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OR Administrative Units

The Office of Research's administrative units support office functions and provide the foundation for efficient administration of contracts and grants.




Business & Finance

Director: Delanda Buchanan
Phone: (530) 754-7732

Business & Finance works in partnership with the UC Davis community including administrators, faculty, staff, research unit directors and managers to deliver financially sound and cost-effective business processes. Business & Finance is responsible for financial reporting & analysis, short and long-term budget planning, procurement, accounts payable, facilities, and other operational needs within the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The team provides oversight for the research units reporting to the Office of Research and administers the internal research funding program - Match Funds, PI Bridge and Publication Assistance programs.

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Communications & Marketing

Consultant: Aj Cheline
Phone: (530) 219-8739

Communications & Marketing provides strategic leadership for print and electronic publications about the value of UC Davis research to the general public and state, national and international decision makers.


Senior Director: Barbara Celli
Phone: (530) 754-8499

The Office of Research Development works to help the university meet its research mission of learning, discovery and engagement through philanthropic support.

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Human Resources

Manager: Marlene Denham
Phone: (530) 754-7749

The OR HR Team actively seeks to partner with the Research Unit Executive Directors, Associate Directors, managers, supervisors, staff, and the campus research community to provide efficient, customer-focused services that address requests, provide resolutions and assist our units with their day-to-day business activities. OR HR provides support for various HR areas from Compensation to FMLA. We foster relationship building with our faculty, staff and students in support of our organizational goals and the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. Our values of customer orientation, constant improvement, teamwork, and achieving tangible results are woven into every aspect of our philosophy of human resource management.

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Institutional Review Board Administration

Director: Dan Redline
Phone: (916) 703-9157

The unit provides administrative support and maintains official records for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and monitors human subject research compliance. The IRB is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research studies conducted under the auspices of UC Davis.

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Research Compliance and Integrity

Director: Craig Allison
Phone: (530) 754-7754

The university takes a proactive role in ensuring compliance with federal regulations of research activities through the review, implementation, monitoring and education of research policies and procedures. This unit also promotes integrity in research through education and training.

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Sponsored Programs

Executive Director: Ahmad Hakim-Elahi, J.D, Ph.D.
Phone: (530) 754-7687

The unit is responsible for the facilitation of the grant proposal and award management process. It handles the effective and timely review and submission of faculty research proposals, as well as the negotiation and administration of awards.

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