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Joy J Goto

Joy J. Goto, Ph. D
Interim Dean, Division of Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Joy J. Goto has served the campus community since 2007. She was the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the last five years and also served as the departmental graduate coordinator. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA. She was a John Douglas French Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Beckman Institute Research Fellow at the City of Hope prior to joining our campus.

The highlight of her time on our campus includes the collaborative endeavors with her outstanding fellow faculty and staff in her department. Her research on the role of a non-protein amino acid, beta-methyl amino L-alanine (BMAA) in model systems (fruit flies and neuronal cells) and its connection to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC) has been supported by her many undergraduate and graduate students and faculty collaborations. She serves as the faculty coordinator for the Fresno State LSAMP and as the campus PI for the NSF CSU-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate grant for 12 STEM graduate students. Grants from the NIH, NSF, USDA, and CSU Chancellor’s Office support her research program and broader campus and CSU goals to enhance STEM teaching in the laboratory and active classroom, and research experiences for our students.

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Doug Carey has served in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in several roles since joining Fresno State in January 1999. After working as an administrative analyst for eight years, he served as a research administrator for the next 12 years and assisted the College of Arts and Humanities, Craig School of Business, Health and Human Services, Kremen School of Education and the Library with their grant development efforts. He was named director in July 2019. 

Doug currently manages the department’s social media efforts and has served on the coordinating committee for the Central California Research Symposium for the past 20 years. He began his career in higher education at San Jose State University, where he worked as a marketing and publications specialist in continuing education.

Doug holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mass Communication and Journalism from Fresno State. He earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) in 2017 and is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). | 559.278.0964

Maral Kismetian

Maral Kismetian rejoined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) in September 2019 after a year at Valley Children’s Healthcare as a Senior Grant Administrator.

At Fresno State, she was appointed as a Grants Administrator in 2015 after 9 years as the Grants and Research Analyst.  Maral joined RSP in September 2006 after five years at San Francisco State University (SFSU) as an Administrative Analyst in their RSP office. At SFSU, she was responsible for coordination of various grants projects, including NIMH’s Career Opportunities in Research Program, NCI’s U56 Comprehensive Cancer Partnership and the GEAR UP grant. Maral received her certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council in 2014.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA).

Pre-Award Assignments: Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Lyles College of Engineering, Provost's Office (CSU-Water, CWI), Administrative Services and Technology Services. | 559.278.0911 | Office Hours



Gayle Sherwood joined the Division of Research and Graduate Studies in March 2016 after working for eight years as a public servant with the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno.  She was appointed as a Research Administrator after 2.5 years as our Grants and Research Analyst.

Gayle has extensive training and experience submitting grants to the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and many other federal, state and local sponsors. 

As a former operations supervisor, Gayle is also skilled in project management, staff development, operations management, software implementation and procedure writing. Gayle has a Bachelor's degree in Art and a Master's degree in Criminology.

Pre-Award Assignments: College of Science and Mathematics, College of Social Sciences, and College of Arts and Humanities. | 559.278.0539

Judith Gagnebin

Judy joined the Division of Research and Graduate Studies in September of 2019. She has experience in grant writing, proposal development, project management and research methodology. 
Prior to coming to Fresno State, she supported grant efforts at the Marjaree Mason Center - a domestic violence community-based organization serving Fresno County. She has experience preparing proposals for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, City of Fresno, County of Fresno, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and various private foundations. Judy obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Criminology and a Master’s in Psychology (General/Experimental Option) from California State University, Fresno.
Pre-Award Assignments: Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Craig School of Business, College of Health and Human Services and the Fresno State Library. | 559.278.0863

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Blake Greenwood joined the Division of Research and Graduate Studies in April 2023. Prior to joining the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, she supported grant efforts at Fresno State and UC Merced in their respective post-award units.

Pre-Award Assignments: Office of the President, Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), LEAD California, Richter Center, Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. | 559.278.0470 | Office Hours

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Sarah joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in April 2023 as the department’s Administrative Support Coordinator. She received a Bachelor's in Psychological Sciences from Cal State San Marcos, a Masters (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology from University of Hawai’i, and a leadership certificate from Yale School of Management. 

Prior to joining Fresno State, Sarah was a manager at two separate children’s museums in which she coordinated both private and public events. She consults with a large non-profit organization to provide professional development services across the pacific region, including the Hawaiian Islands, the Marshall Islands, and American Samoa. Sarah enjoys utilizing her experience in office support, event coordination, and client relations to support our team. | 559-278-0856

Elena Perez

Elena joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as a Pre-Award Assistant in November 2021. She is a transfer student from Fresno City College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. Elena has previous experience working in Child Development, and enjoyed and appreciates the opportunities that she's had to work within the field. She is going to continue to explore the field as she completes her degree. | 559.278.0840

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Amanda joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as a Pre-Award Coordinator in March 2023. She previously worked as the Customer Service Coordinator/Accounting Technician III at the University. Amanda specializes in administrative support; with over 10 years of experience she enjoys using her skills to contribute to the team. | 559.278.7803

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Harminder joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in June 2023. She previously worked for the Fresno County Department of Social Services in the Work Experience Unit. At Fresno State, she’s held the Administrative Support Coordinator role in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and Criminology Department. Harminder enjoys using her office support experience to contribute to the team. 

She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Mass Communications & Journalism. In her free time, Harminder enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family. 

Angelica Sangster

Prior to joining the Fresno State team as a student assistant in March 2022, Angelica  was a paraprofessional at the West Park Charter Academy where she assisted elementary-high school students on completing their homework and offering support where needed. 

Angelica is currently working towards obtaining her bachelor's degree in liberal studies, and aspires to become an elementary school teacher. She feels that a successful future is dependent on shaping the minds of our young generations to be accepting of all people and have an abundance of love and kindness in their hearts.

In her free time, Angelica enjoys roller skating, painting, hiking, and spending time with family. 

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Saif joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in March 2022 as a Student Assistant. He is studying Business Administration with an option of Logistics Management and Supply Chain Strategies.
In the future, Saif is planning to enroll in the Supply Chain industry to grow his skills and experience in that field. Also, he is planning to get certifications related to Supply Chain Management.

Saif likes to spend his free time listening to podcasts, watching news and updates about global trade, stock markets, and spending time with friends.



Jessica joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in June 2023. She is a transfer student from Reedley Community College where she received an Associates in Psychology. At Fresno State, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology.

Currently, she is enrolled as a research intern in Dr. Alija Mujic’s laboratory on the Fresno State campus whose focus is on the evolutionary biology of mushrooms. She is passionate about the research process and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the future.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys running, reading, mushroom hunting, and spending time with her dogs.