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TWD 2019 Speakers/Presenters
(listed in alphabetical order by last name; Updated: 06/19/19)

Joey Barnett, PhDJoey Barnett, Ph.D., is a Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Barnett received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship and served as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School before returning to Vanderbilt. For over 25 years he has taught in courses, mentored students in the laboratory, participated in the evaluation of training programs, and developed and led innovative educational programs. He has directed NIH-funded pre- and postdoctoral training programs in Pharmacology, helped establish and co-direct Vanderbilt’s HHMI-funded Program in Molecular Medicine, and developed a joint Pharm.D., Ph.D. program with Lipscomb University. As Assistant Dean of Physician Researcher Training he developed and now oversees the required 4-year research curriculum for medical students. In 2005, he established the biennial National Meeting of Directors of Graduate Study in Pharmacology and Physiology. He reviewed training programs for NIGMS from 2009-14 and now chairs the NICHD T32 study section. He is an active member of ORPHEUS which advances Ph.D. training guidelines for the European Higher Education Area. Dr. Barnett serves on the FASEB Training Committee and the Executive Committee of ASPET’s Division of Pharmacology Education. In 2017 he was awarded the American Heart Association’s Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award for developing a research mentoring partnership with minority serving institutions. His exploration of the molecular and genetic pathways that regulate formation of the cardiovascular system were recognized by election as an AAAS Fellow in 2015.

Sherilynn Black, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley Brennan, PhD.

Andrew G. Campbell, PhDAndrew G. Campbell, Ph.D., is the fifteenth dean of the Graduate School of Brown University. His term began on July 1, 2016. 

Dean Campbell is responsible for engaging and supporting more than 2,600 students enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs in more than 40 departments, centers and institutes, including the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies.

A Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, his research focuses on microbial diseases, particularly infectious diseases in neglected populations and regions. He has taught and advised Brown undergraduate and graduate students since his 1994 faculty appointment and has served as director of the University’s pathobiology program and the Marine Biological Laboratory graduate program. He is currently principal investigator of two federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and he leads the NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development in Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine, a program found to have significantly improved recruiting and performance of underrepresented minority students in doctoral programs. 

Campbell was educated at York College, City University of New York (biology, 1981), earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (biology, 1987) and completed postdoctoral training at UCLA and at the University of California, San Francisco.  

Campbell is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, American Foundations for AIDS Research Investigator Award, Harriet W. Sheridan Center Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning at Brown University, and Brown’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance. His national engagement includes service to the NIH, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Meyerhoff Adaptation Program advisory board as well as several professional societies.  He is a Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology and was also recently appointed to serve as member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools.

At Brown University, his past service includes the role of chair of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board, vice chair of the University Resources Committee, and co-chair of the strategic planning committee for the current Brown Center for Students of Color.

Roger Chalkley, Ph.D.

Gabriela Chavira, PhDGabriela Chavira, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology at California State University Northridge (CSUN). She her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Currently, she is a principal investigator and student training core co-director of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) undergraduate research training program, BUILD PODER, aimed at preparing historically underrepresented students for graduate studies. She uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to engage diverse students, who would traditionally have not engaged in biomedical research, to major in biological, social and health sciences in order to increase the biomedical workforce. Her research is interdisciplinary examining the factors contributing to the wellbeing and achievement of immigrant youth in the US. She has served on SRA’s Diversity and Equity and Social Policy committees and is currently is on the editorial board of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Melanie Cooper, PhDMelanie M. Cooper, Ph.D., is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Her research has focused on improving teaching and learning in large enrollment general and organic chemistry courses at the college level, and she is a proponent of evidence-based curriculum reform and assessment. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was a member of the National Academies of Science Advisory Board on Science Education (BOSE). She has received a number of awards including the American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research on Teaching and Learning in Chemistry (2014), the Norris award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching of Chemistry (2013), and the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teaching (2011), and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the University of South Florida (2016). She earned her B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.

Tiera S. Coston, J.D., Ph.D.

Carlos Crespo, DrPH, MS, FACSMCarlos Crespo, Dr.P.H., M.S., FACSM, is Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at Portland State University. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University.  Previous work experience includes working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the National Center for Health Statistics and as a public health analyst for the National Institutes of Health. His main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases and research on minority health issues. He lists more than 100 publications and has been a contributing author to five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine, and more than 10 government publications, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health.  He received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign, and in 2003 became a Minority Health Scholar from the National Institutes of Health.  He is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Urban and Health Sustainability, Oregon Health Policy Board and is emeritus board member of the American Council on Exercise and the Oregon Public Health Institute.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine and in the Advisory Committee for the Community Guide for Physical Activity and the Built Environment for CDC. He is also in the Editorial Board of the Journal Cities and Health.

