Our Team

Michael Lee, Executive Director

[email protected] | (415) 430-7676

Michael joined the Research Resource Program (RRP) team in 2018 and currently serves as Executive Director. His goal is to support the development, implementation and support of programs that will have a broad impact across UCSF Core & Shared Resource Facilities and enhance UCSF research capabilities. By working with the broad stake holders to maintain communication channels and build bridges, the RRP team contributes to the success of UCSF cores and shared resources.     

Michael has been at UCSF since 2003, working in labs and Cores where he became increasingly engaged in meeting general challenges faced by the research community. He has also led and worked with individual Cores to improve their operations and has coordinated funding for much needed instrumentation and operational support. Previously, he was the Director for the Parnassus Flow Cytometry (PFCC) and Monoclonal Antibody Cores and continues to advise both Cores. He also is a member of the Bluestone lab, working on the development and continuation of clinical trials involving the use of Regulatory T cells (Tregs) for the treatment of various ailments such as Type-1 diabetes. 

Michael has a BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and an MS in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences from San Francisco State.


Olena Akerman, Finance Manager

[email protected] | (415) 476-0539

Olena Akerman has been working with the EVC&P for 12 years in one capacity or another. She is the Business Manager supporting LARC & EH&S. She and her staff provide procurement, administrative and financial support. With 2 kids, a dog and a cat, she doesn't have much time left for hobbies. But she does enjoy to host dinner parties and to go on, unfortunately rare, camping trips.





Rochelle Kelley, Program Manager

[email protected] | (510) 816-8150

Rochelle joined UCSF in October 2015; She is the main point of contact for the iLab transition from the legacy system, MyCORES and for other Core Director operational support. She also provides management for RRP program areas including annual deployment of the Core Operational Improvement Awards (COIA) and the Institutional Matching Instrumentation Awards (IMIA), campus core certification, software services, marketing/web development and strategic communications.

Rochelle's background includes experience in both legal and medical areas, her passion for service excellence is what led her to join the UCSF community; she currently serves as secretary on the committee for the Western Association of Core Directors. 

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Steve Li, Implementation Associate

[email protected] | (415) 608-9126

Steve joined Research Resource Program as an Implementation Associate in 2019. He is responsible for managing the UCSF implementation of iLab, an enterprise-class lab management software. In addition, he supports core software projects that enhance UCSF research capabilities.

Prior to arriving at UCSF, Steve worked at a fast pace healthcare start up as a Customer Success Manager, project managing and implementing electronic medical records and population health technology to provider organizations and health plans. He is passionate about levering technology to improve healthcare access and quality of care.

Steve holds a BA in Public Health and Ethnic Studies from U.C Davis.



Kasha Hudack, Project Analyst

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Kasha joined UCSF in August 2020 as a Project Analyst in the Research Resource Program. Her main focus is providing project support to the RRP team and to the broader research community through the iLab platform and other research support tools. Kasha made a big leap switching from product-oriented sector to education. Previously, she worked as a translator and AI model trainer with hands-on experience in developing and maintaining products and software.

At UCSF, Kasha hopes to influence the entire collective of people, not only consumers of goods, by means of supporting the researchers and doctors in their work that serves everyone.