Research Support Services


Research Support Staff

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Lauren Asfaw
Lauren Asfaw, MPH
Office: Riverside Professional Building, Suite 401
Phone: 612-301-3404
Lauren supports the research efforts for the faculty in the divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and General Obstetrics & Gynecology. This includes identifying grants, assisting with the development of study workflows and protocols that work within clinical and ethical guidelines, assisting in the IRB process management and submissions, developing data collection tools (RedCap, Qualtrics), and data wrap-up and analysis.
Departmental Support for Administrative Staff
Kit Brown
Kit Brown
Office: Moos 12-240
Phone: 612-624-9904
Kit serves as a resource and point person to administrative staff submitting both non-federal and federal grants for their faculty. For Gyn Onc faculty submitting a grant, please contact your administrative support person.
Gynecologic Oncology
Aaron Grad
Aaron Grad
Clinical Research Coordinator - CRC1
Office: Moos Tower 12-240
Phone: 612-624-8003
Aaron supports and coordinates all aspects of clinical research in the division of Gynecologic Oncology. This includes working in the clinic to actively recruit research subjects and to provide research information & selection criteria for providers. Oversight of entire gyn onc portfolio and tracking and communication of all gyn onc clinical trials to physicians and staff. Provides tools to all providers on open and pending trials, pre-screening in EPIC for prospective research subjects, retrieving samples and bringing to PhD laboratories, subject data entry and management (RedCap), assisting faculty and fellows on planning new research studies.
Faculty & Fellow Support
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Katelyn Tessier, MS
Research Fellow
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
717 Delaware Street SE, Room 140-04
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-6916
Resident Support 
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Ananta S. Bangdiwala, MS
Research Fellow
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
717 Delaware Street SE, Room 140-10
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-6916
Financial Analyst
LeAnn Pelletier
Office: 13-110 PWB
Phone: 612-624-2905

Office of Sponsored Projects Administration

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters.

SPA General information: 612-624-0327 
SPA helpline: 612-624-5599
Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS)
EGMS is a series of databases with a Web-front-end that you can use to complete proposal forms for submission to sponsors and University forms related to sponsored projects or research.

EGMS helpline: 612-624-1600 or