Post-Award Staff

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Brandon Gaut

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Phone: 949-824-2564
Email:
bgaut@uci.edu
Office: 5101 Natural Sciences II

Brandon has been a faculty member at UC Irvine since 1998. His research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of plants and particularly studies the processes that shape genetic diversity in crops. He has published over 150 papers and book chapters, and he has given more than 130 invited lectures throughout the world. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Young Investigator, the President of the international Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the Chair of his department. He is also an AAAS Fellow, but he is most proud of his undergraduate teaching awards. Whenever possible, he heads outside to hike, surf and bike throughout his native Southern California.

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Jason Park

Contracts and Grants Director

Phone: 949-824-5593
Email:
jpark@uci.edu
Office: 5203 Natural Sciences II

Jason has been at UCI since 2002 and has previous experience in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. His primary role in the School of Biological Sciences is to oversee all extramural research activity in both pre-award and post-award, ensuring proper award management, financial compliance, and meeting all sponsor requirements. In his free time, Jason enjoys golf, tennis, and mountain biking.

Post-Award Team

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Joyce Penh

Post-Award Contracts and Grants Supervisor

Phone: 949-824-3510
Email:
jpenh@uci.edu
Office: 5212 Natural Sciences II

Joyce has significant experience in research administration, beginning at UCLA in 2008. In 2012, she joined the School of Biological Sciences at UCI. Her primary role is to lead the post-award team and provide post-award support to faculty and researchers, from account set up to award closeout. Joyce enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring new places.

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Eleanor Chan

Senior Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4719
Email: echan@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Eleanor worked at UCLA prior to transferring to UCI in 2002. She helps Neurobiology and Behavior faculty manage contracts and grants awards including federal, private and cooperative agreements. Eleanor enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her four legged one. She also finds time for a good read and trying out new recipes.

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David Reid

Senior Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-9869
Email:
david.reid@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

David began working at UCI in 2015 and has been in sponsored research and post-award management since 2013. His primary role in the school of Biological Sciences is managing post-award activities, budgets and closeouts for research faculty. In his spare time, David enjoys surfing, home renovation, and playing the guitar, but most of all, spending time with his wife and three sons.

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Irma Rodriguez

Senior Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-1287
Email:
mprodrig@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Irma has been at UCI since 2002 and has worked in both Biomedical Engineering and CALIT2. She joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) back in 2016 as a Senior Financial Analyst, where she gained experience with department accounts, project awards, and contracts and grants. Irma joined the post-award team within the Research: Administration and Development unit in 2021 and continues to support faculty from EEB and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with post-award grant activity. Irma likes traveling and enjoying food from different places, cooking on the barbeque, and getting together with family.

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Lin Xi

Senior Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-5251
Email:
lxi@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Lin has worked at UCI since 1996. She is part of the post-award administration team in the School of Biological Sciences. Lin helps Neurobiology and Behavior faculty manage grants, including NIH training grants, NRSAs, NSF grants, and private contracts. Lin enjoys reading, trying not to kill her plants, and spending time with family.

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John Caputo

Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4710
Email:
jcaputo@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

John began working at UCI in 2014. Before that, he was at UCLA since 1997. His primary role in the School of Biological Sciences is to help faculty manage their research grants. In his free time, John enjoys walking his dogs.

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Shana Contreras

Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4740
Email:
sjcontre@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Shana came to UCI in 2015, where she joined the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the School of Biological Sciences as a Purchasing Coordinator. In 2016, she became a Finance Analyst for the department and has continued to handle post-award functions managing research grants and discretionary funding for BioSci’s faculty. When not working, Shana volunteers at her daughter’s school and attends her sporting events. During her down time, Shana thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends and dogs.

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Grace Kuei

Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4707
Email:
ykuei@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Grace has been with UCI since 2006. During this time, she has taken on a variety of roles, including payroll and personnel processing and bookkeeping. Grace’s current role primarily focuses on post-award management. Grace enjoy gardening, baking and trying out new recipes in her free time.

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June Nong

Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4529
Email:
jqnong@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

June joined the School of Biological Sciences in 2021 as a member of the Post-Award team. Her primary role is to support BioSci faculty in managing their research awards. June enjoys engaging with people from different backgrounds and will always say yes to trying something new.

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Marcus Umali

Contracts and Grants Analyst

Phone: 949-824-4776
Email:
mumali@uci.edu
Office: 5200 Natural Sciences II

Marcus has worked at UCI and UCI Health Sciences since 1999 and has been in the School of Biological Sciences since 2015. As a member of the Research: Administration and Development unit, Marcus supports faculty from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with finance and post-award management. When Marcus is off hours, he enjoys playing cards or board games with his family and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

If you are unsure who to contact, please send an email to bio-awards@uci.edu.