Behind the Scenes Research Leadership

Coordinating, facilitating, empowering, and managing.

The BU Research office is the engine that keeps research running smoothly. Led by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, these teams cover a lot. From representing the University to administering and managing, they support all aspects of research at BU.

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Dr. Gloria Waters

Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Dr. Waters is responsible for BU’s research enterprise, representing the University to key stakeholders in government, industry, and foundations. She also develops and implements policies and procedures to streamline and manage research.

From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Waters was dean of BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. There, she led dramatic increases in the size, quality, and selectivity of the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs, enhanced student and faculty support, and doubled the volume of its research funding.

A professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences at BU since 1997, Dr. Waters’ research is in the areas of language and memory processes, including a sizable portfolio of federal and foundation-sponsored awards from the US Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Alzheimer’s Association of America, among others.

Before arriving at BU, she was acting director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Waters received her BA in psychology from McGill and her MA in applied psychology and PhD in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal.

Diane Baldwin

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Associate Vice President, Sponsored Programs

Reporting to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Ms. Baldwin joined Sponsored Programs (SP) in January of 2014. In this role, she is responsible for providing comprehensive leadership and support to the research community engaged in the preparation, submission, and acceptance of research proposals and awards. OSP is also responsible for the non-financial post-award management of all sponsored awards.

Prior to joining Boston University she served in a diversity of roles at Harvard University for the past 31 years.  Most recently she was the director of university financial services overseeing over $6B in transactions for Accounts Payable/Receivable, Card Services and Payroll. In addition she served as the director of Financial Systems Solutions and Project Director for GMAS, Harvard’s cradle-to-grave grants management system.

Kate Mellouk

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Associate Vice President, Research Compliance

Ms. Mellouk was appointed in June 2014, after serving in the interim role for one year. She has been with Boston University’s Research Compliance office since 2006, serving as the director of IACUC Affairs and then executive director of research integrity & assurance prior to assuming her current role. She is responsible for ensuring a research environment across Boston University’s Charles River and Medical Campuses that promotes safety, integrity, and ethical behavior and abides by the evolving regulations and requirements established by federal, state, and local funding agencies. She leads the development and implementation of institutional programs and operational strategies for all non-financial regulatory compliance issues governing research to ensure that current University policies and procedures are sufficient to minimize and prevent risk of non-compliance.

Ms. Mellouk received a BA in biology from Boston University and a master of public administration from the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.

Gretchen Hartigan

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Assistant Vice President, Post Award Financial Operations

Ms. Hartigan joined Boston University in April 2012 after spending 12 years in the Post Award Research Department at Boston Medical Center. She was appointed Assistant Vice President in April 2014 after serving two years as Executive Director, Costing and Compliance within Post Award Financial Operations. In her current role, she oversees Boston University’s Post Award Research portfolio including: Cash Management, Effort Reporting, Facilities Cost Analysis, Property Management, Research Administration, and Service Center Administration.

Ms. Hartigan holds a BA in Accounting from Boston College, a Master of Education and a Master of Business Administration from Salem State University.

Cara Ellis McCarthy

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Assistant Vice President, Research Initiatives

Ms. McCarthy was appointed in April 2010. She provides administrative, financial, and staffing planning and oversight to the Research office and the interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs reporting to the vice president and associate provost for research. She also develops and facilitates strategic research initiatives for these areas.

Ms. McCarthy formerly held two positions at BU: as director of academic services in the Office of the Provost from 1996 to 2000 and as director of administration and finance for the Danielsen Institute from 2000 to 2010. Ms. McCarthy earned her BA in political science from Boston University.

Mia R. Bott

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Director of Finance & Administration, Research Compliance

Reporting to the associate vice president for research compliance, Ms. Bott was appointed in January 2011 after serving as the financial administrator for more than three years within the Research and Research Compliance offices. In her current role, she is responsible for budget development and oversight of shared services across both the Charles River and Medical Campuses, as well as several units within Boston Medical Center, that ensure the safety of research practices and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Additionally, Ms. Bott is responsible for staffing and administration within Research Compliance.

