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GREAT Graduate Training Section Leadership & Committees

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee manages the affairs of the Section and approves all committee appointments.


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

Members at Large

Nicquet Blake, PhD
Vice Provost, Student Academic Affairs
Dean, Graduate Division
University of California San Francisco

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

Mary Ellen Lane, PhD
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Neurobiology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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 of the College of Graduate Studies
Hirschmann Endowed Professor
Depts of Microbiology & Immunology       
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Medical University of South Carolina

PhD Outreach Committee

The PhD Outreach Committee was developed to provide educational and career resources to students interested in biomedical science careers.


Nicquet Blake, PhD
Vice Provost, Student Academic Affairs
Dean, Graduate Division
University of California San Francisco

Patricia Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean for Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University

Members at Large

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

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

Colin Campbell, PhD
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, PhD
Director, Postbac and Summer Research Program
National Institute of Health

Victoria Freedman, PhD 
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

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

Nancy B. Schwartz, PhD
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, PhD
Director, Office of Professional Development
University of Minnesota Medical School

Linda Sealy, PhD
Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Nancy Street, PhD
Associate Dean, Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Professor, Microbiology
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

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

David Van Vactor, PhD
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, PhD
Associate Dean for Training & Program Development, Division of Biology & Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medical Science
Director, Office of University Postdoctoral Affairs
Brown University

Cynthia Wright, PhD
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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