EricBurkhalter, Eric
Staff Assistant

Eric is responsible for administrative duties for Dr. Sue Jinks-Robertson, Dr. Tom Petes, and Dr. Dong Yan. He works closely with Esther Demarco in the pre-award management of proposals.


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DeMarco, Esther
Grants and Contracts Manager

Esther is responsible for managing the pre-award grant submission process, Other Support for MGM faculty as well as post-award financial management of the Virology training grant.


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Howard, Jason
Human Resources Manager II

Jason is responsible for the day-to-day management of personnel activities for the department. He also assists foreign students, faculty, and staff in complying with governmental regulations related to maintaining proper visa status.


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Kennett, Annette
Staff Specialist

Annette provides administrative support for Drs. Mariano Garcia-Blanco, Stacy Horner, Dennis Ko, Arno Greenleaf, So Young Kim, Alejandro Aballay, Jack Keene, David Pickup, and Jorn Coers. She also manages reservations for MGM conference rooms (0010, 0040 CARL and 415 Jones) as well as coordinating the Thursday seminar series, the departmental annual retreat and the MGM holiday party.


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Kibicho, Susan
Grants and Contracts Administrator

Susan provides post-award research administration support for Drs. Alejandro Aballay, John McCusker, Jack Keene, Dennis Ko, David Pickup, John Rawls, and Jorn Coers.



Kobes, Kim
Program Coordinator

Kim serves as the DGSA for the MGM graduate student program. Additional responsibilities include the Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems and financial responsibility for the Mycology training grant and the Virology training grant.



Krupa, Christine
Administrative Coordinator

Christy provides administrative and clerical support for Drs. Bryan Cullen and Micah Luftig. She is responsible for pre-award and post-award grants management for their grants and discretionary funds as well as the Center for Virology.



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Financial Analyst II

Kris manages the MGM departmental funds, the Functional Genomics shared resource and post-award research administration for Drs. Chi, David, Dietrich, Dressman, Jinks-Robertson, Marchuk, Matsunami, Petes, Pickup, Valdivia, Yan, and Kim.



Palmer, Melissa
Program Coordinator

Melissa provides administrative support for Joseph Heitman, both in his capacity as MGM Chair and faculty member. Melissa manages all pre-award and post-award aspects of Dr. Heitman’s financial resources, monitoring and reconciling expenditures and preparing monthly financial reports including financial projections.  She also manages the update of the departmental website.


Thole, Kristin
Staff Specialist

Kristin provides administrative support for Dr. Marchuk, in his capacity as faculty member and Director of the Division of Human Genetics, as well as support for Dr. Heitman and the Center for Host Microbial Interactions (CHoMI).  In addition, she coordinates the faculty recruitment process and the appointment, promotion, and tenure (APT) process for all faculty, preparing APT dossiers in preparation for School of Medicine review.



Wiley, Susan
Departmental Business Manager

Susan oversees an administrative staff of ten and is responsible for managing and coordinating the business and administrative functions of the Department in concert with the Chair which includes preparation, management and monitoring of departmental budgets, managing human resources and payroll and departmental space and facilities and oversight of HR/personnel.


Other Staff


Alston, Lisa
Lab Assistant

Lisa is a lab assistant and provides glasswashing and waste disposal services for many of the MGM laboratories.


Chapman, Sharon
Senior Lab Assistant

Sharon is a lab assistant and provides glasswashing and waste disposal services for many of the MGM laboratories.