Vanessa Allwardt
Project Manager
Last active: 8/7/2019


In the past six years I have successfully managed more than $17.8M of complex, multi-institutional and sometimes international R&D projects for the development of organs-on-chips, hardware, electrochemical sensors, and software for drug and toxicant screening. 
More recently, I have been tasked with in-depth strategic planning and business development utilizing my analytical strengths to uncover requirements, risks, and opportunities, while simplifying complexity into relevant structures for my teams. I am also highly skilled at preparing outreach materials in various formats (e.g., extensive web design and development, video interviews, informational handouts for congressional members), and scientific/technical writing and copyediting

My personal successes include securing $4.34M in competition for a secondary project phase, as well as introducing many strategic process improvements and creative solutions that support and enable my teams in achieving innovative, challenging goals. Due to my broad research experience with cross-functional, virtual and co-localized teams I am skilled at conversing with stakeholders from many different specialty areas. I am highly analytical and utilize an individualized approach for working with people and projects.


I prefer to maintain an individualized approach for my projects and I am skilled at hybrid (agile and traditional waterfall) project management, considering not only different work approaches in different teams, but also the high-risk research environment, while allowing for flexibility to innovate and providing detailed guidelines to meet the specified goals and requirements.


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5405 Stevenson Center
5405 Stevenson Center, Building 5
Nashville, TN 37235
United States
615-875-8422 (p)


Artificial Organs Biomedical Research Life Science Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics Molecular Omics Organs-on-Chip Project Management Professional Research Management Strategic Planning