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HBCU Scholars Mentorship

The beating heart of the program

Volunteer mentors are the “heart” of our HBCU Scholars Program. We know that their influence goes far beyond the time they spend with our scholars and will shape and mold the next generation of African American biomedical science and health care professionals.

Want to become a volunteer mentor? Email Dr. Charlene Walton for more information.

 

ALABAMA
Birmingham
Ryan Cantor, PhD, Lead Statistician, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Luqin Deng, PhD, Clinical Data Base Manager II, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Devin Koehl, MS Data Science, Database Analyst II, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
James K. Kirklin, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Director, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Brandon Singletary, PhD, Epidemiologist, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Tuscaloosa
Lilanta Joy Bradley, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Population Health, University of Alabama
Shameka Cody, MSN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama
Cassandra Ford, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, FAHA, Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama
Betty A. Key, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama
Tuskegee
Bruce F. Smith, VMD, PhD, Professor and Director, Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC), Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Angela Calderon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
Miranda Reed, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy and Co-Director, Center for Neuroscience Initiative, Auburn University
Austin Robinson, PhD, MS, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Director, Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory, Auburn University
FLORIDA
Tallahassee
Eugenia I. Flores Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BD, CDE, Co-founder and Associate Director, Center for Population Sciences and Health Equity, Associate Professor, Colleges of Nursing and Social Work, Florida State University and Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Department of Public Health, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
GEORGIA
Atlanta
Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Ihab Hajjar, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine
Manu Platt, PhD, Associate Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, Director, GT-ESTEEMED and Project ENGAGES, Co-Diversity Director, CMaT
Rakale Quarells, PhD, Associate Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Associate Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Arshed Quyyumi, MD, FACC, FRCP, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Emory University School of Medicine
Charles D. Searles, Jr., MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair, Research and Space Management; Director, Cardiology Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine
LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge
Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD, Associate Professor, Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health, Pennington Biotechnology Research Center, Louisiana State University
New Orleans
Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Bogalusa Heart Study, Tulane University School of Medicine
Prasad V.G. Katakam, MD, PhD, FCVS, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Sarah Lindsey, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Kevin Zwezdaryk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Shreveport
Steven R Bailey MD, MS, Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, Malcolm Feist Chair of Interventional Cardiology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport
MISSISSIPPI
Jackson
Clifton Addison, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Senior Research Scientist, Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center, Jackson State University School of Public Health
Denise C. Cornelius, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of Preclinical Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Marinelle Payton, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, Chair and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Director, Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Disparities, Director, Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center, Jackson State University School of Public Health
Edith Ezekwe, Dr.PH, MS, RDN, LDN, MT(ASCP), Epidemiologist, Field and Coordinating Centers, Jackson Heart Study, University of Mississippi Medical Center
NORTH CAROLINA
Greensboro and Winston-Salem
Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MEd, Professor, Social Sciences and Health Policy, Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Director, Office of Cancer Equity, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
TanYa Gwathmey-Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Departments of Implementation Science, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Family and Community Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Joseph Skelton, MD,MS, Professor, Pediatrics-Brenner-FIT and Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Lee Stoner, PhD, MPH, MA, Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Durham
G. Michael Felker, MD, MHS, Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Vice-Chief of Cardiology for Clinical Research and Director, Cardiovascular Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center
Li Qian, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Director of the McAllister Heart Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
 OHIO
 Dayton
 Eric S. Bennett, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
 Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
 Hongmei Ren, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Wright State University
 Clintoria Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia
Abbi Lane-Cordova, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Shawn Arent, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
TENNESSEE
Memphis
John Jefferies, MD, MPH, Jay Michael Sullivan Distinguished Chair, Professor and Chief, Division of Adult Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Research Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Governor, Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
Nashville
Larry D. Alexander, PhD, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Innovation, Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Professional and Medical Education, Meharry Medical College
Joey Barnett, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vice Chair Pharmacology, Director of the Office of Medical Student Research, Assistant Dean, Physician Research Training, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Evangeline Motley-Johnson, PhD, Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Physiology, Meharry Medical College
Kevin C. Ess, MD, PhD, Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology, Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Department of Pediatrics, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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