Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Leadership Team

  • Scott A. Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research

    Scott A. Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research

    Dr. Scott A. Brandt is Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent ten years in industry prior to joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 1999. He holds eight patents and has launched three startups. In 2014, he was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Brandt has relationships with industry and the U.S. National Laboratories. On campus, he is the co-founder and former Director of the Institute for Scalable Scientific Data Management, a collaboration of UCSC and Los Alamos National Lab; he is founder and former Director of the UCSC Systems Research Laboratory; and he is co-founder and former Associate Director of the UCSC Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC). He also served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Baskin School of Engineering. Dr. Brandt received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and his M.S. in Computer Science and Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

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    Quentin Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

    Quentin Williams is a Distinguished Professor in, and Chair of, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He has been at UCSC since 1988, and has previously chaired UCSC's Academic Senate, its Graduate Council (and its system-wide counterpart, CCGA), and its Committee on Research. His research focuses on the interior of Earth and other planets, and on the high-pressure properties of materials.

  • Mohamed Abousalem, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Industry Alliances & Tech Commercialization (IATC)

    Mohamed Abousalem, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, IATC

    AVC IATC Mohamed Abousalem is responsible for the management of UCSC patent portfolio and licensing activities along with the development of industry alliances and technology transfer and commercialization programs. In accordance with the IATC mission, Mohamed is leading the IATC Office to foster a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture on campus which will accelerate the adoption of UCSC inventions and cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships. Mohamed brings to UCSC over 25 years of technical and business management experience. Most recently, he established and built TECTERRA Inc., a not-­‐for-­‐profit innovation support organization supporting start-­‐up and small companies across Canada to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. Mohamed has a B.S. in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt; M.S. and Ph.D. in geomatics engineering from University of Calgary, Canada; and MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

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    Kate Aja, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Administration

    Kate Aja is Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Administration, overseeing the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and the Office of Research Compliance Administration (ORCA), including Research Integrity and Export Control. Kate has been with UCSC since 1992 and with the Office of Research since 1999, previously serving as Director of OSP.
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    Deirdre Beach, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

    Deirdre Beach is the Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP). Deirdre oversees the OSP proposal and Award teams in grant and contract submission, award negotiation and acceptance, and non-financial post-award administration. Deirdre has worked in OSP since 2003, most recently as Assistant Director, prior to being appointed as Director in 2018.
  • Tani Prestage, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration

    Tani Prestage, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration

    Tani Prestage is the Office of Research Compliance Administration Director. She oversees the Human Research Protection Program, The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, The Conflict of Interest Committee, and assists with export controls. She has previously worked at The University of California at Berkeley and The Ohio State University in human research protections. She obtained Master Degrees in Public Health and Counselor Education from Ohio State and has been a Certified IRB Professional since 2005.
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    Lisa Coscarelli, Director of Research Integrity

    Lisa Coscarelli is the Director of Research Integrity for the Office of Research. Lisa serves the campus community by managing export control and research integrity Lisa joined the UCSC Office of Research in 2013.  Previously, Lisa was the Acting Director of Industry Agreements and the Industry Agreements Officer in the Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization Office and the Special Agreements Officer in the Office of Sponsored Projects. Before joining UCSC,  Lisa was the Associate Director of the Office of Clinical Trial Administration at UCSD where she negotiated industry-sponsored clinical trial agreements. Lisa has a B.A. from UCSD in Political Science, a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is licensed to practice law in the state of California.
  • Jeff Jackson, Director, Intellectual Property Management

    Jeff Jackson, Director, Intellectual Property Management

    Jeff Jackson is the Director of Intellectual Property Management at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He oversees invention disclosure intake, patent filing and prosecution strategy, management of all aspects of the intellectual property portfolio, management of outside patent and litigation counsel, as well as implementing and executing new systems and processes for intellectual property management.  

    Jeff was most recently the Senior Patent Associate at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and prior to that, he was the Intellectual Property Manager at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix. He graduated cum laude from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University with a JD and certificates in Biotechnology and the Law and Intellectual Property.

    Prior to becoming interested in working with intellectual property, Jeff had a 12 year career in biotechnology research in both the academic and industry settings. He holds an MS in Immunology from the University of Washington and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford.

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    Andrea Pesce, Industry Alliances & Licensing Manager

    Andrea Pesce is the Industry Alliances & Licensing Manager at UCSC. She serves all divisions of campus by creating new and strengthening existing corporate partnerships for research sponsorships and collaborations, in addition to other faculty and student engagements with industry. She also oversees the licensing operations which include marketing IP, identifying licensing partners and negotiating licenses to realize the best value for UCSC intellectual property. Before joining the Industry Alliances & Technology Commercialization team, Andrea worked in the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University for over seven years, and before that she in-licensed university IP for a biotechnology company. Andrea holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. in Biology from San Diego State University, as well as professional certificates from Stanford.