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)
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 three committees of the EPGP are comprised of members of the EPGP faculty as listed below.
Current Memberships for 2014-2015
Admissions and Recruitment Committee (ARC):
Nigel Bourne, Ph.D.—Chair
Patricia Aguilar, Ph.D.
Naomi Forrester, 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
Judith F. 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):
Nikos Vasilakis, Ph.D. - Chair
Alex Freiberg, Ph.D.
Richard Pyles, Ph.D.
Sanjeev Sahni, Ph.D.
Gustavo Valbuena, M.D., Ph.D.
Experimental Pathology Graduate Student Organization:
Brian Mann, President
1. Executive Committee
2. Admissions and Recruitment Committee
3. Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee
4. Student Evaluation and Advisory Committee
5. Awards Committee
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
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