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College of Education Office of Research Team


Professor & Associate Dean for Research
Ezemenari M. Obasi, Ph.D.

Obasi leads the overall operation of the office and is responsible for advancing the research culture in the College. He serves as the catalyst for facilitating innovative research that supports the College mission "to lead and inspire generative transformations of learning, health, leadership and well-being by developing new knowledge for an increasingly diverse world." Specifically, Obasi develops and oversees (a) faculty research development initiatives, (b) small grants program, (c) research policies and procedures, (d) community partnerships, (e) pre- and post-award services, (f) compliance management, and (g) the dissemination of our scholarship to a broad range of stakeholders. Contact: or 713-743-4698


Research Administrator
Kelley Christopher

Christopher has a master’s degree in marketing and has been working in research administration at UH since 2018. She is responsible for the post-award operations for the College of Education, primarily with PHLS and ELPS. Contact: or 713-743-6939.

Miranda Jasso

Research Administrator
Miranda Jasso

Jasso has a master’s degree in business administration and has been working at the College of Education since 2014. She is responsible for the post-award operations for the College of Education, primarily with the Dean’s Office and CUIN. Contact: or 713-743-6219.


Research Administrator II
Ashley Siverand, MBA

Siverand has a master of business administration in healthcare administration. She has been working in research since 2016. She is responsible for the pre-award operations for the College. Contact: or 713-743-6229

Key Services We Provide

Faculty Development Pre-Award Post-Award Compliance
Individual faculty consultation Budget development assistance Purchase approvals
Grant search support Application coordination Financial reports Effort certifications
Grant Writing Boot Camp Application submission Monthly burn-rate  
Seed research support Scientific merit, technical, and grammar & usage reviews    
Training on PIVOT, PI Portal, Cayuse