Staff Directory

Office of the Vice-President, Research & innovation 


Room 103 - Old Administration Building
6328 Memorial Road
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. Helen M. Burt, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation
tel: 604-822-1467    
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Prof. Philip Barker, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Research & Vice-Principal, Research, UBCO
tel: 250-807-9582   
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Elise Vredenbregt
Manager, Administrative Support &
Executive Assistant to Gail Murphy
tel: 604-822-0233

Simona Dziaugyte
Interim Executive Assistant to Helen Burt
tel: 604 827 2983



Sophie Bidgood
Executive Assistant to Phil Barker
tel: 250-807-8651

Staff in the VPRI Office

Claire Adams
Communications Coordinator
tel: 604-827-1870


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


Brenda Carrier
Manager, Faculty Awards & Prizes
tel: 604-822-6010


Deborah Chen
Learning Design Strategist
tel: 604 822-1983 


Raquel De Souza
Innovation Development Officer - Life Sciences
On Leave


Marie-Claude Fortin
Shared Research Facilities Manager


Heather Frost
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
tel: 604-827- 4550


Riya Ganguly
Director, Corporate Relations 
tel: 604 218-7628 


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

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


Sona Kazemi
Innovation Development Officer - Natural Resources / Clean Technology
tel: 604-218-1368 


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


Vanessa Power
Communications Coordinator


Dmitriy Ryabika
Research Analyst
tel: 604-827-2762


Karine Souffez
Associate Director, Knowledge Exchange
tel: 604 822-3090 


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


Evelina Tolstykh
Research Awards Coordinator
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.  

Prof. Lara Boyd
Health Research Advisor
tel: 604-822-7197

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

Prof. Alan Kingstone
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor
tel: 604-822-9230

Prof. Tim Salcudean
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor
tel: 604-822-3243 

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).

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

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

Anna Kim
Research & Administration Coordinator
tel: 604-822-1352

Eston Shum
VPRI Portfolio Finance Director
tel: 604-822-1938

Earl Dyer
Senior Finance Manager
tel: 604-827-5281

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

Lena Li
Finance Manager, CFI/BCKDF
tel: 604-827-0644

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

Lis Boyan
Financial Analyst
tel: 604-822-8026

Cynthia Bai
Financial Analyst, CFI/BCKDF
tel: 604-822-0690

Yvonne Lee
Senior Financial Analyst, CFI/BCKDF
tel: 604-822-0232

Indigenous Research Support Initiative

The Indigenous Research Support Initiative recognizes that more effective research and greater mutual understanding can be developed from identifying, developing and supporting research practices that proceed from respectful relations between researchers and Indigenous communities. The vision of the inititiative is to provide professional research support and services to Indigenous communities and university researchers to undertake collaborative projects based on community-led interests, reciprocal relationships, and principles of mutual accountability.

Lerato Chondoma
Associate Director

Emily LeBaron
Manager, Administration & Special Initiatives