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Research Development Manager
Suzanne Berry-Miller identifies strategic funding opportunities for the campus, and serves as a project manager for multi-disciplinary and large-scale research proposals, including writing and editing technical and non-technical proposal components. She received her Ph.D. in Human Oncology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a faculty member and IGB Affiliate at Illinois prior to joining the OPD. Suzanne has more than 10 years of experience organizing research teams, and developing and editing large-scale and collaborative proposals for numerous funding agencies including NIH, DOE, NSF, and USDA-NIFA.
MELISSA M. EDWARDS
Melissa Edwards manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Proposal Development, working with the OPD team to provide strategic proposal support for the Illinois research community. Melissa, who holds a B.S in Public Relations and an M.S. in Journalism, also oversees Research Communications activities for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.