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Program staff

Bart Aoki, Ph.D. 
Program Director 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9537

As Director of TRDRP, Dr. Aoki provides leadership in developing priorities and strategies for the program. He has more than 24 years of experience in the development and management of research programs both at the University of California and in private non-profit settings. He is a clinical-community psychologist and has a background in the study of alcohol and substance abuse and in the development of community-based prevention programs.

Phillip Gardiner, Dr.P.H. 
Program Officer for UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Awards
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9853 

Dr. Gardiner is trained as a survey researcher and behavioral scientist, who served for 15 years as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program Officer for the TRDRP.  He speaks nationally on critical issue to tobacco control, including menthol in cigarette products, electronic cigarettes, and tobacco related health disparities.

Norval Hickman, Ph.D., M.P.H. 
Program Officer for Social Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9032

Dr. Hickman has training in Clinical Psychology and Public Health. He has experience conducting a clinical trial and behavioral interventions for smoking cessation. His publications address smoking prevalence, cessation treatments, psychosocial correlates, and tobacco industry marketing to special populations.

Jennifer V. Jackson
Project Policy Analyst
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9888

Mrs. Jackson has years of administrative experience working with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP), the California Healthcare Foundation, and UCSF's Center for the Health Professions. She works closely with TRDRP and CHRP directors and staff as well as Advisory Committee members, coordinating special projects on behalf of both programs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University.

Katherine McKenzie, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Biology 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9876

Dr. McKenzie has training in cancer research, cell, and molecular biology. She has served as a program officer for the California Breast Cancer Research Program for over 20 years in the fields of biological sciences as well as clinical and prevention research.

Anwer Mujeeb, M.Sc., Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Biomedical and Environmental Sciences 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-287-3340

Dr. Mujeeb has a background in structural biology, cancer-related research, biochemistry, and toxicology. He has also served as a Program Officer for Biomedical and Basic Clinical Research with the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and as an associate professor at UCSF.

Tracy Richmond-McKnight, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Cancer, Neuroscience, and Health Economics
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9811

Dr. Richmond-McKnight was trained in physics and biomedical engineering and has 16 years of research experience in neuroimaging of brain cancer. Richmond-McKnight retains a title of Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF and is the Director of the UCSF-Tuskegee Partnership in Bioengineering. In addition to her research activities, she is also actively engaged in increasing diversity in the STEM fields.

Christine Tasto-Olsen 
Portfolio Analyst 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9871

Mrs. Olsen joined TRDRP in 1999 and continues to support the work of the program as a Portfolio Analyst within the RGPO Contracts and Grants unit. Please contact her with any questions about active grant awards, including the submission of progress, final and financial reports.


Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) 

Research Grants Program Office 

University of California, Office of the President 

300 Lakeside Drive, 6th Floor

Oakland, CA  94612

Phone: (510) 987-9870

Fax: (510) 587-6325