About Our Instructors
Our instructors have a minimum of ten years experience in successful grant proposal writing, strategic grant planning for diverse donors and in many cases have effectively taken organizations through audits. Each is knowledgeable of the current guidelines in proposal development and submissions. Many have served as evaluators of grant proposals in health related fields, science, education, technology, environmental studies, interdisciplinary programs, homeland security, and the arts. Most importantly, all comprehend the magnitude and significance of what it takes to initiate, visualize, develop and implement the proposals that make a difference for one's research, department, and organization.
We understand that to conduct a training workshop takes more than expertise; it takes the ability to relate to the needs and interests of our participants in an interactive and productive workshop. Our trainers excel in understanding the individual needs of our participants.
Dr. Mathilda Harris - Executive Director
Dr. Mathilda (Tillie) Harris holds a doctorate from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), a Master of Arts degree from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California (Berkeley, California).
During the past eighteen years she has written grants, conducted capital campaigns, developed strategic plans on grant procurement and assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private, foundation and multi-lateral donors.
She has conducted national and international workshops on grant planning, writing, development and procurement at such universities as Ohio State University, Duke University, University of North Carolina, Carnegie Mellon University, University of London, the University of New South Wales (Australia), the University of Ottawa and various other Canadian, European, South American and Asian universities and non-profit organizations.
She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Dr. Henry L. Bart
Dr. Henry L. Bart is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. He has served as a member of the Tulane faculty since 1992. He received a B.S. and M.S. (Biology) from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bart is director of Tulane’s Biodiversity Research Institute and curator of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at Tulane. He serves on boards and steering committees of a number of professional organizations, has received numerous NSF research and infrastructure grants, and has served on several NSF advisory panels. Among the various grants that he has received from NSF is a grant to increase the number of minorities who ultimately pursue careers in academia.
Dr. Bart has published over 50 articles and book chapters on the biology of fishes. His most recent publications deal with taxonomy and relationships of cypriniform fishes. He uses both traditional morphological methods and molecular techniques in his studies of fishes.
Dr. Catherine Campbell
Dr. Campbell, obtained her B.S. from Cornell University, and her M.S. and PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Miami. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she has worked as a consultant to U.S. government clients for the past decade. She is currently a Principal Molecular Biologist with Noblis and has a decade of professional experience in bioinformatics, as well as substantial experience in bench research in molecular and microbiology. During her career she has focused on the analysis of population based experiments designed to study both human disease and animal models of disease. Recent projects have involved designing informatics systems for biodefense and in silico identification of medical countermeasures and pathogen identification.
Her research work has encompassed both laboratory experiments and statistical and bioinformatics analysis of several important diseases including Gaucher’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurofibromatosis.
Dr. Campbell has also served on many NIH review panels over the last decade spanning from SBIR reviews to reviews of large center grants.
Dr. Maria Esformes
Dr. Esformes received her B.A. from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado). Dr. Maria Esformes has lectured and taught for the Grant Training Center for four years. In her extensive career as an academic at such institutions as Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada she has written and received major research and programmatic grants from such donors as the Mellon Foundation, Skirball Foundation, Maurice Amado Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and various government grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Esformes has participated on many grant review panels for internal University grants and for government grants. Most recently she has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Robert Freishtat
Dr. Freishtat received his MD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1997 followed by pediatric and pediatric emergency medicine training at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC), respectively. During this time, he completed a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Freishtat is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Medical Center and the Departments of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Integrative Systems Biology in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. His research interests include systems biology investigations of childhood asthma and drug development for sepsis. Dr. Freishtat is a past recipient of a NIH K23 grant and his laboratory is currently funded by grants from NIH and foundations. Dr. Freishtat is the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation for Medical Research and an active member of the American Thoracic Society. He has authored over 40 articles and book chapters in the fields of asthma, sepsis, and emergency medicine and is on the editorial board and/or reviews for 8 different journals.
Aaron Hoel holds a Master of Arts degree from the University Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) and 3 Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa). He has experience working in all facets of sponsored programs management, from his experiences at the Library of Congress serving as the primary, federal sponsoring agency awarding grants and contracts, to working for a not-for-profit organization which served primarily as a pass-through agency for the administration of collaborative, international research grants, and currently as the Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Frostburg State University (Frostburg, Maryland).
He has conducted national and international workshops on grant planning, writing, development and procurement at such universities and institutions as Northern Virginia Community College, Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), the Georgian Research and Development Foundation (Georgia), the Qatar National Research Fund (Qatar) and various other European and Middle-Eastern universities and nonprofit organizations.
While having worked with dozens of federal and non-federal sponsors, he is most skilled at successful procurement of grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of State (including USAID and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Fatah Kasanchi
Dr. Fatah Kashanchi trained under the supervision of Dr. C. Wood who worked with Dr. Susumu Tonegawa (Nobel Laureate for Medicine, 1987) at MIT. Dr. Kashanchi further trained in Dr. John Brady’s lab at NIH/NCI from 1991-1998 and published more than 30 papers during his postdoc and senior investigator tenure. His research interests include both Genomics and Proteomics of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 infected cells. Research in Kashanchi’s lab has been funded by various internal and external sources including Selective Excellence, Keck, Snyder, Sinsheimer, Cyclacel, and more than 6 NIH grants, where he is the Principal investigator. Since his departure from NIH in 1998, Dr. Kashanchi has obtained $9.4 M of independent funding. He has 132 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 9 book chapters, is an NIH study section member (7 independent study sections), as well as reviewer for 14 different journals.
Dr. Cassandra Murphy
Dr. Cassandra Murphy holds a doctorate from the University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana), a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan). She has over seventeen years of experience in research administration and faculty development at Tulane University, Xavier University, and Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) where she currently is the Assistant Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
She has conducted workshops on grant writing and development, and has assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private and foundation sponsors.
Dr. Murphy has written grants and received over $12M in funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Health Professions, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and the Institute of International Education.
Dr. Ronald Sakaguchi
Dr. Ronald Sakaguchi is a Professor and Academic Director in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU, Portland, OR) where he teaches courses in innovation, critical thinking, and strategy. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the School of Dentistry at OHSU, and led seminars on time management and strategic planning.
Dr. Sakaguchi's research has been funded continuously by NIH since 1992, as well as industry and foundations. He has published 2 textbooks, over 50 scientific articles, over 65 abstracts and has presented at many scientific conferences and clinical study clubs. He was the editor for North American submissions to an international journal in materials science for 13 years. He has also served on scientific review panels for the NIH for more than 15 years. Dr. Sakaguchi was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ for five consecutive years and has received several other teaching and service awards.