Research Offices and Contact Information

The Rush University Office of Research Affairs (ORA) partners with faculty and staff as they seek funding by submitting grants, proposing clinical studies, establishing collaborations, stewarding funds, negotiating industry contracts, and securing patents and licensing agreements.  

The ORA is composed of the following three areas and leaders. These areas include divisions dedicated to providing comprehensive support and counsel to the Rush research enterprise. 

Basic and Translational Science Operations

Kristin Moody, MBA, CRA 
Associate Vice President, Basic and Translational Science Operations 

  • Sponsored Programs AdministrationJennifer L. Garcia, BS, CRA 
    Oversees grants (National Institutes of Health and other federally funded awards)
  • Research Administration Shared ServicesGreg Benham 
    Additional support for industry sponsored and federally funded studies
  • Innovation and Technology TransferBhaskar Chetnani, PhD
    Manages intellectual property generated through Rush University research and helps translate new technologies into commercial use  
  • Institutional Animal Care and UseJeffrey P. Oswald, DVM 
    Assures all research that requires the use of laboratory animals is conducted in compliance with federal statutes 
  • Biological SafetyEd Blazek, PhD 
    Evaluates the level of health-related risk in research in compliance with all pertinent governmental regulations
  • Research EducationKelli Jones, MSN, RN, CCRC 
  • Facilities and SpaceParisa Ramsi, MS 
    Assists with all service and support aspects of the laboratory environment 
Clinical Trials and Regulatory Operations

Linda Bond, MSN, BSN, CNP 
Associate Vice President, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Operations

Technologies Supporting Research

Provides technical support for key applications/systems involving research, animal research

Kevin Le, MS, MSRA

Learn more about Rush research resources

Access our handbook, Rush Research Resources and Facilities, for more detailed information, including links to many additional online resources. The handbook is updated annually, so that researchers can copy and paste certain parts directly into grant applications, particularly for facilities.