Campus Research Officers

Meet the dedicated officers for each CSU campus.

Isabel C. Sumaya, Ph.D. CSU Bakersfield
Isabel C. Sumaya, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice President, Grants, Research and Sponsored Programs

Dr. Sumaya is alumnus of CSUB earning her BA and MA in Psychology, her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at El Paso where she was trained as a behavioral neuroscientist completing postdoctoral work at Northwestern University Medical School. As faculty, she has secured 6.8 million from various NIH and DoE grants and is currently the Director and PI of CSUB’s NIH Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE), Research Ethics Review Coordinator for both the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Director of the CSUB Rodent Animal Facility. She has provided hundreds of students enriching research experiences in her Behavioral Neuroscience Lab using rodent models.

Scott Perez CSU Channel Islands

Mary Sidney Chico State
Mary Sidney
Chief Executive Officer, Chico State Enterprises

Following a national search, Mary Sidney was selected to serve as CEO of the Chico State Enterprises (CSE) effective October 1, 2019. Sidney joined CSE from the University of California Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory where she served as deputy for operations for the Energy Technologies Area (ETA), and more recently as senior advisor to the ETA associate laboratory director in the areas of business, finance, human resources and safety operations. 

Sidney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics from the University of San Francisco, with graduate studies in leadership and communications at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sheree M. Schrager, Ph.D. CSU Dominguez Hills
Sheree M. Schrager, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. Schrager joined the CSU in 2017 after nine years conducting research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. She has been a PI or Co-Investigator on nine major federal grants with cumulative funding exceeding $20M and has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, with an emphasis on the behavioral health and risk outcomes of sexual and gender minority youth. An expert in human subjects research methods and statistical modeling, Dr. Schrager holds Master’s degrees in statistics and psychology and a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chandra (Khan) Srinivasan, Ph.D. CSU East Bay
Chandra (Khan) Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Khan received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Loyola University Chicago. Following two postdoctoral fellowships, she started at California State University, Fullerton as an Assistant Professor and was promoted early to the rank of Associate Professor and then to full Professor. She then served at California State University, Dominguez Hills as the inaugural Faculty Director for Research Development. She has mentored numerous scholars and has contributed to research capacity building and broadening participation at multiple California State University campuses.

Joy J. Goto, Ph.D. Fresno State
Joy J. Goto, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Goto has a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA. She was a John Douglas French Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Beckman Institute Research Fellow at the City of Hope and has served the Fresno State community since 2007. She was department chair and graduate coordinator in the  Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Fresno State. She is the faculty coordinator for the campus LSAMP. Grants from the NIH, NSF, USDA, and CSU Chancellor’s Office support her neuroscience research program and broader goals to enhance STEM research and teaching for all students.

Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E. CSU Fullerton
Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs
Dr. Tiwari has served CSU, Fullerton for 13 years as an assistant professor through professor of civil & environmental engineering. He is a renowned scholar in geotechnical/earthquake engineering and natural disaster mitigation, and has been awarded more than $1.6 million in research grants in support of his endeavors. He is current chair of the Council for Undergraduate Research’s Engineering Division. He received over two dozen awards for his teaching, scholarship and service to university and community including the CSUF Outstanding Professor Award in 2017. Dr. Tiwari completed his BS in civil engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; MS and PhD from Niigata University, Japan and post-doctoral studies at Virginia Tech.

Kacie Flynn Cal Poly Humboldt
Kacie Flynn
Executive Director, Sponsored Programs Foundation
Flynn joined the Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation in August 2010, currently serving as the Executive Director. She has been actively involved with the CSU Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) for several years, serving as the 2020 AOA President and current member of the Past President’s Committee. Flynn oversees the auxiliary operations and staff, and serves as Humboldt's representative with the Chief Campus Research Officers (CCRO), the Agriculture Research Institute (ARI), along with chairing the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) annual competition. Flynn earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Cal Poly Humboldt with a Certificate in Gallery Studies, and her Masters of Science in Research Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She has earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).

Simon Kim, Ph.D. CSU Long Beach
Simon Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research & Economic Development
Dr. Kim is a professor of educational psychology and associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at CSU Long Beach. He has a broad understanding of contemporary issues affecting public higher education and extensive experience in academic strategic planning and assessment. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and participated in internal and external grant activities on educational partnerships and accountability, culturally diverse students, and conceptualization and evaluation of educational programs. Simon received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Westminster College, a master's in operations research from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.

Jeffrey Underwood, Ph.D. Cal State LA
Jeffrey Underwood, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Office of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dr. Underwood joined Cal State LA as AVP of Research in 2017 after six years as a professor and chair at Georgia Southern University’s Department of Geology & Geography. An active researcher, he collaborates with the Pacific Coastal Fog Project and a research consortium of the Universities of Bologna and Padua, Italy. Dr. Underwood became a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) in 2013 and is active with the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and served as the Nevada state climatologist at the University of Nevada.

Christopher Brown Maritime Academy
Christopher Brown
Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation

Brown is the new AVP for Research and Innovation at Cal Maritime. This role unites his twin passions of science and creative academic entrepreneurialism to address challenges facing society, industry, and the academy. As CSUM’s recent Golden Bear Research Center Director, he investigated harmful invasive marine species. Previously, he held scientific research roles at the Smithsonian’s Marine Invasive Species Lab and California State Lands Commission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST). Brown received his BS in Biology from Sonoma State and his MSc in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University.

Cindy Juntunen CSU Monterey Bay
Cindy Juntunen, Ph.D.​
Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Juntunen has a BA in Psychology from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s degree from Ball State University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She taught and served as an academic dean at the University of North Dakota from 1994-2023. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Cal State Monterey Bay. She serves on the Executive Committee of COAST (CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology).

