Sahar Rais joined OER in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration as an Assistant Grants Compliance Officer in January 2010. She has worked in the fields of grants management, policy and compliance within the federal government and the grantee community for the past eight years. She began her tenure with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the National Institutes on Aging as a graduate student and most recently worked for the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) as a Grants Management Specialist. Prior to working at NIAID, she spent several years on the grantee side working as a Director and Manager of Sponsored Research and Intellectual Property at Veteran Administration non-profits and research organizations in California. She is an alumna of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received her B.A. in Sociology and San Diego State for her Master’s in Public Health.