Research Administration Directory

Research Administration offices are located in Weiskotten Hall. Research Administration functions are listed below.

  • The Office of the Vice President for Research, Room 1118
  • Research Compliance, Room 1109
  • Technology Transfer, Room 1109 B
  • Quality Assurance Program, Room 1109 D
  • Research Development and Research Integrity, Room 2142, 2nd Floor, Weiskotten Hall
  • Sponsored Programs, Clinical Trials, Room 1111 
  • 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
David C. Amberg, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research
ambergd@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4515
Ellen Furnari
Ellen Furnari
Assistant to the Vice President for Research
furnarie@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4517

Strategic Research Initiatives and Development 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
chanatrh@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4326

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.

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Dr. Robert Quinn
Interim Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
RIO@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-6486
Barbara Humphrey
Barbara Humphrey
Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
humphreb@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4322

Technology Transfer Office

Technology Transfer services at Upstate are designed to identify and protect SUNY-developed technologies and create partnerships with industry to further research and license inventions for public use.

Scott McFarlane
Scott Macfarlane
Director, Research Technology and Commercialization
macfarls@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-7613

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. 

Joe Tarsio

Joseph F. Tarsio, MBA, PhD
Quality Assurance Manager
tarsioj@upstate.edu
Phone: 315-464-4325

Clinical Trials Office

Serves as point of contact for all information relating to clinical trials, and as a liaison between Principal Investigators and Study Sponsors, in negotiating contracts and budgets for clinical trials. Also, responsible for updating the Volunteers for Clinical Trials webpage.

Danielle Doll
Danielle T. Doll
Clinical Trials Specialist
dolld@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4396

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
rudesj@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-5385
Brian E. Moore
Brian E. Moore
Grants and Contracts Administrator
moorebri@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-5385
April Bridges
April Bridges
Administrative Assistant
bridgesa@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-5384

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
benedicm@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4317
Jean decicco, IRB Coordinator
Jean DeCicco
IRB Coordinator
cardillj@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4317
Robin Cerro NP, MSN
Robin Cerro NP, MSN
(QAIP) Coordinator
cerror@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4328
Michele O'Brien
Michele O'Brien
Administrative Assistant
Obrienm@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-4317

Coty, Karen

Karen Coty
IACUC Coordinator
Cotyk@upstate.edu
Phone: 315-464-4292


CNY Biotech Accelerator

841 East Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

As a joint venture with SUNY ESF. The CNY Biotech Accelerator strives to be a globally recognized nexus for accelerating technologies related to the life sciences and the environment.

Robert Corona
Robert J. Corona DO, MBA
Vice President for Innovation and Business Development
mind@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-9288
Pazaras
Kathy Pazaras
Building Coordinator
pazarask@upstate.edu
Phone: 315 464-9288