Susan V. Bryant , PhD

Research Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology

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Appointed by UC Chancellor

Susan Bryant currently serves as a Research Professor and Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Irvine, and as founding Editor-in-Chief of  REGENERATION. She serves as UCI’s member of the of the California Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee (ICOC) of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state agency for stem cell research. Her other roles at UCI have included Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, Dean of Biological Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology. She joined the faculty UC Irvine with a PhD from the University of London, and postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which some adult vertebrates can regenerate functional body parts, and has emphasized the central role that fibroblasts play in contribution to, and control of, the pattern of the new growth. This research has resulted in over 100 publications. In the past she has served on several national and state committees, including the Advisory Boards for the VA Office of Regeneration Programs, as Program Director for Developmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, member of the Advisory Committee for NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, as a council member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). She also serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals in her field. In 2001 she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2005, a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science. In 2010, she was awarded UCI's highest honor: The UCI Medal.  Her goals are to facilitate, support and advance research locally and nationally, and to work for the full participation of women and minorities in the scientific enterprise.

Alternate Member

Jacob E. Levin, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development
UC Irvine

Jacob is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development at UC Irvine. His office coordinates the preparation and submission process for major interdisciplinary grant proposals across campus, and has been instrumental in the development and funding of multiple campus research Centers, cross-School initiatives, capital projects, graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Dr. Levin sits as a voting alternate on California’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, the governing board of the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), spearheaded the establishment and serves on the Oversight Board of two on-campus business incubators, and is on the board of BIOCOM San Diego ( He is also a founding board member and immediate past President of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (, and was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Previously, Dr. Levin was Chief Technical Officer of an MIT spin-off biomedical research startup company, Physics Faculty at Santa Ana College, and a Research Scientist at the MIT Picower Center for Learning and Memory. Dr. Levin received his B.A. in Physics and Math from Cornell University, an M.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley