The BRDO Team

DAVID TRINKLE - DIRECTOR

Dave is the Director of BRDO, where he coordinates a diverse team of research development experts. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with federal research agencies and over a dozen years with UC Berkeley, he also advises the Vice Chancellor for Research, deans, and faculty on federal funding opportunities and strategy. While at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2000 to 2007, he was responsible for budget development and related policy issues for NSF, NASA, OSTP, and research agencies across the government. In previous work at the RAND Corporation and the Aerospace Corporation, he performed engineering and policy research for several federal agencies, including NSF and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and Transportation. He has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering.
Contact: dtrinkle@berkeley.edu; (510) 207-6233

ERICA WHITNEY - Associate Director for Strategy and Training

Erica is BRDO’s Associate Director for Strategy and Training. Erica provides a wide range of strategic initiative and proposal development services, with expertise in facilitating team building and team science, project conceptualization, proposal organization, and editing. Erica also has significant experience providing training on proposal development, NIH and NSF policies and programs, and scientific writing. Erica has supported research development efforts at UC Berkeley since 2010, building on her research development positions at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Medicine from 2004 to 2010. Her technical writing and editing experience extends back to 1998. She has a degree in History and Political Science from Wellesley College.
Contact: evwhitney@berkeley.edu

PANAGIOTIS VAGENAS - DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Panos is the Deputy Director of BRDO, where he provides strategic proposal development support and helps define strategic directions for research at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining BRDO, Panos was one of the inaugural members of the research development team at San José State University, where he helped shape the vision and practices of the Office of Research and supported the development of complex proposals to federal agencies. Panos has over 20 years of research experience. He received his bachelor’s and master’s in biochemistry and Ph.D. in immunology from Imperial College London and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. He was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine, focusing on substance abuse and HIV. Following Yale, he joined a global health and development nonprofit, where he oversaw the institutional research agenda, the ethical conduct of research, and strategic research planning. He then worked for a clinical research organization, where he oversaw over 20 industry-sponsored clinical trials. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles published in high-impact journals and, in addition to grant writing and reviewing, he is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, project management and evaluation.
Contact: pvagenas@berkeley.edu; (510) 644-9104

VICTORIA STEFFES - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Victoria is a Research Development Specialist at BRDO, specializing in complex proposal development for the College of Engineering. She joined BRDO directly from finishing her Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Bioengineering, during which she was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2015–2018). She received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Barnard College (Columbia University) and completed post-bac research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Victoria has diverse STEM editing, science communication, and grant proposal support experience. She worked with the Research Development Office at UC Santa Barbara during her PhD, specifically as part of the new faculty training program. She loves learning about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of research projects, and about the impacts of research and technology on society. Victoria enjoys the challenge of using her communication skills to craft clear, strong proposals in support of the compelling research at UC Berkeley.
Contact: vsteffes@berkeley.edu; (510) 664-9108

EMMA ATTARD - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Emma is a Research Development Specialist at BRDO, working across a broad spectrum of funding opportunities. Emma comes from a communications background and for several years worked in a corporate environment as an Account Director for a London-based marketing agency. Experienced in writing for a variety of audiences, Emma has supported clients in areas as diverse as biometrics, and travel and tourism. In recent years, she worked in development for a prestigious charter school based in Santa Cruz, prior to taking a job in Research Development at San José State University. Emma holds a B.A. in Ancient World Studies and an M.A. in Ancient History, both from University College London.
Contact: eattard@berkeley.edu; (510) 664-9102

Position vacant - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Position vacant - PROGRAM MANAGER, LIMITED SUBMISSIONS
Contact: ltdsubs@berkeley.edu

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