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Our talented and diverse team of experts are here to support you every step of the way. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any lingering questions. We are happy to hear from you! 

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  • Corinne Peek-Asa

    Corinne Peek-Asa

    Vice Chancellor for Research

    Dr. Peek-Asa joins UC San Diego from the University of Iowa, where she served as the Lowell G. Battershell Distinguished Professor and associate dean for Research in the university’s College of Public Health. A pioneer in the field of international injury and violence epidemiology, she currently directs one of six NIH-funded International Trauma Training Programs and previously served as the director of the interdisciplinary CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center from 2006 to 2020. Peek-Asa is distinguished for her work in injury prevention and policy science, including programs addressing road safety, interpersonal violence, acute care and workplace violence. As founding principal investigator of an NIH-funded International Trauma Training Program, she introduced sustainable violence and injury research and training in eleven institutions throughout the world, including the implementation of the first trauma registries in eight institutions in five countries.

  • Paul Roben

    Paul Roben

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Commercialization

    Paul Roben, Ph.D., oversees the OIC to establish a campus-wide innovation platform in service of three goals- 1) build a systemic and sustainable innovation culture, 2) create a vibrant regional ecosystem, and 3) accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego inventions. Working with the Vice Chancellor for Research in this position since June 2015, Paul Roben, Ph.D., is transforming the functions provided by the Technology Transfer Office, Industry Research Alliances, and Industry Contracting into an integrated organization to include patenting, strategic corporate research partnering and industry contracts. Previously, he was Senior Director of Office Technology Development at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, working with multiple academic institutes to develop strategic processes to drive innovation alliances, and help translate their research programs into products for patients and society.

  • Greg Horowitt

    Greg Horowitt

    Director - Innovation Design

    Greg Horowitt is the cofounder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation and has spent 25+ years working in startups and venture capital. He is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and has consulted on innovation with top organizations like the Aspen Institute, National Academies of Science, World Bank, and US Department of State. He worked under Warren Buffett as an executive at a Berkshire Hathaway operating company, is a Kauffman Fellow, and has been a founder, investor, and board member in many leading organizations.

  • Faisal Ali

    Faisal Ali

    Director - Chief of Finance and Operations

    Faisal Ali is responsible for the central budgeting, financial, human resources, facilities, technical operations, and general administration of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization. As the senior business manager at OIC, Faisal collaborates closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor, playing a pivotal role in the department's administrative leadership. Prior to Faisal’s appointment as the Chief of Finance and Operations in June 2022, he served as the Finance Manager at OIC for four years overseeing OIC’s IP Finance group and inventor share distributions. Faisal began his University of California, San Diego career in 2017 as a Financial Analyst at the Department of Medicine moving into progressively responsible leadership positions. Faisal earned B.S. in Accounting from SDSU and M.S. in Management & leadership from WGU.

Staff Directory

First Last Name Group Position Email
Paul Roben, Ph.D. OIC Associate Vice Chancellor
Faisal Ali Finance & Operations Chief of Finance and Operations
Stephanie Schuck Commercialization MTA Senior Analyst
Julie Eason, JD Commercialization, Physical Sciences Innovation and Commercialization Manager
Subramanian Venkatraman Commercialization,
Life Sciences
Innovation Commercialization Manager
X-TBD Commercialization,
Life Sciences
Associate Director, Life Sciences Licensing


Devora Rossi, Ph.D. Commercialization,
Life Sciences
Senior Innovation and Commercialization Manager
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Maria Tkachuk Commercialization,
Life Sciences
Senior Innovation and Commercialization Manager

Victoria Cajipe, Ph.D. Commercialization, Physical Sciences Associate Director, Physical Sciences Licensing
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Skip Cynar, Ph.D. Commercialization, Physical Sciences Senior Innovation and Commercialization Manager
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Didem Ernur Commercialization, Physical Sciences Innovation and Commercialization Manager

Nora Safa Commercialization, Life Sciences Senior Innovation and Commercialization Manager

Anastasia Shiryaeva Intellectual Property Patent Assistant 

Klyden Roca Finance & Operations Finance Manager
Noemi Arrizon Finance & Operations Compliance Specialist
Marquise Coney, BSHA Finance & Operations Executive Assistant to AVC
Stephany Guster Finance & Operations Financial Assistant
Irish Basinga Finance & Operations Financial Analyst
Christine de Leon Finance & Operations Senior Contract Compliance Analyst
Megan Jennings Finance & Operations Budget and Finance Analyst
Jacques Chirazi Innovation Design Director, Student
Entrepreneurship &
Blackstone Launchpad
Douglas Bonilla Innovation Design Marketing Specialist
Greg Horowitt Innovation Design Director, Innovation Design
Christine Liou Innovation Design The Basement, Assistant Director of Operations
Shane Moise Innovation Design Program Manager
Tami Renteria Innovation Design Operations Coordinator
Christine Glathe Intellectual Property Disclosure Specialist
Jennifer Fan Intellectual Property Patent Specialist
Ismahene Fanani Intellectual Property Sponsor Compliance Specialist

Jen Williams, BA Intellectual Property Patent Analyst
Priya Cloutier Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Manger
Ryne DuBose Commercialization, Physical Sciences Senior Innovation & Commercialization Manger

Melissa Campbell Innovation Design Innovation Programs Coordinator

Lisel Gorell-Getz Innovation Design Director, Programs Development


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (IEC)

Learn more about the IEC and its role within UC San Diego.