Staff Directory

A complete listing of the Office of Research and Economic Development staff by office is provided below. If you need help with general inquiries, please call 305-348-2494 or email research@fiu.edu.

Click here to access the Office of Research and Economic Development organizational chart.

Office of the Vice President
Andrés G. Gil Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Dean of the University Graduate School (305) 348-0556
Diana Oliva Assistant General Counsel (305) 348-1503
Rebecca Fernández Office Specialist (305) 348-0558
Alexandria (Alex) Morales Coordinator (305) 348-2494
Mercedes Rodríguez Associate Director Research Initiatives (305) 348-0057
Research Development and Pre-Award
Roberto Gutierrez Assistant Vice President for Research (305) 348-8312
Maureen Pelham Director, Research Development (305) 348-0485
Ludmilla Etienne Associate Director, Pre-Award (305) 348-1612
Sandra Acosta Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-1713
Manira Ahmed Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-5290
María Alonso Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-6091
Christopher Beyer Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-0032
Romauald Blanchard Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-7665
Diana Cardona Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-0176
Karina Castillo Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-1865
Eldred Fourie Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-6227
Jeisa Hernández-Thomas Pre-Award Grants Assistant (305) 348-0005
Reyna Hernández Pre-Award Coordinator II (305) 348-8378
Deepika Paryani Pre-Award Coordinator II (305) 348-3024
Vanessa Pons Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-0033
Kristen Rivera Pre-Award Grants Associate (305) 348-2496
Ana Ruiz Pre-Award Manager (305) 348-0521
Mario E. Sánchez Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-2407
Khushnuma Unwalla Pre-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-0058
Innovation and Economic Development
Emily Gresham Assistant Vice President for Research (305) 348-0474
Daniela Cadena Junior Special Events Manager, StartUP FIU 786) 218-4052
Mary Carabeo Executive Assistant (305) 348-3927
Henry Artigues Director, Partnerships and Economic Development (202) 558-3464
Pedro “Peter” Hernández Director, Technology Management and Commercialization (305) 348-3051
Robert Hacker Director, StartUP FIU (305) 742-8222
Wifredo Fernandez Associate, StartUP FIU (305) 496-4596
Elizabeth Garami Licensing Manager, Technology Management and Commercialization (305) 348-2638
Carla M. Garcia Venture Manager (304) 302-7618
Shantanu Balkundi Licensing Associate, Technology Management and Commercialization (305) 348-8061
Nathalie Theodore Office Coordinator, Technology Management and Commercialization (305) 348-0008
Strategic Planning and Operations
Tonja Moore Associate Vice President for Research Strategic Planning and Operations (305) 348-3049
Ileana Medina Executive Assistant (305) 348-1504
Tatiana Chase Coordinator, Administrative Services (305) 348-2670
Diana Taveras Associate Director of Human Resources (305) 348-6224
Rebeca Diep-Kondla Coordinator, Human-Resources (305) 348-2148
Budget & Cost Analysis
Mirtha Alberto Director, Budget & Cost Analysis (305) 348-0166
Sara Abraham Financial Analyst II (305) 348-6438
Cristina Loreto Coordinator (305) 348-0038
Desiree Mesa Coordinator (305) 348-8308
Ciara Perez Associate Director, Budget & Cost Analysis (305) 348-7687
Alejandra Salas Coordinator (305) 348-1696
Post-Award
Aida Reus Director, Post-Award (305) 348-2133
Diana M. Alfonso Post-Award Coordinator III (305) 348-0164
Nancy Belz Post-Award Coordinator II (305) 348-0165
Laura de la Torre Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-1795
Susie Escorcia Post-Award Assistant Director (305) 348-7686
Melissa Garzia Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-2132
Gabriela González Post-Award Grants Assistant (305) 348-2678
Orbelina Mayea Post-Award Grants Associate (305) 348-0355
María Luisa Mejia Post-Award Grants Assistant (305) 348-7816
Lucila Pineda Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-3414
David Rice Professional Accountant I (305) 348-6365
Mónica Rodrigo Post-Award Coordinator II (305) 348-1388
Isabel Sifuentes Grant Administrator I (305) 348-2919
Vickie Soto Post-Award Assistant Director (305) 348-1797
Estella Vera Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-2546
Lissvett Vergara Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-1516
Ana Villanueva Post-Award Coordinator I (305) 348-3440
Jorge Yi Post-Award Coordinator II (305) 348-0536
International Research, Space Optimization and Compliance
Luis P. Salas Associate Vice President for Research (305) 348-5642
Stephanie Mitjans Manager, Space Utilization (305) 348-0167
Training & International Research
Susan Webster Director, Training and International Research Initiatives (305) 348-2349
Brent Allen Office Specialist (305) 348-1967
David Felix Program Assistant (305) 348-0409
Research Compliance
Christopher Grayson Director, Research Integrity (305) 348-8379
Barbara Llaneras-Rodríguez Associate Director, Research Integrity (305) 348-8316
María Meléndez-Vargas Research Integrity Coordinator II – IRB (305) 348-8311
Elvia Molina Program Assistant (305) 348-0056
Eliza Gómez Research Integrity Coordinator II – QA (305) 348-0161
Laboratory Animal Research
Horatiu Vinerean Director of Laboratory Animal Research & Attending DVM (305) 348-8315
Vicente Muñoz Animal Care Technician (305) 348-7409
Amable Tellez Laboratory Manager II (305) 348-7408
Ashley Bates Sr. Laboratory Technician (305) 348-0031
Luis F. Sánchez Sr. Laboratory Technician (305) 348-7409
Research Information Systems
David Driesbach Assistant Vice President for Research (305) 348-7256
Lia Durán Sr. Applications Business Analyst (305) 348-0007
Saudie Feliz Sr. Applications Business Analyst (305) 348-7817
Daniel Gutierrez Systems Administrator II (305) 348-2521
Arlein Marin IT Generalist II (305) 348-1303
Robert Zurita Sr. Applications Business Analyst (305) 348-7688