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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

Marianne Burns

Research Liaison Officer
Marianne Burns

Burns has a bachelor's of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Education and has been working in research administration since 2009. She is responsible for the pre-award operations and assisting with progress reports for the college. Contact: or 713-743-1852.


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. Contact: or 713-743-6939.

Miranda Jasso

Research Administrator
Miranda Jasso

Jasso has a bachelor's of science degree in psychology from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and has been working at the College of Education since 2014. She is responsible for the post-award operations, primarily with the dean’s office, CUIN and ELPS. Contact: or 713-743-6219.

Kristen Jones

Program Manager
Kristin Jones

Jones has a master of science degree in Business Administration and is responsible for the overall management of PI monthly reconciliations, OOR programming, OOR data analytics, gift card and customer-service tracking and facilitation. She coordinates OOR meetings and works closely with Dr. Obasi on special projects. Contact: or 713-743-7432

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