Meet the Team

Sandra Holden, PhD

Assistant Director

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 grants and fellowships from NSF, DOE, EPA, and NOAA. Sandra has also served as a reviewer for multiple DOE and NSF review panels. She joined the Proposal Development Office in 2015. Sandra enjoys helping faculty members and teams craft competitive grant proposals and secure funding for their innovative research.

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Monica Vidal, PhD

Research Development Specialist

Dr. Monica Vidal received her PhD in biophysics from the University of Graz, Austria, and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at UC Irvine and the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia, Spain. Monica spent seven years as Business and Research Development Manager at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she managed the Inter-University Program of Computational Chemistry and assisted faculty in securing $3 million in research funding. In 2015 she joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University as Research Development Specialist and assisted faculty with bringing in $18 million in research funding. Monica joined the Proposal Development Office in 2019, and she helps faculty identify funding opportunities and prepare competitive grant proposals.

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Ravi Dhurjati, PhD

Research Development Specialist

Dr. Ravi Dhurjati received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (Biological Systems and Materials Interfaces) from Penn State University and completed post-doctoral training in Health Systems Research at Duke University.  Dr. Dhurjati’s research has focused on the relationship between health system design and outcomes of care with particular focus on vulnerable populations.  Dr. Dhurjati has worked on health policy and clinical practice improvement at the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and at the Stanford University. Most recently, he was the co-editor of special issue of  the journal, Seminars in Perinatology, focused on disparities in neonatal care.  Dr. Dhurjati brings to the proposal development office expertise in identifying research gaps, crafting compelling grant proposals and a commitment to advance research that improves care for socially disadvantaged and minoritized patients and their families.

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