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Program staff

Raymond Boyle, Ph.D. 
Senior Program Officer for Health Policy Research 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9959

Dr. Boyle has served as Director of Research Programs at ClearWay Minnesota since 2009, one of the few research funding programs nationally that are comparable to the TRDRP.  In this role he has provided overall management for a team of researchers and post-doctoral fellows who focus on evaluation of tobacco-related programs and policies, population surveillance, and dissemination of competitive grant funding to Minnesota tobacco control researchers. 

Deborah Colosi, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Environmental Exposure and Toxicology
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-6140

Dr. Colosi received her doctorate in Endocrinology from UC Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz.  Prior to joining TRDRP, she conducted research in the pharmaceutical industry and gained extensive experience as a Program Officer at the National Institutes of Health managing research initiatives focused advancing basic research findings into human clinical trials to address unmet medical needs.

Ginny Delaney, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Biomedical Sciences 
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-587-6292 

Dr. Delaney earned her doctorate in Molecular Biology at Cornell Medical College while conducting research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  She has worked in grant-making at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York and with the Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP) at UCOP.  She is passionate about bringing scientific evidence to bear on policy making.

Uta Grieshammer, Ph.D. 
Program Officer for Biomedical Sciences
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9636 

Dr. Grieshammer earned her doctorate in biochemistry from Boston University, and has research expertise in molecular and cellular mechanisms of embryonic development.  Prior to joining TRDRP, she gained extensive experience in grant-making and managing research initiatives, first at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), to help bring stem cell treatments to patients with unmet needs, and more recently at the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), supporting precision medicine demonstration projects throughout the state.

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.

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.

Katherine McKenzie, Ph.D. 
Senior 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.

Tracy Richmond McKnight, Ph.D.
Contact: Email | Phone: 510-987-9811

Dr. McKnight received her doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Spelman College and Polytechnic University. She served for 15 years on the faculty of UCSF where she led a successful independent research program in neuroimaging of brain cancer. With a goal of making science more accessible to policymakers and community members, Dr. McKnight joined TRDRP, serving as a Program Officer for Cancer and Neuroscience. Concurrently, she worked with Valerion Therapeutics LLC as Director of Translational Research, where she gained direct knowledge of the regulatory process leading to FDA approval of therapeutic agents. Dr. McKnight is passionate about increasing diversity in the STEM fields and supporting research that has a direct and positive impact on the community at large.

Inquiries regarding LOI/application forms and instructions or reviewer questions may be directed to the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO): or (510) 987-9386.

Contact Information:
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