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  • Affinity Group

    Leadership - GRAND

    Steering Committee


    Reginald Miller, DVM
    Dean for Research Operations & Infrastructure
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


    Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD
    Senior Vice Dean for Research
    Professor at Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Immediate Past Chair

    Kenira Thompson, PhD
    Dean of Research & President of the Ponce Research Institute
    Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine

    Members at Large

    Corey C. Ford, MD, PhD
    Sr. Associate Dean for Research
    Professor of Neurology
    UNM Health Sciences Center
    University of New Mexico

    Howard Fox, MD, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean of Research
    Development Professor
    Executive Vice Chair, Pharmacology
    University of Nebraska College of Medicine

    Andrea Guiffrida, PhD
    Vice President for Research
    UT Health Science Center San Antonio

    Paul Hauptman, MD
    Dean of UT Graduate School of Medicine
    University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

    Connie M. Lee PhD
    Associate Dean for Basic Science
    University of Chicago

    Celia Maxwell, MD, FACP
    Associate Dean for Research
    Howard University

    Emma Meagher, MD
    Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology
    Vice Dean & Chief Clinical Research Officer
    Senior Assoc. Vice Provost Human Research
    Assoc. Dean Master’s and Cert Programs
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

    Lee Nadler, MD
    Dean for Clinical & Translational Research
    Harvard Medical School

    Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH
    Associate Provost for Research
    Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
    Professor of Medicine, Lady Riders Prof. of Breast Cancer Research
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Andrew Tayor, PhD
    Associate Dean of Research
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Sheila Vrana, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

    Theodore (Ted) Wun, MD, FACP
    Professor of Medicine
    Chief- Division of Hematology and Oncology
    Associate Dean for Research
    UC Davis School of Medicine

    Program Committee Liaisons

    Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD
    Senior Vice President for Research Affairs, Touro University
    Vice President for Research, New York Medical College
    Professor of Pharmacology and Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College
    Professor of Dental Medicine, Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC

    Madhavi Kadakia, PhD
    Chair and Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Associate Dean for Research Affairs
    Wright State University School of Medicine

    Meharvan (Sonny) Singh, PhD
    Vice Provost for Research
    Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
    Stritch School of Medicine
    Loyola University of Chicago

    COD Liaison

    E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA 
    Vice President for Medical Affairs
    Dean, School of Medicine
    John Z. & Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor 
    University of Maryland

    CFAS Liaison

    Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD
    Associate Professor Biochemistry; Anesthesiology; Neuroscience
    Director of Graduate Affairs, Department of Biochemistry
    UB Senator, Faculty Senate Executive Board|
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo