Research Acceleration Office Team

Dinaida Egan, RAO Director

Phone: (970) 491-2448
Email: [email protected]

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.

Trisha Miller, PhD, Research & Proposal Development Manager

Phone: (970) 491-4589
Email: [email protected] 

Trisha Miller is responsible for supporting CSU faculty, leadership, and other R&D partners in identifying funding opportunities, nurturing partnerships, and developing proposals that further the goals of CSU’s research enterprise. As a Research and Proposal Development Manager, Trisha will help ensure that proposals highlight the strengths of the team and the institution, clearly communicate the innovation and impact of the proposed research, and are responsive to the sponsor needs and requirements. Her background is in bioinorganic chemistry with a BS in Chemistry from Creighton University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. After graduate school, she was a National Security Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories where she led several analysis projects for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) focused on chemical security, critical infrastructure risk, emergency management, and cyber deterrence and resilience. Before joining CSU, Trisha was on the leadership team at a data science and data visualization startup where she led a division focused on partnering with National Laboratories to help translate R&D into practice. Trisha has also served on two committees for the National Research Council focused on the destruction of chemical weapons and was an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Augsburg College from 2012-2016.

Lynn Bruning, MFA, Proposal & Partnership Development Coordinator

Phone: (970) 491-1525
Email: [email protected]

Lynn Bruning provides proposal development support for complex research proposals and assists RAO in the growth of internal and external partnerships, liaising between stakeholders and coordinating interactions and collaborations to promote the success of CSU’s research enterprise. Before joining CSU, she supported the pre-award research activities of a large neurobiology laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lynn received a BA and MSE from Harding University, where she studied English literature, and she graduated from Simmons University with an MFA in Writing for Children.

Office Location:

University Services Center
5th Floor, Suite 521
601 S Howes St
Fort Collins, CO, 80521