Ms. Bott holds a BA in economics from William Smith College, a master of public administration from Syracuse University, and a master of education from Boston University.

Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.

Sarah Hokanson

Director, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

Jointly reporting to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and the Associate Provost for Graduate Medical Sciences, Dr. Hokanson was appointed in February 2015. She is responsible for providing services and programming for all postdoctoral scholars at Boston University, as well as supporting the development of University policies related to postdoctoral scholarship.

Prior to joining Boston University, Dr. Hokanson was US Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Boston. Dr. Hokanson holds a BA in Chemistry from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her graduate research was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and she completed a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She received an Executive Education Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2014.

Kevin Gonzales

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Director of Operations, CILSE

Mr. Gonzales is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE). The building opened in spring 2017 and houses a cohort of neuroscience and biological design research. Mr. Gonzales ensures smooth collaborations between the interdisciplinary faculty researchers, participating postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and central administration. As Director of Operations, he coordinates the regular research seminars in the Colloquium and interactive spaces as well as oversees the pre- and post-award grant activities of the faculty.

Mr. Gonzales joined the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research in March 2011 and has held a variety of administrative and managerial roles. He joined the CILSE team in December, 2016. He earned his BS in Film & Television from Boston University’s College of Communications and his MBA from Questrom School of Business.

Kathy Lynch

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Director, Corporate Relations

Ms. Lynch oversees all aspects of the BU Office of Corporate Relations. Since joining Boston University in February 2011, she has been working to develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships between the University and industry. Kathy shares the University’s vision that to solve 21st century challenges, we must educate 21st century students—and this requires a commitment to integrate research, teaching, and real-world experience in collaboration with the business community. In her role, Ms. Lynch works with colleagues across BU to help industrial partners both navigate the campus and also engage in meaningful, productive initiatives.

Ms. Lynch holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, as well as an MBA from Bentley University.

Mike Pratt

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Managing Director, Technology Development

Mr. Pratt joined Boston University’s Technology Development office in May 2000, where he has been responsible for the transfer of technologies, providing support for translational research, building long term partnerships with a special focus on technology development between Boston University/Boston Medical Center and industry, and most recently as Executive Director, Business Development he led a team of business development professionals across all technical fields to connect Boston University discoveries with commercial opportunities. He is currently serving as managing director.

Mr. Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Boston University. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Kat Tokarz

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Research Communications Manager

Ms. Tokarz develops and implements research communications, events, and initiatives geared toward supporting faculty in identifying significant, priority funding opportunities, including forums for sponsors and funders to visit BU to meet with appropriate faculty. She organizes training and other initiatives for faculty and manages the limited submission grant application process.

Ms. Tokarz joined the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research in August 2014. She previously held the position of executive assistant to the dean and event manager at Sargent College. Ms. Tokarz earned her BA in international relations from Boston University, and her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies from Georgetown University.

Maura Monahan

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Research Administration & Finance Manager

Ms. Monahan serves as the operations liaison between the Office of the Provost, grant administrators, and other central offices and academic units in order to develop and ensure streamlined and coordinated processes, workflow, and implementation of research policies across these areas. She provides administrative and budget process support to the centers and institutes reporting to the office, working closely with the Assistant Vice President for Research Initiatives.

Ms. Monahan was appointed in March 2017 after serving as the administrative coordinator for the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research for more than two years. She holds a BS in economics from the University of Mary Washington and completed her MBA at the Questrom School of Business in May 2017.

Brian Fenster

Administrative Coordinator

Mr. Fenster is responsible for the daily operations and administrative functions of the office. He also supports the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and manages her schedule. In addition, he coordinates logistics for events and other functions hosted by the Research team.

Mr. Fenster joined the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research in June 2017. He earned a BA in International Affairs and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. He is currently pursuing an MBA at the Questrom School of Business.