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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 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. An up-to-date list of these organizations, their charges, and their most up-to-date rosters can be viewed at the page below. 

Research Councils and Committees

Our Team

The Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Ken Olliff

Kenneth A. Olliff

kolliff@slu.edu
773-612-6484
Dubourg Hall, Room 448
 
For appointments: Amy Breuer, executive assistant to the vice president: amy.breuer@slu.edu
 

Ken Olliff serves as vice president for research and partnerships at Saint Louis University, a role that 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 research university. Olliff also oversees SLU’s research innovation efforts, working closely with St. Louis’ innovation and entrepreneurship community to translate research discoveries into the marketplace.

In fall 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 Rex Sinquefield, the vision for the Research Institute is to set SLU on a path to becoming the world’s leading Jesuit research university.

Olliff serves as chair of the Program Committee for the Cortex Innovation Community and on the board of the Center for Creative Arts in St. Louis. He is a member of the St. Louis 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 oversees a combined annual research expenditures 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 performed advanced graduate work in religion at Harvard University, and he holds an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Most Recent Communications from the Vice President

View a Complete List of Messages From the Vice President for Research

Selected Interviews From the Vice President

Leadership Team
 
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Matthew Christian

Associate Vice President for Research and Chief of Staff
matthew.christian@slu.edu
314-977-2047

Jasmin Patel

Jasmin Patel

Assistant Vice President for Research, Research Strategy Group
jasmin.patel@slu.edu
314-977-3289
 


Anne Miller

Anne Miller

Director, Research Commercialization
anne.miller@slu.edu
314-580-5093

Graeme Thomas

Graeme Thomas

Executive Director, Research Innovation
graeme.thomas@slu.edu
314-272-2599


Mark Haenchen

Mark Haenchen

Executive Director, Research Integrity and Safety Group
mark.haenchen@slu.edu
314-977-6885

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Lisa Wagner

Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting Group
lisa.wagner@slu.edu
314-977-5453


Amy Breuer

Amy Breuer

Manager, Program and Partnerships
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Partnerships
amy.breuer@slu.edu
314-977-7742

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Alexis Bruce-Staudt

Executive Director of GO Centers
alexis.brucestaudt@slu.edu
314-977-6314

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Bob McNair

Business Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research
robert.mcnair@slu.edu
314-977-9377

GO Centers

The Grant Operation (GO) Centers 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.

GO Center Pre and Post Award Assignments (PDF)

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Alexis Bruce-Staudt

Executive Director of GO Centers
alexis.brucestaudt@slu.edu
314-977-6314


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Matt Renaud

Director, GO Center 1
matt.renaud@slu.edu
314-977-5625

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Ann Scales

Post-Award Specialist I
ann.scales@slu.edu
314-977-7548


Karla Meshey

Karla Meshey

Pre-Award Specialist II
karla.m.meshey@slu.edu
314-977-8615


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Sara Bauman

Post-Award Specialist I
sara.bauman@slu.edu
314-977-6095


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Heather Venable

Research Institute Post-Award Specialist
heather.venable@slu.edu

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Chris Luebbert

Pre-Award Specialist
christine.luebbert@slu.edu
314-977-9766

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Laura Brugger

Pre-Award Specialist I
laura.brugger@slu.edu
314-977-7743

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Kellisa Fiala

Post-Award Specialist II
kellisa.fiala@slu.edu
314-977-9356

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Sharmi Ray

Post-Award Specialist II
sharmi.ray@slu.edu
314-977-6356

Terri Borowiak

Terri Borowiak

Grants Administrator
terri.borowiak@slu.edu
314-977-2215

 
Vicki Moreland

Vicki Moreland

Grants Manager
vicki.moreland@slu.edu
314-977-7733

Research Innovation Group

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

Graeme Thomas

Graeme Thomas

Assistant to the VP for Research and Partnerships, Research Innovation Initiatives
graeme.thomas@slu.edu
314-272-2599


Malcolm Townes

Malcolm S. Townes

Associate Director, Technology Commercialization & Entrepreneurship
malcolm.townes@slu.edu
314-236-9096
 

