Texas Tech University

OVPR Staff

Joseph A. Heppert, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

Bio

Joseph A. Heppert, Ph.D., is currently Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University. Previously, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Kansas (KU).

Joseph A. Heppert

Staff

Jason Cannon

Senior Editor, Research & Academic Communications

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Jason Cannon serves as senior editor in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University. From video production to audio podcasting and more, he develops content to highlight the university's research efforts and academic pursuits.

Emma Carrasco

Executive Associate

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Emma Carrasco serves as Executive Associate for the Vice President for Research.

Emma Carrasco

Amy Cook, J.D.

Managing Director, ORS

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Amy Cook currently serves as the Managing Director for the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Amy Cook

Mindali Dean

Program Manager, Research Development Team (RDT)

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Mindali Dean is Program Manager for the Research Development Team in the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Dustin Delano

Administrator

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Dustin Delano serves as Administrator in the Office of the Vice President for Research. In this role, he assists multiple personnel inside and outside of the OVPR and is a general contact for the office.

Emma Carrasco

Patricia DeLucia, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Affairs

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Patricia R. DeLucia, Ph.D. serves as associate vice president for research for faculty affairs for the Office of the Vice President for Research where she is responsible for faculty award nominations and recognition opportunities.

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David Dorsett

Director, Research Facilities

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David Dorsett manages the research facilities that are under the OVPR administration, including the Experimental Sciences Building and East Loop Research Building. 

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Marianne Evola, Ph.D.

Director, Responsible Research

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Marianne Evola, Ph.D. serves as Director for Responsible Research in the OVPR. In this role, Marianne works with Alice M. Young, Ph.D. to oversee Financial Conflicts of Interest, Human Research Protection and Responsible Conduct of Research Education. She is very focused on raising awareness to the importance of responsible and safer research practices in all research trainees.

Marianne Evola

Hannah Fields

Senior Editor, Research & Academic Communications

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As a senior editor for the Office of the Vice President of Research, Hannah writes and edits content that showcases the academic research pursuits of Texas Tech University.

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Aruna Gamanayake

Programmer Analyst

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Aruna Gamanayake is a Programmer Analyst II under Director of Programming for the Office of the Vice President for Research. In this position, he is responsible for handling support requests for the institution web development and reporting applications.

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Kimberly Gramm

Senior Managing Director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park

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Kimberly Gramm, Managing Director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park, joined Texas Tech University in April 2016. 

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Kaitlyn Hale

Unit Manager, Research & Academic Communications

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Kaitlyn Hale serves as the unit manager of research and academic communications. She maintains the Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research websites and assists in developing communications for both offices.

Kaitlyn Hale

Michele Hamilton

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

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Michele Hamilton is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration.

Michele Hamilton

Jennifer Horn, J.D.

Managing Director of Export and Security Compliance

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Jennifer Horn serves as the managing director of export and security compliance in the Office of the Vice President for Research. In her role, Horn provides training for labs conducting export restricted research, handles inquiries related to regulatory issues, conducts restricted party screening, develops technology control plans, and reviews research-related exports of materials and equipment.

Jennifer Horm

Kelsie Jackson, Ph.D.

Administrator for Financial Conflict of Interest

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Kelsie Jackson serves as Administrator for Financial Conflict of Interest (fCOI) and Executive Secretary to the Investigator Financial Disclosure Committee (IFDC). 

Kelsie Jackson

Jake Keas

Programmer Analyst IV

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Jake Keas is a Programmer Analyst IV for the Office of Vice President of Research. In his position, he is responsible for monthly reporting of institution wide metrics, responding to ad hoc requests, and the development and maintenance of reporting databases and applications.

Jake Keas

Dy D. Le

IMMS Director

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Summary of Expertise: Structures, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and condition-based monitoring, intelligent sensing, fatigue and damage tolerance, fracture mechanics, materials state awareness, and artificial intelligence and machine learning, and data analytics

 

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Esther Lucey

Senior Analyst, HRPP

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Esther Lucey serves as a Lead Analyst in the office of Human Research Protection Program.

Amy Mire

Business Coordinator

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Amy Mire serves as Business Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research. She provides administrative support for the Associate Vice Presidents for Research as well as others within the department.

Amy Mire

Carrie Romo, J.D.

Associate Director, Research Development Team (RDT)

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Carrie Romo jointed Texas Tech University in April, 2014 and currently serves as Associate Director for the Research Development Team (RDT) in the Office of the Vice President for Research. In this role she coordinates with faculty in developing large, multi-disciplinary proposals submitted to federal agencies, assists individual researchers restructure and refine their proposals for submission or resubmission, and works with the TTU federal affairs team to help promote TTU researchers and strengths.

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Tyler Sims

Senior Analyst, HRPP

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Tyler Sims serves as the senior analyst in the Human Research Protection Program. In this role, he provides training to faculty, staff, and student investigators on implementation of the Cayuse IRB online submission system for research involving human subjects

Tyler Sims

David Snow, Ph.D. 

Senior Managing Director, Office of Research Commercialization

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David E. Snow oversees the assessment, protection, and management of the intellectual property portfolio across all Texas Tech campuses.

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Josie Solis

Business Manager

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Josie Solis serves as the Business Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Josie Solis

CassiDe Street, Ph.D.

Section Manager, HRPP

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CassiDe Street serves as the section manager for the Human Research Protection Program. She serves as the direct liaison to the IRB chair and associate chair.

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Abigail Swingen, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

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Abigail Swingen, Ph.D., is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Kay Tindle, Ph.D. 

Managing Director, Research Development Team (RDT)

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Kay Tindle currently serves as the Managing Director for the Research Development Team (RDT) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Kayla Tindle

 

David C. Weindorf, Ph.D., P.G.

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Research Faculty Fellow

Dr. David C. Weindorf currently serves as Research Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Professor, and BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science.

 

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William W. Wells, J.D. 

Program Manager, Export and Security Compliance

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William Wells currently serves as the Program Manager of Export and Security Compliance in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

William Wells

 

Alice Young, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Research, Responsible Research

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Alice Young, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President for Research-Responsible Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech University and of pharmacology and neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Alice Young

Student Assistants

Jeremy Cummings

Student Assistant, VPR

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Jeremy Cummings is a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

 

 

Owen Key

Student Assistant, VPR

Owen Key is a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

 

 

Danny Perez

Student Assistant, Research Development Team

Danny Perez is a student assistant for the Research Development Team.

 

 

Katya Torres-Ulloa

Student Assistant, Research Development Team

Katya Torres-Ulloa is a student assistant for the Research Development Team.

 

Lindsey Tschauner

Student Assistant, VPR

Lindsey Tschauner is a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research.