Our Teams

Barry Selick, PhD

Vice Chancellor of Business Development, Innovation & Partnerships
Innovation Ventures

Peter Kotsonis, PhD

Director
Office of Strategic Alliances

Peter is PhD-neuroscientist and drug hunter with 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, project leader and co-inventor of Ronopterin (VAS203) for traumatic brain injury currently in Phase III clinical development. Peter has experience in academic start-ups (VasosoPharm Biotech GmbH) and pharma settings (Novartis Ag and Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co, Ltd). He joined UCSF in 2013, and his responsibilities include driving new partner opportunities, developing novel partnering models, and programmatic support using alliance management “best practices” comparable to industry. 

Cammie Edwards, PhD

Associate Director
Office of Strategic Alliances

Cammie Edwards, PhD, Program and Alliance Management (ITA), provides a direct interface between UCSF teams and external collaboration partners. In that role, she works with both teams in establishing collaborative strategic plans, maintaining effective communication, promoting cross-functional activities, monitoring progress and developing risk mitigation strategies. Cammie joined UCSF as the Program Director for the Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative (Grand MMTI) in 2011, where she provides strategic and operational oversight for the program.

Meghan Zubradt, PhD

Alliance Manager
Office of Strategic Alliances

Meghan focuses on business development, management of large industry partnerships, and early-stage translational research scouting across UCSF. Notable industry partners in her current portfolio include AbbVie, BMS, Pfizer, and Celgene. Meghan has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UCSF, obtained in Jonathan Weissman’s lab.

Catherine Tralau-Stewart, PhD

Interim Director
Catalyst

Cathy has over 25 years’ experience of drug discovery in Industry and academia. She was Associate Director of Pharmacology for the Respiratory Inflammation CEDD GlaxoSmithKline. She is a Pharmacologist with a wide experience of a number of therapeutic areas. At GSK, Cathy led interdisciplinary projects from Target identification through to Clinical PoC and to Phase III/IV clinical studies. She was involved in teams, which identified of over 30 development compound candidates and >10 marketed small molecule and biological drugs.

Yan Cao, PhD

Program Director, Diagnostics and Digital Health
Catalyst

Yan Cao, PhD, currently serves as Program Director in Catalyst, UCSF Innovation Ventures, managing diagnostics and digital health tracks. She is also leading the development effort on a case-study based entrepreneurship curriculum for translational scientists and clinicians. Before joined UCSF in 2016, Yan was Senior Director of portfolio and program management at Invitae Corporation, a genetic testing diagnostic company in San Francisco. 

Terry O'Donnell

Program Analyst
Catalyst

Terry has been with Catalyst since January of 2014 and helps coordinate the applicant review cycle, manages the database & website, coordinates events and handles all marketing and communications for the program. 

Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD

Program Director, Devices and Therapeutics
Catalyst

Roopa Ramamoorthi brings a diverse scientific background in drug development, bacteriology, biotechnology, and engineering. Prior to joining UCSF, Roopa was Associate Director Partnering and Scientific Affairs at BIO Ventures for Global Health, where her focus was putting together collaborations between academic, non profit and pharmaceutical organizations to accelerate the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for Neglected Tropical Diseases, TB and Malaria for the WIPO Re:Search Consortium.

Elodie Steffen

Program Coordinator
Catalyst

Elodie joins the Catalyst team as the new program coordinator. She transitioned to UCSF from UC Berkeley, where she worked as an academic advisor and program coordinator for the psychology department.

Joseph Wagner

Director, UC Drug Discovery Consortium
Catalyst

Dr. Wagner joins the UC-DDC after over 15 years in senior leadership roles in the biotechnology industry. He was the Chief Executive Officer of two publicly traded companies: OncoCyte, a company focused on the development of blood-based cancer diagnostics, and BriaCell Therapeutics, which focused on the development of a cell-based cancer immunotherapy.

Karin Immergluck, PhD

Executive Director
Office of Technology Management

Karin began working in university technology transfer over a decade ago, when she was managing a large portfolio of inventions on behalf of the entire University of California system at the UC Office of the President. In 2004, she joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management.

