Staff Directory

Office of the Vice-President, Research & innovation 


Walter C. Koerner Library
Suite 580, 1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2  Canada
Tel: 604-822-1995    Fax: 604-822-6295


Executive Officers

Prof. Gail Murphy, PhD
Vice-President, Research & Innovation
tel: 604-822-4813
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Prof. Rachel Fernandez, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation
tel: 604 822 1467
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Prof. Matthew Evenden, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation
tel: 604-827-4100    
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Prof. Philip Barker, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Research & Vice-Principal, Research & Innovation, UBCO
tel: 250-807-9582   
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Elise Vredenbregt
Manager, Administrative Support &
Executive Assistant to Gail Murphy
tel: 604-822-0233


Maureen Collins
Executive Assistant to Rachel Fernandez & Greg Martyn
tel: 604-827-2983


Hannelore Roos 
Executive Assistant to Matthew Evenden
tel: 604-827-0057


Daniela Hetrea
Executive Assistant to Phil Barker
tel: 250-807-9042

Staff in the VPRI Office

Iain Begg
Managing Director, Innovation Partnerships
tel: 778-855-1757


Karen Chu
Manager, Innovation Partnerships — Life Sciences
tel: 672-999-3016


Genevieve Creighton
Manager, UBC Knowledge Exchange
tel: 604-827-1009


Marie-Claude Fortin
Manager, Shared Research Facilities
tel: 604-827-3603


Leslie Grad
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
tel: 604-827-4550


Jamie Hall
Senior Manager, Communications
tel: 604-822-1267


Sabrina Hauser
Manager, Innovation Partnerships – Digital
on leave until January 2023


Jonathan Hayes
Director, Strategic Benchmarking


Stacey Herzer
Manager, Internal Research Competitions
tel: 604-827-2379

Clare Kiernan
Communications Strategist
tel: 604-827-1870


Adedoyin Luwaji
Planning & Evaluation Strategist, Dimensions


Ariane Madden
Communications Specialist
tel: 604-827-5399


Greg Martyn
Director, VPRI Portfolio
tel: 604-827-1439


Vanessa Power
Communications Specialist
tel: 604-822-6050


Robbin Simao
Innovation Partnerships Manager, Natural Resources and Sustainability
tel: 778-874-9769


Megan Stewart
Project Manager, Major Research Projects
tel: 604-827-5107


Marina Tischenko
Partnership Development Specialist, Innovation Partnerships
tel: 778-885-0448


Evelina Tolstykh
Project Coordinator, Dimensions
tel: 604-827-0042

Faculty Research Advisors

UBC's National Funding Agency Research Advisors are specially appointed faculty members who work closely with researchers to promote awareness of funding opportunities across all disciplines and to provide support for individuals or groups considering applications to external agencies.  

Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor (NSERC)
tel: 604-827-4741

Dr. Leonard Foster
CFI Advisor
tel: 604-822-8311 

Dr. Liisa Galea
Health Research Advisor (CIHR)
tel: 604-822-6536

Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor (SSHRC)
tel: 604-822-6331

Institutional Programs Office 

The Institutional Programs Office manages the full cycle of major federal, provincial and regional research infrastructure awards including those offered by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), Canada 150 programs, and Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs).

Lis Boyan
Financial Analyst
tel: 604-822-8026

Meisan Brown-Lum
CFI/BCKDF Program Officer
tel: 604-827-5170

Jackie Cheung
Finance Manager
tel: 604-872-1756

Lynn Chia
Senior Finance Officer
tel: 604-827-5278

Andy Lam
Associate Director, Institutional Programs Office
tel: 604-822-9965

Timothy Leung
Senior Financial Analyst


Sharon Wu
Managing Director, Research Support Services
tel: 604-827-5279