The BRDO Team

DAVID TRINKLE - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

Dave is the Director of the Berkeley Research Development Office, where he coordinates an experienced staff of research development professionals. Drawing on over 15 years of experience with federal research agencies and 6 years with UC Berkeley, David 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 and other federal research agencies. He monitors federal research funding and policy issues and maintains contacts in key research agencies and White House offices. 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

KIM BAETEN - DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Kim is Deputy Director and Research Development Specialist at BRDO. She helps develop interdisciplinary research proposals in the field of neuroscience, as well as other disciplines. This includes coordination of large grant proposal efforts, clarification of solicitation guidelines, conceptual advising on, and editing of grant proposals. As Deputy Director she also assists in office management and may serve in acting roles if the Director is not available. Kim has seven years of Ph.D. and postdoc training with expertise in neurology and basic and translational biomedical research. In 2013, she transferred from her postdoc at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, UCSF to BRDO, using her skills in editing, organization, and communication to further advance the process of scientific discovery.
Contact: kim.baeten@berkeley.edu; (510) 664-9104

BARBARA USTANKO - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

­­­­Barbara is a Research Development Specialist at BRDO, where she provides a range of development and support services for major institutional and strategic proposals. A board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences, she joined our research development team in 2014, bringing with her more than two decades of expertise in federal and foundation proposal development and scientific and technical editing. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College and masters’ degrees in English composition and discourse analysis from San Francisco State University. There, she also dedicated more than a decade to building NIH- and NSF-funded biomedical, behavioral, and environmental research infrastructure and to securing foundation funding for centers and institutes. She previously worked as senior proposal development staff for an interdisciplinary research team at UCSF/SFVAMC and served on the proposal review committee of a community education foundation. 
Contact: ustanko@berkeley.edu; (510) 664-9106

MATTHEW ANDREWS - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Matthew is a Research Development Analyst at BRDO. As part of the BRDO team, he provides a variety of proposal development services to campus faculty and research initiatives, including proposal conceptualization, organization, and editing, as well as the identification of research funding opportunities. In addition to his training and experience in social science research, Matthew contributes insights from his experience working in the nonprofit sector as a development coordinator and grant writer in the arts and humanities. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Matthew also is a Program Manager in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, where he manages the campus Limited Submissions process and Exceptional Principal Investigator Status requests.
Contact: andrewsm@berkeley.edu(510) 643-1795

KATE SPOHR - RESEARCH OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Kate is a Research Outreach Specialist at BRDO. She provides a range of proposal support services, with a focus on helping principal investigators to strategize and develop plans that expand the Broader Impacts of their research. From 2006 to 2014, Kate created and managed education programs for high school students, teachers, undergraduates, and graduate students for the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), a multi-campus NSF Engineering Research Center headquartered at UC Berkeley. For the past six years, she has co-chaired the Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO), a network of faculty, staff, and students who work in STEM education and public outreach at UC Berkeley and the community at large. Kate has over 15 years of experience in program management, development, and communications for higher education and non-profit organizations focusing on education and training. She has an M.A. in communication/media studies from Stanford University.
Contact: kspohr@berkeley.edu; (510) 664-9102

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