Daniel Abel, JD

Patent Prosecution and Business Manager
Office of Technology Management

Dan joined the OTM in March 2006, and is currently responsible for managing patent prosecution, agreement compliance, government reporting, case finances, and the operating budget. Dan earned both his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

Kristin Agopian, PhD

Senior Licensing Officer
Office of Technology Management

Kristin manages a portfolio of technologies and works with UCSF faculty and staff to develop and commercialize their inventions. She drafts and negotiates many agreements, including outgoing material transfer, confidentiality, inter-institutional, option and license agreements.

Gonzalo Barrera-Hernandez, PhD

Associate Director
Office of Technology Management

I joined OTM in 2012, following 12 ½ years at the office of Innovation, Alliances & Services (IAS) (formerly known as the Office of Technology Transfer) at the UC Office of the President, where I was responsible for all IP management and technology licensing matters of a life-sciences portfolio of technologies from several UC campuses.

Darya Bubman, PhD

Licensing and Material Transfer Officer
Office of Technology Management

Darya joined the Office of Technology Management (OTM) in November 2011. Her responsibilities include technology management, licensing and outgoing material transfer agreements. Darya earned a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. She conducted her doctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Ethel Cesarman, studying deregulation of cancer signaling pathways by the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in primary effusion lymphoma.

Heather Carrico, MS

Business Analyst
Office of Technology Management

Heather joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management (OTM) in October 2013. She handles case and license agreement compliance, including analysis of license agreements for diligence and financial terms and interpretation, reporting and enforcement. Prior to joining OTM, she was at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Management for eight years. Heather earned her MS degree from University of San Francisco and her BA from San Jose State University.

Danielle Casey Callaghan, BA

Patent Prosecution Analyst
Office of Technology Management

Danielle is primarily responsible for handling the intake of invention disclosures and compliance with federal and non-profit sponsor reporting obligations. Danielle also contributes to various projects for OTM, which she joined in May 2016.

Ying-Li Chen, MBA

Technology Marketing Manager
Office of Technology Management

Ying-Li joined UCSF Office Technology Management (OTM) in September 2014. She manages technology marketing outreach including push and pull targeted marketing campaigns; and the office of technology management’s (OTM) newsletters to increase public awareness of UCSF technologies. Ying-Li works closely with the Technology Management Team to establish and expand UCSF industry-academia partnership.

Saunders Ching, PhD

Licensing Associate
Office of Technology Management

As a member of the UCSF Office of Technology Management, Saunders helps manage the intellectual property of UCSF scientists across a wide variety of disciplines. He is dedicated to guiding innovative UCSF technologies from the laboratory to the market for the benefit of patients.

Tanya Feldman, BA

Senior Patent Prosecution Analyst
Office of Technology Management

Tanya handles various aspects of patent prosecution, government reporting obligations, and monitoring annuities, as well as special projects to streamline the work of the Technology Management team and support the overall mission of the OTM. Prior to joining the office, Tanya spent more than a decade working with various non-profits and small businesses specializing in cultural exchange and education in an administrative and project support capacity.

David Fung, PhD

Senior Licensing Officer
Office of Technology Management

David manages intellectual property arising from research conducted at UCSF. He works with faculty and staff to evaluate new inventions and to develop appropriate IP strategies, with the goal of commercialization of the technology through licensing, whether to established companies or to new ventures.

Ellen Kats, PhD

Assistant Director, Licensing
Office of Technology Management

As an Assistant Director of Licensing, Ellen is responsible for technology evaluation and management, commercializing technologies through licensing, as well as helping negotiate intellectual property terms for collaboration and sponsored research agreements with commercial partners. Ellen created and has been running the OTM's technology analyst internship program since 2012.

Andreia Lee, PhD

Licensing Associate
Office of Technology Management

Andreia is a Licensing Associate at the Office of Technology Management where she supports the licensing efforts at UCSF. Andreia received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University where she investigated a transcriptional mechanism that prevents retroviral expression in embryonic cells in Stephen Goff’s lab. During her time at Columbia University, she was also a fellow with the Columbia Technology Ventures office and became interested in translating technologies that arise from the bench into marketed products that can reach a wide audience.

Todd Pazdera, PhD

Associate Director
Office of Technology Management

I have over 10 years in licensing and business development experience that includes building significant research collaboration and licensing partnerships between academia and the life sciences industry. I also have significant interest and experience in starting venture backed companies based on university technology.