Charlene Rosenda Manzueta CSU Northridge
Charlene Rosenda Manzueta
Acting AIC, Managing Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

Manzueta has served CSU Northridge’s Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) for ten years, where she has been instrumental in promoting and supporting faculty in pursuit of external funding. She has held multiple leadership appointments in RSP throughout the last five years. Manzueta holds a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation from the Research Administrators Certification Council. As a first-generation college student and veteran, she is finalizing her dissertation for a Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership. Her background is in the non-profit industry, where she assisted underserved populations and marginalized communities in securing over $4M in funding for service-based programs.

Craig LaMunyon, Ph.D. Cal Poly Pomona
Craig LaMunyon, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development
With a bachelor’s from CSUF and a PhD in genetics from Cornell, Craig LaMunyon was a researcher at University of Arizona and a professor at Florida Atlantic University before relocating to Cal Poly Pomona in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences.  Dr. LaMunyon has received $3.3M in research grants, published widely, and trained dozens of student researchers.  He served as chair of Biology from 2015 to 2018 and then as Associate Dean for Research and Academics in the College of Science through 2021.  He now serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development.

Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal Sacramento State 
Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice President, Research, Innovation, and Economic Development
Jawaharlal has served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science at CSU Sacramento and as Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. He has over 30 years’ experience as an administrator, academic and industry professional, entrepreneur, and community organizer. Renowned for his innovative engineering pedagogy, he has received several awards, including the Wang Family Excellence Award and the Provost's Award for outstanding teaching. Jawaharlal received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Cynthia Crawford, Ph.D. CSU San Bernardino
Cynthia Crawford, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Cynthia Crawford received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky. Cynthia did postdoctoral work at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry studying the neurobiology of addiction and at UCLA in the Neuropsychiatric Institute studying the role of dopamine systems in neurodegenerative diseases. She joined the psychology department at CSUSB in 1996. Her research has focused on the behavioral and neurobiological effects of psychostimulants in adult and developing organisms. Cynthia has published over 75 research articles and her work has been funded by NIMH, NIDA, and NIGMS.

Hala Madanat, Ph.D. San Diego State 
Hala Madanat, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research and Innovation

Dr. Hala Madanat is the V​ice President of Research and Innovation at San Diego State University. Previously, she served as the Director of SDSU’s School of Public Health. Dr. Madanat is leading a $3 million contact tracing program aimed to support underserved communities funded by the County of San Diego. She serves as the lead investigator on the $12 million SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Partnership funded by NCI. Dr. Madanat has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Jordan, a M.S. in Community Health Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.

Michael Scott, Ph.D.
San Francisco State

Michael Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Scott joined San Francisco State in 2016 after spending six years as a program officer in the Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. Prior to the NSF, Dr. Scott was on the chemistry faculty at the University of Florida where he served as the division head for Inorganic Chemistry and as the director for the Center for Catalysis. While at Florida, he received an NSF CAREER award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Dr. Scott earned his bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.

Marc d’Alarcao San José State 
Marc d’Alarcao, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
d’Alarcao has a B.S. from Bridgewater State College and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, both in Chemistry. After postdoctoral work at Harvard, he served on the chemistry faculty at Tufts University for 21 years before moving to San José State University in 2007. He was appointed as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science in 2015, inaugural Dean of the College of Graduate Studies in 2019, and interim Vice President for Research and Innovation in 2024. His research is focused in biological and medicinal chemistry.

Dawn Neill, Ph.D. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Dawn Neill, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President, Division of Research
Neill received a B.A. and an M.A. in anthropology from Louisiana State University, and an M.S. in nutritional sciences and a Ph.D. in biocultural anthropology from the University of Washington. Neill was recently the director of research engagement and internationalization in the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of anthropology in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts Department. Her research specializations include medical and nutritional anthropology, food systems studies, evolutionary demography, and parental investment. Neill’s current international research examines urbanization and changing family dynamics. In the US, her research focuses on food insecurity and food knowledge production.

Charles De Leone, Ph.D. CSU San Marcos
Charles De Leone, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. De Leone received his B.S. from Santa Clara University and his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Davis. He has been a Professor of Physics at CSUSM for 22 years. He has successfully sought and managed large federal grants as PI and co-PI and worked to develop and implement best-practices science curriculum and in supporting institutional change in STEM. His efforts include founding of the CSUSM STEM Tutoring Center, founding and serving as one of the directors of the CSUSM Center for Research and Engagement in STEM Education, and developing and launching the CSUSM Innovation Hub as CSUSM's first Faculty Director of Innovation.

Simone Aloisio, Ph.D. Sonoma State
Simone Aloisio, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Success

Aloisio has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bradley University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University. He spent several years as a faculty member at CSU Channel Islands, where he taught and mentored many undergraduate students. He served as the Chemistry department chair for several years. He has also served as the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs at Cal Poly Humboldt, before starting his interim position at Sonoma State University.

Hengchu (Haley) Ye, Ph.D. Stanislaus State
Hengchu (Haley) Ye, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. Ye has a PhD in Climatology from the University of Delaware. Her academic career included tenure track positions at Emporia State University, University of Idaho, and Cal State LA. During her 20 years at Cal State LA, she served as the department chair in Geosciences and Environment, associate dean for the College of Natural and Social Sciences, and the founding director for NASA funded interdisciplinary Data Intensive Research and Education Center for STEM (DIRECT-STEM), a multi-institutional collaborative project. Ye is the PI/co-PI for many research and educational projects including large interdisciplinary grants from NASA MIRO, NSF Big Data Spoke, NOAA Global Change.