How can we help you?


Faculty and program admins may call on the following individuals in the Graduate Division for help with the issues given.

Elizabeth Silva, Interim Graduate Dean; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
ph 415/502-2927 

Questions related to interim graduate dean role (email [email protected]):

  • Oversight and administration of graduate programs and postdoctoral scholars
  • Proposals for new initiatives or collaborations within UCSF or between UCSF and other entities
  • Fundraising, development opportunities, and alumni relations

Questions related to associate dean for graduate programs role (email [email protected]):

  • New graduate program development or changes to existing programs
  • Academic program review
  • Graduate Council
  • Students who may be having academic difficulties; conflicts in the lab or classroom
  • Summer Research Training Program, especially application review and mentoring guidelines
  • NIGMS IMSD program, especially program development and assessment
  • UC LEADS
  • Diversity and outreach efforts
  • Institutional data reporting and analysis

Karen Thiemann, Financial Analyst
ph 415/476-8319, email [email protected]

  • Annual return-to-aid (RTA), Discovery, and Anthony allocations
  • Internal fellowships and extramural fellowships
  • GSR and TA appointments; fee remission and payroll appointment policies and procedures

Veronica Nepveu, Executive Assistant to the Dean
ph 415/514-2440, email [email protected]

  • General information about the Graduate Division and the Dean's Office
  • To make an appointment with the dean

Gabriela Monsalve, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Scholars
ph 415/476-1558, email [email protected] 

  • Postdoc policies and exceptions
  • Postdocs who may be struggling; conflicts in the lab

(The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars also has its own website.)

D'Anne Duncan, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learner Success
ph 415/476-3036, email [email protected]

  • Responsible for Graduate Division’s diversity, equity, and inclusion and student success programs (UCSF’s IMSD Fellows and Affiliates Program; First Generation to College Graduate Student Programs) 
  • Inquiries about new courses, initiatives and professional development programs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Graduate Division 
  • Climate assessment for graduate students and associated data reporting and analysis 
  • Provides support for and answers questions about Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship and other diversity-related fellowships
  • Collaborative support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as part of the Graduate Faculty Mentor Development Program 

Zachary Smith, Diversity and Outreach Program Manager
ph 415/514-3510, email [email protected]

  • Manages Graduate Division’s diversity and student success programs (UCSF’s IMSD Fellows and Affiliates Program; First Generation to College Graduate Student Programs) 
  • Questions about Graduate Division’s outreach programs (SACNAS and ABRCMS National Conferences, Summer Research Training Program, UC LEADS, Inside UCSF) 
  • Inquiries about new community building and diversity, equity, and inclusion-related activities for summer undergraduates and graduate students

Christian Sweatt, Student Services Advisor 
ph 415/476-3311, email [email protected]

  • APM430 Visiting Scholar Processing
  • Exceptional cases in regard to academic progression
  • Graduate student progression forms processing
  • Support in using the Graduate application system
  • Support in using the What-Do-You-Think course evaluation system

Jeannine Cuevas, Communications Director
ph 415/514-4852, email [email protected]

  • Questions or suggestions related to websites under the Graduate Division's purview, including this site
  • Sharing news or announcements with the student or postdoc communities
  • Any internal or external communications issue
  • Information about the Grad Slam and Postdoc Slam competitions at UCSF

Erik Rotman, Communications Coordinator
ph 415/514-4858, email [email protected]

  • Information about the Discovery Fellows Program or related events
  • Information about the Grad Slam and Postdoc Slam competitions at UCSF