Office of Research

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The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.


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Chris King
Interim Vice President for Research

Nikki Nix
Executive Administrative Assistant

Chris King was appointed interim vice president for research in 2024, following 12 years as associate vice president for research. A professor of population health in the Laboratory Animal Medicine program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, King has been with UGA since 1992. He initially served as director of animal resources and attending veterinarian, later organizing various biomedical animal care programs into a single accredited unit.

King oversees the Office of Research Integrity and Safety, managing programs such as Animal Care and Use, Biosafety, Human Subjects, and Research Security and Export Control. He ensures research compliance, enhances program quality, and reduces administrative burdens for faculty. His team includes 11 direct and nearly 100 indirect reports. King also maintains accreditations from AAALAC International and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

Joining the Office of Research in 2004 as assistant vice president for research and attending veterinarian, King became the University Research Integrity Officer in 2014. He contributed to developing a comprehensive biosafety program and the construction of the BSL3/ABLS3/BSL3Ag Animal Health Research Center. King also helped the Human Research Protection Program achieve AAHRPP accreditation in 2018.

King earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and a bachelor鈥檚 degree in biology from the College of William and Mary. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Derek Eberhart
Associate Vice President
Innovation Gateway
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Derek Eberhart is the associate vice president for research and executive director of Innovation Gateway, UGA鈥檚 intellectual property licensing and startup support arm. Derek has a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University, and worked in biopharma before joining UGA.

Eric Ferreira

Eric Ferreira
Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities & Infrastructure
Facilities & Infrastructure
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Eric Ferreira is interim associate vice president for facilities and infrastructure, with responsibilities on the main UGA campus as well as at remote units on the Savannah River and the Georgia coast. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

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Shelley Hooks
Associate Vice President
Internal Grants and Awards,听Research Personnel
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Shelley Hooks is associate vice president for research and directs UGA鈥檚 internal research grants and internal awards programs, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Visiting Researcher/Scholar Program. Shelley has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia.

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Lawrence A. Hornak
Associate Vice President
Integrative Team Initiatives, Proposal Enhancement and
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Larry Hornak is associate vice president for strategic research development and is responsible for integrative team initiatives, supporting large, center-scale team research proposals. Larry has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He previously worked at AT&T Bell Labs and West Virginia University and as a program manager at NSF.

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Christopher King
Interim Vice President for Research
Research Integrity and Safety
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Chris King is interim vice president for research, with direct administrative responsibility over the Office of Research Integrity and Safety, which includes human and animal research, biosafety and lab safety, export control, financial conflict of interest, occupational health, and responsible conduct of research. Chris completed a DVM at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine and an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Yale before joining UGA.

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Jessica Orbock
Senior Counsel for Research, Office of Legal Affairs and Director of Operations, Office of Research
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Jessica Orbock is the senior counsel for research in the Office of Legal Affairs and director of operations in the Office of Research, and she serves as general counsel to the UGA Research Foundation. Jessica has a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and practiced intellectual property litigation at Smith, Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta prior to joining UGA.

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Jill Tincher
Executive Director

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Jill Frazier Tincher is the executive director of Sponsored Projects Administration and oversees central pre- and post-award administration. Jill has an MBA from the University of Miami and worked at the University of Miami in Florida prior to joining UGA.

Matt Colvin

Matt Colvin

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Reporting jointly to the vice presidents for Research and Public Service & Outreach, Matt represents UGA alongside state and local economic development partners for business recruitment efforts, marketing the strengths of UGA鈥檚 talent and research pipeline to companies looking to locate or expand operations in Georgia. Matt earned his MBA from the 华人第一情色社区 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in higher education, also at UGA.

Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill

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Shawn Hill is director of programs and change management, overseeing continuous process improvement with a focus on enhancing services and reducing administrative overhead for the research community. Shawn led a corporate division in the private sector before joining UGA in 2014. He holds a degree in consumer economics from the 华人第一情色社区.

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Gary Rachel
IT Operations听
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Gary Rachel is the director of information technology and supports application development and infrastructure support, including UGA鈥檚 enterprise research systems, as well desktop support.听Gary has a Ph.D in forest ecology from UGA.

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Mike Terrazas is director of research communications and is responsible for raising the visibility and profile of UGA research among a number of strategic audiences. Mike has a master鈥檚 degree in journalism from UGA and worked at Georgia Tech and Emory University prior to joining UGA.

Shelly Terrazas

Shelly Terrazas is director of finance and human resources, which covers business services, HR and research store units in the Office of Research. She has an M.S. in international affairs from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State University. She previously served in budget and program management roles at Georgia Tech, Emory University and The Carter Center.

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Carl Bergmann
Special Advisor to the Vice President
Research Core Facilities
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Carl Bergmann is special advisor to the vice president for research core facilities, including units dedicated to microscopy, advanced computing, cytometry, instrument fabrication, translational science, and carbohydrate, genomic and isotope analysis. Carl has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University.

Amy Ware

Amy Ware
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research
Office of Research
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Amy Ware serves as special assistant to the vice president where she works on a variety of projects and initiatives benefiting the research enterprise. Amy previously served as assistant director of UGA Research Communications. She earned a B.F.A. at Louisiana State University and is pursuing an M.P.A. at UGA.