The Office of the Vice President for Research Divisions span the spectrum from specialized research facilities to research support. The office is dedicated to partnering with faculty, staff, students, and outside investigators to assure that research conducted at CSU is of the highest quality and scientific integrity, and embodies the spirit of the land-grant university that is our heritage.
Research Division Directors:
The Biosafety Office – (BSO) provides technical advice for Biosafety Level (BSL)-1, 2 or 3, Animal BSL-1, -2, or -3, Plant BSL-1 or -2, and Arthropod Containment Laboratory (ACL) research.
Bob Ellis is the Director of BSO. He earned the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from the American Biological Safety Association for outstanding work promoting biosafety and high professional standards. A professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Ellis has served as director of university biosafety for about 20 years. The role requires oversight and training to ensure that all CSU research involving infectious microorganisms and recombinant DNA is conducted according to university and national standards and guidelines. Ellis is responsible for establishing protocols for safety and security in Colorado State research laboratories that investigate bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents with the aim of preventing, treating and curing significant global diseases. These diseases – often affecting people, animals and plants worldwide – include tuberculosis, dengue fever, West Nile virus, malaria, plague, rabies, rice diseases and many others.
Infectious Disease Research Center – (IDRC) The mission of the Infectious Disease Research Center is to provide the highest quality research environment for developing new scientific discoveries, vaccines, methods of diagnosis, and therapeutic agents for infectious agents.
Raymond Goodrich, Ph.D., Director of the Infectious Disease Research Center at Colorado State formerly served as Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs and Chief Scientific Officer, Blood Bank Technologies, for Terumo BCT, a leading global medical device manufacturer based in The United States. He has worked in medical research for over 29 years during which he has managed research staff and development programs in the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine and pathogen reduction technologies. He has been awarded over 50 patents covering technology in these areas and has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and abstracts. He has also served as the Principal Investigator for grants totaling over $40M from the United States Department of Defense (Congressionally Designated Medical Research Program) for the development of a transportable blood treatment system.
Laboratory Animal Resources – (LAR) provides the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community.
Lon Kendall, DVM, Ph.D., ACLAM, Director of Laboratory Animal Resources received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He went on to complete a residency in laboratory animal medicine and completed his graduate work in veterinary pathobiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After becoming board certified in laboratory animal medicine and completing his graduate degree, Kendall gained substantial experience at UC Davis serving in various capacities including Associate Director of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory, Director of the Center for Laboratory Animal Science and Campus Veterinarian. In 2008 he returned to Colorado State University as the Associate Director for LAR. He serves on the CSU IACUC and IBC, and is involved in the Comparative Medicine Training Program which enrolls three psot-DVM trainees in a program that is jointly supported by the OVPR, CVMBS, and MIP. Kendall’s research interest include host immune response to infectious diseases and science based standards for laboratory animal care. He is a member of several national laboratory animal associations and an ad hoc consultant for AAALAC.
Office of Sponsored Programs – (OSP) serves Colorado State University faculty and staff in research initiation through assistance in identifying funding opportunities and with the submission of proposals, as well as in the administration of the University’s funded projects with contractual arrangements.
Diane Barrett is the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. With over 30 years of experience in research administration, Barrett served for over 18 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including seven years as director of pre-award services and assistant director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Barrett has also been heavily involved in developing training programs in research administration and is a long-time presenter for the National Council of University Research Administrators, where she was appointed to the Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs traveling faculty.
One Health Institute – (OHI) The mission of the One Health Institute is to foster and support transdisciplinary teams and potentiate their collective work with a focus on three program areas: environmental change + health, food systems + health, and urbanization + health. OHI’s Program teams then use systems thinking and design thinking to work as communities in place-based ways to create and cultivate health and desired futures.
Bruno Sobral, Ph.D., Director of the One Health Institute and a Professor of Microbiology at Colorado State University, and Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health, formerly served as an assistant vice president and head of Biosystem Informatics and Human Microbial Ecology at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sobral also was the founding executive and scientific director for the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, where he was a professor of plant pathology, physiology and weed science. His research at the Bioinformatics Institute focused on symbiosis from a biological perspective. He has worked in infectious disease, computational biology, bioinformatics, and cyber-infrastructure.
Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility – (PMF) serves as an enabling resource for research and development programs at Colorado State University.
Jessica Prenni is the Director of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility (PMF) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Colorado State University. Prenni received her BS in Chemistry from Southern Oregon University and her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prenni was trained in mass spectrometry as a post doctoral scientist at the Scripps Center for Mass Spectrometry in La Jolla, CA. Her research focus is on mass spectrometry based proteomics and metabolomics and she is involved in many collaborative efforts with CSU researchers.
Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office – (RICRO) provides assistance to researchers, staff, and the faculty oversight committees in maintaining an ethical environment for research and teaching activities.
Karen Dobos is the Director of RICRO. The Dobos laboratory is focused on descriptive, comparative studies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains that are relevant to the development of 2nd generation vaccines and diagnostic assays. Specifically, the laboratory utilizes mass spectrometry, animal models of tuberculosis, and collaborations with clinical research groups to define macromolecules engaged in host-parasite interactions. This is accomplished through highly collaborative studies within CSU (principally with the laboratories of Drs. Angelo Izzo and Jessica Prenni) and outside of the University.
Research Services – The office of Research Services provides innovative services for the research community to enable and assist their research, instruction and diversity.
Ron Splittgerber is the Director of Research Services at Colorado State University, co-chair of the Electronics Research Administration Committee for the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and serves on its Executive Committee. He is also active with the National Council of University Research Administrators co-chairing the ERA VI conference, contributing articles, and presenting sessions at the past eight national conferences as well as several sessions for conferences held by the Society of Research Administrators. Splittgerber is an active participant of the National Grants Partnership, a cooperative initiative among Federal officials and representatives of state and local governments serving on a committee to conduct and publish information on the Grants.gov registration process. He represents Colorado State University in the Internet2 InCommon Federated Identity effort to use common credentials among shared Federal and state research portals. Splittgerber is active in open source software development serving on the Kuali Foundation middleware board of directors and actively participating in a project to develop a Kuali solution (Kuali Coeus) for research administration.