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Crystal Botham, PhD
Crystal Botham, PhD

Director & Founder

Dr. Crystal Botham’s passion for writing proposals was ignited as a graduate student while writing an AHA fellowship. The Grant Writing Academy (started in 2014) is based on her successful Tackling Your K course (70% success rate for career development awards). In addition to being the founder and director of the Grant Writing Academy, she provides strategic advice to faculty and others in the Department of Pediatrics to enable competitive funding applications and productive research programs.

Deb Karhson, PhD

Assistant Director for JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) Initiatives

Debra (Deb) Karhson, PhD is a Basic Life Research Scientist in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department in the Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program. Deb’s deep love of research was a strong catalyst for her enthusiasm for grantsmanship, particularly for support mechanisms dedicated to diversifying the research workforce. With her extensive experience in diversity-related grants, Deb will provide strategic support and advice for trainees interested in the new series of NIH K-awards and other equity-based grants.

Current Grant Coaches

  • Kelsie Eichel, PhD

    Biology (Shen Lab)

    Kelsie Eichel, PhD
  • Hoda S. Abdel Magid, PhD, MSHS

    Health Research & Policy (Nelson Lab)

    Hoda S. Abdel Magid, PhD, MSHS
  • Stephanie Balters, PhD

    Psychiatry (Reiss Lab)

    Stephanie Balters, PhD
  • Andrew Brooks, PhD

    Genetics (Snyder Lab)

    Andrew Brooks, PhD
  • Vinita Bharat, MS, PhD

    Neurosurgery (Wang Lab)

    Vinita Bharat, MS, PhD
  • Leah Guthrie, PhD

    Microbiology & Immunology (Sonnenburg Lab)

    Leah Guthrie, PhD
  • Jennifer Kong, PhD

    Biochemistry (Rohatgi Lab)

    Jennifer Kong, PhD
  • Claudia Vasquez, PhD

    Chemical Engineering (Dunn Lab)

    Claudia Vasquez, PhD
  • Calvin Stephens, PhD

    Human Gene Therapy (Kay Lab)

    Calvin Stephens, PhD

Graduate Student Fellowship Chairs

  • Miles Tyner

    Microbiology & Immunology (Howitt Lab)

    Miles Tyner
  • Lily Xu

    Microbiology & Immunology (Chiu & Carette Labs)

    Lily Xu


  • Sheri Krams, PhD

    Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs

    Sheri Krams, PhD
  • Ruth O'Hara, PhD

    Senior Associate Dean, Research

    Ruth O'Hara, PhD
  • Sofie Kleppner, PhD

    Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs

    Sofie Kleppner, PhD
  • Latishya Steele, PhD

    Director of Biosciences Programs and Curriculum

    Latishya Steele, PhD
  • Ayodele Thomas, PhD

    Associate Dean for Graduate and Career Education and Diversity

    Ayodele Thomas, PhD