Research Development Team

Director of Research Development
Jacob E. Levin, Ph.D.

Jacob Levin

For over two decades, Dr. Levin has been working with faculty to identify and secure resources and funding to support their research. Jacob co-founded the Levin Global Group, a boutique consultancy advising top-ranked universities and non-profits on research funding and strategy.

Previously, he led the UC Irvine Research Development Office (RDO) which coordinated all stages of the preparation and submission process for grant proposal and other research funding efforts across campus. He helped lead the development and funding of multiple research Centers and Institutes, campus-wide initiatives, capital projects, graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Dr. Levin has served on the Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the life science s industry trade association BIOCOM, and was a founding Board member and President of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). He has served as a grant reviewer for agencies such as the NSF and NIH, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Levin received his BA in physics and math from Cornell University, an MA in physics from UC Berkeley, a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Assistant Director of Research Development
Kalyana "Kalyan" Pingali, Ph.D., MBA

Kalyana Pingali

Dr. Pingali recently arrived at MIT from the University of Chicago, where he served as the Associate Director for Research Development in the Office of Research and National Laboratories from 2017 to 2020. Kalyan is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of professional experience, including nine years in the chemical manufacturing and process industries as a Process Engineer in DuPont Singapore Ltd (Engineering Polymers), Naturite Agro Products Ltd (Oleoresins), Vantech Industries Ltd (Agrochemicals and Pesticides) and Armor Polymers Ltd (Petrochemicals).

After earning an MS (Chemical Engineering), PhD (Chemical Engineering) and an MBA from New Mexico State University, Kalyan did postdoctoral work in Chemical Engineering, then became an Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University, followed by a position as Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, before joining the Research Development Office at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Pingali has published 25 peer-reviewed first author research publications and 36 conference proceedings. He has developed prototypes which were integrated in various pharmaceutical industries in the USA and abroad and played a key part of a $100M NSF Engineering Research Center. He has also helped countless faculty win research and industry-collaboration Center funding from the NSF, NIH, DOE, DoD and other sources. 

Research Development Coordinator
Tarnjit “Tannu” Singh, M.A.

Tarnjit Singh

Tannu arrived at MIT with six years of research coordination experience including the Project Coordinator for the PTSD Brain Bank Research Study at the VA National PTSD Center, and Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center’s Project CARE. As Research Development Coordinator at MIT she manages the limited submission competition process, office communications, electronic resources and event planning, and works closely with the Director and Assistant Director of Research Development on opportunity research, sponsor interaction, and the submission of large complex proposals.

Tannu received a BA in Psych, a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven, and an MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine.