Meet the Staff

  • Robert Duke, PhD

    Interim Executive Director

    • Phone: (626) 815-5419
  • Martha Bellin, RN, BSN

    Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator

    Martha Bellin came to APU after 27 years in research support and oversight at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, where her responsibilities included assisting biostatistics research, protecting human subjects in research, monitoring protocols for data safety, coordinating marrow and blood transplants, and overseeing regulatory services at multiple levels. Bellin is an eager lifelong learner who also enjoys travelling, canoeing, and camping, especially near rivers. View Bellin’s CV.

  • Marta Cenac-Mehedinti, MSc

    Director of Sponsored Research

    Marta Cenac-Mehedinti gives special attention to pre-award processes. She focuses on encouraging and supporting university faculty in their pursuit of external grant support, and oversees university-wide initiatives to improve external funding.

  • Yvonne Rodriguez

    ORG Office Coordinator

    Yvonne Rodriguez provides overall administrative support for the Office of Research and Grants. She manages APU internal grants and provides support for external grants. Yvonne provides management support and maintenance for the Cayuse grants systems. She also coordinates the monthly Faculty Scholarship updates issues.

  • Carrie A. Ullmer, MEd

    Director of Grants Management

    Carrie is responsible for post-award monitoring to ensure proper stewardship of external funds received by the university from private and public funding sources for sponsored research and academic initiatives. She reports to the executive director of the Office of Research and Grants and works closely with the director of Sponsored Research who oversees pre-award grant endeavors. View Carrie’s LinkedIn profile.

  • Xiao-Qing (Sharon) Wang, PhD

    Director of Graduate Student Publications

    As director of graduate student publications, Sharon Wang manages the thesis and dissertation publication process while guiding students to successful completion of their APU graduate degrees. Wang has a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and nearly 15 years of teaching experience in American higher education. Her experiences include advising graduate students on thesis proposals, designing survey questions, collecting and analyzing data, and writing statistical findings. She also was a final thesis evaluator and Institutional Review Board (IRB) chair and taught research methods, statistics, and ethnography. View Wang’s CV.

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