VPR Management Team

Martha Ogilvie, PhD

Associate Vice President for Research

Dr. Martha K. Ogilvie is the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has administrative responsibility for ensuring the continuity of daily operations of all pre-award functions related to the administration of sponsored research and creative activities. Her staff ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Before assuming this position, Dr. Ogilvie has served at the OUHSC as the administrative director of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center and director for the OUHSC Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO). Prior to joining OUHSC four years ago, Dr. Ogilvie served as Director for Single Family Data Quality and Disclosure at Fannie Mae. She was responsible for directing all aspects of data use and requirements within Single Family services and promoted treatment of data and information as critical business assets.

Prior to Fannie Mae, Ogilvie was part of the Celera Corporation, the company that pioneered Human Genome mapping. She was responsible for managing Celera customer care operations, technical sales, and formulating new business models that enabled Celera to maintain a highly competitive position within the biotechnology industry worldwide. Ogilvie also brings a foundation of political experience having served as a political appointee in Washington DC.

Ogilvie has a Doctorate and Masters of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grinnell College.

Allison F. Gillaspy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research Director, Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Cytometry Research

Dr. Allison Gillaspy is the director of the Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Cytometry Research (LMBCR) and an Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. As Director of the LMBCR she is responsible for all laboratory operations, budgets, implementation of new instrumentation and management of laboratory personnel. In addition, she provides consulting for experimental design and data analysis to all faculty, students, fellows, and staff that use the LMBCR for their research. As a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology she is involved in lecturing to graduate students on the areas of Genome Technology and molecular biology.

Before coming to the OUHSC in 1998, Dr. Gillaspy received PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where she also did a brief Post Doctoral Fellowship. She first entered the field of microbial genome sequencing as a Post Doctoral Fellow at OUHSC in 1998. From 2001 – 2009 she served as Associate Director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core and then Director of that division. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles published in notable journals including the Journal of Bacteriology, the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology and the Journal of Applied Microbiology as well as articles in book titles such as the ASM Press Gram Positive Pathogens, E. coli Plasmid Vectors and the Encyclopedia of Microbiology. Her extensive research background also included serving as Director of both the Genomics and Proteomics Cores for the NIH-funded COBRE project to analyze and develop functional genomic and proteomic tools to analyze bacterial-host interactions.

Dr. Gillaspy has served as PI, CoPI or consultant on several NIH, USDA, and NSF funded whole genome sequencing and annotation projects. In addition to whole genome sequencing she now directs several human, mouse, microbial, and plant whole transcriptome and small RNA sequencing projects being performed by researchers at OUHSC and other academic institutions within the state and across the country.

Ronald E. Banks, DVM

Director, Division of Comparative Medicine; Associate Professor of Research; Dept. of Pathology

Dr. Banks is a graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He served in the U.S. Army for over 30 years and performed his residency in research medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington DC.   He is a board certified diplomate with the American College of Animal Welfare, the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; and is a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.  Prior to joining the OUHSC program in the summer of 2016, Dr. Banks served for 12 years as the Director, Office of Animal Welfare Assurance at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center.  His OUHSC professional goal is development of an environment supportive of animal research for OUHSC faculty and staff.