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. 

David Paterson

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


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. 

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Prof. Sam F. Halabi serves as the Senior Associate Vice-President for Health Policy and Ethics at Colorado State University and a Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts. He is also a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University as well as an affiliate researcher at its Center for Global Health Science and Security.

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Heather Pidcoke, M.D., MSCI, PhD, Chief Medical Research Officer and Associate Director of Research at the Translational Medicine Institute

Email: hpidcoke@colostate.edu

Dr. Heather Pidcoke is Chief Medical Research Officer in the Office of the Vice President of Research. She is leading the effort to enhance clinical and translational research support in recognition that CSU’s investigators are increasingly engaged in translating discovery and applied sciences to human health solutions. Dr. Pidcoke’s research interests include trauma critical care, novel transfusion products, and biologics aimed at improving the resuscitation of massively bleeding patients. She was awarded a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her contributions in advancing medical research for military personnel, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.