Administrative Operations & Research Program Services

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Administrative Operations & Research Program Services (Ops) is the central coordinating point for the Office of Research (OR). Having similar functionality to an academic school’s dean’s office, it is responsible for all business and financial operations of the entire Office of Research (OR) organization.  This includes fiduciary responsibility for the coordinating point’s budget and assigned square footage of space across the campus and at the University Research Park.  OR consists of four units that are internal to the organization.  These units are the Vice Chancellor’s Office,  Operations & Research Program Services, Research Administration, Research Development and University Laboratory Animals Resources (ULAR).  In addition, Ops oversees the administration and business functions of units that are considered external as they have an affiliation with academic schools on campus. These units are multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research units that report to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The business functions that Ops is responsible for incorporate strategic planning, long range and short term planning, management, oversight and administrative support at both a micro and macro level in the areas of financial management, budgeting, business processes, human resources, academic personnel, procurement services, space and facilities management for all units under the jurisdiction of OR.

  • Operations & Research Program Services


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-4236
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: sinqui.musto@uci.edu
      Sinqui Musto
      • Associate Vice Chancellor, Operations & Research Program Services

      Sinqui Musto is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Operations and Planning in the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she has fiduciary responsibility for all aspects of the business and financial operations in addition to human resources and academic personnel functions for all internal units, and inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research units that report to the Office of Research Coordinating Point. She provides expertise for interpreting university and agency policies that apply to business operations in higher education in a research environment. She is responsible for implementing standards and controls and maintaining effective business practices that are audit compliant across the coordinating point.

      Prior to joining the Office of Research in 1985, Sinqui worked in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at UC, Irvine.

      Sinqui earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from Cal State Fullerton and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach.


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-4236
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: sinqui.musto@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-4963
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: clarsen@uci.edu
      Cindy Larsen
      • Principal Financial Analyst

      As the Principal Financial Analyst in the Office of Research, she is responsible for the coordination of budgets, allocations, financial review, implementation and maintenance of effective accounting systems processes, and management of financial resources for the Office of Research (OR) Coordinating Point (internal units). Having similar functionality to an academic school’s dean’s office, the OR Coordinating Point is responsible for all business and financial operations of the entire Office of Research. Cindy has broad financial and administrative responsibilities for managing, analyzing, and monitoring of the Coordinating Point’s multi-million dollar budget including, but not limited to, general state funds, federal and state contracts and grants, private gifts, endowment funds, and sales and service funds.

      


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-4963
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: clarsen@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-6143
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: vrad@uci.edu
      Vida Rad
      • Principal Financial Analyst

      As the Principal Financial Analyst in the Office of Research, she is responsible for the coordination of budgets, allocations, financial review, implementation and maintenance of effective accounting systems processes, and management of financial resources for the Office of Research (OR) Coordinating Point (research units across campus and in the Research Park). Having similar functionality to an academic school’s dean’s office, the OR Coordinating Point is responsible for all business and financial operations of the entire Office of Research organization. Vida has broad financial and administrative responsibilities for managing, analyzing, and monitoring of the Coordinating Point’s multi-million dollar budget including, but not limited to, general state funds, federal and state contracts and grants, private gifts, endowment funds, and sales and service funds.


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-6143
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: vrad@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-7512
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: karen.tano@uci.edu
      Karen Tano
      • Personnel Manager

      Karen Tano serves as the Personnel Manager for the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine.  In  her role, she handles all areas related to academic and staff payroll/personnel for the Office of Research (OR) Coordinating Point, which includes the internal units such as the Vice Chancellor for Research, Sponsored Projects Administration,  Research Protections,  Electronic Research Administration and the University Laboratory Animal Resources as well as the over 25 research units that report through OR.  Karen serves as a key resource and acts as a consultant regarding personnel matters and provides expertise for interpreting and applying appropriate university policy and procedures as it relates to the matter at hand.  She serves as the Department Benefits Representative with responsibility for on-boarding, as well as other benefit areas including, but not limited to, leave management, worker’s compensation, and terminations.  In addition, Karen acts as a consultant to the Organized Research Unit Administrators and Directors on issues and serves as the liaison with the Office of Academic Personnel on all academic matters.

      Karen is a member of the Campus Personnel Officers group, which was formed to enable the collaboration with other high level personnel employees in the Schools in order to foster the development and the sharing of best practices in both human resources and  academic personnel.  This provides her with additional tools and  knowledge in order for her to be a better resource to her colleagues in the OR coordinating point. 

      Karen earned her B.A. degree in Organizational Communications from Pepperdine University and has worked at the University for nearly 20 years.  


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-7512
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: karen.tano@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      E-mail: greg.ruth@uci.edu
      Greg Ruth
      • Manager, Research Advancement & Communications

      As the Communications Manager in the Office of Research, Greg is responsible for managing the public web site and other communication mediums for the diverse administrative functional areas that make up the Office. This involves writing, editing and curation of content for dissemination to various OR clients; conceptualizing, proposing/building and oversight of distribution-supporting solutions such as wikis, blogs and mailing lists; perpetration of presentations for OR leadership, and management of the campus limited submission process.  Greg has a BA in Mass Communications from York College of Pennsylvania, and Computer Technology Certification from the University of Maryland, and has completed the University of California Business Officer Institute, Leadership Academy, and Management Development Program. His interests in Information Technology, Media & Design and Business Administration drive his quest for excellence in organizational communication, and improving administrative systems for the Office of Research, and campus.


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      E-mail: greg.ruth@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-9818
      E-mail: kthai2@uci.edu
      Kristine Thai
      • Operations Analyst

      Kristine Thai serves as the Operations Analyst for the Office of Research (OR). In her role, she provides analytical, financial and administrative support for the rest of the Operations team, the internal units within the office such as the Vice Chancellor for Research, Sponsored Projects Administration, Electronic Research Administration and Research Protections as well as over 25 Organized Research Units (ORU’s) and Special Research Programs (SRP’s) that report through the OR.   

      Kristine earned her B.A. degree in Human Development from UC San Diego and worked there before joining the Office of Research. 


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-9818
      E-mail: kthai2@uci.edu


    • 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-7295
      E-mail: tmeyers@uci.edu
      Tammy Meyers
      • Assistant Operations Analyst

      As the Assistant Operations Analyst in the Office of Research (OR), Tammy welcomes you to our office. She provides analytical and administrative support to the Office of Research and its internal units such as the Vice Chancellor for Research, Sponsored Projects Administration, Electronic Research Administration and Research Protections in areas related to travel, disbursements, procurement, facilities and overall  operations of the office including all matters relating to the administration of the office's daily needs and responsibilities.

      Tammy returns to UC Irvine after 12 years working in the private sector in the student and multi-family housing industry.


      141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-7295
      E-mail: tmeyers@uci.edu

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