Robert M. DiFazio, PhD, is a Research & Science Analyst within the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection (ITI) at Stanford Medicine. He develops proposals and grants while managing large existing projects for ITI and has worked with faculty to bring in tens of millions of new and continuing dollars’ worth of grant funding. He also works to: support graduate and post-graduate scientific training, through development of funding and curricula as well as tracking impact and success of the educational program; to aid with donor and other stakeholder relations, by drafting reports and other promotional materials touting the successes of the faculty members; as well as driving strategic planning and analysis for long-term growth of the institute.
Robert is focused on empowering and supporting researchers to do their best work at every level and stage of the scientific process. His ultimate goal is to deploy research development strategies at the laboratory, department, and institute levels while supporting scientists as trainees through early investigator roles and beyond.
Robert holds a PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a BS with High Distinction in Chemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Current Role at Stanford
His current role within the Stanford Medicine community as a Research & Science Analyst is centered around directing the research development activities of the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection. These activities include: grant/contract proposal development; development of trainee programs and analysis of efficacy; building of research teams and collaborative endeavors; interaction with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership; interaction with institutional federal relations; funding opportunity identification and targeted dissemination; and outreach activities and training.
Education & Certifications
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Molecular Virology and Microbiology (2016)
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chemistry (High Distinction)/Molecular and Cellular Biology (2010)