VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND INNOVATION

Miguel Garcia-Diaz

Miguel Garcia-Diaz
Vice President, Research, Scholarship and Innovation

As the University of Delaware’s vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, Miguel Garcia-Diaz has responsibility for advancing the University’s research and innovation enterprise including oversight of the Research Office, 10 University-wide research institutes and centers, 12 research core facilities and the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP).

An accomplished administrator, researcher and educator, previously he served as interim vice president for research at Stony Brook University, providing oversight for research administration, strategy, policy, technology transfer and economic development. He also was the institution’s operations manager for the SUNY Research Foundation, a private nonprofit that brings together leadership across the SUNY campuses to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in priority areas, including artificial intelligence, clean energy, biotechnology, longevity, addiction, environmental health and quantum computing.

A structural biologist, Garcia-Diaz has focused his own research on understanding how mitochondria — the power plants in cells — build the different structures needed for cellular respiration and energy production, a process called mitochondrial biogenesis. The mitochondrial genome has 37 genes, and genetic defects that impair mitochondrial biogenesis can affect the ability of cells to produce enough energy, causing a myriad of genetic diseases that can result in a variety of often severe health problems.

Throughout his career, Garcia-Diaz has had a deep commitment to developing the next generation of researchers. Previously, at Stony Brook, he served as director of the T32 Training Program in Pharmacological Sciences for predoctoral students. He also co-directed the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Training Program, which seeks to develop a diverse group of highly trained scientists to address the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Both programs are supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Garcia-Diaz received his B.S. in biochemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, Spain. He also pursued postdoctoral research as a visiting fellow at NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

 

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR FEDERAL RELATIONS

Angela Anderson

Angela Anderson
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations

Angela Anderson is the director of federal government relations at the University of Delaware, a position she has held since June 2010, when the position was first established at UD.

She represents UD in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for the development and management of strategies to monitor, inform and influence public policy at the federal level on issues and areas of interest to the University and to advise senior administration on legislative matters that may affect UD.

Anderson previously was the State University of New York’s assistant director of federal relations, and prior to that, served as government relations associate and later as acting director of federal relations at Iowa State University from 2004 to 2007.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa and a master’s in political management from George Washington University.

SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS

Tracey Bryant

Tracey Bryant
Senior Director for Research Communications

Tracey Bryant directs initiatives that bring UD research discoveries and achievements to light for the public, showcasing UD’s role as a research powerhouse in service to society.

She and her team work closely with researchers across the sciences, engineering and the humanities to make often-complex findings accessible to audiences on local to international levels through compelling stories for the UDaily news service and UD Research magazine, videos, social media, K–12 outreach and other strategic initiatives. She serves as communications liaison to the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and other federal research offices.

She has a bachelor’s degree with high honors in general arts and sciences and a master’s degree in English with a concentration in non-fiction writing and editing from Penn State. She has received numerous national and regional awards for communications excellence and impact and was named the Delaware Press Association’s Communicator of Achievement in 2015. She is currently president of URMA, the association for research communicators from universities, nonprofit research centers, agencies and institutes in the U.S. and around the world.

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION

Jeff

Jeffrey Friedland
Associate Vice President, Research Administration

Jeff Friedland has more than 25 years of experience in research administration. Prior to joining UD, he served as director for more than 10 years of the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) at Princeton University, where he worked to redevelop ORPA as a customer-focused organization, facilitating sponsored research while minimizing researcher administrative burden.

Previously, Friesland was senior assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, where he worked to develop new policies and guidelines to improve the grants administration of this international nonprofit organization. He also worked for six years in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he previously worked as a contract administrator at the Raytheon Co. and as a contract and financial manager at the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium.

He currently is a board member of the Council of Governmental Relations (COGR).

 

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF ECONOMIC INNOVATION AND PARTNERSHIPS

Julius Korley

Julius Korley
Associate Vice President, UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships

Julius Korley has expertise in several areas of biotechnology, including biomaterials, drug development, drug delivery systems and medical device development. He also has significant experience in the startup and business arena, including fundraising, business development, strategic partnering and licensing activities.

Currently, Korley is co-director of the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub, a $15 million National Science Foundation effort headquartered at Princeton University, which involves UD and other regional partners and affiliates in accelerating the economic impact of federally funded research by building entrepreneurship skills among researchers from all backgrounds. He also serves on the national faculty for I-Corps at the National Institutes of Health and is UD’s principal investigator in NIH’s DRIVEN Accelerator Hub, fostering medical entrepreneurship in the Northeast.

Previously, as the director of entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships for UD’s College of Engineering, Korley assisted faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students in developing their technologies and connecting them to the startup and industry communities.

Prior to his UD career, Korley served as associate director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership at Case Western Reserve University, where he focused on translational medicine and the commercialization of laboratory technologies addressing unmet or poorly met health care needs. He oversaw more than 70 technologies leading to over $75 million in follow-on funding, 13 licensed technologies, 11 startups and 16 technologies in human clinical trials.

Korley has firsthand experience in entrepreneurship. Immediately prior to graduate school, he worked at Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA) when it was a startup. The company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in October 2020. He also co-founded the biomedical engineering company Affinity Therapeutics in 2010 and was named its inaugural president and CEO in August 2015.

He earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Cornell University and his MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS

Cordell Overby

Cordell Overby
Associate Vice President, Research and Regulatory Affairs

Cordell Overby oversees University’s compliance with federal, state and internal policies and regulations. He is responsible for the review, negotiation and establishment of research agreements and the administrative transfer of research materials to and from UD. He has 18 years of industry experience in technical management and design engineering on programs funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Overby has a secondary faculty appointment as professor in the College of Engineering and holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of science degrees in engineering from George Washington University.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH

Eric Wommack

K. Eric Wommack
Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Eric Wommack leads the research development team in advancing faculty collaborations and high-profile, cutting-edge research initiatives, including the establishment of successful research center grants and programs across multiple academic disciplines. His team also provides assistance to investigators in coordinating large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals and offers educational workshops and other opportunities for strengthening faculty research capabilities.

As a microbial ecologist, Wommack is no stranger to interdisciplinary research. He also is used to breaking new ground in a field that has been in existence for only about the past 50 years. Complementing his administrative role, he plans to continue with his research on the planet’s viruses, which, as he said, “have taken him everywhere,” from deep-sea hydrothermal vents to poultry production houses to the human gut, and lots of places in between — including agricultural soils, the stomachs of beef and dairy cattle, and soybeans with their nitrogen-fixing bacteria, to name only a few.

Wommack earned his doctorate in marine estuarine environmental sciences from the University of Maryland-College Park, a master’s degree in physiology from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland, and both a bachelor of science with honors in biology and bachelor of arts in economics from Emory University.

He holds faculty appointments across UD, in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute; the School of Marine Science and Policy in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment; and the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.