Erin Dolan, PhDErin Dolan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia ( As a graduate student in Neuroscience at University of California San Francisco, she volunteered extensively in K-12 schools, which prompted her to pursue a career in biology education. She teaches introductory biology and biochemistry, and her research group studies undergraduate research experiences and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate researchers in the life sciences, especially related to students’ psychosocial and sociocultural development. She has designed and led a wide range of professional development on active learning and mentoring, including intensive sessions for faculty to develop course-based undergraduate research experiences. Her group’s research and programming has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the leading biology education journal, CBE – Life Sciences Education (

Lourdes Echegoyen, PhDLourdes E. Echegoyen, Ph.D., is the 2010 founding director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). COURI’s mission is to provide undergraduate students with impactful learning experiences through research, scholarly and creative activities, under the mentorship of faculty, and in collaboration with UTEP academic leaders, advisors and other supporting units. Dr. Echegoyen has 17 years of experience directing externally funded undergraduate research programs. Since her arrival at UTEP, Dr. Echegoyen has received several awards as PI or Co-PI from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Department of Energy, all of which are focused on undergraduate research training in the sciences and engineering. She has led several initiatives at UTEP, including a Freshman Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS), an undergraduate research tracking system at the campus-wide level, a series of professional development workshops for undergraduate researchers, and the use of a large portion of the funds from the on-campus student employment program to financially support undergraduate researchers from all disciplines, regardless of citizenship status.

In the past 5 years, a multi-million dollar project, funded by the National Institutes of Health in 2015 as part of their Diversity Program Consortium, has allowed Lourdes and her team of multiple PIs to develop the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center at UTEP. The center has implemented institutional, faculty and student development programs that are positively transforming the training of the next generation of biomedical researchers from the US Southwest region. In 2018, Dr. Echegoyen led conversations with UTEP higher administrators that led to their commitment to sustain center programs that have demonstrated successful outcomes.

Lourdes is an avid hiker, has traveled around the world, and is passionate about many things, including her family, her work, science, nature, democracy, education, international cooperation through research, and dancing.

Edgardo Falcón-Morales, PhD Edgardo Falcón-Morales, PhD., is a neuroscientist and program director in the Postdoctoral Training Branch of the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. He manages the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25 program, Research on Interventions (R01), Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) grants, and the NIH Diversity Program Consortium’s National Research Mentoring Network​. Before joining NIGMS, Falcón-Morales was a health program specialist in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Prior to that, Falcón-Morales conducted postd​octoral research at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhDCynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D., is Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.  She has 15 years of experience directing programs in professional skills training and career planning for early-career biomedical scientists, including at University of California San Francisco (where she established UCSF’s Preparing Future Faculty program) and at UMassMed. She founded and directs UMassMed’s Center for Biomedical Career Development, which serves the campus’s ~600 graduate students and postdocs while acting as a scholarly incubator for educational approaches in PhD career development.  Her work in this area has been funded by the NIH, NSF, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Fuhrmann’s 2011 study on the career interests of biomedical PhD students contributed to the growing national dialog about the training needs of PhD scientists. She co-authored myIDP, an interactive career-planning website hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and continues scholarship in the use of Individual Development Plans. She serves on advisory boards for the Association of American Universities’ PhD Education Initiative, the Texas A&M AGEP Alliance, UMassMed’s IMSD and PREP programs, and various T32 programs. She is active in the Graduate Career Consortium, AAMC GREAT Group, and NIH BEST Consortium, and engaged in national initiatives to bring together stakeholders to further advance PhD career development in the sciences. Fuhrmann holds a BS in Chemistry from University of California Davis and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF.

Alison Gammie PhDAlison Gammie, Ph.D., is director of the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, which supports the Institute's research training, career development and diversity-building activities through a number of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty levels.

Prior to joining NIGMS, Gammie served as a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Princeton University, where she also directed the university's Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment in Molecular and Quantitative Biology and its Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative Biology. She was also an associate clinical member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Her research focused on understanding how defects in DNA mismatch repair lead to cancer.


Gammie earned a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Oregon Health Sciences University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University.

Bennett Goldberg, PhD Bennett B. Goldberg, Ph.D., was born in Boston, MA in 1959, and is a life-long Red Sox fan. He received a B.A from Harvard College in 1982, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1984 and 1987. Following a Bantrell Post-doctoral appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab, he joined the physics faculty at Boston University in 1989 and was appointed as Director of STEM Education Initiatives in 2012. He joined Northwestern University in August 2016 as the new Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Assistant Provost for Learning and Teaching, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a United Methodist Teacher/Scholar of the Year, has been awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigators Award.

