Research Divison Directors

The Office of the Vice President for Research Divisions span the spectrum from specialized research facilities to research support. The office is dedicated to partnering with faculty, staff, students, and outside investigators to assure that research conducted at CSU is of the highest quality and scientific integrity, and embodies the spirit of the land-grant university that is our heritage.

Diane Barrett

Diane Barrett, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs

Phone: (970) 491-7178

With over 30 years of experience in research administration, Barrett served for over 18 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including seven years as director of pre-award services and assistant director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Barrett has also been heavily involved in developing training programs in research administration and is a long-time presenter for the National Council of University Research Administrators, where she was appointed to the Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs traveling faculty. 

Karen Dobos

Karen Dobos, Director of The Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO)

Phone: (970) 491-2229

Dr. Dobos received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University, applying proteomics mass spectrometry to describe novel glycosylation of proteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She continued her research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working on infection models of Mycobacterium spp., prior to taking an appointment at  the Mayo Clinic Research Center where she gained experience in NIAID contracts managing the day-to-day activities of an eosinophil research and animal modeling contract. She returned to CSU in 2002 to facilitate a NIAID tuberculosis contract where she subsequently served as PI from 2007-2011. In 2014, Dr. Dobos accepted the appointment as Associate Director of the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance Review, which manages the operations of all bioethics compliance committees for the university as well other required research compliance activities, and regulated research.  She subsequently became the director of this office in January of 2016. 

Bob Ellis

Bob Ellis is responsible for establishing protocols for safety and security in Colorado State research laboratories that investigate bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents with the aim of preventing, treating and curing significant global diseases. These diseases – often affecting people, animals and plants worldwide – include tuberculosis, dengue fever, West Nile virus, malaria, plague, rabies, rice diseases and many others. 

Raymond Goodrich

Raymond Goodrich, Director of the Infectious Disease Research Center (IDRC)

Phone: (970) 492-4302

Raymond Goodrich  formerly served as Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs and Chief Scientific Officer, Blood Bank Technologies, for Terumo BCT, a leading global medical device manufacturer based in The United States. He has worked in medical research for over 29 years during which he has managed research staff and development programs in the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine and pathogen reduction technologies. He has been awarded over 50 patents covering technology in these areas and has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and abstracts. He has also served as the Principal Investigator for grants totaling over $40M from the United States Department of Defense (Congressionally Designated Medical Research Program) for the development of a transportable blood treatment system. 

Lon Kendall

Lon Kendall, Director of Laboratory Animal Resources

Phone: (970) 491-5903

Lon received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He went on to complete a residency in laboratory animal medicine and completed his graduate work in veterinary pathobiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After becoming board certified in laboratory animal medicine and completing his graduate degree, Kendall gained substantial experience at UC Davis serving in various capacities including Associate Director of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory, Director of the Center for Laboratory Animal Science and Campus Veterinarian. In 2008 he returned to Colorado State University as the Associate Director for LAR. He serves on the CSU IACUC and IBC, and is involved in the Comparative Medicine Training Program which enrolls three psot-DVM trainees in a program that is jointly supported by the OVPR, CVMBS, and MIP.  Kendall’s research interest include host immune response to infectious diseases and science based standards for laboratory animal care. He is a member of several national laboratory animal associations and an ad hoc consultant for AAALAC.

Ron Splittgerber

Ron Splittgerber, Director of Research Services

Phone: (970) 491-1555

Ron is co-chair of the Electronics Research Administration Committee for the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and serves on its Executive Committee.  He is also active with the National Council of University Research Administrators co-chairing the ERA VI conference, contributing articles, and presenting sessions at the past eight national conferences as well as several sessions for conferences held by the Society of Research Administrators. Splittgerber is an active participant of the National Grants Partnership, a cooperative initiative among Federal officials and representatives of state and local governments serving on a committee to conduct and publish information on the registration process. He represents Colorado State University in the Internet2 InCommon Federated Identity effort to use common credentials among shared Federal and state research portals. Splittgerber is active in open source software development serving on the Kuali Foundation middleware board of directors and actively participating in a project to develop a Kuali solution (Kuali Coeus) for research administration. 

Meghan Suter

Meghan Suter, Director of the Research Acceleration Office

Phone: (970) 491-3998

Meg serves as Director of CSU’s Research Acceleration Office, where she provides research development services to dramatically improve the institution’s ability to compete for sponsored research funding from federal, foundation, and industry sponsors. Working closely with academic and administrative units across campus, Meg provides support for strategic research initiatives, team and transdisciplinary research, limited submission funding opportunities, complex proposal development, and research opportunity creation. Meg’s research program experience in biomedical materials, agricultural waste conversion technologies, and triple-helix cluster development enables her to approach research development from a broad technical perspective.