CSR News Flash Contact:
June 21, 2018 CSR Press Office
Center for Scientific Review 301-435-1111
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Kathryn Koeller has been selected to become an Associate Director of CSR’s Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR). She also will serve as CSR’s Review/Research Integrity Officer. She has been an Assistant Director of this Division since 2016.
“Katie has been an outstanding member of the DRR team,” said CSR Acting Director Dr. Noni Byrnes. “Her top-notch analytical skills will be essential to succeeding in this position. In addition, her 12-year tenure as a CSR Scientific Review Officer make her well-suited to handle allegations of both research and review integrity violations. Ensuring the integrity of NIH peer review is central to our mission to convene fair and expert reviews so NIH can fund the most promising research.”
Prior to joining DRR, Dr. Koeller served as a Scientific Review Officer in CSR’s Biological Chemistry and Macromolecular Biophysics Integrated Review Group, where she primarily ran the Synthetic and Biological Chemistry B study section. Before coming to CSR, she was an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Washington-Seattle. Dr. Koeller holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, where her graduate research focused on chemical and enzymatic synthesis of complex oligosaccharides, glycopeptides, and aminoglycoside antibiotics. During post-doctoral research in chemical biology at Harvard University, she pursued cell-based screening approaches toward the discovery of small molecules modulators of nuclear and cytoplasmic histone deacetylase function.
CSR organizes the peer review groups that evaluate most of the grant applications submitted to NIH. These groups include experienced and respected researchers from across the country and abroad. Since 1946, CSR’s mission has been to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews — free from inappropriate influences — so NIH can fund the most promising research. CSR also receives all incoming applications and assigns them to the NIH institutes and centers that fund grants. For more information, go to CSR’s Web site—http://www.csr.nih.gov—or phone 301-435-1111.
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