Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Basic Science Administration

Staff Spotlight

Get to know the staff of BSA

Meet the staff that support the basic science academic departments and affiliated centers.

Den Gonzales

Research Administrator

Office: Ward 8-143
Phone: 312-503-4951

Where is your home town?

Chicago, IL

What is your educational background?

I studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am enrolling in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies this Spring Quarter to pursue a degree in Information Systems.

Tell us about your professional background.

Back in 1996, while I was still in college, I worked at American National Bank and First Chicago Bank (now Chase Bank) in various financial/accounting jobs. In the spring of 2003, I worked at Wrigley Field when the Cubs ALMOST made the World Series. By that summer, I had my first temp job at Northwestern University working for the Parking Office counting cars in the lot across the street from the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Aquatic Center on the Evanston Campus. I worked two more temp jobs until January 2004 when I was hired full-time as a Program Assistant at the Center for Public Safety. I left the position in 2006 to become the assistant for the Executive Associate Director for Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) on the Chicago Campus. I had several jobs at FSM before I returned to Evanston in 2009 to work in the Office for Sponsored Research to pursue a career in Research Administration. I left OSR in 2010 and spent a year in the Department of Chemistry as a Research Coordinator. Then in 2011, I was hired as a Research Administrator in the Department of Physiology. When Physiology was incorporated into the Basic Science Administration (BSA), I was promoted to Senior Research Administrator. After a few years, I left BSA in 2014 as I had an opportunity to work as a Financial Administrator at the Institute of Marine Biology in Kane'ohe, Hawaii. After a year, I returned to the mainland and worked at the University of Chicago in the Section of Cardiology as an Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the Section Chief. Finally, the opportunity to return to Northwestern came in October 2016, when I was hired back as a Research Administrator in BSA.

What is your role in the Basic Science Administration?

Research Administrator. I support researchers and ensure successful research efforts by providing all pre- and post-award administrative needs.

What is your favorite part of the job?

As a Research Administrator, new challenges arrive to my desk almost every day. I enjoy the problem solving opportunities aspect of the job because each experience is a stepping stone in my development of being a better research administrator. I am also appreciative that I am in an environment that encourages professional development and provides opportunities for growth.

What are your hobbies/extra-curricular interests?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids any chance I get. My oldest son is already in college and working while my other children are in high school with their own activities so it’s becoming difficult for us to hang out together as we used to. Nevertheless, my wife and I try to get all the kids rounded up for lunch and/or dinner at least once a month.