrative support and planning for campus-level research initiatives and external research collaborations.

  • D'Anne Winston

    D'Anne Winston

    Office Support Associate

    (217) 300-3752

    dwinston@illinois.edu

    D'Anne provides administrative support for Melanie Loots, Mike Brosco, and Jason Butler. She also provides support for routing the annual Report of Non-University Activities.

  • Tyler Wolpert

    Research Communications Coordinator

    (217) 300-1234

    wolpert1@illinois.edu

    Tyler coordinates and promotes OVCR news and information by managing social media, creating website content, and sharing research events.

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