Experimental Pathology Graduate Program

Organizational Structure

The Experimental Pathology Graduate Program organizational plan includes a Director, a Program Coordinator, and an Executive Committee with representatives that include chairs of four Program subcommittees. (Figure 1)

Organization chart

Figure 1. Experimental Pathology Graduate Program Organizational Structure

The Program Director, Dr. Jere W. McBride, has been involved in graduate education through teaching and mentoring since 2000. One of his first contributions was the creation of a new course to develop competitive grant writing and review skills for Experimental Pathology students. He has served as a small group facilitator for 10 years in the medical school curriculum facilitating "Pathobiology and Host Defense". He has also been a lecturer in several graduate courses (BBSC, PATH and MICRO), was awarded the Experimental Pathology Graduate Student Organization award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2004, and was nominated for the Dr. Leon Bromberg Professor for Excellence in Teaching in 2011. He has over 20 years of teaching and mentoring experience, including contributions to both graduate and medical school curriculums. Dr. McBride is a GSBS graduate faculty member in both Experimental Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology, has chaired both the EP Admissions and Recruitment Committee (ARC) and the Student Evaluation & Advisory Committee (SEAC), and has been course director for PATH 6279 "Introduction to Competitive Grant Writing" for 8 years. He has mentored over 20 students (doctoral, master's, undergraduate, high school) and six visiting scientists from Cameroon, Brazil, Columbia, and South Africa during his career at UTMB. In addition to his education contributions, he is an NIH funded investigator with over 60-peer-reviewed publications and reviews, 17 book chapters and proceedings, and 13 US patents along with 4 patents pending for intellectual property related to vaccine and diagnostics for the ehrlichioses. He was recognized as the Department of Pathology "Researcher of the Year" in 2009. His departmental and university service includes the Pathology Educational Leadership Committee, UTMB Faculty Senate, and the James W. McLaughlin Fellowship Committee. His membership in scientific organizations includes the American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Investigative Pathology (elected), and the American Society for Rickettsiology.

The Program Coordinator, Paula Gabriles, is solely responsible for the administrative duties of the Program as well as coordination with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences concerning all aspects of policy and procedures pertaining to the Experimental Pathology Graduate Program.

The four committees of the EPGP are comprised of members of the EPGP faculty as listed below.

Current Memberships for 2012-2013

Admissions and Recruitment Committee (ARC):

Nigel Bourne, Ph.D.—Chair
Paige Adams, DVM, Ph.D.
Patricia Aguilar, Ph.D.
Saravanan Thangamani, Ph.D.
Tina Wang, Ph.D.
Ex-officio: Jere W. McBride, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee (CAPC):

Shakeel Ansari, Ph.D.—Chair
Judy Aronson, M.D.
Alan Barrett, Ph.D.  
Gerald A. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D.
Hal K. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Sanjeev Sahni, Ph.D.

Student Evaluation and Advisory Committee (SEAC):

Slobodan Paessler, Ph.D.—Chair
Paul Boor, M.D.
Richard Pyles, Ph.D.
Barry Rockx, Ph.D.
Gustavo Valbuena, M.D., Ph.D.
Nikos Vasilakis, Ph.D.

Awards Committee:

Nigel Bourne, Ph.D.
Charles Fulhorst, D.V.M., Dr. P.H.

Experimental Pathology Graduate Student Organization:

Brian Mann and Alexey Seregin              Co-Presidents

Experimental Pathology Graduate Faculty Committees

1. Executive Committee

  1. The committee is composed of the program director and chairs of the other four standing committees.
  2. The committee appoints and replaces the members and chairs of the other committees. Goals for committee composition are that each committee is representative of program strengths and blends enthusiasm with experience.
  3. At least twice per year, schedule meetings of the entire graduate program faculty.
  4. Appoint ad hoc committees to address problems or concerns.
  5. Annually review contributions of all graduate program faculty to graduate and interdisciplinary courses, laboratory rotations, program committees, and student committees.

2. Admissions and Recruitment Committee

  1. The committee is composed of  six members representing different areas of program strength.
  2. The committee is in charge of all program recruitment activities including recruitment materials and media.
  3. Recruit applicants and coordinate program recruiting efforts with GSBS.
  4. Review applications and make recommendations on admissions.
  5. Make recommendations on supplemental stipend awards.
  6. Actively recruit all outstanding candidates and ensure smooth transition after admission.
  7. The committee will meet as needed during the GSBS open admissions (Dec-April).
  8. The chair of the Admissions & Recruitment committee shall serve on the GSBS/BBSC Admissions Committee.

3. Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee

  1. The committee consists of six members with relevant experience in graduate student education. In addition, the students in the Experimental Pathology Program elect two student members. One is a "junior" student and the other a "senior" student.
  2. Annually monitor and evaluate all program core courses using student and faculty feedback. Make recommendations for course improvements.
  3. Make recommendations concerning development and approval of new courses.
  4. Examine credentials of faculty wishing to become members of the Experimental Pathology Graduate Faculty and make recommendations concerning such faculty appointments.
  5. The chairman of this committee serves on the Graduate School Curriculum Committee.
  6. The committee meets at least once per semester. The committee chairman ensures the preparation and distribution of the minutes of each meeting within 30 days of the meeting.

4. Student Evaluation and Advisory Committee

  1. The committee consists of six members representing different areas of program strength.
  2. Review student and faculty reports of laboratory rotations.
  3. Monitor the course grades, rotation and research reports, and progress of each student at least twice per year to ensure early detection of problems.
  4. Serve on student Preliminary Examination Committees.
  5. Oversee the Preliminary Examination process and make recommendations for modification when or where needed.
  6. Help students select a dissertation supervisory professor and supervisory committee.
  7. The committee meets at least once per semester. The committee chairman ensures the preparation and distribution of the minutes of each meeting within 30 days of the meeting.

5. Awards Committee

  1. The committee consists of at least two members representing different areas of program strength.
  2. To promote, encourage and support applications by Experimental Pathology student applications for awards, scholarships and fellowships from both intramural and extramural sources.
  3. Review student accomplishments for awards nominations.
  4. Help students to become aware of available awards.
  5. The committee meets at least once per semester. The committee chairman ensures the preparation and distribution of the minutes of each meeting within 30 days of the meeting.

Jere W. McBride, Ph.D.

Jere W. McBride, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pathology
Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Director, Experimental Pathology Graduate Program

Office: (409) 747-2498
Fax: (409) 747-2455
jemcbrid@utmb.edu