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

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.

Mark E. Schmitt, PhD

Mark E. Schmitt, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research
1118 Weiskotten Hall
schmittm@upstate.edu
315 464-4515

Amy Green

Amy Green
Executive Administrative Assistant
1118 Weiskotten Hall
GreenAmy@upstate.edu
315-464-4517

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

Holly Chanatry
Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
4200 Institute of Human Performance
chanatrh@upstate.edu
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

Katie Keough, MPA, CRA
Director, Research Development
1111F Weiskotten Hall
keoughk@upstate.edu
315-464-5639

Danielle Limer-Nies

Danielle Limer-Nies
Research Administrative Support Specialist
1111A Weiskotten Hall
limernid@upstate.edu
315-464-4397

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
Director, Quality Affairs for Research
howellt@upstate.edu
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 A. Rudes

Jennifer A. Rudes
Director of Research Administration Sponsored Programs Office
1111E Weiskotten Hall
rudesj@upstate.edu
315-464-5385

Kara O'Donnell

Kara O'Donnell
Senior Research Administrator
1111D Weiskotten Hall
odonneka@upstate.edu
315-464-5383

Ellen Furnari

Ellen Furnari
Research Administrator
1111C Weiskotten Hall
FurnariE@upstate.edu
315-464-4396

April Bridges

April Bridges
Sponsored Programs Assistant
1111G Weiskotten Hall
bridgesa@upstate.edu
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, BA, RRT, CCRP

MaryLou Watson, BA, RRT, CCRP
Director, Clinical Research Initiatives
1111B Weiskotten Hall

Watsonma@upstate.edu
315-464-5004

Tanisha Sullivan, CPC

Tanisha Sullivan, CPC
Medicare Coverage Analyst
1109D Weiskotten Hall
sullivta@upstate.edu
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

Marti Benedict RN, BSN
IRB Administrator & Chief Compliance Officer for Research
1109C Weiskotten Hall
benedicm@upstate.edu
315-464-4317

Jean DeCicco

Jean DeCicco
IRB Coordinator
1109E Weiskotten Hall
cardillj@upstate.edu
315-464-4317

Michelle Saya, RN, BSN, MSM

Michelle Saya, RN, BSN, MSM
Clinical Research Compliance Specialist
1109F Weiskotten Hall
sayam@upstate.edu
315-464-4317

Michelle Taylor, RPA-C, MS, MT(ASCP)

Michelle Taylor, RPA-C, MS, MT(ASCP)
Quality Assessment & Improvement Program Coordinator
1109G Weiskotten Hall
TaylorMi@upstate.edu
315-464-4328

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.

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP
Executive Director for CNYBAC
durdonk@upstate.edu
315-464-9290

Stephanie Carbone

Stephanie Carbone
Office Coordinator
carbonst@upstate.edu
315-464-9288

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Julie Ritchie

Julie Ritchie
IACUC Administrator
RitchieJ@upstate.edu
315-464-4292

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