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Steven Moldin

Steven Moldin is executive director of the USC Washington, DC Office of Research Advancement.

Moldin directs USC’s research advancement efforts in Washington, D.C. He has conducted research at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University and was a faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine. In 1995, Moldin joined the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one of the National Institutes of Health, to manage an extramural research portfolio. He left in 2006, having led the Office of Human Genetics & Genomic Resources and having served as Associate Director of the Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science. Moldin was responsible for the fiscal and scientific management of a $200 million grants and contracts portfolio, and increased the yearly funding of NIMH’s human genetics research portfolio by 56% over two years.

Moldin is an associate editor of Genes, Brain, and Behavior and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Genetics. Moldin has published over 50 papers and book chapters in the areas of psychiatric genetics, schizophrenia, autism and neuroscience. He is co-editor of Methods in Genomic Neuroscience and Understanding Autism: From Basic Neuroscience to Treatment.

Moldin received his B.A. magna cum laude with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa in psychology from Boston University (1983), his M.A. in psychology from Yeshiva University (1985), and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University (1988). He completed an internship at Hillside Hospital – Long Island Jewish Medical Center (1988) and received postdoctoral training in genetics at Washington University School of Medicine (1988-1991).

James Murday

James Murday is associate director for physical sciences of the USC Washington, DC Office of Research Advancement.

Prior to USC, Murday’s career at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) included leading the Surface Chemistry programs (1975-1987) and the Chemistry Division (1988-2006, when he retired from Federal service).

Additional responsibilities included tenures as Director of Research for the Department of Defense, Research and Engineering; Chief Scientist, Office of Naval Research; Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office; and Executive Secretary to the U.S. National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Nanometer Science Engineering and Technology (NSET).

He holds a PhD in experimental solid state physics from Cornell in 1970 and a B.S. in physics from Case Institute of Technology in 1964. His research interests have spanned nuclear magnetic resonance, surface science, and nanoscale science and technology. He has published over 100 papers and reports on those topics. He is a member of the ACS, APS, MRS, and AVS professional societies.

Al Olson

Allan (Al) Olson is director for Intelligence & Cyber Initiatives of the USC Washington, DC Office of Research Advancement.

Prior to joining USC, Al’s career included senior leadership positions in private industry and the U.S. government involving research, business growth, strategic planning, program management, systems engineering, finance and legislation.

His private industry experience spans the aerospace, defense, security, intelligence, healthcare and energy sectors, where he was highly successful in realizing research and technology growth initiatives for Lockheed Martin. During his distinguished government career, Al held leadership positions in research, engineering, program management and acquisition concluding with his final appointment as the Director of Horizontal Technology Integration, where he was responsible for a number of multi-billion dollar research programs, including their integration and re-use across the intelligence, law enforcement and defense communities.

Mr. Olson holds degrees and certifications in program management, electrical engineering, business/financial management, contracting, logistics, test & evaluation, manufacturing, and production. He is a certified Department of Defense and Federal Program Manager, a Federal Enterprise Architect, Capture Manager and a Master Black Belt.


Daniel Barker
Senior Technical Grant Writer
(202) 824-5879

Ashley Gordon
Project Specialist
(202) 824–5865

Amber Gray
Project Specialist
(202) 824-5864

Stephanie Griep
Project Specialist
(310) 448- 8450

Jordan Locy
Technical Grant Writer
(310) 448-8416

Robyn Gill
Program Manager
(310) 448-8291