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RDO Leadership and General Oversight
Jon Horowitz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure and Development
Jon Horowitz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology in 1980. His graduate research was conducted at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he cloned and characterized the first endogenous retrovirus.
Jon received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1985 and became a post-doctoral fellow in Robert A. Weinberg’s laboratory at the Whitehead Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. His post-doctoral research focused on the characterization of the functional and biochemical properties of the retinoblastoma (Rb) protein, a product of the first cloned tumor-suppressor gene. Jon showed that this tumor-suppressor protein was a target of several viral oncoproteins and discovered the first inactivating mutations within the Rb gene.
Jon was appointed Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center in 1989 and helped discover that the Rb protein regulates cell proliferation via its control of transcription factor E2F. Jon moved to North Carolina State University in 1998 and rose through the ranks to Assistant Department Head of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences. At NC State, Jon’s laboratory focused on the regulation of stem cell proliferation/differentiation and the conversion of stem cells into tumor cells. Jon’s laboratory received research funding from the NIH for more than 20 years. Jon has chaired or been a member of 30 NIH and DOD extramural study sections, has served as an ad hoc reviewer or editorial board member for 25 scientific journals, received a faculty research award from the American Cancer Society, and is a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.
Jon was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at NC State in 2013 and promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor in 2019. In this position, he oversees NC State Centers and Institutes and industrial consortia as well as the university’s Shared Core Research Facilities. Jon participates in a wide variety of research development activities, provides oversight of NC State’s Proposal Development Unit, and is responsible for administering the limited submission selection process as well as various internal and inter-institutional research seed-funding programs, including the recent Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP) and GRIP4PSI program. Finally, Jon coordinates inter-institutional research collaborations between NC State and Research Triangle International (RTI), UNC-CH’s Clinical Translational Science Institute (NC TraCS), the Lineberger Cancer Center, and the Clinical Translational Science Institute at Duke University.
Lisa Dyer, Executive Assistant
Lisa provides executive-level support to Jon Horowitz. Her duties include being the first point of contact for internal and external colleagues, from directors and staff of NC State’s Centers and Institutes and Core Facilities to administrators at peer institutions and University partners, such as RTI, NIH and NSF. Lisa frequently partners with RDO’s Centers and Institutes Specialist and the Research Planning Manager and Limited Submissions Coordinator in their work by scheduling and assisting with webinars, center reviews and workshop planning and execution. Additionally, she collaborates with her colleagues in the PDU as needed.
Prior to joining ORI, Lisa spent the bulk of her NC State career in University Advancement, where she served as the Assistant Events Manager for the Alumni Association; Executive Assistant to the AVC for Advancement Services; and Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Lisa earned her B.A. in English and Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
Centers and Institutes and Industrial Consortia Administration
This unit of RDO disseminates information and news about NC State centers and institutes and facilitates planning for and the establishment of new centers, institutes and industrial consortia to support research.
Larisa Slark, Centers and Institutes Specialist
As Centers and Institutes Specialist, Larisa manages the establishment and implementation of University policy and guidelines for institutional-level Centers, Institutes and industrial consortia. She coordinates the processes of conception, application, reporting, management, and evaluation of Centers and Institutes and the creation of industrial consortia. Larisa also prepares, reviews and monitors Centers, Institutes and consortia membership agreements, with the authority to sign on behalf of the University, and works to enhance project agreements with industrial partners. Prior to joining ORI in 2016, Larisa worked as a Contract Negotiator and Centers Manager in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS); as a Fiscal Manager in the Office of Contracts and Grants; as a Contracts and Grants Manager in the College of Engineering; and as the Financial Deputy Director of an international joint-venture company in Moscow, Russia.
Larisa received her MBA from Business School at Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Russia. Larisa has held her Certified Research Administrator (CRA) since 2005. In her free time, Larisa likes to read, travel, swim at the pool, design the home interior, and spend time with her grandkids and pet kitties.
This unit of RDO assists faculty with identifying research funding opportunities, provides oversight of the internal review and selection process for extramural limited submission opportunities, and manages the Office of Research and Innovation’s internal funding programs.