Sunita Rajdev, PhD

Senior Associate Director
Office of Technology Management

Sunita collaborates with UCSF faculty and researchers in identification, evaluation, protection and commercialization of inventions arising from their research.

Priya Ramu, PhD

Licensing Fellow
Office of Technology Management

Priya Ramu is a Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Management at UCSF. She helps manage intellectual property developed at UCSF by carrying out patentability assessments of inventions, coordinating patent prosecution and licensing of a variety of technologies to commercial partners.

 

Gemma Rooney, PhD

Licensing Officer
Office of Technology Management

Gemma joined the Office of Technology Management (OTM) in April 2014. Her responsibilities include: evaluating new invention disclosures for patentability/commercial value; guiding campus inventors through the patent assessment/prosecution process; and commercializing UCSF's intellectual property by licensing technologies to appropriate development partners.

Shikha Sharma, PhD

Licensing Officer
Office of Technology Management

I joined the Office of Technology Management as a Licensing Associate in January 2013. I am a zealous business development professional, with a passion for science and immense respect for innovators. I am privileged to work closely with the UCSF community of students, scientists, clinicians. I manage a diverse and exciting intellectual property portfolio and catalyze the transfer of UCSF scientific developments to the public through licensing and partnerships.

Catherine Smith

Licensing Associate
Office of Technology Management

In her role as a Licensing Associate for UCSF’s Innovation Ventures, Cathy is responsible for managing the University’s diverse intellectual property disclosures and assisting in licensing transactions.  Cathy joined the office in early 2016 and is enthusiastic about aiding faculty and staff in translating their scientific discoveries for the public benefit through commercial partnerships.

Kathleen Wilson-Edell, PhD

Licensing Officer
Office of Technology Management

Kathy joined the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology & Alliances (ITA) in March of 2014. She works with UCSF faculty members to protect intellectual property arising from their research and negotiates licenses to these technologies with both startups and established companies.

Stephanie Marrus, MBA, MA

Director
Entrepreneurship Center

Stephanie Marrus is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. Her mission is to help start companies from UCSF science and technology and to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University. Since joining in 2012, she has developed a robust suite of programs that have contributed to a vibrant entrepreneurial community at UCSF. In addition to heading the Center, she teaches and mentors startups and is Senior Lecturer/Course Director for UCSF’s entrepreneurship classes.

Leslie Martinez Vargas

Program Manager
Entrepreneurship Center

Leslie is the Program Manager for the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF; she manages the full general operations of the Center. She joined the Center in 2013 as a marketing programs intern. Her goal is to inspire, educate and attract audiences from the UC community, life sciences and healthcare industry, and the business community.

Michael Blum, MD

Director
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Dr. Michael Blum is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics and a cardiologist at UCSF. He specializes in the care of patients with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease and preventative cardiology. He is dedicated to the early detection of heart disease and prevention through a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and stress reduction. In addition, Dr. Blum applies his expertise in technology as the Chief Medical Information Officer at UCSF Medical Center.

Rachael Callcut, MD

Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Dr. Callcut is General Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Hospital. She leads a NIH and DOD funded team of researchers focused on integration of biomedical big data and surgical data science into critical care for improved clinical decision support.

Mary Elizabeth Chalk

Business Development
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Mary Beth is responsible for business development, including the recent transaction with GE. She has 25 years of broad healthcare expertise in conceiving and completing deals in digital health, biopharma, behavioral health, disease management, wellness, health systems, pharmacy benefit management, and health plans. Prior to UCSF, she was a co-founder of a venture capital backed digital health coaching solution built from IP validated at Partners Healthcare. Mary Beth holds a BBA in marketing and a BFA in commercial design.

Ed Martin

Director, Technology
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Ed is a technologist with 20+ years of experience in software engineering with the last 5 years at UCSF focused on cloud-computing application solutions.  He has a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Davis and a M.Sc. in Healthcare Information Technology from Boston University.

Aaron Neinstein, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Board-certified in Endocrinology, Clinical Informatics, and Internal Medicine, I see patients in the UCSF Endocrinology Faculty Practice and lead the design, development, and implementation of innovative digital health solutions. I have years of experience in optimizing the electronic health record to support high quality and high value care as well as creating a more user-friendly experience for physicians and patients. I believe that health information needs to be easier for patients and doctors to access, share, understand, and use collaboratively in day to day care.

