Health Systems Grant Administration and Development Office

  • Dr. Dasgupta working in lab.
  • Robert W. Sobol, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, and Christopher A. Koczor, Ph.D., instructor of pharmacology, are studying genes and other factors that cause cancer.
  • Kevin Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of research, works in a lab at the Mitchell Cancer Institute.
  • The project led by Steve Lim, Ph.D., is aimed at reducing plaque-building macrophages by inhibiting focal adhesion kinase activity.
  • Meghan Hermance, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, shown working in the lab, was awarded a two-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • Research assistant Viktoriya Pastukh, research technologist Natalya Kozhukhar, and Mikhail Alexeyev, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, seek to better understand how mitochondrial DNA replicates.
  • Monika Danchenko, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology and immunology, is studying the saliva of fleas to determine how pathogens are transmitted.  Thanks.
  • Amy R. Nelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology and cell biology, is investigating if pericyte dysfunction may cause reduced blood flow in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Aishwarya Prakash, Ph.D., assoc. prof. of biochemistry and molecular biology, is collaborating with researchers to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of lupus.
  • In this pre-pandemic file photo, Jonathan Rayner, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the USA College of Medicine, studies vector-borne diseases.
  • Dr. Jonathan Rayner working in lab.
  • Robert A. Barrington, Ph.D speaking with another man in white coats in lab.
  • Mikhail Alexeyev, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology at the USA College of Medicine, places a sample in the Seahorse XFe24 extracellular flux analyzer as Domenic Spadafora, Ph.D., manager of the flow cytometry facility at the USA College of Medicine, and research technician Nataliya Kozhukhar look on.
  • Thomas Rich, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine (far left), and Silas Leavesley, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical and bimolecular engineering at USA (far right), work in an engineering lab with Craig Browning, a doctoral student in the science systems engineering program at USA.
  • Dr. Errol Crook, center, professor and Abraham Mitchell Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, director of the USA Center for Healthy Communities, and principal investigator for the All of Us Research Program at USA, speaks at the news conference.
  • Dr. Allen Perkins, professor and chair of family medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a $100,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the training of individuals who deliver and/or support the treatment of opioid use disorder. The funding is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ overall strategy to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Researchers at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute are investigating exosomes’ multifaceted roles in cancer and their use as data-rich resources for discovering biomarkers for cancer.
  • Dr. Ji Young Lee, assistant professor of physiology, cell biology and internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a $231,000 three-year Career Development Award from the American Heart Association. The grant will allow Dr. Lee to study the effects of acidosis on pneumonia.
  • Dr. Mike Lin, left, and Dr. Ron Balczon work in Dr. Lin's lab at the USA College of Medicine. They are conducting research into a possible link between hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and cognitive impairment.
  • Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, a gynecologic oncologist and interim director of the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, works in the lab with Dr. Luciana Da Silva Barnes, assistant professor of basic and translational gynecological oncology.


Mission Statement

We partner with faculty and staff of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health along with USA Health and the Mitchell Cancer Institute to provide our expertise during the research administration lifecycle of external and internal sponsored activities. 

Vision Statement 

To be ambassadors focusing and leveraging our knowledge to enhance the university community by upholding standards of excellence.

Office Norms

Professional and Accountable

  • We do what's right and​​ work as a team to find solutions
  • ​We treat others with courtesy while exhibiting an​ ​attitude of excellence

Support and Help Others

  • We promote growth and development
  • We welcome constructive feedback
  • We encourage honesty and empowerment

Think Forward

  • We are intelligent and strategic in day-to-day encounters
  • We are committed to being our best while adapting to an ever-changing environment

Respect Others

  • We acknowledge achievements and appreciate all stakeholders
  • We value the abilities, qualities, and contributions of everyone


  • We stay curious, encourage discussion, and practice mindful listening to seek a better understanding
  • We seek alternative approaches to gain respect and create partnerships in communications

Build Trust

  • We exhibit confidence in our own and each other's abilities
  • We are transparent and consistent in our deliverables

Encourage Different Perspectives

  • We choose inclusive conversations and strive for creative outcomes
  • We practice awareness and critical thinking thus driving innovation
  • We believe diversity within the team enhances performance and provides a competitive advantage