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For faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) challenged to find the time, staff, or expertise to pursue NIH funding for their scientific research, iMERS offers a path toward grant writing success. Our free program shortens the learning curve by sharing best practices through virtual training, in-person workshops, and faculty mentoring that guide participants through the complex NIH funding process. Encouraging faculty to actively engage in research enriches the curriculum and motivates minority students to pursue careers in science for a more diversified biomedical workforce.

WORKING WITH MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS NATIONWIDE

States where iMERS has conducted workshops — WA, CA, NV, UT, AZ, NM, TX, NE, IL, MN, MI, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, NC, VA, WV, MD, DE, NJ, NY, MA and Puerto Rico.


OUR LEADERSHIP

Donald T. Frazier, PhD

Donald T. Frazier, PhD

Physiology
Program Co-Director

With an extensive history of leading federally funded research projects and educational outreach programs, Dr. Frazier continues to serve underrepresented groups in STEM fields, such as minority faculty. His scientific expertise is in systems physiology, with an emphasis on chemical and neural control of respiration and the biophysics of isolated nerve membranes.

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Brett Spear, PhD

Brett Spear, PhD

Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Program Co-Director

Known for his outstanding contributions to graduate student education and biomedical research at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Spear brings his mentoring and grant-writing expertise to iMERS as co-director for the program. As a molecular biologist, his scientific research investigates gene regulation during liver development and disease.

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Melissa Nickell, MS

Melissa Nickell, MS

Program Coordinator

As iMERS Program Coordinator, Melissa is responsible for day-to-day operations and event planning. Previously, she served as a Grant Proposal Specialist in the UK College of Medicine, supporting the submission of extramural funding applications. Her scientific interest is in neurogenomics and mathematical tools to assess tissue-level gene expression patterns.

Melissa.Nickell@uky.edu
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OUR PROPOSAL SPECIALISTS

Kathleen Grzech, MA

Kathleen Grzech, MA

Executive Director, UK Proposal
Development Office

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Barbara Duncan, Ph.D.

Barbara Duncan, PhD

Associate Director, UK Proposal
Development Office

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Erik Davidshofer, MA

Erik Davidshofer, MA

Senior PDO Officer, UK Proposal
Development Office

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Margot McCullers, Ph.D.

Margot McCullers, PhD

Retired, former Director UK Proposal
Development Office

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Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

Co-Director of Regulatory Support, UK Center for Clinical & Translational Science

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Sean Scott, CRA

Sean Scott, CRA

iMERS Research Administration Lead
SRAI Distinguished Faculty

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OUR FACULTY MENTORS

Luke Bradley, Ph.D.

Luke Bradley, PhD

Neuroscience
Drug Discovery and Development

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Susan D'Orazio, Ph.D.

Sarah D'Orazio, PhD

Microbiology, Immunology &
Molecular Genetics
Bacteria-host Interactions

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Steve Estus, Ph.D.

Steve Estus, PhD

Physiology
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's

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Amanda Glueck, Ph.D.

Amanda Glueck, PhD

Neurology
Cognitive Impairment Following
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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Lu-Yuan Lee, Ph.D.

Lu-Yuan Lee, PhD

Physiology
Airway Hypersensitivity

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Analia Loria, Ph.D.

Analia Loria, PhD

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
Obesity and Hypertension

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Paul Murphy, Ph.D.

Paul Murphy, PhD

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Alzheimer's Disease Novel Therapy

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Ok-Kyong Park-Sarge, Ph.D.

Ok-Kyong Park-Sarge, PhD

Physiology
Molecular Endocrinology

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Kevin Pearson, Ph.D.

Kevin Pearson, PhD

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
Dietary and Nutritional Impacts on Health

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Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Ph.D.

Danelle Stevens-Watkins, PhD

Psychology
Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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Terry Stratton, Ph.D.

Terry Stratton, PhD

Behavioral Sciences
Graduate and Medical Education

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Notice:
Funding for this conference program was made possible (in part) by R25 GM125680 from the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 

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