The Stanford Research Development Office (SRDO) assists medical school investigators coordinate and prepare grant applications for large multidisciplinary biomedical projects. It also helps early career scholars fund their first independent research projects.

This office is supported by the Dean’s office within the Stanford School of Medicine.

Director of SRDO

Michael K. Helms, PhD, MBA

Dr. Michael Helms received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Hawaii, completed two postdoctoral fellowships at UC San Diego and the University of Hawaii, and received his MBA from Santa Clara University. He spent 10 years in the biotechnology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently as General Manager at Complete Genomics. While in the industry, he was awarded two SBIR grants from NIH and served as an ad hoc reviewer on a study section for NIH. In 2009, he joined the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford as Director of Strategic Research Development and assisted faculty with bringing in nearly $30 million in research funding. He is the founding director of the SRDO.

Grant Development Officer

Sandra R. Holden, PhD

Dr. Sandra Holden received her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from UC Irvine and completed postdoctoral training at UC Irvine in earth system science. Sandra independently funded her PhD and postdoc research with fellowships from NSF, DOE, EPA, and NOAA. Sandra has also served as a reviewer for multiple DOE study sections. As a Grant Development Officer in the SRDO, Sandra helps faculty members identify funding opportunities and prepare competitive grant proposal applications.


If you are interested in working with the SRDO, please contact SRDO Director Mike Helms.