Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program

The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program provides opportunities for successful entrepreneurs to partner with the UC San Diego community

UC San Diego Entrepreneurs in Residence 2021-2022

About the Program

Launched in 2015, this campus-wide resource is designed to support research-based entrepreneurship. Inventors and student entrepreneurs can get expert guidance on early-stage technologies, commercialization strategies, and startup creation. With years of industry experience, EIRs are available to help define the market case, build business models, advise on fundraising, and solve other common challenges. We strive to curate cohorts that are representative of the diverse communities that they support and engage with. Improving outcomes with and enhancing access for entrepreneurs and innovators from historically marginalized communities is paramount to the success of the EIR program and ultimately to the mission of OIC at UC San Diego. For more information, please visit Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research Affairs,

2021-2022 EIR Profiles with background and expertise details: CLICK TO VIEW FULL PDF

NOTE: all email addresses use @ucsd.edu. To read more about this year's cohort, click here.

2022-23 Open Call

UC San Diego invites inquiries for the 2022-23 Entrepreneur-In-Residence program. We’re looking for enthusiastic, successful entrepreneurs to help our students and faculty develop their ideas, advise teams on the road ahead, and potentially find your next company.

We anticipate opportunities for up to 8-10 entrepreneurs from September 2021 through July 2022 (the 2021-22 academic year). Successful EIRs must be able to commit time, energy, and advising insight to teams within our innovation ecosystem. In practice, this can mean spending time at office hours to meet with entrepreneurs or inventors, speaking at events, serving as a judge for competitions, or lecturing for certificate or bootcamp courses. The fact is that this is an open-ended approach for EIRs with well defined outcomes - the formation of start-ups at UC San Diego.


Amber Brandner - Generalist  abrandner@


Annie Brown - Physical Sciences  anb001@


Steve Cranford - Generalist  scranford@


Nick Gulino - Life Sciences  ngulino@


Daniel Oliver - Life Sciences  doliver@


Venki Pegadaraju - Life Sciences  vpegadaraju@


Hus Tigli - Physical Sciences htigli@


Chris Tolles - Generalist      ctolles@


Julio de Unamuno IV - Life Sciences |  j2deunamuno@


These EIRs are listed because they remain active and available for contact from UC San Diego Entrepreneurs and Innovation centers. Please reach out directly and contact eirprogram@ucsd.edu if you encounter any technical issues with email bounce back. Click on their photos to connect on Linkedin!

2020 EIR Emeriti Profiles: Download PDF Here

Anna Symonds, EIR 2020

asymonds @ ucsd.edu

Mike Roberts, EIR 2020

m4roberts @ ucsd.edu

Dylan Weening, EIR 2020

dweening @ ucsd.edu


Sonia Steinway, EIR 2020

ssteinway @ ucsd.edu

Prasad Sunkara, EIR 2020

psunkara @ ucsd.edu

SK Sharma, EIR 2020

sksharma @ ucsd.edu

Cari Enayati, EIR 2020

cenayati @ ucsd.edu

Marco Curreli, EIR 2020

mcurreli @ ucsd.edu

Brendan Eckelman, EIR 2020

beckelman @ ucsd.edu

Sanjay Mistry, EIR 2020

smistry @ ucsd.edu

Brant Chlebowski, EIR 2020

bchlebow @ ucsd.edu

Nishal Mohan, EIR 2020

n1mohan @ ucsd.edu

Jay Park, EIR 2020

jp006 @ ucsd.edu

Geraldine Ridaura, EIR 2020

gridaura @ ucsd.edu

Shahin Enayati, EIR 2020

senayati @ ucsd.edu

Paul Shockley, EIR 2020

pshockley @ ucsd.edu

Paul Grint, EIR 2020

pgrint @ ucsd.edu

Julie Fishman, EIR 2020

jufishman @ ucsd.edu

Debbie Chen, EIR 2020

d4chen @ ucsd.edu

Raksha Shah, EIR 2019

raksha @ ucsd.edu

Rick Cooper, EIR 2019

ricooper @ ucsd.edu

Ashok Kamal, EIR 2019

tcaashok @ gmail.com


Ted Daley


George Eiskamp ( - 2020)


Tim Rueth ( - 2019)


Schedule an Appointment

EIRs enjoy meeting UC San Diego inventors and learning about technologies at all stages of development. Faculty, researchers, postdocs, students, and staff are invited to schedule introductory conversations. For questions about the program, or to schedule a meeting, contact eirprogram@ucsd.edu.

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