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Dean's Office


Reception: 858-822-4622


M-F, 8:00am - 4:00pm


Natural Sciences Building, Suite 6205
Nearest intersection: Scholars Dr S & La Jolla Shores Drive
Closest Visitor Parking: Scholars Parking Structure

Mailing Address

Biological Sciences Dean's Office
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code: 0376
La Jolla, CA 92093-0376

Academic Leadership

  • Kit Pogliano
    Kit Pogliano, Ph.D.
    Request a meeting with Dean Pogliano
  • Andrew Chisholm
    Andrew Chisholm, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean
  • James Nieh
    James Nieh, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean
  • Jim Wilhelm
    Jim Wilhelm, Ph.D.
    Director of Undergraduate Education
  • Gentry Patrick
    Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.
    Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health
    As Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health, Dr. Patrick is an essential partner in efforts to bridge the Division and UC San Diego campus with the San Diego community, build collaborative partnerships with key community partners, improve diversity among students and faculty on campus, and create a more inclusive environment within the School of Biological Sciences.

Administrative Staff

  • Katherine Emmett
    Katherine Emmett
    Assistant Dean
    Responsible for budgetary and fiscal matters, space planning and analysis, policy and procedures development, divisional business and capital planning, and divisional administrative operations and organizational issues.
  • Albin Soares
    Albin Soares
    Chief Financial Officer
    Albin serves as the CFO at the School of Biological Sciences and works with the team of Pre- and Post-Award Research Administrators, general and core accountants, business intelligence and report developers, shared resources administrators, and the financial analysts.
  • Melanie Ridenour
    Melanie Ridenour
    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst
    Serves as academic personnel point of contact for the division; reviews and analyzes all academic personnel actions; provides counsel to the Dean, Section Chairs, faculty and staff regarding current, proposed and new academic personnel policies, procedures and practices.  Melanie also coordinates endowed chair appointments and works on various special projects.
  • Cheyenne Cross
    Cheyenne Cross
    Assistant Academic Personnel Analyst
    Cheyenne assists the Senior Personnel Analyst in the review and analysis of academic personnel actions, and provides support with various special projects.
  • Sara Werner
    Sara Werner
    Strategic Programs Project Manager

    In her role as Strategic Programs Project Manager, Sara supports the Dean's office, faculty, and staff to ensure that resources and facilities are leveraged for research development activities. Sara serves as the program manager for the Technology Sandbox and the UC San Diego program manager for strategic industry-academia partnerships centered within Biological Sciences.

  • Alex Tea
    Alex Tea
    Dean's Executive Assistant and Administrative Support Supervisor
    Alex provides direct support for the Dean, assists the Dean with the operations of the Dean's Office, and coordinates Dean's Office meetings and activities. In addition, Alex supervises the Faculty Assistant Team.
  • Victoria Berdin
    Victoria Berdin
    Administrative and Events Coordinator
    Victoria provides general front desk and administrative support for the Dean’s Office and coordinates a variety of special events and programs.

External Relations / Communications / Development Staff

  • Mario Aguilera
    Mario Aguilera
    Director of Communications
    As the Communications Director for Biological Sciences, Mario coordinates communication strategies and publicizes research and other features through news releases, articles, interviews, videos and social media. He also serves as co-leader of the campus' Research Communications Program, which trains scientists to clearly and effectively communicate their research to public audiences.
  • Augie Garibay
    Augie Garibay
    Director of Alumni Relations
    As the Director Alumni Relations for Biological Sciences, Augie strives to cultivate and maintain a strong affinity among alumni with UC San Diego and the School of Biological Sciences. With 24 years of experience working in higher education in a variety of roles, Augie aims to authentically and effectively engage with alumni to facilitate connections with current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Christopher Sickels
    Christopher Sickels
    Executive Director of Development
    Chris serves as the lead philanthropic gift officer for Biological Sciences, providing leadership, management, and overall program strategy in planning, coordinating, and implementing fundraising activities for the Dean, Faculty Members, volunteers, and other key collaborative partners for the Division. His mission is to build a comprehensive development program that will engage local, regional, national, and international donors and alumni to actively participate in personalized partnerships that will further the mission and strategic goals of the Division to best serve our students and maximize our broad impact in society.
  • Martha Leon
    Martha Leon
    Director of Development

    Martha serves as a philanthropic gift officer for the School of Biological Sciences, working closely to develop strong relationships with the campus community and the greater San Diego Area. Martha has a passion for educational fundraising and utilizing exciting strategies to engage and align our supporters' interests to the mission of the Division of Biological Science.

  • Kaitlyn Heiskell
    Kaitlyn Heiskell
    Development Coordinator
    As the development coordinator for the School of Biological Sciences, Kaitlyn works with the philanthropic gift officers to implement cultivation, fundraising, and donor relations programs, events, and activities that support the mission and goals of the division.
  • Sarah Turner
    Sarah R. Turner
    Associate Director of Development
    Sarah's goal is to cultivate and sustain meaningful connections with Biological Sciences' valued alumni both locally and regionally through programming, in-person visits, events, and activities. Her mission is to bring value to alumni by providing opportunities for them to re-connect to UC San Diego and the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Melissa Hoon
    Melissa Hoon
    Director of Corporate Relations and Professional Development
    Melissa supports the Division's Co-Op Program and Corporate Affiliates Program (BioCAP) by engaging students, alumni, and industry partners in an effort to expand a diverse and robust talent pipeline. She also teaches career exploratory and communications courses that focus on soft skills to support students' professional development and career success.