University Services Center
5th Floor, Suite 516
601 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO, 80521
Phone: (970) 491-3998
Meet the RAO Team
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 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.
Mallory Shields, PhD: Development Associate
Phone: (970) 491-3932
Mallory received her Biology degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Upon graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the Brain Dysfunction/Blast Injury Department, where she fell in love with neuroscience. She is a proud CSU alumna, earning her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Fort Collins has been her home for the last 8 years. She is a dual appointment between the Research Acceleration Office and Vice President for Research Advancement teams, where she is responsible for strategically advancing Vice President for Research initiatives through complex grant proposals, early career support, collaborative efforts, and donor relationships.
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 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.