I earned my PhD in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998, and began writing and editing full time after completing an NRSA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.
I have edited more than 100 R01, R03, and R21 grant proposals for the NIH since 2003. While I cannot guarantee your success in achieving funding, I can ensure your science is understood and communicated effectively to the appropriate study section by combining my scientific knowledge, critical thinking, and expertise in grammar. In addition, I have edited multiple PI and center proposals for various institutes. Please contact me directly for a list of referrals.
I have been an active member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) since 2003 and have served in various volunteer leadership positions, including Southwest Chapter assistant program chair (2007), Southwest Chapter president (2009), AMWA Administrator of Web and Information Technology (2011-2013), Online Community (2014), and Education (2014-2016). I lead roundtable discussions on what grantsmanship is and how editors can help grant writers understand its value.
I am a board-certified Editor in Life Science (ELS, 2010) and hold both the AMWA Core and Advanced Certificates in continuing education for medical communicators.
Kristina has edited several of my NIH grants and each time she has significantly improved it. She has made each paragraph and figure legend clearer and easier to read. She also reorganized sections of the grant to make them flow better. Over the past few years, I have secured 2 new R01s and 3 R21 grants, and Kristina has played an invaluable role in each grant’s success. I wouldn’t think of submitting a grant without her reading it over.
Professor, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
I just wanted to let you know that our resubmission got a perfect score of the first percentile with impact score of 10. Your review made it a better application and helped tremendously in getting it funded. We will certainly use your talents for future grants, which we are already thinking about!
John Leddy, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Your data tell a story.
My goal is to ensure your story is translated into clear and effective communications to meet your audience's needs.
Your science made clear.
We recruited Dr. Wasson-Blader as our grant writer for a NIH P41 Center application. Without her support this complex proposal would not have been submitted. Dr. Wasson-Blader excelled with her proactive and independent style that made her a member of the grant preparer leadership team in a very short time. She engaged intellectually with the scope of the center and ended up drafting numerous documents without initial outline from the PIs, bringing to bear her experience with similar applications. Moreover, when it came to crunch time, she was with us at inconvenient hours. We felt, she was equally motivated to submit this monster application as any of us was. We are very grateful for her efforts and certainly look forward to new opportunities for collaboration.