The UFCD Office of Research is committed to providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students in the College of Dentistry. The office staff works in conjunction with UF’s Health Science Center and UF’s community to facilitate research opportunities and sponsored funding. The office is a resource for:
- Research support programs
- Pre-award and proposal preparation
- Award administration with financial management
Valeria Gordan, DDS, MS, MS-CI
Professor and Director for Dental Practice-Based Research
Interim Associate Dean for Research
As Interim Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Gordan facilitates research endeavors benefiting faculty and students. Dr. Gordan also provides leadership in both the scientific and administrative communities.
Assistant Director for Research Administration
Ronda focuses on accounting, including payroll distributions for all grant personnel, budget transfer requests, assists with audits of sponsored research accounts, and oversight of reporting and closing of all grant projects; and also ensures adherence to agency, UF, state, and federal guidelines. 352.273.8832
Research Administrator III
Christi manages the Pre-Award and Proposal affairs for the office. She provides Pre-Award, Proposal and Post Award support to the Department of Community Dentistry. 352-294-8118.
Research Administrator I
Ashley Carver supports the Pre-Award, Proposals and Post Award enterprise of the College. She is responsible the Pre-Award, Proposal and Post Award support to the Departments of Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Community Dentistry, and Restorative Dental Sciences. 352-273-7254
Research Administrator I
Lori Wooten supports the Pre-Award, Proposals and Post Award enterprise of the College. She is responsible the Pre-Award, Proposal and Post Award support to the Department of Oral Biology. 352-273-9276 Lori’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christi, Ashley, and Lori will provide project summary reports to principle investigators and departmental administrators, and meet to financially plan and review expenditures on all grant accounts including the overhead accounts. They will serve as liaison between PIs and sub-awards to ensure consortium agreements are established, assists with audits of sponsored research accounts, and ensures adherence to agency, UF, state, and federal guidelines. They will also enter CAS exemptions, no cost extensions, re-budgeting modifications, and new and revised F&A distributions into UFirst for their assigned departments. They will also assist the departments with payroll distributions and closing of projects.
Administrative Assistant II & Student Programs
Denise manages the student research programs. She provides administrative assistance to the associate dean for research and coordinates college-wide events, such as Annual Research Day. 352.294.5444
Renita J. Jenkins
Clinical Research Manager
Renita provides support for research protocols, clinical study proposals, IRB applications, study implementation, and compliance. Renita has worked within the DCRU since 2014, providing expertise and assisting with numerous clinical research studies. Phone: 352-273-6933
Clinical Research Assistant
Ashley assists Renita with the DCRU. Her scientific knowledge and clinical experience are an asset to translational research studies.
UFCD Department Contacts
The Office of Research the UF Dental Tower’s third floor (room D3-43)
Questions? Call (352) 294-5440 or email DN-Office-of-Research@ad.ufl.edu