At Boston University, Goldberg became a Professor of Physics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Education, and Professor of Graduate Medical Sciences. He was chair of the Physics Department, Director and founder of Boston University's Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology, and Director and founder of BU’s nanomedicine program. Goldberg was the inaugural Director of STEM Education Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, working with colleges, departments, and faculty in transforming courses to increase the amount of evidence-based and active-learning in STEM instruction, as well as to develop and implement training in teaching and learning for STEM PhDs and postdocs — our nation’s future faculty — and in creating classrooms that are inclusive to a diverse student body.

Goldberg’s research interests are in the areas of nano-optics and spectroscopy of two-dimensional crystals, exploring strain and friction in single-atom-thick layers. He is engaged in projects in near-field and solid immersion imaging, using super-resolution techniques to break the diffraction limit, and imaging through strongly scattering media like tissue and rock; and active research on novel approaches to subcellular imaging, biosensors, and single-virus imaging.

Nationally, Goldberg has been active in building a network of universities preparing future faculty to be excellent researchers and excellent teachers, has co-authored two massive open online courses (MOOCs) for PhDs and postdocs on STEM learning and teaching, and is involved in bringing together cross-sector organizations to scale effective strategies for increasing access to higher education for underrepresented groups.

Sarah Goodwin, PhDSarah Goodwin, Ph.D., is a leader in science communication, training, and education. As the founding Executive Director of iBiology, she has worked with hundreds of scientists from around the world to help communicate their research and interests to a diverse and growing global audience. As the PI for an NIGMS IPERT grant, Sarah pioneered two innovative online courses for professional development of grad students and postdocs, “Planning Your Scientific Journey” and "Let’s Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench." She also served as producer and chief science advisor of the upcoming documentary about genome editing, “Human Nature.” Sarah received her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of California, San Francisco.


Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Ph.D.

Joshua Hall, Ph.D.

Isabel Lauren Jackson, Ph.D.

King Jordan, PhDKing Jordan, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and Director of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He received a BA in Biology from the University of Colorado (1992) and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia (1998).  Before coming to Georgia Tech in 2006, Dr. Jordan worked at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the bioinformatics division of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Members of Dr. Jordan’s laboratory at Georgia Tech ( conduct bioinformatics research with an emphasis on the analysis of ‘big data’ for understanding the molecular genetic determinants of human health.  His group’s research efforts involve both the development and application of computational tools specifically tailored for genome sequence and functional genomic analyses.  Dr. Jordan is also actively engaged in the development of bioinformatics and genomics capacity in Latin America.  He was named a Fulbright fellow to Colombia in 2012 and 2016, and he is the Co-Founder and Director of the PanAmerican Bioinformatics Network (

Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

Jon R. Lorsch, PhDJon Lorsch, Ph.D., became the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in August 2013.  In this position, Lorsch oversees the Institute's $2.5 billion budget, which supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  Lorsch came to NIGMS from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was a professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1999 and became a full professor in 2009. A leader in RNA biology, Lorsch studies the initiation of translation, a major step in controlling how genes are expressed. When this process goes awry, viral infection, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer can result. To dissect the mechanics of translation initiation, Lorsch and collaborators developed a yeast-based system and a wide variety of biochemical and biophysical methods. The work also has led to efforts to control translation initiation through chemical reagents, such as drugs. Lorsch continues this research as a tenured investigator in the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Lorsch received a B.A. in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1995, where he worked in the laboratory of Jack Szostak, Ph.D. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the laboratory of Daniel Herschlag, Ph.D.Lorsch is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters and other papers. He has also been the editor of six volumes of Methods in Enzymology and has been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He is the author on two awarded U.S. patents. His honors include six teaching awards from Johns Hopkins.

Lorsch's other activities have included membership on the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's mentoring committee, the RNA Society's board of directors and NIH review committees.

Since joining NIH, he has taken on several leadership roles, including serving on the NIH Scientific Data Council, Administrative Data Council and Extramural Activities Working Group, which he co-chairs.

P. Kay Lund, PhDP. Kay Lund, Ph.D., is Director of a new Division of Biomedical Research Workforce in the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The division has responsibilities for policy and extramural programs related to training, career development and diversity of the biomedical research workforce.  The division also performs research and economic analyses to predict workforce trends and future needs.

