Research Leadership

The over 200 professionals in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research & Scholarship oversee and support all aspects of research and is organized into five administrative sections: Research Development & Evaluation, Research Capacity & Operations, Research Administration, Regulatory Affairs and Assessment, and Research Communications and Dissemination.

Erin Kobetz


(305) 243-6185
Dr. Erin Kobetz is Vice Provost for Research and Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, she is Associate Director of Population Science and Cancer Disparities at UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer...

Tonya Sautier

Sr. Business Officer, Finance and Administration

(305) 243-7808
As Senior Business Officer for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research + Scholarship, Tonya Sautier leads all aspects of budget, finance, human resources, operations, administration, and special projects for the organization. She serves as the principal liaison between the Vice Provost and University administration, departmental...

Research Development & Education

Research Development & Education teams are dedicated to matching researchers and scholars with funding, collaborators, and all the tools they need to succeed. These teams help researchers and scholars Get Started, Identify Opportunities, and Write Your Proposal.

Sheela Celeste Dominguez

Executive Director, Strategic Operations

(305) 243-9051
As Executive Director for Strategic Operations and co-administrator of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Sheela leads reporting, evaluation, finance, project management, and programmatic activities. She serves as the primary liaison between the CTSI with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research + Scholarship,...

Research Administration

Research Administration teams are responsible for grant and gift applications and management, the negotiation of contracts, and financial oversight of sponsored projects. These teams help researchers and scholars Submit Proposals and Conduct Research.

Laura B. Kozma

Assoc. VP, Research Administration

(305) 284-3965
Laura Kozma, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, provides leadership for sponsored administration which includes proposal review and approval, contract negotiations, award management and compliance monitoring, and serves as audit liaison for the Institution for sponsored awards. In this same capacity, she is also responsible...

K. Brandon Strickland

Executive Director, Research Administration

(305) 284-3952
Brandon Strickland serves as the Executive Director of Research Administration, Pre-Award for the University of Miami. In his position he directs all facets of Pre-Award in the Office of Research Administration, which is responsible for submission, negotiation, and award set up. Brandon has a Bachelor's in Biosystems Engineering from Auburn...

Regulatory Affairs & Assessment

Regulatory Affairs & Assessment teams are dedicated to ensuring the integrity, safety and compliance of the sponsored programs we undertake. These teams help researchers and scholars Submit Proposals and Conduct Research.

Cindy Gates

Human Subjects Research Officer

(305) 243-7943
As Executive Director for the Human Subject Research Office (HSRO), Cindy leads the HSRO, a team that supports the University's five Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). She also serves as theUniversity's Research Conflict of Interest Committee Chair. Cindy is responsible for ensuring that the IRBs protect research participants'...

William Jesus Collins

Director, Compliance

(305) 284-9558
William J. Collins has served as the Director of Export Control Compliance for the University since March 2017 and oversees the Export Management Compliance Program.  He previously served as an Empowered Official with the Boeing Company, and was employed at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a federal civil servant and U.S. government...

Lory Hayes, Ph.D.

Director, Compliance

(305) 243-5036
Within the University of Miami’s (UM) Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship (OVPRS), Lory Hayes is the Director of Disclosures & Scholarly Activities Management (DSAM). DSAM reviews the relationships with external entities disclosed by UM’s Covered Persons and identifies personal conflicts of...

Ellen Kapsalis

Director, Compliance

(305) 243-2311
As Director of Compliance for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight committee (ESCRO) under the direction of the Vice Provost for Research + Scholarship, Ellen Kapsalis provides oversight and leadership to University's research program...

Kenia Francis Viamonte

Director, Human Subject Research (HSRO)

(305) 243-9672
As Director for the Human Subject Research Office (HSRO), Kenia oversees the review of human subject research studies, the regulatory team that conducts HSR reviews, the five Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and several compliance initiatives. She started at the University in 2002 at Medical Human Resources, where she was the recruiter for...