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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee manages the affairs of the Group and approves all committee appointments. This committee meets two times a year; once in Washington, D.C., and once at the Group Annual Meeting.


Terri O'Brien, PhD 
Associate Chancellor & Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine 

Past Chair

Linda Hyman, PhD 
Director of Education
Marine Biological Laboratory
Associate Provost, Graduate Medical 
Boston University School of Medicine

Members at Large

Nicquet Blake, PhD
Associate Dean, Admissions
UT Health San Antonio

Patrick Brandt, PhD
Director of Career Development and Training
Director of Science Outreach
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Allison D. Fryer, MSc, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Oregon Health and Science University

Louis B. Justement, PhD
Professor of Microbiology 
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Charles H. Lang, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Distinguished Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Distinguished Professor, Department of Surgery
Penn State College Medicine

Shoba Subramanian, PhD
Director of Curriculum and Educational Initiatives
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Physiology
Adjunct Lecturer, Cell & Developmental Biology
University of Michigan Medical School

Paula Traktman, PhD 
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

MD-PhD Section Officers

Jose Cavazos, MD, PhD – Chair
Assistant Dean and Director for the MD/PhD Program
University of Texas Health at San Antonio

Barbara Kazmierczak, MD, PhD, MS – Past Chair
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Postdoctorate Leaders Section Officers

Linda M. McManus, PhD – Chair
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Pathology
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Texas Health San Antonio

Lou Ann Brown, PhD – Past Chair
Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Education
Emory University School of Medicine

COD Liaison

Bradley Britigan, MD 
Dean, College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center 

CFAS Liaison

Gabriela Popescu, PhD
Professor Biochemistry, Anesthesiology, Neuroscience
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical 
Sciences at the University at Buffalo

PhD Outreach Committee

The Ph.D. Outreach Committee was developed to provided educational and career resources to students interested in biomedical science careers.

Patricia Cameron, Ph.D. - Co-chair
Vice Dean for Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University

Nancy Street, Ph.D. - Co-chair
Associate Dean, Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Professor, Microbiology
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

Victoria Freedman, Ph.D. 
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Nicole Beason, MS
Associate Director, Research Infrastructure
West Virginia University Health System

Joseph T. Barbieri, Ph.D. – MD-PhD Communications Committee Liaison
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Medical College of Wisconsin

Sherilynn J. Black, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity
Asst. Professor of the Practice, Medical Education
Duke University School of Medicine

Nicquet Blake, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Admissions
UT Health San Antonio

Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota Medical School

Yewon Cheon, Ph.D.
Director, Postbac and Summer Research Program
National Institute of Health

Ronald J. Heustis, Ph.D.
Director of Student Development and Training Evaluation, Program in Graduate Education
Lecturer on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

Lisa Salati, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Nancy B. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
Co-Director, Office of Graduate Affairs
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Director of the Kennedy Center
University of Chicago
The Pritzker School of Medicine

Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Professional Development
University of Minnesota Medical School

Linda Sealy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Cheryl L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Educational Initiatives, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

David Van Vactor, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology
Program Director/PI of Molecular Cellular and Development Dynamics T32
Faculty Director of Harvard Curriculum Fellows Program
Harvard Medical School

Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
Director, Education and Training at VTC Research Institute
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Development, College of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

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