Dr. Lund joined NIH from a career in academia including appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has mentored large numbers of biomedical researchers from undergraduate students to faculty including Ph.D. and MD scientists.  Dr. Lund has published widely in her scientific discipline and has also written articles about broadening definitions of career outcomes for Ph.D. scientists see (The Flexible Ph.D. Gastroenterology, 203 125:1301).

Dr. Lund serves as co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Strengthening the Biomedical Workforce which advises on the BEST program geared towards Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training.

Kim McCall, Ph.D.

Richard (Rick) McGee, Ph.D.

Sharon L. Milgram, PhDSharon Milgram, Ph.D., received a B.S. in physical therapy from Temple University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Emory University in 1991. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994.

At UNC, Dr. Milgram rose to the rank of Full Professor with Tenure in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology. Dr. Milgram founded and advised the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Services and served on the advisory committee of the Sigma Xi National Postdoc Survey. In 2007 Dr. Milgram joined the NIH Office of the Director as the Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education. There she directs a trans-NIH Office dedicated to the career advancement of over 5000 trainees, ranging from high school and college students to postdoctoral and clinical fellows. Dr. Milgram frequently gives lectures on science careers, mentorship, leadership, and management in research environments.

Nancy P. Moreno, PhDNancy P. Moreno, Ph.D., is Associate Provost of Faculty Development and Institutional Research, and Professor of Health Professions and Family & Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Trained as a biologist, she has devoted most of her career to science and health education, and is Senior Associate Director of Baylor's Center for Educational Outreach. Her funded research has included development of interdisciplinary science educational materials, creation of local school and national partnerships to promote systemic change in STEM teaching and learning, and application of web-based technologies for educator support and professional development. Many of these efforts have been directed toward improving access by students at all levels to careers in STEM and the health professions. In her current role as Associate Provost, she guides career advancement, leadership development, educational innovation and recognition of Baylor faculty members. Dr. Moreno is principal investigator of education partnerships funded by the Science Education Partnership Award Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), BHP Billiton and Phillips 66, and has received support from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Space Biomedical Research Institute and National Science Foundation, among others. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2010 received the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, Baylor’s most prestigious award for faculty educational contributions. She received her Bachelor's degree in botany with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her Ph.D. in biology from Rice University.
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Christine Ortiz, Ph.D.

Christine Pfund, PhDChristine Pfund, Ph.D., is a senior scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Dr. Pfund earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, followed by post-doctoral research in Plant Pathology, both at University of Wisconsin-Madison. For almost a decade, Dr. Pfund served as the Associate Director of the Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning and the co-Director of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching helping to train future faculty to become better more effective teachers. Dr. Pfund is now conducting research with several programs across the UW campus including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Center for Women’s Health Research. Her work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying interventions to optimize research mentoring relationships across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Pfund co-authored the original Entering Mentoring curriculum and co-authored several papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Currently, Dr. Pfund is co-leading two studies focused on the impact of training on both mentors and mentees and understanding specific factors in mentoring relationships that account for positive student outcomes. Dr. Pfund is one of the principal investigators of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). She is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research at UW-Madison (CIMER). She is currently serving on a committee of the National Academies to explore the science of effective mentoring in STEMM.

Rajini Rao, Ph.D.

Michael Sesma PhDMichael Sesma, Ph.D., is chief of the Postdoctoral Training Branch in the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where he oversees postdoctoral programs for research training, postdoctoral fellowship, career development programs, as well as the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) and workforce modeling programs. Sesma returned to NIGMS after a 10-year career at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he was chief of the Research Scientist Development Program in the Office for Special Populations. Before that, he was a scientific review administrator in the NIGMS Office of Scientific Review and a program director in the Institute's Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Sesma earned a B.A. in biology and psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He conducted postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt University.

Jason Sheltzer, Ph.D.

Shiva Singh PhDShiva Singh, Ph.D., is chief of the Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch in the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD). This branch supports predoctoral T32 training programs, predoctoral F30 and F31 fellowships, and a broad array of undergraduate and graduate student development programs. Singh currently administers a portfolio of institutional research training grants at the interface of the behavioral and biomedical sciences. Previously, he managed several other programs in TWD as well as research grants in the areas of host-microbe symbiotic relationships, microbial community ecology and adaptive responses to stress in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology. He also oversaw systems biology, scientific workforce modeling and complex biological systems modeling grants in the Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Singh was chair of the department of biological sciences and director of biomedical research and training programs at Alabama State University. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in plant sciences from Pant University of Agriculture and Technology and a Ph.D. in microbiology from Auburn University. He conducted postdoctoral research at Auburn University and Argonne National Laboratory.

