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CHORI Welcomes New Vice President of Research Operations

February, 2012 - CHORI is pleased to announce that Rajnesh (Raj) Prasad, MBA, has joined the institution as Vice President of Research Operations (VPRO) at CHORI. No stranger to the institute, Mr. Prasad worked for 10 years in various roles and departments at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, both at the hospital and at the research institute.

"Children's has always been my home, whether at the hospital or at CHORI. It's where I am comfortable, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to return with more of a leadership role," says Mr. Prasad, who most recently worked for California State University, East Bay, as the director for the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.



Holding a masters degree in business administration and specializing in accounting and financial management, Mr. Prasad brings 15 years of financial management and 10 years of grants management experience to the table, including overseeing $36 million in grant funding.

"Raj has extensive experience and deep knowledge of how the research enterprise is conducted," says Alexander Lucas, PhD, CHORI executive director. "With his strong background in grants management and his sharp business perspective, Raj will be an incredible asset to our organization and I couldn't be more pleased that he has accepted the position."

After committing over a decade of his working life to Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, Mr. Prasad is looking forward to returning to CHORI in his new capacity, but with a fresh perspective.

"Having had the opportunity to step away and work at another organization, I also can see CHORI from a different perspective in terms of how things could be done even better," says Mr. Prasad.

The VPRO will be responsible for overseeing critical research operations such as finance, laboratory and core facilities, and will serve as a key partner to senior leadership as the institute continues to align its research programs and activities with its strategic initiatives.

"It's a new year and a new day and I'm really looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity of working with CHORI scientists and staff to make this institution a better place, to really sit and talk with them about what works and what doesn't, what is on their wish list, where they are coming from, and to then work with leadership to see what is feasible," says Mr. Prasad. "We have really talented and resourceful people here, and I'm looking forward to working with them to take this institution to a new level that we may not have seen before."

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