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.
The Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Kenneth A. Olliffkolliff@slu.edu 773-612-6484 Dubourg Hall, Room 448
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
- SLU Research Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2020 Update (5/13/20)
- Message from the VP for Research on Laboratory Activity (3/18/20)
- COVID-19: Research Continuity Message (3/11/20)
Selected Interviews From the Vice President
- "Here's What Cortex is Seeking in Its Next CEO," St. Louis Business Journal (10/8/19)
- "NGA, SLU and the 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem," St. Louis on the Air (4/10/19)
- "Nothing Impossible: Geospatial Tech in STL," KMOX (1/13/19)
Matthew ChristianAssociate Vice President for Research and Chief of Staff firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-2047
Jasmin PatelAssistant Vice President for Research, Research Strategy Group email@example.com 314-977-3289
Anne MillerDirector, Research Commercialization firstname.lastname@example.org 314-580-5093
Graeme ThomasExecutive Director, Research Innovation email@example.com 314-272-2599
Mark HaenchenExecutive Director, Research Integrity and Safety Group firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6885
Lisa WagnerDirector, Sponsored Programs Accounting Group
Amy BreuerManager, Program and Partnerships Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Partnerships email@example.com 314-977-7742
Alexis Bruce-StaudtExecutive Director of GO Centers firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6314
Bob McNairBusiness Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research
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.
Alexis Bruce-StaudtExecutive Director of GO Centers
Ann ScalesPost-Award Specialist I email@example.com 314-977-7548
Matt RenaudDirector, GO Center 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-5625
Angela JouglardPost-Award Specialist II email@example.com 314-977-7543
Karla MesheyPre-Award Specialist II firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-8615
Sara BaumanPost-Award Specialist I email@example.com 314-977-6095
Cyn WisePost-Award Specialist III firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-9356
Chris LuebbertPre-Award Specialist email@example.com
Heather VenableResearch Institute Post-Award Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Innovation Group (RIG) manages the intellectual property portfolio and industry contracting activities for Saint Louis University.
Executive Director, Research Innovation
Malcolm S. TownesBusiness Development Manager email@example.com 314-236-9096
Anne K. MillerDirector, Research Commercialization
Zerina AlbrechtContracts Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 314-925-3049
Kine' J. WalkerAdministrative Assistant email@example.com 314-925-3027
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.
Assistant Vice President for Research, Research Strategy Group
Matthew SchuelkeSenior Statistician firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-9766
Terri BorowiakGrants Administrator email@example.com 314-977-2215
Mike MarcinkowskiGrant Writer firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-9769
Vicki MorelandGrants Manager email@example.com 314-977-7733
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.
Patti Montgomery, CPAGrant Accountant firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-1195
Lei Tang, MAccFinancial Analyst email@example.com 314-977-2390
Mary Lou Pereira, BAGrant Accountant firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6352
Katie McDowell, CPAGrant Accountant II email@example.com 314-977-6357
Sharmi Ray, MAGrant Accountant firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6356
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 HaenchenExecutive Director, Research Integrity and Safety Group email@example.com
Libby TempelManager, COI firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-7047
Steve TingeManager, IACUC email@example.com 314-977-2569
Mark CampbellBiological Safety Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6888
Kevin FergusonAssociate Radiation Officer email@example.com 314-977-6896
Renee KnollAssistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6884
Maureen BresnahanDirector, Human Research Protection Program email@example.com 314-977-7734
Elena BreerIRB Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-7741
Zach PudlowskiIRB Analyst email@example.com 314-977-7735
Mike RangelIRB Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-2029
Kathrine BendtsenIRB Analyst email@example.com 314-977-7732
Courtney NealCoordinator, Human Research Protection Program Administrative Assistant, IRB firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-7744
Patricia OsmackCoordinator, IBC email@example.com 314-977-6897
Greg BuettnerSenior Chemical Safety Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6882
Lance PetersRadiation Safety Specialist email@example.com 314-977-6894
Johnnie StevensSenior Environmental Health & Safety Technician firstname.lastname@example.org 314-977-6883
The Research Computing Group (RCG) builds on Saint Louis University's ambition to develop and improve computing infrastructure, technology, services and support for research.