Dr. Mridul Gautam

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Mridul GautamResearch & Innovation exists as a service organization for the University faculty. We focus on enhancing research enterprise by supporting collaboration and innovation.

We strive to provide faculty with the resources necessary to succeed in their goals of educating students, conducting research and contributing to regional economic development.

We are focused on managing the support organizations that assist faculty in obtaining and managing funding, conducting research with integrity and in a safe and healthy environment, and facilitating connections with industry.

We want to continue to build a collaborative University setting where faculty can form connections and work on interdisciplinary research that produces discoveries with wide ranging effects.


The University of Nevada, Reno will be recognized as a leader in developing solutions to regional, national and global grand challenges through excellence in fundamental, applied and translational research, scholarship, creative works and innovation.


  • Enhance the status of the University as an internationally recognized, high impact research university.
  • Support world-class research, discovery, innovation and commercialization.
  • Provide high quality service and competitive infrastructure to enable faculty and students to excel in their research, scholarly and creative endeavors, and entrepreneurial activities.
  • Minimize the research administrative burden on faculty.
  • Provide a safe work environment, foster ethical conduct, and adhere to regulatory requirements.

Core values

  • Integrity
  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Fairness, respect and inclusiveness
  • Collaboration

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Research & Innovation Leadership Team

Ahmad Itani

Ahmad Itani
Associate Vice President for Research

  • Research Development
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Core Laboratories
Charlene Hart

Charlene Hart
Associate Vice President for Research Administration

  • Animal Resources
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Research Integrity
  • Sponsored Projects
Ellen Purpus

Ellen Purpus
Assistant Vice President for Enterprise & Innovation

  • Enterprise & Commercialization
  • Innevation Center
  • Nevada Center for Applied Research
  • Nevada Industry Excellence

Division organizational structure

  • Mridul Gautam Vice President for Research and Innovation
    • Ahmad Itani Associate Vice President for Research
      • Tanya Kelley Director, Undergraduate Research
      • Paul Hartley Core Facility Director, Nevada Genomics Center
      • David Quilici Core Facility Director, Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center
      • Yanji Xu Core Facility Director, Nevada Center for Bioinformatics
      • Proposal Development
      • University Research Data
      • Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area
    • Charlene Hart Associate Vice President for Research Administration
      • Vacant Director, Sponsored Projects
      • Nancy Moody Director, Research Integrity
      • Benjamin Weigler Director, Animal Resources
      • Stephanie Woolf Director, Environmental Health & Safety
      • Effort Reporting and Export Control
    • Ellen Purpus Assistant Vice President, Enterprise and Innovation
      • Mark Anderson Director, Nevada Industry Excellence
      • Carlos Cardillo Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research
      • Grace Chou Director, University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center—Powered By Switch
      • Enterprise and Commercialization
    • Jane Tors Director, Research Communications
    • Chelsea Pierce Fiscal Officer