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About SLU Research

Saint Louis University's Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) provides support, guidance, and resources to faculty pursuing original research.

The Office of the Vice President for Research enables faculty research by fostering a vibrant research environment at SLU. Our goal is to lift many of the administrative burdens that accompany managing sponsored research so that faculty can focus on pursuing the research itself. The Office of the Vice President for Research can assist SLU faculty in the following areas:

  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Convening faculty from across disciplines and creating collaborations
  • Proposal development and review
  • Managing awards and post-award compliance support

Research Councils and Committees

In the spirit of shared governance, SLU Research manages a variety of committees and councils to convene faculty, staff and administration around research. A list of these organizations, their charges, and their most up-to-date rosters can be viewed on the page below. 

View Research Councils and Committees

Our Team

Vice President for Research and Partnerships
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Kenneth A. Olliff
Dubourg Hall, Room 448

For appointments, contact Amy Breuer, executive assistant to the vice president at

Ken Olliff serves as vice president for research and partnerships at Saint Louis University, a position he has held since July 2016. Olliff is responsible for growing the scale and eminence of SLU’s research enterprise, fostering an innovative research culture, building areas of distinctive strength, and raising SLU’s profile as a preeminent Jesuit research university. Olliff also oversees SLU’s research innovation efforts, and partners with business and civic leaders to advance talent, commercialization, workforce development, and regional economic impact.

In 2018, Olliff oversaw the creation and now serves as director of the Saint Louis University Research Institute. Founded through a 10-year, $50 million gift from Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield, the goal of the Research Institute is to grow SLU into a leading private research university.

Olliff also serves on the board of the Cortex Innovation Community, where he co-led the search for the CEO of Cortex. He serves on the boards of the Taylor Geospatial Engine, the St. Louis Science Center, and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center STL. He is a member of the BioSTL Coalition, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Mission Science Council, and the Governing Council of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Olliff joined Saint Louis University after 12 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as associate vice president for program development in the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Labs. Responsible for managing UChicago’s research enterprise along with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories, the Office oversaw a combined annual research expenditure of approximately $1.4 billion.

Olliff received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester and his Doctor of Ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He did advanced graduate work in religion at Harvard University, and he holds an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Leadership Team

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Alexis Bruce-Staudt

Assistant Vice President for Research, Administration and Operations

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Amy Breuer

Manager, Program and Partnerships
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Partnerships

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Bob Grant

Executive Director Communications, Research
Office of the Vice President for Research
Taylor Geospatial Institute

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Lee Seabrooke

Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Compliance

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Kristi Bain

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Craig Burroughs

Director of Business Management

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Claire Gilbert

Director of Scholarly Research Initiatives, Office of the Vice President for Research
Associate Professor, History

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Jenna Gorlewicz

Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, School of Science and Engineering
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Adriana Montaño

Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Vasit Sagan

Associate Vice President for Geospatial Science, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


Support Staff
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Joe Lampe

Program Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships

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Bob McNair

Business Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships

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Courtney Neal

Coordinator, Human Research Protection Program
Administrative Assistant, IRB

GO Center

The Grant Operation (GO) Center brings together key pre- and post-award staff into a single team to provide hands-on support to faculty applying for and managing their grants.

View the GO Center Pre and Post Award Assignments (PDF)

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Matt Renaud

Executive Director, GO Center

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Vicki Moreland

Assistant Director, Pre-Award Operations

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Kellisa Fiala

Assistant Director, Post-Award Operations


Cori Ruprecht

Pre-Award Specialist II


Meagan Cleary

Pre-Award Specialist III


Andrea Miller

Pre/Post-Award Specialist II


Leah Trimble

Pre/Post-Award Specialist II



Carlos Rivera

Post-Award Specialist I


Clara Schmeiderer

Post-Award Specialist I


Sara Bauman

Post-Award Specialist II



Laura Guebert

Pre-Award Specialist I


Ellen John

Post-Award Specialist II

Research Innovation Group

The Research Innovation Group (RIG) manages the intellectual property portfolio and industry contracting activities for Saint Louis University. 

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Anne K. Miller

Director, Research Commercialization

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Zerina Albrecht

Contracts Manager

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Danielle McCrady

Contract Specialist

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Kine' J. Walker

Administrative Assistant

Research Development Group

The Research Development Group (RDG) works with faculty in all aspects of research program development, including idea generation, seed funding, project management, and proposal submission.

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David Borgmeyer

Director of Research Development

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Christine Luebbert

Project Manager

Sponsored Programs Accounting Group

The Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Group handles financial and accounting matters for faculty who have been awarded grants and contracts. SPA provides this support for externally sponsored federal and private awards and for internally funded awards.

Contact Your Department's Sponsored Programs Accounting Team Member

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Patti Montgomery, CPA

Grant Accountant

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Katie McDowell, CPA

Grant Accountant II

Research Integrity and Compliance

Saint Louis University has multiple committees charged with ensuring the safety and integrity of research performed at the University. SLU’s research compliance committees help maintain effective compliance with University policy and regulatory requirements.

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Mark Haenchen

Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety

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Kerry Borawski

Director, Conflict of Interest in Research

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Steve Tinge

Manager, IACUC

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Kevin Ferguson

Associate Radiation Officer

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Renee Knoll

Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety

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Maureen Bresnahan

Director, Human Research Protection Program


Elena Breer

IRB Analyst


Zach Pudlowski

IRB Analyst


Lydia Deterding

IRB Analyst


Kathrine Bendtsen

IRB Analyst


Mirela Grabic

Quality Assurance and Education Associate

Pat Osmack

Patricia Osmack

IBC Manager

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Christopher Eickhoff

Biological Safety Officer


Jared Arter

Environmental Compliance Manager

Lance Peters

Lance Peters

Radiation Safety Specialist

Connor Magner

Environmental Safety Specialist

Tammy Blevins

Assistant Biological Safety Officer


Amanda Nethington

Environmental Safety Specialist

Research Computing Group

The Research Computing Group (RCG) builds on Saint Louis University's ambition to develop and improve computing infrastructure, technology, services and support for research.


Maureen Donlin, Ph.D.

Director, Research Computing


Shruthi Sreenivasa Murthy

Assistant Director, Research Computing

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Patrick Cuba

IT Architect

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Bryan Haberberger

Full Stack Developer