We Are Here For You

Our founder built the program she wished all researchers had access to when she was serving as a program manager.
Our Founder

Julia Barzyk, Ph.D.

Julia Barzyk brings over 10 years of hands-on experience managing a portfolio of basic research in geoscience and civil engineering at the U.S. Army Research Office. She directed all stages of the funding process, including writing topics for large ($6M) investments.

She has extensive experience with the following:

Single investigator (~$360k)
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and Minority-serving Institution (MI) programs
Defense Established Program Research to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)
Young Investigator Program/Early Career Program (YIP/ECP)
Presidential Early Career Award Science and Engineering (PECASE) program
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Prior to serving as an ARO program manager, Julia worked in publishing services, managing a team of editors who performed editing of scientific manuscripts written by non-native English speakers in advance of submission to leading journals.

Julia holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. She lives with her husband and their two teenagers in Durham, North Carolina.

Our Team

We help our customers stay ahead by adopting the best practices of performance marketing and Bream’s  platform.

Merab Mushfiq, MEd

Merab Mushfiq, MEd, brings 10 years’ experience working in higher education, getting her start as an undergraduate international student, with focus on student affairs and professional development. She serves as the Associate Director for Cross-Border Initiatives for the Society of Transnational Academic Research (STAR) Scholars Network. Merab holds a BS in Chemistry, Pre-Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Technology from Western Carolina University and an MEd from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Education at York University. 

Sharon Pound, PMP

Sharon Pound, PMP, brings 15 years’ experience in university research development combined with many years in publishing, marketing and publication relations. Since 2009, she has supported faculty in securing over $125 million in external funding. Sharon is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee. 

Caroline Sangal, PhD

Caroline Sangal, PhD, brings 19 years’ of combined experience in talent acquisition and technical roles within the chemical industry. Caroline is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and holds a  PhD in Polymer Science and a BS in Chemistry from The University of Akron. 

Our Values

This is what we care about above all else.


Change as


the Risk


for All


Your Calling


for Action


Your Calling


for Action

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