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The UCRI Team

For general inquiries about UCRI programs, please contact

Kathleen Erwin, PhD
Director, UC Research Initiatives
Contact: Email | (510) 987-9889
Kathleen oversees all UCRI programs and leads special projects including initiatives in Valley Fever, President’s Catalyst Awards, MRU reviews and others. You may also contact her with questions related to research proposals in arts, humanities and cultural studies.

Ginger Hintz
Program Specialist
Contact: Email | (510) 987-9260
Ginger has a MA in American Cultural Studies and a BA in Environmental Policy from Bowling Green State University. She brings her extensive background in non-profit work to support and coordinate special projects for all the UCRI programs.

Leila Sievanen, PhD
Program Officer; Team Lead Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives
Contact: Email | (510) 987-0498
Leila has a PhD in environmental anthropology from the University of Washington, and has held positions at California Ocean Science Trust, Brown University, and the Peace Corps. She is the UCRI contact for proposals in social science and environmental/climate science.

Jessica Wu, PhD
Program Officer; Team Lead Cancer Research Coordinating Committee
Contact: Email | (510) 987-0329
Jessica has a PhD in organic chemistry from Harvard University and served as a AAAS Policy Fellow and Policy Analyst at the National Institutes of Health. She is the primary UCRI contact for research proposals in chemistry, and health and biomedical sciences. 

Vacant - We are recruiting a Program Officer
Program Officer; Team Lead UC-National Laboratory Fees Research Program

UC-NL Graduate Fellowship applicants should contact Jessica Wu; Funded Fellows, and researchers with questions related to the physical or computational sciences should contact Jessica Wu.  Funded Fellows and researchers in the environmental or national security social sciences should contact Leila Sievanen. 

Mailing Address

University of California Research Initiatives
University of California, Office of the President
300 Lakeside Drive, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA  94612-3550