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The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is to advance innovation and discovery. The core of this mission is the research, scholarship, and creative works of UNM faculty. The OVPR seeks to facilitate these activities, resulting in new knowledge and applications of value to academic communities and the public.




Gabriel P. López Ph.D.

Vice President for Research
(505) 277-6128

About the VPR

Administrative Contact
Lauren Medrano
(505) 277-3350


Patricia Henning Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Research
(505) 277-6128

About the Associate VPR



Emily Ballo

Strategic Support Manager
(505) 277-0552

Mary Jo Daniel Ph.D.

Director: Faculty Research Development Office
(505) 277-0168

Grace Faustino

Information Technology Project Manager III
(505) 277-8382

Ricardo Maestas Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the VPR
(505) 277-0712

Lauren Medrano

Unit Administrator I
(505) 277-3350

Kathleen Schmidt

Fiscal Services Tech
(505) 277-6128

Ana Andzic Tomlinson J.D.

Executive Director of Research & Compliance
(505) 277-5358

Vanessa Tan

Communication & Outreach Specialist
(505) 277-2500

Justin Walters

Manager, Administrative Operations
(505) 277-8721

Barbara West

Executive Research Operations Officer
(505) 277-6128