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Molly Losh, PhD
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Molly Losh is the Jo Ann G. and Peter F. Dolle Professor of Learning Disabilities in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, with a specific focus on understanding the basis of language and communication impairments that span diagnostic boundaries. Work from her lab has helped to identify key cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the social-communicative impairments in autism, in order to bridge gaps between observable clinical behaviors and underlying biology, necessary for understanding the causes of autism and related conditions. Molly provides oversight for the SoC research office. She works on SoC research policy and is the research compliance officer for the School of Communication. She can provide support for issues involving the IRB, INVO, Sponsored Research, and the University Library. She administers the SoC internal grant programs, EREA, and helps identify funding sources for faculty and graduate students.

Sheri Carsello, MA, CRA
Assistant Dean for Research

Sheri Carsello, M.A., CRA, is the Assistant Dean for Research at the School of Communication. She received her M.A. in production from SoC’s Department of Radio, Television and Film. Active in the field of sponsored research administration for more than 25 years, she held positions at the Program of African Studies (PAS), Accounting Services Research and Sponsored Programs (ASRSP), and the Sponsored Research (SR) office. Sheri has served on numerous sponsored project pilot and advisory committees at NU and is an active member of the Northwestern University Research Administration Leadership (NU RAL) group headed by the SR Executive Director. She supports faculty proposal development, annual reporting, effort reporting (CS&D), and grant compliance. Contact Sheri to help problem-solve your sponsor project complex issues.

Marysia  Galent, CRA
Senior Research Administrator

Marysia Galent, CRA, is a Research Administrator at the School of Communication. She is an expert on post-award activities and compliance, currently managing over forty projects for the School of Communication and submitting over a third of SOC proposals for external funding. She has experience with grants provided by federal agencies, such as: NIH, NSF, NASA, DoD, NEA, NEH, as well as foundations and corporations. Fascinated by scientific research activities within her home school, Marysia actively shares her knowledge and expertise within Northwestern’s research administration community. She is an active member of NURAP (Northwestern University Research Administration Professionals) and Post-Award Work Group. She has over sixteen years of grants management experience for non-profit and higher education institutions, and has been supporting School of Communication for more than eight years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from the University of Colorado, Denver.

In her current role, Marysia is responsible for proposal submission, post-award activities, and effort reporting. You may also contact her for assistance with annual/progress reports, biosketches and research support documents.

Anuradha (Annie) Rajurkar, MS
Program Coordinator of Research & Graduate Studies

Anuradha Rajurkar joined the School of Communication’s Office of the Dean in 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Education, both from Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern as Program Coordinator, she was an educator for thirteen years, eight of them as the department head of a math intervention program at a Milwaukee area public school. In 2021, Anuradha published her award-winning young adult debut, American Betiya (Knopf), which was honored by the American Library Association as a YALSA Best Book of 2022 and was on Cosmopolitan’s “Best 125 YA Books of All Time” list. Her next novel, a gothic thriller entitled Temporary Bodies, will be published by Knopf in summer of 2024.

Anuradha assists with the identification of new funding opportunities, the creation of a quarterly newsletter, and website support and maintenance. She provides administrative support related to banked quarter/advanced quarter requests, quarterly reconciliation, progress reports, and research support documents. She spends half-time supporting SoC’s Research Administration, and the other half with Graduate Studies.