Chantene Zichterman

Department Administrator, Select Agent Certifying Official

Chantene joined the Office of Research Safety in January of 2016 as the Department Administrator. She manages the administrative functions (finance/budget, human resources and office operations) for Dr. Joseph Kanabrocki, Associate Vice President for Research Safety, is the Certifying Official for the UChicago Select Agent Program, and serves as a liaison to senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other partners. Chantene’s experience includes over 8 years as an Intellectual Property paralegal, managing foreign and domestic patent grants and annuities. Chantene also has 4 years of experience at the University of Illinois as a Business Manager and Grant Administrator for the Vice President for Research. Her University career started at U of I's Business Office, but later joined the team to launch the University's newest Business Incubator/Proof of Concept Accelerator that hosts wet/dry laboratories and shared office space for local researchers, entrepreneurial startups, life science projects, economic and environmental sustainability efforts, as well as internal tech-transfers and ventures in the industry of Health, Technology and Innovation.

Her experience in laboratories began early at Mother McAuley High School where she studied Anatomy/Physiology and Biology with honors and continued through college where her studies ranged from from Scientific Illustration to Legal Theory, Business and Environmental Law. Chantene later received her Paralegal Certificate in addition to her B.A. and was accepted in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Currently, she is working on her Master's Degree for Legal Studies at the University of Illinois with a focus on Legal Theory, Environmental Law, Public Advocacy, Policy Proposals, Biosecurity and Regulatory Compliance.

Chantene's background connects scientific research, sustainability, intellectual property and law, which brings a unique and relevant perspective to the mission of the Office of Research Safety which includes invaluable knowledge about the business functions of academia, compliance enforcement, and strengthens her relationships and communications with the UChicago scientific community.