Justin Sarkis
Research Development Coordinator
School of Biological Sciences

Justin Sarkis

5106 Natural Sciences II
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1450

Phone: (949) 824-9698
Fax: (949) 824-7467
E-mail: sarkisj@uci.edu

Justin Sarkis, M.S.

Research Development Coordinator
School of Biological Sciences

Justin Sarkis helps faculty members in the School of Biological Sciences acquire funding for their research through grant proposal development. He has worked in proposal development since 2017 in academia at U.C. Riverside and in industry at Clean Energy in Newport Beach. Justin holds an M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Michigan. His research interests are in human language production, second language learning, and language variation. Justin is an active member of the California Chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals through which he earned Foundation Certification in proposal writing in 2019. Outside of work, Justin is an avid listener of classical music and likes to read books about human behavior.

Helen Chen
Director of Research Development
School of Physical Sciences

Helen Chen

162 Rowland Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-4675

Phone: (949) 824-8452
Fax: (949) 824-1780
E-mail: chenhc@uci.edu

Helen Chen, Ph.D.

Director of Research Development
School of Physical Sciences

Dr. Helen Chen is the Director of Research Development in the School of Physical Sciences, where she develops strategies to expand research programs, and works with faculty to prepare competitive proposals. Prior to joining UCI, she worked at UCR where she provided proposal assistance to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and the College of Engineering. She has been in the research development field since 2015, and has successfully assisted investigators in securing funding from NSF, DOE, NIH, and USDA, among other agencies.

Dr. Chen received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCI, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Washington. Her dissertation focused on interactions between nanoparticles and immune cell receptors. During her postdoctoral studies at UCI, she studied the role of cell death signaling pathways in the activation of the immune system. Her career has included research in biomaterials and biological sciences, along with extensive experience in scientific writing and proposal development.

Beth Riley
Editorial Director
Office of Research

Beth Riley

5171 California Ave, Suite 150
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-3185

Phone: (949) 824-3951
Fax: (949) 824-3400
E-mail: briley@uci.edu

Beth Riley, Ph.D.

Editorial Director
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Beth Riley, Editorial Director in UCI’s Office of Research, is a research development professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field.  With a Ph.D. in English, she specializes in writing and editing documents for grant proposals in all disciplines.  She is available to provide the following services to UC Irvine faculty and staff:

  • Project management of grant proposals, including assistance with timelines and planning, drafting and/or editing of documents, and coordination with MSOs and UCI’s Sponsored Projects office
  • Drafting and/or editing of project summary and description, bio sketches, support letters, and other documents
  • Individualized training in the use of the Pivot funding database
  • Answering questions about current and historical research development at UCI, drawing on her institutional knowledge

Holly Hapke
Director of Research Development
School of Social Sciences and
School of Social Ecology

Holly Hapke

5404 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

Phone: (949) 824-3183
E-mail: hhapke@uci.edu

Holly Hapke

Director of Research Development
School of Social Sciences & School of Social Ecology

Holly Hapke, Ph.D. is a geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist with research interests in political economy, rural development, gender, fisheries and food production systems, migration, ecological conflict, and South Asia. Specific research projects have examined the impact of technological transformation and globalization on artisanal fishing communities, fish markets, and fisherfolk livelihoods in India; technological transformation in the flue-cured tobacco industry of eastern North Carolina; transnational Latinx migration in the US South; cultural impacts of Gulf migration in India; and the role of fish in food security for the urban poor in India and Ghana. Funding for her research has been secured from NSF, Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the GoldenLEAF Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Dr. Hapke earned her MA and PhD at Syracuse University. Prior to arriving at UCI, she spent 22 years as a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University where she also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Distance Education in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017 Dr. Hapke served as a program director in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation with responsibilities for the Geography and Spatial Sciences, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems, and Transformations to Sustainability Programs and the Working Groups on the Science of Broadening Participation and Navigating the New Arctic.

Marianne Smith
Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations
University Advancement

Marianne Smith

100 Theory, Suite 250
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5601

Phone: (949) 824-2013
Fax: (949) 824-1764
E-mail: mrsmith1@uci.edu

Marianne Smith

Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
University Advancement

Dr. Marianne Smith is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in University Advancement, where she is responsible for developing strategies to build the University’s relationships with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Her focus is on the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, as well as related centers and units.  The Corporate and Foundation Relations team can help review letters of intent and proposals, interpret funding guidelines, conduct searches for funding opportunities and help prepare faculty and administrators for site visits with foundation representatives.

Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. (1998) in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) where she identified a specific region of the rat brain sodium channel that is critical for fast inactivation. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, as a content scientist in private industry, and most recently as Director of Research Development in the Office of Research at UC Irvine. Her career has included research in multiple biological sciences disciplines as well as extensive experience in scientific writing and editing.

