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Research Administration Directory

Research Administration offices are located in Weiskotten Hall, the Institute of Human Performance and in the CNY Biotech Accelerator:

  • The Office of the Vice President for Research, Room 1118, Weiskotten Hall
  • Strategic Research Initiatives Office, Room 4200, Institute of Human Performance
  • Research Development Office, 1111F, Weiskotten Hall
  • Research Integrity Office, Room 2142, Weiskotten Hall
  • Technology Transfer Office, Room 1109B, Weiskotten Hall
  • Quality Assurance Program, Room 1109 D, Weiskotten Hall
  • Sponsored Programs Pre-Award and Clinical Trials Office, Suite 1111, Weiskotten Hall
  • Clinical Research Initiative Offices, 1111B and 1109D Weiskotten Hall
  • Research Compliance, Suite 1109, Weiskotten Hall 
  • CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. Syr. NY 13210

Office of the Vice President for Research

Under the direction of the Vice President for Research, the Department of Research Administration provides support and oversight for all aspects of the research enterprise at Upstate Medical University.

David Amberg, PhD
Mark E. Schmitt, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research
Phone: 315 464-4515

Strategic Research Initiatives Office

The Strategic Research Initiatives office seeks collaborative research opportunities and broader funding mechanisms to build up our partnerships on the Hill -- the Syracuse VA, SUNY ESF, and Syracuse University -- and nurtures new partnerships with the DOD, Gates Foundation, SUNY REACH, SUNY 2020, USAID and others. The office will coordinate complex funding submissions and provide assistance to Upstate faculty interested in developing new partnerships.

Holly Chanatry, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
Holly Chanatry
Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
Phone: 315 464-4326

Research Development Office

The Research Development office identifies and disseminates funding opportunities for Upstate faculty, staff and students; coordinates complex and collaborative proposal submissions, instrumentation, center and core grants; and administers internal funding opportunities. The office also identifies funding trends and federal research priorities to position Upstate for continued success.

Katie Keough, MPA, CRA
Director, Research Development
Phone: 315-464-5639

Research Integrity Office

Promotes and monitors the responsible conduct of research and accepts and assesses allegations of research misconduct and oversees inquiries and investigations of allegations that fall within the Upstate Research Misconduct Policy.

Dr. Robert Quinn
Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
Phone: 315 464-6486

Quality Assurance Program

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the institution-wide clinical research Quality Assurance Program including in-patient and out-patient drug trials, device trials and other medical research. 

Terrence Howell, MBA
Terrence Howell, MBA
Director, Quality Affairs for Research
Phone: 315 464-4337

Sponsored Programs

Acts as the local liaison to the Albany-based Research Foundation of SUNY, tracks proposals and insures compliance with pertinent governmental regulations.

Jennifer Rudes
Jennifer A. Rudes
Director of Research Administration Sponsored Programs Office
Phone: 315 464-5385

Kara O'Donnell
Research Administrator
Phone: 315 464-5383

Ellen Furnari
Research Administrator
Phone: 315 464-4396
April Bridges                        
April Bridges
Sponsored Programs Assistant
Phone: 315 464-5384

Clinical Research Initiatives Office

The Clinical Research Initiatives Office serves as the first point of contact for clinical faculty interested in developing a research program or expanding their current research interests, including providing information on the clinical research infrastructure and on-campus centralized resources.

MaryLou Watson

MaryLou Watson, BA, RRT, CCRP
Director, Clinical Research Initiatives
Phone: 315 464-5004

Tanisha Sullivan

Tanisha Sullivan, CPC-A
Medicare Coverage Analyst
Phone: 315 464-4325

Research Compliance

Assures that all research conducted at Upstate and/or by faculty of Upstate involving human subjects, laboratory animals, radiation, toxic and infectious agents, human tissues and recombinant DNA complies with governmental regulations and institutional policies.

Compliance Committees

  • IRB Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects
  • QAIP Quality Assessment & Improvement Program for Human Subjects Research
  • RSC Radiation Safety Committee
  • IBC Bio-Safety Committee
  • IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Marti Benedict RN, BSN, CIP
Marti Benedict RN, BSN
IRB Administrator & Chief Compliance Officer for Research
Phone: 315 464-4317
Jean decicco, IRB Coordinator
Jean DeCicco
IRB Coordinator
Phone: 315 464-4317
Michelle Saya
Michelle Saya, RN BSN, MSM
Clinical Research Compliance Specialist
Phone: 315 464-4317

Julie Ritchie

Julie Ritchie
IACUC Coordinator
Phone: 315-464-4292

(QAIP) Coordinator
Phone: 315 464-4317

CNY Biotech Accelerator

841 East Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

The CNY BAC Incubates and accelerates university-industry partnerships that discover, design, develop and deploy innovative products for bioscience marketplaces.

Robert Corona
Robert J. Corona DO, MBA
Vice President for Innovation and Business Development
Phone: 315 464-9288
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP
Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships
Phone: 315 464-9290