David Rabago, MD

David Rabago, MD – Interim Research Director

Responsible for overall coordination and management of Research activities including:

  • Grant and research project planning including: question identification, methodology, analysis
  • Identification of funding opportunities
  • Grant Review
  • Manuscript Review
  • Research Budget
  • Staffing needs
  • Initial statistical analysis requests


Lisa Sampson, MBA – Research Program Manager

Responsible for assisting with the coordination and management of Research activities including:

  • DFMCH Research Program Oversight
  • Research Budgeting
  • Research resources guidance
  • Staffing needs
  • Grant application prep

Denise Runyan – Grant Manager

Responsible for management of DFMCH grants and contracts including:

  • Assist faculty in developing & submitting grant applications, contract proposals, progress and final reports
  • Coordinate electronic submissions (WISPER, CAYUSE, GRANTS.GOV, FASTLANE)
  • Award Set-up/Closeout tasks through RSP
  • Monitor grant & contract budgets; keep faculty and appropriate staff apprised of status
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and university regulations regarding conduct of research
  • Coordination of Effort Certification

Loni Ortega – Financial Specialist Senior

Barbara Mahling – Admin Specialist

Contact Info

David Rabago, MD
Interim Research Director
Email: Contact »
Phone:(608) 843-0850

Denise Runyan
Grant Manager
Email: Contact »
Phone: (608) 265-2106

Loni Ortega
Financial Specialist Senior
Email: Contact »
Phone: (608) 262-7545

Barbara Mahling
Admin Specialist
Email: Contact »
Phone: (608) 265-3656

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Research Statistical Support
Make requests at least 4 weeks before grant submission date.