Anne Miller

Anne K. Miller

Director, Research Commercialization
anne.miller@slu.edu
314-925-3042
 

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Zerina Albrecht

Contracts Manager
zerina.albrecht@slu.edu
314-925-3049

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Danielle McCrady

Contract Specialist
314-977-1219
danielle.mccrady@slu.edu

Kine Walker

Kine' J. Walker

Administrative Assistant
kine.walker@slu.edu
314-925-3027

Research Strategy Group

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

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Jasmin Patel

Assistant Vice President for Research, Research Strategy Group
jasmin.patel@slu.edu
314-977-3289


Matthew Schuelke

Matthew Schuelke

Senior Statistician
matthew.schuelke@slu.edu
314-977-9766

Mike Marcinkowski

Mike Marcinkowski

Grant Writer
mike.marcinkowski@slu.edu
314-977-9769


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David Borgmeyer

Research Strategist
david.borgmeyer@slu.edu
314-977-1129

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
patti.montgomery@slu.edu
314-977-1195

Lei Tang

Lei Tang, M.Acc.

Financial Analyst
lei.tang@slu.edu
314-977-2390


Mary Lou

Mary Lou Pereira, B.A.

Grant Accountant
marylou.pereira@slu.edu
314-977-6352

Katie McDowell

Katie McDowell, CPA

Grant Accountant II
catherine.mcdowell@slu.edu
314-977-6357

Sharmi Ray

Sharmi Ray, M.A.

Grant Accountant
sharmi.ray@slu.edu
314-977-6356

Research Integrity and Safety Group

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.

Mark Haenchen

Mark Haenchen

Executive Director, Research Integrity and Safety Group
mark.haenchen@slu.edu
314-977-6885

Libby Tempel

Libby Tempel

Manager, COI
libby.tempel@slu.edu
314-977-7047

Steve Tinge

Steve Tinge

Manager, IACUC
steve.tinge@slu.edu
314-977-2569

Kevin Ferguson

Kevin Ferguson

Associate Radiation Officer
kevin.ferguson@slu.edu
314-977-6896

Renee Knoll

Renee Knoll

Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety
renee.knoll@slu.edu
314-977-6884


Maureen Bresnahan

Maureen Bresnahan

Director, Human Research Protection Program
maureen.bresnahan@slu.edu
314-977-7734


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Elena Breer

IRB Analyst
elena.breer@slu.edu
314-977-7741

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Zach Pudlowski

IRB Analyst
zach.pudlowski@slu.edu
314-977-7735

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Mike Rangel

IRB Analyst
mike.rangel@slu.edu
314-977-2029

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Kathrine Bendtsen

IRB Analyst
kathrine.bendtsen@slu.edu
314-977-7732

Courtney Neal

Courtney Neal

Coordinator, Human Research Protection Program
Administrative Assistant, IRB
courtney.neal@slu.edu
314-977-7744

Pat Osmack

Patricia Osmack

IBC Manager
patricia.osmack@slu.edu
314-977-6897

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Christopher Eickhoff

Biological Safety Officer
christopher.eickhoff@health.slu.edu
314-977-6888

Greg Buettner

Greg Buettner

Environmental Compliance Manager
greg.buettner@slu.edu
314-977-6882

Lance Peters

Lance Peters

Radiation Safety Specialist
lance.peters@slu.edu
314-977-6894

Connor Magner

Environmental Safety Specialist
connnor.magnersackman@slu.edu
314-977-6795

Tammy Blevins

Assistant Biological Safety Officer
tammy.blevins@health.slu.edu
314-977-6870

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.

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Maureen Donlin, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Research Computing
maureen.donlin@health.slu.edu
314-977-8858

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Annamaria Szakonyi

Research Computing Architect
annamaria.szakonyi@health.slu.edu
314-977-3987


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Dennis Thomas

Linux Systems Administrator
ITS-Division Administration
dennis.thomas@health.slu.edu
314-977-2583