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Paul MacDonald, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine and an Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. MacDonald received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Arizona. He was previously on the faculty at Washington University and St. Louis University before arriving at Case Western Reserve University in 1999. For over 20 years, his laboratory has studied vitamin D, transcriptional mechanisms of the vitamin D receptor, and the significance of the vitamin D endocrine system in skin and bone physiology. Dr. MacDonald is the DIrector of the NIH-funded, Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), a program designed to enhance under-represented minority matriculation into biomedical Ph.D. training programs at CWRU and across the nation. He is firmly committed to enhancing the graduate education mission in the the School of Medicine and to improving diversity in the graduate student population. Dr. MacDonald's overall mission is to ensure that all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are provided the best educational approaches, training experiences and individualized skill development in order to attain early success as leaders in academic, industrial, or other research-related professions.

 

 

George Dubyak, Ph.D. is director of BSTP and also the Correlated Curriculum in Cell and Molecular Biology (C3MB) which is the foundational course series taken by students in the BSTP and other PhD training programs within the School of Medicine. Dr. Dubyak is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics with secondary appointments in the Departments of Pathology and Pharmacology. He received his Ph.D. (Physiology) and post-doctoral training (Biochemistry and Biophysics) at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the CWRU faculty in 1986. His laboratory studies signal transduction pathways involved in inflammation, regulated cell death, and cardiovascular disease. He also serves as co-director of the CWRU Training Program in Cardiovascular Research funded by NIH-T32 HL134622.

 

 

Cheryl Thompson, PhD is the Director of Master's Programs for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In this role, she oversees the development of master's, certificate and other programs in the School of Medicine. She has also established programs to enhance the opportunities available to graduate students, including EnRICH, an internship and career exposure program for master's and doctoral students and ExTEnD, a teaching experience program for senior doctoral students and post-docs. Dr. Thompson is a cancer genetic and molecular epidemiologist who studies the identification of factors influencing risk of cancer, as well as factors and biomarkers associated with prevention, early detection, prognosis and treatment outcomes. Through team science and translational research, Dr. Thompson has conducted numerous research projects centered on the discovery of clinical biomarkers in oncology, with many different types of biomarkers across the cancer care spectrum, including a highly cited article on circulating miRNAs for breast cancer detection. In her role as a translational researcher, Dr. Thompson has led the establishment and creation of the Breast Biorepository at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, a resource that collects fully-annotated, clinically relevant tissue and blood samples for use by breast cancer researchers. Dr. Thompson has also contributed significantly to the research on the association of obesity and energetics and genetic pathways related to metabolism and energetics with cancer prevention. She was recently the first scientist to report the association of short sleep with having more aggressive types of breast cancer. Dr. Thompson also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

 

 

Diana L. Ramìrez-Bergeron, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), a NIH-funded bridge program designed to enhance the entry of underrepresented minority students into competitive biomedical graduate programs, and the Director of the Joan C Edwards Summer Research Program, aimed at exposing students from the Cleveland School Science and Medicine to research in the biomedical sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (Immunology and Microbiology), and was a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago and a Howard Hughes Associate at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. M. Celeste Simon. In 2006, Dr. Ramrìez-Bergeron was recruited to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an appointment as an Assistant Professor to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She then joined the ranks of Case Western Reserve University's faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Research Institute in the Department of Medicine . Her research focuses on how hypoxia regulates the emergence and differentiation of cardiovascular progenitor cells during development and in the adult.

 

 

Monica Montano, Ph.D. is the Director of the NIH-funded, "Short term heart, lung, blood research opportunities" program. This program offers short-term support to underrepresented or disadvantaged undergraduate and medical school students to provide them with career opportunities in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic or sleep research. Dr. Montano is also Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. She is strongly committed to the recruitment of underrepresented minorities to biomedical research, and has trained minority graduate students, undergraduates, and students from local high schools. One of the major areas of research in the Montano laboratory is the regulation of cardiac function by the transcription factor Hexamethylene-bis-acetamide-inducible (HMBA) protein 1 (HEXIM1). Other major foci are the identification of factors underlying the hormonal responsiveness of human cancers and development of therapeutic approaches for inhibiting growth of hormone responsive cancers. Her laboratory has also broadened their efforts to the identification of factors in breast and prostate cancer critical in the transition to hormone-independence, resistance to cancer therapeutics, and ability to metastasize.

 

 

Joseph T. Williams, M.P.A. is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the SOM and has a long-standing commitment to the development of underrepresented minority students in biomedical sciences. He leads our Summer Medical & Dental Education Program , funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that attracts 80 minority undergraduate students to the campus for an intensive 6 week summer program directed toward careers in medicine and dentistry. Mr. Williams also works closely the minority program development and recruiting efforts for graduate programs. Mr. Williams serves as advisor and counselor to medical students and graduate students, and cosponsors the Minority Graduate Student Organization (MGSO). He also assists with the Heart Lung & Blood Summer Research Program and the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).

 

 

Debbie Noureddine is Department Administrator for the Biomedical Sciences Training Program. She has been with the BSTP for 21 years and with CWRU for 36 years. Her previous experience in the Office of Graduate Studies has proved an enormous asset in working with students at the SOM. She looks forward to helping trainees who come to CWRU.

 

 

 

 

Malana Bey is the Department Administrator for the Graduate Education Office. She joined this office in 2012 after being with the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences since 2001. In addition, she is also the Administrator for the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and the Heart, Lung and Blood (HLB) Summer Research Program both funded by the NIH.

 

 

 

 

Grace Svilar is the Training Programs Manager of the Graduate Education Office (GEO). She began working at the University after earning her BS and MS from CWRU, and has worked as a Data Manager, an Administrative Manager, and a Program Coordinator for an NIH D43 training grant. In her role at the GEO, she provides oversight, development, design, and management of the GEO mentor-trainee database, reviews and critiques database results, and generates data table output for distribution to T32 training grant principal investigators and administrators.