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Program staff

Nicholas Anthis, D.Phil.
Program Officer for Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-0358

Dr. Anthis has a background in biomedical and biophysical research, and he previously worked for the National Institutes of Health and the US Agency for International Development. He serves as a program officer for UC Research Initiatives, where he is the team lead for multicampus research programs and the environmental and social sciences.

Raymond Boyle, Ph.D.  Senior Program Officer for Health Policy Research 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9959

Dr. Boyle has served as Director of Research Programs at ClearWay Minnesota since 2009, one of the few research funding programs nationally that are comparable to the TRDRP.  In this role he has provided overall management for a team of researchers and post-doctoral fellows who focus on evaluation of tobacco-related programs and policies, population surveillance, and dissemination of competitive grant funding to Minnesota tobacco control researchers.  

Ginny Delaney, Ph.D.  Program Officer for Biomedical Sciences 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-587-6292 

Dr. Delaney earned her doctorate in Molecular Biology at Cornell Medical College while conducting research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  She has worked in grant-making at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York and with the Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP) at UCOP.  She is passionate about bringing scientific evidence to bear on policy making.

Phillip Gardiner, Dr.P.H. 
Program Officer for UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Awards
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9853 

Dr. Gardiner is trained as a survey researcher and behavioral scientist, who served for 15 years as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program Officer for the TRDRP.  He speaks nationally on critical issue to tobacco control, including menthol in cigarette products, electronic cigarettes, and tobacco related health disparities.

Uta Grieshammer, Ph.D.  Program Officer for Biomedical Sciences
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9636 

Dr. Grieshammer earned her doctorate in biochemistry from Boston University, and has research expertise in molecular and cellular mechanisms of embryonic development.  Prior to joining TRDRP, she gained extensive experience in grant-making and managing research initiatives, first at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), to help bring stem cell treatments to patients with unmet needs, and more recently at the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), supporting precision medicine demonstration projects throughout the state.

Norval Hickman, Ph.D., M.P.H. 
Program Officer for Social Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9032

Dr. Hickman has training in Clinical Psychology and Public Health. He has experience conducting a clinical trial and behavioral interventions for smoking cessation. His publications address smoking prevalence, cessation treatments, psychosocial correlates, and tobacco industry marketing to special populations.

Tyler Martz, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Program Officer for Health Policy Research
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-0965

Dr. Martz is trained in Public Health. Much of her work has focused on infectious disease prevention and treatment, program evaluation, and health policy. Dr. Martz is also a program officer with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program.

Katherine McKenzie, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Biology 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9876

Dr. McKenzie has training in cancer research, cell, and molecular biology. She has served as a program officer for the California Breast Cancer Research Program for over 20 years in the fields of biological sciences as well as clinical and prevention research.

Anwer Mujeeb, M.Sc., Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Biomedical and Environmental Sciences 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-287-3340

Dr. Mujeeb has a background in structural biology, cancer-related research, biochemistry, and toxicology. He has also served as a Program Officer for Biomedical and Basic Clinical Research with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and as an associate professor at UCSF.

Laura Packel, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Officer for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9858

Dr. Packel has training in epidemiology and health policy. Her research has focused on the use of economic incentives to motivate behavior change. She has been a Program Officer with CHRP for five years, and prior to that focused her work on the global HIV epidemic.

Tracy Richmond-McKnight, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Cancer, Neuroscience, and Health Economics
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9811

Dr. Richmond-McKnight was trained in physics and biomedical engineering and has 16 years of research experience in neuroimaging of brain cancer. Richmond-McKnight retains a title of Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF and is the Director of the UCSF-Tuskegee Partnership in Bioengineering. In addition to her research activities, she is also actively engaged in increasing diversity in the STEM fields.

Jessica Wu, Ph.D.
Program Officer for Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Biology
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-0329

Dr. Wu was trained in organic chemistry, withdegrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University. Previously, she served as a AAAS Policy Fellow and Policy Analyst at the National Institutes of Health, where she worked in the field of prevention research.

Jennifer V. Jackson
Project Policy Analyst
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9888

Mrs. Jackson has years of administrative experience working with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP), the California Healthcare Foundation, and UCSF's Center for the Health Professions. She works closely with TRDRP and CHRP directors and staff as well as Advisory Committee members, coordinating special projects on behalf of both programs.

Christine Tasto-Olsen 
Portfolio Analyst 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9871

Mrs. Olsen joined TRDRP in 1999 and continues to support the work of the program as a Portfolio Analyst within the RGPO Contracts and Grants unit. Please contact her with any questions about active grant awards, including the submission of progress, final and financial reports.

Bart Aoki, Ph.D.  Program Director 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9537

As Director of TRDRP, Dr. Aoki provides leadership in developing priorities and strategies for the program. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development and management of research programs both at the University of California and in private non-profit settings. He is a clinical-community psychologist and has a background in substance abuse research and in the development of community-based prevention programs.

Inquiries regarding LOI/application forms and instructions or reviewer questions may be directed to the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO): or (510) 987-9386.

Contact Information:
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)
Research Grants Program Office 
University of California, Office of the President 
300 Lakeside Drive, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA  94612
Phone: (510) 987-9870
Fax: (510) 587-6325