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Administrative Staff

Cassie Connell

Cassie Connell

Grants and Contracts Officer

Cassie provides financial support for the department by monitoring spending at a detailed level to ensure financial and grant compliance. She also assists faculty with Post-Award reporting requirements, advises on account spending plans, reconciles final financial reports, and provides an assortment of other financial assistance to Department Faculty and Staff as needed.


Jared Kirby

Jared Kirby

Administrative Manager

Jared directs daily business operations, formulates the department annual budget, and manages sponsored projects. He also oversees HR including payroll, faculty recruitment, and administrative staff recruitment and retention.


Rachel P Merrill

Rachel Merrill

Business Systems Analyst Sr

Rachel facilitates process and workflow improvement, integrates and implements new systems and consults on their development, creates and maintains database solutions to support department needs not met by existing systems, and assists in trainee recruitment by developing a strong web presence for the department and its laboratories.


Thanh (Brandon) Trieu

Thanh (Brandon) Trieu

Senior Accountant

Brandon provides financial analysis support, processes new hires, I-9 submissions/updates, visa applications, educational trainee payments, postdoc NRSA level tracking and assists with Kronos/payroll inquiries.   Purchasing card reallocator and UShop approver, also requests GFA approval for new activities and projects.  Submits core facility work authorizations, billings/invoices, cost transfers and journal entries needed per management report review or request.  Provides chartfield information as needed and reviews/approves financial documents.