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Meet the Team

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team is paving the way for Chicago’s entrepreneurial spirit. Housed on a collaborative campus, we are a group of committed professionals dedicated to promoting and supporting students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers and local entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. To see a full list of Polsky Council members, click here. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Tech Commercialization

Timothy HonakerTimothy Honaker
Timothy Honaker

Timothy Honaker

Director, Educational Technologies Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3203

As Director of Educational Technologies Commercialization, Tim is responsible for guiding educational technology commercialization for the University.

Tim Honaker joined the UChicagoTech as Chief Operating Officer in September 2003. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of the office’s financial and administrative support infrastructure. In addition he provides support and guidance to the office’s efforts in education technology commercialization.

Tim has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur focused on the use of information technology to streamline business processes. He was the Vice-President and General Manager of a Menasha Corporation start-up division that revolutionized the use of logistics technologies to improve supply chain productivity. The business operates today as National Consolidated Services and is a major supply chain partner to Walgreens Corporation. Earlier he was Senior Vice-President of Operations for a management team that purchased and took private a U.S.-based financial publishing and training subsidiary of Pearson. The business was later sold to the Washington Post for a 30-fold return to the original investors and operates today as Kaplan Professional Schools.

Tim received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and MBA in Finance from Indiana University and is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. He has been an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers, Counsel of Logistics Management, American Association of Publishers, Direct Marketing Association, and Illinois CPA Society.

Carla L. Bradshaw-MurryCarla L. Bradshaw-Murry
Carla L. Bradshaw-Murry

Carla L. Bradshaw-Murry

Project Coordinator, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3210

As Project Coordinator for the Polsky Center’s Technology Commercialization team, Carla supports several Project Managers in the management of their patent portfolios. Specifically, she handles patent docketing and event monitoring, license maintenance, financial review, government and private foundation compliance reporting, grant closeouts, as well as other intellectual property administrative matters. Carla plays a key role in organizing TCL events and has been a member of several teams assembled to implement office-wide initiatives.

Prior to joining the Technology Commercialization team, Carla spent several years in the banking industry and has also worked with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IIAO) in its Property Appraisal and Assessment Administration department, handling high volume inquiries, tracking progress and serving as liaison for different committees.

Carla has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Paralegal Certificate. She is a Chicagoan, born and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of the city.

Brittany Butler, PhDBrittany Butler, PhD
Brittany Butler, PhD

Brittany Butler, PhD

Associate Manager, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615

bbutler6@uchicago.edu

Brittany Butler, PhD, is an Associate Manager on the Polsky Center’s Technology Commercialization team at the University of Chicago. Brittany works directly with University researchers to evaluate, protect, market, and license technologies in the life sciences.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Brittany was a Patent Agent at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, an intellectual property boutique law firm in downtown Chicago. She received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2015 she received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Florida where she published three first-author papers. She later obtained a MS in Patent Law from the University of Notre Dame where she also interned in their Technology Transfer Office. Brittany is a STEM volunteer with iBio Institute’s Stellar Girls program. She enjoys cooking and traveling.

Preeti Chalsani, PhDPreeti Chalsani, PhD
Preeti Chalsani, PhD

Preeti Chalsani, PhD

Assistant Director, Technology Commercialization and Associate Director, Innovation Project Program Design

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-702-0911

pchalsani@uchicago.edu

Preeti Chalsani joined the Polsky Center team as Assistant Director, Technology Commercialization and Associate Director, Innovation Project Program Design.

Preeti has extensive experience advising on research-based inventions, having spent almost ten years as Patent Agent and scientific advisor to several law firms where she worked with a wide variety of clients including universities, startups, SMEs and multinational corporations. Preeti holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University, where her research was in the area of spintronics. Prior to that she earned her undergraduate degree in Applied Physics at Yale University. She was a nanotechnology consultant and postdoctoral researcher in the Functional Nanomaterials Group at the National Research Council in Canada where she helped develop various micro- and nano-fabrication techniques. She also has experience in the classroom having been a Professor in the Physics Department of Dawson College in Montreal.

Given her deep materials and broad technology experience, Preeti has taken on two distinct, but complementary roles. She is an important resource extending the depth of our Technology Commercialization team and has her office alongside the team in the Regus building. She is also collaborating with Kristin Barrett, Tim Honaker, Wolfgang Connell and others to help the innovation building team keep varied aspects of that project moving forward.

Preeti and her husband have completed their relocation from Montreal, Canada and are looking forward to their first summer in Chicago.

George Chellapa, PhD
George Chellapa, PhD

George Chellapa, PhD

Manager, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-2893

George D. Chellapa, PhD, is a Manager on the Technology Commercialization team at the University of Chicago. George joined the university in 2016 after a part-time internship in technology transfer at Northeastern University followed by a full time traineeship at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his transition into technology transfer, George spent over a decade as a researcher and STEM educator.

George has a background in Chemistry and Computer Science and completed a PhD and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

In his current role, George enjoys working directly with university researchers on their diverse technologies, ranging from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to radiology to biochemistry to quantum computing. He works with faculty to analyze various intellectual property protection strategies, to develop methods for marketing the technology, and to identify companies to bring nascent technologies to market. He is also involved in negotiating agreements between the university and commercial partners and helps faculty with their startup initiatives.  Given his strong background in the physical sciences, George is involved in the efforts to increase engagement of the physical science faculty at the university with the Polsky Center.

In addition to his primary role, George is a mentor in the university I-Corps and summer accelerator programs and is an active volunteer in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the national technology transfer professional organization, as a committee member and organizer of webinars and seminars of topical interest.

In his spare time, George enjoys playing squash and globetrotting with his wife Anne.

