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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Research and scholarly activity is of paramount importance in the academic realms of the biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, and educational sciences. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine supports and encourages the active pursuit of research in the biomedical and clinical sciences, in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and in medical education. Research at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is driven by faculty interests in four major areas:

  • Basic Biomedical Science
  • Clinical Science
  • Medical Education
  • Population Health

The Burrell College Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) supports research conducted by BURRELL faculty at students at all Regional Academic Centers and the Florida campus. The Burrell Research laboratories support the research conducted by College faculty and students with dedicated facilities for BioScience Research, Human Physiology Research and Computational Support. In addition, many College faculty have ongoing collaborative studies with researchers at NMSU as well as many other research institutions and medical centers. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides both pre-award and post-award support for grants and contracts. In addition, ORSP has a compliance role that includes a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). Areas covered under HRPP include human subjects research; biological agents and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids research; chemical safety; laboratory safety; and responsible conduct of research.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs may be contacted by email (

Oliver Hayes, DO

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Interim Assistant Dean of Research & Sponsored Projects
Professor, Clinical Medicine
Clerkship Director - Emergency Medicine

BS, Central Michigan University
MS, Michigan State University
MHS, University of Michigan
DO, Michigan State University

Thomas Eiting, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physiology
Director of Student Research
Director of Research Laboratory

BS, University of Texas at Austin
MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kalli Martinez, MS

Scientific Research Associate
Environmental Health & Safety Officer

BS, New Mexico State University
MS, New Mexico State University

Cynthia Peraza, MBA

Sponsored Projects & Research Compliance Specialist

AS, Columbia Southern University
BS, Columbia Southern University
MBA, Liberty University