Faculty Development - Mentorship Program

Mentoring ProgramThe Biomedical/Behavioral Mentorship Program, launched in fall 2015, promotes the development of junior faculty through research and career development mentoring and student engagement and training from a senior faculty. The mentee is matched with a distinguished senior faculty who has an active biomedical/behavioral research agenda with overlapping research interests, an extensive track record of scholarly products and significant experience of mentorship of undergraduate students. The mentor-mentee pair work one-on-one on a joint project (i.e. grant proposal, manuscript, spin-off research project, etc.) over a two-year period. Mentees also shadow the mentor’s laboratory or suitable research site, observing faculty-student research activities and interactions. A call for applications is sent in October.

Below is are the cohorts of current and previous faculty members who are in the Mentorship Program.

COHORT 1 (Fall 2014- Spring 2016)

Mentee: Janna Kim (Child/ Adolescent Studies)
Mentor: Jie Weiss (Health Science)
Research Area: To collect preliminary data to support the development of an R03 grant proposal examining the impact of media use on young people’s substance use and sexual risk-taking using an experimental sampling methods (ESM).

Mentee: Niroshika Keppetipola (Chemistry/ Biochemistry)
Mentor: Maria C. Linder (Chemistry/ Biochemistry)
Research Area: Mentor will provide feedback on the preparation of R03 proposal submitted to NIH, NCI February 27th, 2015. Preparation of proposal to be submitted to American Cancer Society (Research Scholar Grant), October 1st, 2015.

Mentee: Dana Rutledge (Nursing)
Mentor: Jennifer Piazza (Health Science)
Research Area: Mentor will review IRB application for JR/SR and incentive grant work and rework data sets for FM longitudinal study (cognitive/physical performance) into a single file for use in an analysis to determine whether cognitive changes are a function of life stressors for people with and without FM; with Dandre Ignacio (research assistant for FM study)

Mentee: María Soledad Ramírez (Biological Science)
Mentor: Marcelo Tolmasky (Biological Science)
Research Area: Mentor will review a grant proposal to be submitted to NIH on June 25 2015. Tentative title: Natural competence in Acinetobacter baumannii: DNA uptake machinery and its role as the major contributor in the developing of antibiotic resistance.

COHORT 2 (Fall 2015- Spring 2017)

Mentee: Nina Robson (Mechanical Engineering)
Mentor: Madeline Elizabeth Rasche (Chemistry/ Biochemistry)
Research Area: The development of a novel computational framework to address some of the open problems in the area of protein kinematics

Mentee: Koren Fisher (Kinesiology)
Mentor: Daniela Rubin (Kinesiology)
Research Area: Mentor guide in developing the long term research agenda, which is related to the effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior on body composition, cardiometabolic risk, physical function, and health service utilization in community-dwelling older adults. 

Mentee: Sawssan Ahmed (Psychology)
Mentor: Denise Chavira (UCLA, Psychology)
Research Area: Refugee physical and mental health after trauma exposure


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