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Karen Houseknecht

Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

Professor of Pharmacology

(207) 602-2872

Pickus Center

Karen L. Houseknecht, Ph.D. was appointed Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship on June 1, 2018.   She also serves as professor of Pharmacology in the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Houseknecht served as professor and founding faculty member in the UNE College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Houseknecht’s career, which has spanned academic and corporate research environments, has focused on her unwavering passion around the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for... Read More

Nicholas Gere

Director of Research Administration; Director UNE Office of Sponsored Programs

(207) 602-2011

Pickus Center

Joining UNE in February, 2005, Nick was UNE's founding director of Sponsored Programs.  Holding a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Boston University's Public Management Program, Nick has extensive experience in the administration of sponsored research at organizations such as Boston Children's Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and New England Research Institutes, Inc.  He is responsible for working with UNE researchers and grant seekers to obtain external support for their research and... Read More


Grant and Contract Administration

Research Compliance

Technology Transfer

Peter Herrick

Peter Herrick


Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs

(207) 602-2258

Pickus Center

Peter Herrick has broad experience in sponsored project administration from his nearly 10 years at UNE, as well as from Boston College and New England Research Institutes, Inc. before that.  He holds an MPH and an MSEd. Among other tasks, he helps faculty and other researchers identify and secure funding for their projects, including understanding the assorted complexities involved in working with external funders, developing budgets and proposals, and working with university regulations and requirements. He divides his time between both campuses.

Peter typically... Read More

Ivy Bergquist

Ivy Bergquist


Research Integrity Administrator

Animal Facility Manager

(207) 602-2117

Pickus Center

I completed a B.S. degree in Animal Sciences/Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Massachusetts in 1994. After spending some time working as a veterinary technician I was given an opportunity to explore the field of Laboratory Animal Research. Since that time I have worked to continue acquiring skills and certifications. Currently I am certified through AALAS at the LATg level and continue to earn credits to remain a registered participant.Read More


My expertise is primarily focused on various aspects of animal husbandry

animal handling

and rodent surgical procedures.

IACUC Administration

stuart goldstein

Sponsored Programs Administrator

(207) 602-2270

Pickus Center

Stuart Goldstein joined UNE’s Office of Sponsored Programs in 2017. His 40+ years of wide-ranging sponsored programs experience includes positions as:

  •           Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and House Ear Institute.
  •        Director of Research Administration at Joslin Diabetes Center and UMass
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Grant and Contract Administration

Financial Management

Research Compliance

Contract Negotiations/ Management

Technology Transfer

program development

Lliam Harrison

Director of Research Integrity

(207) 602-2244

Pickus Center

William R. ("Lliam") Harrison trained as a medical anthropologist at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona and studied law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  He has published results of his research on cross-cultural issues in medicine, bio-political aspects of disease, paleomycology (the study of fungal diseases in ancient human populations) and paleoimmunology.  These last two lines of research were reviewed in the journal Science.  Lliam has experience in conducting research involving... Read More



Professional regulation

Research regulation and the ethical conduct of research

Informed consent

Professional Staff


Zebrafish Facility Manager

(207) 431-4582

Morgane Hall

Megan Beauchemin received her B.S. in Medical Biology from University of New England in 2008 and her Ph.D. in 2015 in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at University of Maine. Her dissertation work at the MDI Biological Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Voot Yin focused on elucidating the roles of microRNAs in zebrafish heart regeneration.

Megan is currently the Zebrafish Facility Manager at the University... Read More


zebrafish research

biomedical research

cell and molecular biology

photo of Danielle Lawrence

Dani Deason

B.A., M.B.A

Executive Assistant, Office of Research & Scholarship

(207) 602-2080

Pickus Center

Dani earned her bachelors degree in English Literature from Ball State University in 2007, and her Master's of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 2015. She began supporting the Office of Research and Scholarship and the Office of Sponsored Programs in the summer of 2015.  Her responsibilities include providing support for the Vice President for Research and Scholarship and the Office of Sponsored Programs, assisting with the annual HIPAA training for the UNE community (faculty, professional staff, and students),... Read More