Staff Directory

Chelsey is a Staff Assistant in the Biochemistry Department. She provides administrative support to the Chairman and interacts with all faculty. As needed, she works on appointments, promotion, and tenure (APT) packages/dossiers for faculty as well as faculty recruitment. Chelsey coordinates and oversees the Biochemistry Research Forums and Seminar Series, including the named lectureships and graduate student-hosted seminars.

Barbara Smith

Grants & Contracts Administrator, Sr.

Barbara Smith supervises the Biochemistry Department’s grants and contracts positions and support personnel. She coordinates and performs pre- and post-award activities for the department inclusive of a complex and diverse portfolio of grants and contracts. Barbara is the point person on university grants and contracts issues,  as well as guideline questions. Barbara also advises all biochemistry PIs on administrative requirements in preparing proposal submissions.

Peggy Wilkison

Director of Graduate Studies Assistant

Peggy coordinates the graduate student admissions and recruitment process, finance & payroll for students, assists students and faculty with course management, and serves as a liaison between the graduate school and students. Prior to her role as DGSA, Peggy was a Staff Assistant for 10 years, supporting the department Chairman, faculty recruitment, and research forums and seminars.  

Margot received her doctorate from the Biochemistry Department and never left, transitioning to research administration after spending a number of years as a postdoc and senior researcher. Currently, she manages all the department's shared equipment and space, oversees renovations, coordinates departmental social events, and is responsible for general trouble-shooting for a variety of lab-related and administrative issues. Additionally, she is the pre- and post-award manager for the Beese, Brennan, Meyer, Richardson, Schumacher, and Yokoyama labs.