Office of Research Affairs

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About the Office

The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) oversees the research enterprise of the College of Pharmacy with the goal of enabling every researcher at the College to actively pursue their research interests. During the formative years of the College, much of our efforts have been directed toward building a research infrastructure commensurate with the College’s aspirations of becoming a top tier research institution. Each of our researchers has been provided with ample laboratory space as well as a suitable array of equipment to get their specialized research projects under way. We have assembled an extensive array of major instrumentation (see below) that is shared by all of our faculty, and is available for use by other researchers at UHH and in our community.

While infrastructure development is important, helping our faculty to develop is even more so. The Office of Research Affairs is a resource for DKICP faculty seeking to implement their own research programs. We are ready to help our researchers with all aspects of their research, such as crafting a viable research concept, identifying emerging opportunities for research, identifying potential partners or funding sources, preparing applications for extramural funding, promoting research integrity and compliance with funding agency requirements, and advising faculty on issues such as patenting, INDs, research contracts and protection of intellectual property. Upon request, we provide critical reviews of grant proposals and research manuscripts, striving to make every document the best it can be. Our goal is not to direct the research of our faculty but to facilitate their efforts to build a viable long-term research program.

Anyone who has ever tried to perform research knows that it is not an easy thing to do. The vast array of obstacles and pitfalls can be daunting, especially to younger investigators. As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Robert P. Borris strives to provide guidance and mentorship to all of our researchers, including pharmacy students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members, whenever they need or want it. Our door is always open, and Dr. Robert P. Borris is ever willing to discuss any problem or issue.

The Information Technology Group is an integral part of the Office of Research Affairs. This group manages the IT infrastructure of the College, including the office computers of all of the faculty and staff, the central file servers, open access printers and classroom audiovisual equipment. In the research labs, they support and maintain the instrument networks and data repositories. The IT group also maintains the simulation technologies within the College.

Instrumentation

The following is a selection of major instrumentation in the labs of the College of Pharmacy:

  • Perkin Elmer Operetta High Content Screening System with Columbus Data Manager
  • Leica TCS SPE Confocal Microscope
  • Molecular Devices GenePix Axon 4400 Microarray Reader
  • Beckman Quanta MPL and Accuri C6 Flow Cytometers
  • Sorvall WX90 Ultracentrifuge
  • Perkin Elmer Cyclone Plus Phosphor Scanner
  • 2 Bruker Avance DRX-400 multinuclear NMR Spectrometers
  • Varian MS500 Ion Trap LC-MSn Spectrometer
  • Agilent 6530 LC-qTOF High Mass Accuracy Mass Spectrometer
  • Agilent 7000B GC- Triple Quandrupole Mass Spectrometer
  • Bruker Powder X-Ray Diffractometer
  • Nicolet iS-10 FT-IR with Centaurus Infrared Microscope
  • Shimadzu 1800 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Rudolph Research Autopol IV Multiwavelength Polarimeter
  • JASCO J-815 Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter

Faculty & Staff

Robert P. Borris Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor Robert P. Borris
Joy Aito Information Technology Specialist Joy Aito
Eric Brown Information Technology Specialist / Simulation Specialist
Laura Libal Information Technology Specialist / Webmaster Avi Fhima
Tammy Tanaka Secretary to the Associate Dean for Research Tammy Tanaka