Melanie E. DeFord

Senior Director of Strategic Research Programs & Resources

317 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

Phone: 574.631.8805


Melanie leads Grants Program Management in the Colleges of Arts and Letters and Science, as well as the core facility team, where she implements and reviews management control systems for the centers, institutes, and SRIs under the purview of Notre Dame Research. She joined the University in 1988 and served as Strategic Research Programs Director, faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Assistant Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research. Melanie has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Wright State University and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.