Administrative Core


adminThe Administrative Core facilitates and coordinates the research and training objectives of the COCVD at the University of Kentucky. Under the direction of Lisa Cassis, PhD, Vice President for Research and Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, the Administrative Core provides the necessary organizational and administrative structure to ensure that the junior investigators affiliated with the COCVD operate in an environment that enhances their ability to successfully compete for independent R01-type research funding. The Administrative Core provides overall administrative leadership and coordination of research efforts, including the hiring of new faculty to increase the critical mass of investigators conducting research on obesity and cardiovascular disease. The Administrative Core provides support for fiscal grant accounting and grant writing, and preparation of progress reports and organizes all COCVD meetings, including those of the oversight committee, internal advisory committee, and retreats.

Additionally, the Administrative Core:

  • Oversees pilot project funding for new research projects related to obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Sponsors and supports research career development and training opportunities.
  • Constructs and oversees a website dedicated to the program.
  • Obtains and organizes data for assessment of the COCVD.
  • Provides statistical consultation to assure appropriate analysis of all generated data.


Lisa A. Cassis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
COBRE COCVD Program Director
Room 521B, Charles T. Wethington Building
900 S. Limestone Street
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: 859-218-1400
Fax:      859-257-3646

Katherine Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Thompson is an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Thompson serves as statistical consultant for the COBRE Program junior investigators and provides statistical input towards experimental design and analysis of data for the COCVD.
Multidisciplinary Science Building 317
725 Rose St., University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0082
Phone: 859-257-3610

Mark Schwarcz, MBA
COBRE Program Administrative Coordinator
Room 521, Charles T. Wethington Building
900 S. Limestone Street
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: 859-218-1390
Fax:      859-257-3646