The College of Medicine Research Office assists faculty and staff with their research endeavors.


The office assists with proposal preparation, internal form routing, review of funding opportunities, coordination with UCF’s Office of Research, post-award management, and project closeout activities. 


The links below provide important resources and information.



Griffith Parks, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Director of Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Phone: 407-266-7011; Email:

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Edward Ross, MD, Interim Assistant Dean for Research, Professor, Chair of the Internal Medicine Department

Phone: 407-266-1060; Email:

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Anya Andrews, Ph.D., PMP, Director of Research Initiatives, Associate Professor of Medicine

Phone: 407-266-7077; Email:

Dr. Anya Andrews is the Director of Research Initiatives at the UCF College of Medicine. In this role, she leads interdisciplinary research collaborations involving the UCF College of Medicine, other UCF colleges, and community partners. She is dedicated to promoting faculty scholarly/research activity and providing support and guidance to faculty to enable their professional growth as research scientists. Dr. Andrews is also an Associate Professor of Medicine with an academic appointment within the department of Internal Medicine. She is a cognitive scientist and educator working at the intersection of medical pedagogy, biomedical sciences, psychology, and engineering. Her research agenda focuses on advancing Health Professions Education (HPE), healthcare transformation, and health technology innovation. She holds a solid track record of developing and implementing interdisciplinary research programs in academic, government, and industry settings, many of which have received international recognition. View Full Profile

Elise Dantuma, MBA, Assistant Director of Research Programs

Phone: 407-266-7075; Email:

Ms Elise Dantuma is a research administrator for the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. She received her Master in Biotechnology from the University of South Florida and received her Master in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Elise has been with UCF since 2010. Currently, Elise provides support to faculty for funding opportunity review, budget development, interpretation of agency guidelines and policies, developing and directing the implementation of administrative procedures affecting sponsored program activities at the College, and serves as a liaison for the college to the university central research office.

Melissa Crawford, Research Coordinator

Phone: 407-266-7175; Email: 

Ms. Melissa Crawford serves as a research administrator for the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. She has been with UCF since 2016. Currently, Melissa provides a mixture of pre- and post-award support to faculty sponsored program activities at the College. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Marshall University where she worked for 8 years in research administration.

Julia Soulakova, Ph.D., Biostatistician, Associate Professor of Medicine

Phone: 407-266-7072; Email:

Dr. Julia Soulakova is an expert biostatistician with a faculty appointment at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. Her research program involves bringing her expertise in statistical modeling to solve problems in medical and social sciences. Her primary research is targeted on determining the quality of smoking-cessation-related health care for diverse racial and ethnic groups, over-time changes in the quality of the health care, and smokers’ awareness and attitudes regarding smoking cessation methods and treatments. She has also been involved in a number of collaborative projects, including biological, pharmaceutical, and behavioral studies. She is an active member of the American Statistical Association and Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Please visit Dr. Soulakova’s lab website to learn more about her research.

Matthew Robinson, M.S. , Biostatistician

Phone: 407-266-7126; Email:; Office: BBS suite office 101T in Lake Nona.

Mr. Matthew Robinson is a statistician with a passion for collaborating with researchers in support of their research endeavors. He enjoys assisting in projects whether it be from small data analysis projects to a large external grant applications. His background is in statistical methods for randomized experimental designs, power and sample size analysis, categorical data analysis, spatial data analysis, and r programming.He is always open to learning new statistical methods and techniques for my collaborations specific needs. When he is not collaborating, his personal research interests includes statistical methods for directional and angular data and sample size determination for novel situations.

For more information on the services Mr. Robinson can provide, please visit the Biostatistician Services website.