Ann Stock PhDAnn Stock, Ph.D., is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Resident Member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). Together with Martin Yarmush, M.D., Ph.D., she co-directs the Rutgers Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology. Dr. Stock's research on bacterial signal transduction has been funded by the NIH, NSF, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other foundations. She is an Editor for Journal of Bacteriology, Advisory Board and Editorial Board Member for PLoS Biology, and Faculty Member of F1000.  Dr. Stock is a member of the Peer Review Committee for the Life Sciences Research Foundation and chair of the External Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma COBRE in Structural Biology at the University of Oklahoma.  She has served on NIH and NSF review panels, including as member and chair of the NIH-NIDCR Board of Scientific Counselors.  She served on the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Education and Professional Development Committee for more than 10 years and currently serves on the ASBMB subcommittee for Accreditation of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Programs and on the FASEB subcommittee on Training and Career Opportunities for Scientists.
Dr. Stock obtained an A.B. in Biochemistry in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Biochemistry in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley.  She did postdoctoral work as a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow at Princeton University and as a Lucille P. Markey Scholar at Brandeis University before joining the CABM at Rutgers University in 1991. 

Susan Strome PhDSusan Strome, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmenal (MCD) Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz.  Her lab’s research focuses on chromatin-based epigenetic inheritance, using C. elegans as a model.  She is the Chair of the MCD Biology Graduate Advising Committee and Director of the NIH T32 Training Program in MCD Biology.

Joann Trejo, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Linda Tunstad, Ph.D.

Maria da Graça Vicente PhDMaria da Graça Vicente, Ph.D.,  is the Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She is also the Program Director for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program at LSU, and in 2016 she was named a Distinguished Research Master in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Louisiana State University. Dr. Vicente is co-author of twelve book chapters, 200 peer-reviewed publications and 4 patents. She has been honored with several awards, including the 2015 LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and most recently a 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Elizabeth Watkins, PhDElizabeth Watkins, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.  She came to UCSF in 2004 and has served as dean since 2012 and as vice chancellor since 2013.  As dean, she serves as the chief academic officer for UCSF’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. As vice chancellor, she oversees career and professional development, disability services, educational technology services, financial aid, first generation to college support, institutional research, international services, learning resources, registrar, student government, student health and counseling, student information systems, student life, and veterans support.
Watkins earned her B.A. in biology and her Ph.D. in history of science at Harvard.  She is the author or co-editor of five books and numerous articles on the history of birth control, sex hormones, and pharmaceuticals. Her work has been funded by NIH, NSF, NEH, and the National Academy of Education.
As dean, Watkins has implemented new programs to build community and to improve the graduate student experience, and she has overseen the establishment and growth of an $80 million endowment for basic science Ph.D. students. Watkins is dedicated to broadening diversity and fostering inclusion in graduate education, and serves as PI on UCSF’s NIGMS IMSD grant. She is very interested in supporting graduate students and postdocs in meaningful career exploration and development, and she co-leads the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science.

Marenda Wilson-Pham, PhDMarenda Wilson-Pham, Ph.D., earned her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2013, Dr. Wilson-Pham joined the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School (GSBS) Deans’ Office to assist in improving the recruitment and retention rates of underrepresented minority students through retention and bilateral recruitment programming. In 2015, she became the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Alumni Affairs where she was responsible for strategic planning and implementation of diversity and recruitment programs, management and support of student organizations, and alumni engagement and programming.  During her time at the GSBS she published two peer-reviewed manuscripts in CBE Life Sciences Education titled “Institutional Interventions that Remove Barriers to Recruit and Retain Diverse Biomedical PhD Students” and “A Model for Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions that Decouples the GRE from Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.”  Dr. Wilson-Pham is currently the Associate Dean at Rush University Graduate College with a purview over academic affairs, curriculum, and admissions.

Carrie D. Wolinetz, PhDCarrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Science Policy and Director of the Office of Science Policy (OSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As leader of OSP, she advises the NIH Director on science policy matters of significance to the agency, the research community, and the public, on a wide range of issues including human subjects protections, biosecurity, biosafety, genomic data sharing, regenerative medicine, the organization and management of NIH, and the outputs and values of NIH-funded research. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Wolinetz worked on biomedical research policy issues as the Deputy Director for Federal Affairs at the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She also served as the President of United for Medical Research, a leading NIH advocacy coalition. Outside of NIH, Dr. Wolinetz teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service’s program on Science, Technology & International Affairs. She has a BS in animal science from Cornell University, and she received her PhD in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University, where her area of research was reproductive physiology.


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