Rhona Snyman

Chief Strategy Officer
Center for Digital Health Innovation

Rhona is the Chief Strategy Officer for UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation, responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining CDHI’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining CDHI, Rhona was responsible for overseeing product development and business strategy for UCSF School of Medicine IT, which included planning the early-stage adoption of innovation programs such as Telemedicine and SalesForce. Rhona earned an honors B.S. in Computer Science at UCC, Ireland.

Elizabeth Gress, MPA

Innovation Program Manager
Surgical Innovations Team

Elizabeth manages the Surgical Innovations program, playing a key role in goal-setting, strategic planning, and outreach. Working closely with faculty leadership, Liz oversees Surgical Innovations’ accelerator and seed funding program, organizes project teams, and coordinates with stakeholders across campus.

Hanmin Lee, MD

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Surgical Innovations Team

Dr. Lee is a pediatric surgeon with research interests in the integration of emerging devices and technologies in medicine. As Clinical Director of Surgical Innovations, Dr. Lee is passionate about collaborating with multidisciplinary experts to solve clinical needs.

Shuvo Roy, PhD

Professor
Surgical Innovations Team

Shuvo Roy, PhD, is a bioengineer focusing on the development of medical devices to address unmet clinical needs through strong collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach.

Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH

Chief Innovation Officer
Clinical Innovation Center

Dr. Ralph Gonzales is Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer for UCSF Health. His research has played a significant role in national and global efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance by improving antibiotic prescribing practices - the body of which provides a successful roadmap for translating evidence into practice, policy and public health. Dr Gonzales’ research is multidisciplinary, patient-centered, and informed by relevant stakeholders and policy makers such as the CDC, NCQA, professional societies and community clinicians and patients.

Jessica Chao, MBA, PharmD

Director
Clinical Innovation Center

Jessica overseas day-to-day operations and leads CIC partnerships with industry and academia. Previously, she has led product design in various San Francisco startups as well as co-founded Healtho, a consumer health information company. She is also the co-founder of one of the largest health meetups in Seattle, the Seattle Health Innovators.

Regis Kelly, PhD

Executive Director, QB3, Byers Family Distinguished Professor, UCSF
QB3

Dr. Regis Kelly, a longtime UCSF research neuroscientist and former executive vice-chancellor, directs QB3's entrepreneurship activities and cross-campus, multidisciplinary research initiatives. He co-founded QB3's affiliated venture fund Mission Bay Capital and its flagship incubator [email protected] Dr. Kelly has a special interest in the basic science of neurodegenerative and aging related disease, and therapies for these conditions.

Ioana Aanei, PhD

Entrepreneurship Program Manager
QB3

Dr. Ioana Aanei manages QB3 Startup in a Box, the institute's program to assist life science entrepreneurs with grantwriting and the legal aspects of incorporation. Dr. Aanei also oversees the QB3 Breadboard initiative, which partners with industry, creating virtual teams of university researchers to tackle cross-disciplinary research challenges. She earned a PhD in chemical biology from UCSF.

Agnes Buenaventura

Financial Analyst, QB3
QB3

Ms. Buenaventura handles financial transactions and campus interactions for the institute.

Nora Ke

Executive Assistant to the Director
QB3

Ms. Ke assists Dr. Kelly and provides general support to the QB3 team.

Kaspar Mossman, PhD

Communications & Marketing Director, QB3
QB3

Dr. Mossman manages communications and marketing for QB3 and the Rosenman Institute, including overall strategy and web, email, social, and print channels. He is the first point of contact for many QB3 clients and partners. He earned a PhD in biophysics from UC Berkeley.

Herminio Neto

Innovation Project Manager
QB3

Herminio Neto manages logistics and planning for QB3 and Rosenman Institute events.

Christine Winoto

Deputy Director, QB3, Founder and Director, Rosenman Institute, Partner, Medtech Venture Partners Fund I
QB3

Ms. Winoto manages operations and finance at QB3 and its medical device initiative, the Rosenman Institute, which she founded, along with its affiliated venture fund, Medtech Venture Partners. She directs all aspects of the Rosenman Institute including partnership, the Rosenman Fellows program, and the annual Rosenman Symposium.