Research Acceleration Office Team

Meghan Suter

Meghan Suter, PhD: Director, Research Acceleration Office

Phone: (970) 491-3998

Meghan Suter is the Director of the Research Acceleration Office, which was founded in February 2015. She works closely with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and University senior administration to create a proactive research culture on campus, and to promote excellent along the entire extramural funding life cycle. Meghan received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Case Western University, where she developed multifunctional nanofibrous materials for biomedical applications. Prior to joining CSU, Meghan worked as a Senior Research Engineer at The Ohio State University, where her efforts focused on agricultural waste conversion technologies and bioproduct cluster development.

Dinaida Egan

Dinaida Egan, RAO Associate Director

Phone: (970) 491-2448

Dinaida Egan leads proposal development and limited submission program activities, providing advanced research development and project management expertise in support of complex, strategic, interdisciplinary, or limited submission proposals, programs, and initiatives. Her background in scientific research and research program management includes 14 years in the CSU Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, studying gene regulation, chromatin structure and function, biophysical characterization and purification of protein/DNA complexes, and leukemogenesis utilizing the Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus 1 (HTLV-1) model system. She has dual degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (MCDB) with emphasis in Leadership, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.

BreeAnn Brandhagen

BreeAnn Brandhagen, PhD, Senior Research Development Associate

Phone: (970) 491-4347

BreeAnn received her PhD from the University of South Dakota in Basic Biomedical Sciences, where her research focused on drug treatments for cancer metastasis. Prior to CSU, she served as the Program Manager for BioSNTR, a state-wide interdisciplinary research center in South Dakota. BreeAnn provides guidance and assistance for complex, interdisciplinary proposal development, as well as assists with managing strategic research partnerships for CSU.

Brooke Phipps

E. Brooke Phipps, Research Grant Assistant Coordinator


Brooke works as a grant opportunity researcher and proposal facilitator for the Research Acceleration Office. Brooke is a 2nd year Masters student in Colorado State University’s nationally acclaimed Communication Studies program. Her research primarily deals with social movement rhetoric and digital social movements. Brooke’s work at the RAO emphasizes identifying strategic funding opportunities and helping single investigators and multidisciplinary teams craft engaging proposals.

Office Location:

University Services Center
5th Floor, Suite 516
601 S Howes St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80521