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The Team at the Division of Research and Innovation is here to help. Email us at research@memphis.edu or reach out to our team below.


Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation
Executive Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.1618
E-mail: jdhaliwl@memphis.edu

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Cody Behles
Assistant Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.2470
E-Mail: cbehles@memphis.edu

Debra Cummings
Administrative Associate
Phone: 901.678.1596
E-Mail: dcummngs@memphis.edu

Mary Ann Dawson
Assistant Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.1592
E-Mail: mdawson@memphis.edu

Raminder Lotay
Manager, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.1041
E-Mail: rslotay@memphis.edu

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Research Development focuses on increasing institutional research competitiveness through targeted capacity building, partnership and interdisciplinary team development, and proposal development assistance activities. This team manages limited competition proposals, large-scale or center proposals, and career development proposals.

Cody Behles
Assistant Director, Research and Innovation
Phone: 678.2648
E-Mail: cbehles@memphis.edu

Teresa Franklin 
Executive Director, iIMPACT Staff
Phone: 901.678.4911
E-Mail: teresa.franklin@memphis.edu

Portfolio: IMPACT, Limited Competitions

Manages the University's Strategic Research Investment Fund Projects, STEM Doctoral Fellowship Programs

Vernisa Hazlett
Project Coordinator 1
Phone: 901.678.3574
E-Mail: vwhzlett@memphis.edu

Portfolio:Research Development

Vernisa coordinates activities for Internal Funding, UofM RIF, RISE Doctoral Fellowships and budgets.

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Sponsored Programs: The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a service office that reports to the Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation. OSP serves faculty and staff, in every academic discipline and research area, pursuing research or other sponsored projects funded by federal, state, or private agencies and organizations. OSP personnel are committed to furthering the University's vision as a great metropolitan research university by assisting faculty in identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, securing institutional approval for proposals, and submitting proposals for funding. OSP also manages several programs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations.

Click here to view OSP Departmental/Unit Assignments.

Stephanie Thompson
Manager, Sponsored Programs
Phone: 901.678.4146
E-Mail: sthmps24@memphis.edu

Ty Flores

Assistant Manager, Contracts & Awards
Phone: 901.678.5071
E-Mail: ctflores@memphis.edu

Hannah Yawn
Sponsored Program Coordinator-Subawards
Phone: 901.678.0880
E-mail: hyawn@memphis.edu

Laura Wright

Proposal Administrator
Phone: 901.678.3507
E-mail: llwrigh@memphis.edu

Lauren Williams
Sponsored Programs Award Administrator
Phone: 901.678.3056
E-Mail: ljrchrd1@memphis.edu

Leslie Ingram
Electronic Research Administrator
Phone: 901.678.4247
E-Mail: laingram@memphis.edu
 

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Research Compliance encompasses work with human subjects (IRB), animals (IACUC), financial conflict of interest, export controls, research misconduct, and responsible conduct of research. This team works with our faculty and student researchers to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, laws, and University policies.  

 

Beverly Jacobik
Senior Associate Director, Research Compliance
Phone: 901.678.4786
E-Mail: bjacobik@memphis.edu

Karyl Buddington, DVM
Director, Animal Care Facilities
Phone: 901.678.2359
E-Mail: kbudding@memphis.edu

Donny Ray
Manager, Animal Care Facilities
Phone: 901.678.4842
E-Mail: donnyray@memphis.edu
 

Kellie Watson
Research Compliance Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.2705
E-Mail: kwtson10@memphis.edu