Services offered by the Research Office

Office of the Associate Dean for Research

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Srirama Rao

Associate Dean for Research

Srirama is the Associate Dean for Research. He is also a researcher and faculty member in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
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Kersten Warren

Research Coordinator

Kersten has more than 15 years of experience in research and grant administration at the University of Minnesota. She currently supports researchers in developing proposals and formulating budgets, assists them in understanding of research compliance and administrative policy, and handles post-award administrative concerns.
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Jess Raines

Jessica Raines-Jones

Program/Project Specialist 

Jessica supports pre-award grant administration, manages CVM internal grant review processes, and works extensively with the Research Committee.
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Research Services

Assistance with grant submissions

  • Grants management (budget review, administrative packaging, etc.)
  • Grant review and editing
  • The approval process and liaison with SPA

Research funding

  • Signature Program funding
  • Small companion animal grants for residents
  • Equipment grants
  • Coordination of Rapid Response grants

Publicizing and responding to grant opportunities (e.g., USAID, USDA, NIH, etc.) and logistic/administrative support

Implementation of the Research Strategic Plan

  • Signature Programs
  • Research Culture

Coordination of Research Committee meetings and review of the committee's recommendations

Coordination of Points of Pride Research Day, with the Office of Graduate Programs

Coordination of the CVM Research Seminar series and Caffeinated Conversations on Research

Research Committee

Erin Dickerson, VCS, (2018) 
Alice Larson, VBS (2020) Chair
Molly McCue, VPM (2018)
Michael Murtaugh, VBS (2018)
Liz Pluhar, VCS (2020)
Pam Skinner, VBS (2019)
Montse Torremorell, VPM (2020)
TroyTrumble, VPM (2019)
Robert Washabau, VCS (2019)
Tiffany Wolf, VPM/Meggan Craft, VPM (2019)

Ad hoc: Mark Rutherford, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs 
Ex officio: Sriram Rao, Associate for Research 

Departmental Administration

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Dawn Foster
Administrative Director
P: 612-624-2700

Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Debra Benda
Administrative Director 
P: 612-625-3734

Veterinary Population Medicine 
Natalie L. Dillon
Administrative Director
P: 612-624-5344