OVPR Executive Committee

Alan Rudolph Vice President for Research CSU

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph, serves as the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service, having served as the Director for Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has published more than 100 technical publications in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. As a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, his earliest work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) demonstrated the translational value of strategies used by organisms that survive environmental extremes to preserve defense products such as biosensors and blood products for field deployment.

Dr Christa Johnson Associate Vice President for Research

Dr. Christa Johnson serves as a key member of the OVPR leadership team as well as an advocate and an adviser to the vice president for research and operational activities. Dr. Johnson leads the implementation of programs and the deployment of resources to strengthen CSU’s research administrative support and guide the University in meeting the emerging research opportunities of the future. She oversees several divisions and service programs, including sponsored programs, ethical compliance, research services, research policy and education. Dr. Johnson is a leader in national research organizations such as the National Council for University Research Administration and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. 

Ellen Fisher Senior Faculty Advisor

As the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Ellen seeks to engage the CSU research community in exploring new opportunities and collaborations to address global and local challenges. Her team works to connect faculty with a diverse portfolio of funding opportunities, to build effective, competitive interdisciplinary teams, and to ensure CSU has the safe and ethical environment necessary to achieve excellence in research.  As the University’s Research Integrity Officer, Ellen provides training in the responsible conduct of research and helps to ensure CSU maintains the highest integrity in all of our research activities.  Ellen is also passionate about programs for student researchers and helps support student-centric activities across campus. 

David Paterson

David Paterson, Assistant Vice President for Research, Translation and Commercialization

Email: David.Paterson@colostate.edu

David Paterson serves as the assistant vice president for research, translation and commercialization. David works to expand industry sponsored research and relations. He also reviews and improves CSU industry engagement procedures, as well as provides guidance to CSU research facilities and colleges in cultivating new industry-related partnerships.