October 8, 2018
Tia Levine (formerly Thompson) has joined UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) as the new Director of Operations. She came on board in early September. Levine previously had been at Human Resources, where she managed a large team and led key process improvement initiatives that have had a positive impact on UC San Diego Health, the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2013, Levine served as the Business Officer of the Instructional Development Department at UC Santa Barbara for nine years, where she managed all financial, recharge, and administrative functions, and served as liaison to faculty across campus. In her new role, Levine looks forward to working with all the ACTRI units, faculty, clients, and community to support the translational mission.
“I am delighted to join ACTRI, with an eye on fully supporting the teams and providing infrastructure for all the areas,” Levine said. “What is most appealing to me is that ACTRI is not a traditional group or department at all. There is always something new to learn and many opportunities for outreach to the community.” Throughout her career, Levine has worked with faculty and staff in a variety of disciplines, as well as on policies that stretch across the campuses, giving her broad experience in business operations and forging her faculty relationships.
Levine received a bachelor of arts degree in law & society from UC Santa Barbara in 2004, and began working at her alma mater immediately following graduation. She remembers wearing a suit to her last final exam to go to her first interview on campus. “I have been at UC ever since,” Levine said.
Outside of work, Levine enjoys shuttling her kids to little league, reading on the beach, and taking trips to the desert for camping and off-roading.
About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:
UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.