Cristianne Frazier, PhDCristianne Frazier, PhD
Cristianne Frazier, PhD

Cristianne Frazier, PhD

Assistant Director, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-8752

As an assistant director for technology commercialization at the Polsky Center, Cristi works with faculty to identify, evaluate, market, and license technologies arising from research at the University of Chicago. She manages a broad invention portfolio from the life sciences disciplines, including neuroscience, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Before joining the Technology Commercialization team, Cristi was a scientific editor for the journal Cell Metabolism and promotions director for WHPK 88.5 FM, a local community radio station. Cristi holds a bachelor of science in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in neurobiology from the University of Chicago.

Eric Ginsburg, PhDEric Ginsburg, PhD
Eric Ginsburg, PhD

Eric Ginsburg, PhD

Interim Director, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-0746

As Interim Director, Eric Ginsburg provides guidance to the Technology Commercialization team and manages the recruitment and retention of talent within the Tech Commercialization team. As an active member of the team, he also directly works with researchers at the University to identify, evaluate, protect, and commercialize their inventions. Eric manages a large portfolio of technologies from diverse scientific disciplines including various aspects of chemistry, molecular engineering, and medical imaging.

Before joining the office, Eric worked in research and development at Eastman Kodak and Abbott Laboratories. Prior to working in industry, Eric was a postdoctoral researcher at the IBM Almaden Research Center.

Eric holds a bachelor’s of science degree from MIT and a PhD from Caltech, both in Chemistry. His graduate work focused on the synthesis and characterization of soluble electrically conducting polymers. Eric is a registered Patent Agent and a Certified Licensing Professional.

He enjoys being somewhere like this or this as often as possible.

Kimberly Griffin, PhDKimberly Griffin, PhD
Kimberly Griffin, PhD

Kimberly Griffin, PhD

Oncology Manager, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615

kimg@uchicago.edu

As oncology manager for the Technology Commercialization team, Kim Griffin develops, manages and licenses innovations arising from University of Chicago cancer research.  She works closely with faculty from a variety of departments across the University to advance their discoveries towards the market, and will be interfacing with legal counsel, prospective and current licensees, entrepreneurs, and Polsky Center colleagues to promote the mission of the University of Chicago and the Polsky Center.

Prior to joining the Polsky Center team, Kim was a Technology Transfer manager at the National Cancer Institute, where she managed a diverse portfolio of oncology technologies. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kim is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys watching college football (Go Bears!), hiking, and traveling.

Shakira JonesShakira Jones
Shakira Jones

Shakira Jones

Project Coordinator

5113 S. Harper Ave., Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3048

sjones18@uchicago.edu

Shakira Jones is a Project Coordinator at the Polsky Center on the Technology Commercialization Team. She manages invention disclosure, patenting and license agreement data and processes. Shakira brings to the team a strong background in customer relations and administration. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with her church’s food pantry, and has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana to rehabilitate homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Kevin Lei, PhDKevin Lei, PhD
Kevin Lei, PhD

Kevin Lei, PhD

Technology Venture Fellow, Technology Commercialization

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615

leik@uchicago.edu

Kevin Lei is a technology venture fellow for the Life Sciences Launchpad within Technology Commercialization. He works with our Venture Leads to assist in the launch of new life science-based companies. Kevin will be working towards becoming part of the founding team of one of the startups being supported by the Life Sciences Launchpad.

Kevin recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a PhD in Immunology with groundbreaking work studying the microbiome and organ transplant rejection.  During his doctoral training, Kevin also acquired a wide array of additional experiences.  He was one of the first cohorts of UC Tech Fellows, helping to pioneer that program. He later joined Aspire Capital, a Chicago-based, biotech-focused investment fund, as a Biotechnology Analyst Intern to analyze clinical-stage public life science companies for investment opportunities. He demonstrated his leadership potential in multiple organizations including the University of Chicago Biotechnology Association, Gargoyle Consulting Club, and CHIentist.

Prior to graduate school, Kevin completed his bachelor degree at the University of California, Berkeley and then joined a startup company, NeoBiomarkers, focusing on cancer diagnostics development. Later, he worked with the Research and Development team at MedImmune in developing a screening platform for viral vaccine candidates.

Su Jun Lim, PhD
Su Jun Lim, PhD

Su Jun Lim, PhD

Manager, Technology Commercialization

5113 S. Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-9151
sujunlim@uchicago.edu

Su Jun Lim is a manager of Technology Commercialization at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center. She works with faculty to develop intellectual property strategies and commercialization plans, as well as negotiating agreements between the University and commercial partners. She is committed to assisting University researchers with advancing cutting-edge innovations into commercial products in the marketplace.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Su Jun managed biomedical intellectual property portfolios, both at Michigan State University and the University of Hawaii. Additionally, during her time at the University of Arizona, she was the Business Intelligence Manager at Tech Launch Arizona, where she managed the due diligence process and led the Business Intelligence Unit to produce commercialization assessment reports to assist with Tech Launch Arizona’s decision making process.

Su Jun holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Rochester Medical Center, and conducted her postdoctoral research work in genomics and epigenetics at the National Institutes of Health. Su Jun is highly-driven by her passion for science and, with that, aims to develop solutions for unmet needs by transforming innovations into products accessible to all.  In her spare time, she enjoys music, dancing and aikido.

Jacob LissoosJacob Lissoos
Jacob Lissoos

Jacob Lissoos

Business Development Associate

5113 South Harper Ave, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL  60615

773-834-3211

jlissoos@uchicago.edu

As a business development associate with the Technology Commercialization team, Jake works on facilitating the transition of faculty innovations to the marketplace. Prior to transitioning to technology transfer, he worked in antibody engineering and oncology drug discovery. Jake holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University. In his free time he serves on the American Cancer Society’s associate board of ambassadors and enjoys swimming and aviation.

 

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