Marge Brannon
Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
University Advancement

Marge Brannon

100 Theory, Suite 250
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5601

Phone: (949) 824-9932
Fax: (949) 824-1764
E-mail: mbrannon@uci.edu

Marge Brannon

Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
University Advancement

Marge Brannon is Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, where she is responsible for developing strategies to build the University’s relationships with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Her focus is on Arts, Business, Humanities, Law, Social Ecology and Social Sciences, as well as related centers and units.  The Corporate and Foundation Relations team can help review letters of intent and proposals, interpret funding guidelines, conduct searches for funding opportunities and help prepare faculty and administrators for site visits with foundation representatives.

Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Development for the UC Irvine Libraries. She came to UC Irvine after 15 years in corporate philanthropy at Chicago Tribune Foundation, starting as an intern and rising to become President of the Foundation. She was very active in Chicago’s philanthropic community and served as President of Chicago Women in Philanthropy. Marge earned her BA from Mary Washington University and did graduate work in South Asia Regional Studies at University of Pennsylvania.  In 1986, she completed an MBA in a nonprofit management program from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Roxanne Ford
Executive Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations
University Advancement

Roxanne Ford

100 Theory, Suite 250
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5601

Phone: (949) 824-8171
Fax: (949) 824-1764
E-mail: fordmr@uci.edu

Roxanne Ford

Executive Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations
University Advancement

Roxanne Ford is Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, where she is responsible for developing strategies to build the University’s relationships with corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Her focus is on the schools of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Information & Computer Sciences, and Physical Sciences, as well as related centers and units.  The Corporate and Foundation Relations team can help review letters of intent and proposals, interpret funding guidelines, conduct searches for funding opportunities and help prepare faculty and administrators for site visits with foundation representatives.

Previously, Roxanne was Program Director of the Medical Research Grant Program at the W. M. Keck Foundation, which she joined in 1985. Roxanne received a BA from Pomona College and an MS in informal science education from Oregon State University. She has been a presenter at many national conferences, and was chair of the CASE CFR national conference in 2017.

Ronnie Hanecak
Senior Director of Licensing
Applied Innovation

Ronnie Hanecak

5141 California Ave, Suite 200
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7700

Phone: (949) 824-7186
Fax: (949) 824-3800
E-mail: rhanecak@uci.edu

Ronnie Hanecak, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Licensing
Applied Innovation

Dr. Hanecak is the Senior Director of Licensing in UCI Applied Innovation. Dr. Hanecak is responsible for leading the Invention Transfer Group (ITG). The ITG serves as the focal point for the evaluation, management, and licensing of UCI’s broad intellectual property portfolio (including inventions in the life sciences, biomedical and physical sciences sectors), material transfers, and industry/university interactions involving both research and technology transfer.

Prior to joining UCI in 2002, Dr. Hanecak held research director, project management, and business development positions at Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Trega Biosciences, Inc. where she managed and expanded multimillion dollar, international research and development collaborations. Drug discovery and development project areas included antisense and small molecule pharmaceutical drug candidates for infectious disease targets, metabolic diseases, inflammatory and immune disorders.

She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now known as Stony Brook University).

Michael A. Gallo
Director of Research Development
Office of Research

Michael Gallo

160 Aldrich Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-3175

Phone: (949) 824-3752
Fax: (949) 824-2095
E-mail: magallo@uci.edu

Michael A. Gallo Jr., Ph.D.

Director of Research Development, Office of Research

Michael Gallo Jr. serves as the Director of Research Development at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In his role as Director, he is responsible for assisting faculty and research groups in identifying external funding opportunities, and in developing compelling and competitive grant proposals. Working with the Research Development Officers (RDOs), from the different schools at UCI, he provides administrative coordination for faculty from all disciplines who are developing major multi-investigator research and outreach grant proposals. He also develops and leads training sessions on proposal writing and interacting with program officers at federal agencies, and works to stimulate interdisciplinary interactions across schools and departments.

Prior to working at UCI, Michael was the Director of Research Development for the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, and the Director of various grant programs at Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Michael received a B.A. in Communication from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.

Amanda Jeanne Swain
Executive Director, Humanities Commons
School of Humanities

Amanda Swain

Humanities Gateway, 1st Floor
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3375

Phone: (949) 824-1948
Fax: (949) 824-2379
E-mail: ajswain@uci.edu

Amanda Jeanne Swain, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Humanities Commons
School of Humanities

Amanda Jeanne Swain received a PhD in History, as well as a Master’s degree in International Studies, from the University of Washington. She works closely with faculty and graduate students in the School of Humanities to develop proposals for funding ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects. She has written and helped develop successful proposals for research and program funding from federal agencies, academic associations, other universities, foundations and individual donors. She has over twelve years’ experience in program development and program management in the humanities, including university-community partnerships, grant-making, multi-disciplinary collaborations and exhibitions. Her own research focuses on the intersections of national, Soviet and youth identities in youth protests in the 1970s, as well as on tensions between national and European identities in Eastern Europe after the end of communism.