Office of Research Advancement

The Office of Research Advancement supports the university’s research and scholarly community in the pursuit of external grant and research funding. Comprehensive administrative and technical support is available to researchers as they form their research teams, identify collaborators, refine their projects and develop their proposals. Working with UB faculty, our goal is to help create highly competitive proposals to support promising research and advance university initiatives.    

  • Kim Burns.

    Kimberly K. Burns, BS

    Sr. Proposal Manager, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5382

    Email: kshort@buffalo.edu

  • Alex DeSha.

    Alex DeSha, BA

    Proposal Manager, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5374

    Email: adesha@buffalo.edu

  • Lindsay Chakan, PhD.

    Lindsay Chakan, PhD

    Editor, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5696

    Email: lindsayy@buffalo.edu

  • Menna.

    Menna-Kristina Mbah, MA

    Proposal Manager, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-6041

    Email: mennakri@buffalo.edu

  • Maggie Shea.

    Maggie Shea

    Coordinator Programs and Events, Research and Economic Development

    Phone: (716) 645-5376

    Email: mshea3@buffalo.edu

  • Karyn E. Ventrilla.

    Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

    Project Coordinator, Research and Economic Development

    Phone: (716) 645-9176

    Email: karynven@buffalo.edu

  • Shawn Miller.

    Shawn Miller '21

    Student Assistant, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5373

    Email: ovpr.sjm52@research.buffalo.edu

  • Matthew Zaffram photo.

    Matthew Zaffram '21

    Student Assistant, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5373

    Email: ovpr.mpzaffra@research.buffalo.edu