Emily Callihan, Research Planning Manager and Limited Submissions Coordinator
As the Research Planning Manager and Limited Submissions Coordinator, Emily manages various funding initiatives to support research and scholarship at NC State. She provides administrative oversight of internal funding programs, and manages the internal review and selection process for extramural limited submission funding opportunities. Emily also oversees internal communications of various funding opportunities, distributing newsletters and special communications to the NC State community.
Prior to coming to NC State, Emily worked at the Johns Hopkins University, serving as a research coordinator for various large, inter-disciplinary bioethics research projects. She also served as a Policy Associate and Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Division of Outside Interests, where she administered policies to ensure the integrity of research, teaching, and clinical practice. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Furman University and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Towson University.
The Office of Research and Innovation oversees six Shared Core Research Facilities, three of which report directly to RDO (listed below). Each facility houses state-of-the-art instruments and is staffed by scientists who offer training, specialized services and consultations.
Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF)
Eva Johannes, Director
Eva received her Ph.D. in 1989 at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany, researching the thermodynamics and kinetics of amino acid and proton transport across plant cell membranes. During her post-doc years at the University of York, UK, where she held a prestigious 5-year BBSRC Fellowship, she analyzed the properties of calcium-permeable channels in the vacuolar membrane of plant cells with the patch-clamp method and elucidated the relationship between ion channels and signal transduction. Eva worked in Dr. Nina Allen’s lab as part of the NSCORT team from 1997 -2001, measuring pH changes and plastid movement in response to gravi-stimulation. She became involved in the day-to-day running of CMIF in 2001 and took over directorship of the facility after Dr. Allen’s retirement in January 2008.
Marius Zareba, Co-Director
Mariusz Zareba received his Ph.D. from Jagiellonian University in 1999, where he researched the role of neuromelanin in etiology of Parkinson’s disease.
In the mid-2000s, he joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he started to use advanced microscopic techniques, such as live-cell imaging, to study the role of melanosomes in Retinal Pigment Epithelium. He joined Dr. Eva Johannes in CMIF in October 2017.
Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL)
David (Andy) Baltzegar, Director
Dr. Baltzegar first came to NC State as a PhD student in 2006, after finishing up both his Bachelor’s and M.S. degrees in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. Recruited in the lab of Dr. Russell Borski (Biological Sciences), he studied vertebrate endocrinology related to growth and energy homeostasis in teleost fishes, key components to help make aquaculture a viable industry in North Carolina. Upon completion of his doctorate in 2013, Dr. Baltzegar did a brief one year post-doc in the lab of Dr. Ben Reading (Applied Ecology), helping to assemble and annotate the sequenced genome of the Striped Bass, an important finfish in North Carolina waters. After completing a temporary contract position at the Merck facility in Treyburn Park (Durham, NC), Dr. Baltzegar returned to serve as the Director of the Genomic Sciences Laboratory in 2015. In his current position, he advises faculty, staff and students on the latest Next Generation Sequencing technologies available at NC State, and works with other ORI units to help foster better integration of University resources in order to empower NC State research efforts.
Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC)
David Muddiman, Director
David received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. Prior to moving his research group to NC State in 2006, David was a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Founder and Director of the Proteomics Research Center at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Prior to this appointment, David was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. It was there that he began his professional career, as an assistant professor with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and as a member of the Massey Cancer Center in 1997.
Joe Barycki, Associate Director
Proposal Development Unit (PDU)
The PDU provides pre-award support for teams of NC State faculty developing large-scale ($1M+) interdisciplinary research proposals. For more information about the PDU, please visit the PDU Homepage.
Pradip Pramanik, Director
As a member of the senior leadership in the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), Pradip Pramanik serves as the Director of the Proposal Development Unit (PDU) in the Research Development Office (RDO). As Director, he provides leadership in advancing NC State’s research enterprise by identifying and engaging appropriate faculty in strategic discussions related to research strengths, institutional resources, and funding opportunities; facilitating project-specific teams and interdisciplinary faculty affinity groups related to the research priority areas of NC State; seeking out opportunities for faculty from NC State and elsewhere to collaborate in response to existing and upcoming large/strategic opportunities; assisting in the formulation of strategic priorities for ORI and RDO, consistent with the broader university strategic planning framework; supervising the PDU staff to promote excellence in PDU-assisted proposals; and ensuring that the PDU strategies are effectively integrated with the goals of the university, ORI, and RDO.
