Christopher M. Weghorst, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Christopher Weghorst works collaboratively with individual faculty members, divisions, and centers to advance the college's research mission. He directs the work of the Office of Research. Weghorst earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Pathology) from the Medical College of Ohio. He has a distinguished record of research, including advances in food-based cancer prevention and cancer genetics.
You can reach Chris at (614) 247-4942 or weghorst [dot] 2osu [dot] edu.
Staska Keefer, Director, Office of Research
Staska directs grant activities for the Office of Research. She leads pre-award services for the office and manages the large tobacco research center grant. She identifies and disseminates research funding opportunities, assists faculty with grantsmanship strategies, develops and analyzes budgets, advises investigators on project administration, and provides direction to other college grants staff.
You can reach Staska at 247-8328, in Cunz Hall Room 259, or at keefer [dot] 52osu [dot] edu.
For help with post-award research support, contact Scot Erbe, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Scot leads post-award grants management for the college, including compliance and laboratory safety and operations. He assists investigators with project administration and is our resident expert on non-personnel project expenditures such as sub-contracts, foreign subawards, purchase orders and consultant agreements. Scot has been an employee of Ohio State since 1999, previously worked in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Genetics as a laboratory manager, and earned his BA in Zoology from Ohio State.
You can reach Scot at 247-8727, in Cunz Hall Room 266, or at erbe [dot] 7osu [dot] edu.
For help with pre-award research support, please contact Mischa Hitchcock, Grants and Contracts Specialist
Mischa provides pre-award grants management for the college, including proposal and budget development, internal approvals, and final submission. Prior to joining Ohio State, Mischa was a Grants Specialist at the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where she served for nine years. Prior to that she worked at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Franklin County Adult Probation Department, and the Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility. She has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University.
You can reach Mischa at 247-4245, in Cunz Hall Room 265, or at hitchcock [dot] 224osu [dot] edu.
Training for Researchers
The Office of Research offers comprehensive training and education programs to meet the research needs of key personnel (faculty, staff, post docs, students) involved in the conduct of research at Ohio State. These programs are structured to provide key personnel with a better understanding of the research requirements, policies, and administrative processes that impact the research enterprise. Web-based training, workshops, seminars, and presentations related to responsible research practices, financial stewardship, research compliance issues, commercialization of intellectual property, electronic research administration tools, and other aspects of research administration are provided here.
Additional support materials for College of Public Health faculty and staff are available on the following sites: