The Sickle Cell Disease Research Center helped visiting scholars hone their research skills and knowledge over the summer as part of program to increase diversity in the nation’s academic ranks.
The Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity brought six researchers to campus, where they drew on the interdisciplinary expertise of UT Dallas faculty members.
The institute is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Mentors include Dr. Betty Pace, director of the UT Dallas Sickle Cell Disease Research Center and a professor of molecular and cell biology.
UT Dallas is one of three universities awarded a four-year grant from the NHLBI to host the diversity program. Titled “Functional Genomics of Blood Disorders,” the UT Dallas program encourages collaborations to seek new treatments and cures for blood-related illnesses.
The two-year expense-paid program equips underrepresented junior faculty with the knowledge to develop independent research by establishing mentoring partnerships with nationally established researchers. One of the program’s goals is to have participants receive and serve as principal investigators on major grants.
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