Pradip has more than 35 years of project management and proposal development experience. He has served on review panels on several federal proposals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Jadavpur University (India) and a master’s degree in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University.
Matt Hooker, Manager
Matt serves as a manager in the PDU, where he supports faculty teams in the preparation of proposals for interdisciplinary research projects and training grants. His prior experience includes working at two privately held businesses and the NASA-Langley Research Center. During that time he served as PI for several projects involving the development of advanced materials for energy, defense, and aerospace applications. His work resulted in ~40 publications and 1 patent.
He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University and has completed professional development training in Leadership, Project Management, and Proposal Development. Away from work he enjoys traveling, photography, running, and cycling.
Carla Monroe, Proposal Developer
As a Proposal Developer, Carla assists teams with crafting interdisciplinary proposals for external funding. Carla joined the PDU from the NC State University College of Sciences. She has experience working with both public and private funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Duke Energy.
She received her B.A. from Meredith College and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University. During her career, she has published over 30 scholarly works and received a Spencer Foundation grant. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, sports, and art. Achieving fluency in other languages is one of her life goals.
Patrick Crowley, Proposal Developer
As a Proposal Developer, Patrick’s daily responsibilities involve helping faculty prepare interdisciplinary proposals to federal and state agencies and private foundations. Before joining the PDU in 2013, Patrick worked as an Instructor at the University of South Carolina.
He received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University and a M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing, and going to the beach.
Molly Puente, Proposal Developer
As Proposal Developer in the PDU, Molly works with teams to develop proposals, conducts trainings, and coordinates resources to develop the biomedical research portfolio across the campus. Prior to joining the PDU, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked for over a decade in various extramural offices at the National Institutes of Health.
Molly received a B.A. in Biology from Duke University, and a Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Entomology from NC State University. In her spare time, she plays the violin in the Raleigh Civic Symphony and volunteers in the Asiatic Arboretum of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Michele Steinbach, Proposal Developer
As a Proposal Developer in the PDU, Michele helps faculty prepare interdisciplinary proposals for submission to federal and state agencies and private foundations. Prior to joining the PDU, she spent 7 years in the military as a Naval Flight Officer and worked at the MITRE Corporation supporting the acquisition and budgeting needs of the federal government.
Michele earned a B.A. in political science at Duke University, a Masters in International Studies at Old Dominion University, and an MBA at The College of William and Mary. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and photography.
Michelle Frick, Research Proposal Specialist
As a Research Proposal Specialist, Michelle assists teams by supporting various proposal-development activities, such as developing budgets and collecting, editing, and formatting proposal documents. Prior to joining the PDU, she spent several years working with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, where she worked with legal staff to write and edit publications on legislation that affected law enforcement, as well as to coordinate meetings and events. She also spent a number of years teaching high school English in Wake County Public Schools.
Michelle earned a B.A. in English from Peace College and completed the teaching licensure for secondary education in English/Language Arts program at Meredith College. She has also completed professional development training in Lean Six Sigma. In her spare time, she enjoys running, watching baseball and hockey, and spending time with her two boys.
Kelsey Fuller, Research Proposal Specialist
As a Research Proposal Specialist, Kelsey assists the Proposal Developers with the preparation of multidisciplinary proposals for external funding agencies. Prior to joining the PDU, she served as a Pre-Award Consultant for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in which she assisted faculty members in the preparation of proposals submitted to federal and industry partners.
Kelsey received a B.A. in International Affairs and Religious Studies from James Madison University. She aspires to return to school and earn her Ph.D. in Sociology. In her free time, she likes to hike in nature and brew specialty coffees.
Jessica Brown, Project Assistant
As the Project Assistant for the PDU, Jessica assists with collection and formatting of CVs, Current and Pending Support, and other proposal documents. She also coordinates logistics for PDU-coordinated trainings, site visits, and other activities. Prior to joining the PDU in 2019, she spent many years as a full-time parent, worked in marketing for an online high school program and as a press team coordinator for a software company.
Jessica holds a B.A. in Public Relations. In her free time, she loves to watch her four kids play sports and kayak at Falls Lake near her home.