Funding Professionals

Office of Research – Research Development

Michale Gallo
Director of Research Development
Office of Research

Michael Gallo
magallo@uci.edu

Michael Gallo 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...
Beth Riley
Editorial Director
Office of Research

Beth Riley
briley@uci.edu

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 ...

Research Development in the Schools

Melinda Gormley
Research Development Officer
School of Biological Sciences

Melinda Gormley
mgormley@uci.edu

Melinda Gormley received her Ph.D. in history of science and her research focuses on the history of life sciences in 20th-century America and the role of scientists in public policy. In recent years, her primary concentration has been on...
Justin Sarkis
Research Development Coordinator
School of Biological Sciences

Justin Sarkis
sarkisj@uci.edu

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...
Amanda Jeanne Swain
Executive Director, Humanities Commons
School of Humanities

Amanda Jeanne Swain
ajswain@uci.edu

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 propos...
Tara Massimino
Director of Research Development
School of Medicine

Tara Massimino
tmassimi@uci.edu

Since 2005 Tara has served in various research support positions for clinical and biomedical research. From 2005-2007, she served as a Research Associate for the Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG)at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childre...
Lori Greene
Assistant Dean for Engineering Research Management
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Lori Greene
legreene@uci.edu

Dr. Greene received her Ph.D. (2007) in materials chemistry from the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and a B.S. (2001) in chemistry and geology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation research focused on nanotechnology and s...
Holly Hapke
Director of Research Development
School of Social Sciences and School of Social Ecology

Holly Hapke
hhapke@uci.edu

Holly Hapke 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 ...
Helen Chen
Director of Research Development
School of Physical Sciences

Hellen Chen
chenhc@uci.edu

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 UC...

Corporate & Foundation Relations

Roxanne Ford
Executive Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations
University Advancement

Roxanne Ford
fordmr@uci.edu

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 th...
Marge Brannon
Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
University Advancement

Marge Brannon
mbrannon@uci.edu

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...
Marianne Smith
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
University Advancement

Marianne Smith
mrsmith1@uci.edu

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 o...

Applied Innovation

Ronnie Hanecak
Senior Director, Invention Transfer Group
UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Ronnie Hanecak
rhanecak@uci.edu

Dr. Hanecak is the Senior Director of the Invention Transfer Group in UCI Applied Innovation. Dr. Hanecak is responsible for leading the Invention Transfer Group (ITG) and is the coordinator of the POP Grants Program...