Mentees will establish a peer-mentoring network to facilitate scientific collaboration, professional development, and social support. Mentees will be allowed to tailor the time they devote to career development activities to their individual needs.

Research & Career Mentors

Mentoring is the single most important factor that contributes to academic success. Those with mentors are more likely to make timely progress toward their degrees, and make renewed commitments to their professions. This collaboration allows mentees to meet the various challenges of their careers. Mentoring is a personal as well as a professional relationship.

Responsibilities of Mentors

The Mentor's responsibilities include:

  1. Providing leadership for the development of mentee's research project based on common interests;
  2. Devote at least 5% effort towards interaction with mentee through regular communication by phone and/or email;
  3. Assist with planning the mid-year visits to the mentor's laboratory;
  4. The mentor will also review grant and manuscript writing skills;
  5. Mentee and mentor will outline a strategy for developing grant application and plans for submission to NHLBI within 2 years of completing the PRIDE program;
  6. Establish long term collaborations with mentees to increase the probability of a successful independent research career.

PRIDE Program Mentor Faculty




 Betty Pace, MD, PRIDE Program Director

 Molecular and Cellular Biology

 Augusta University

 Juan Gonzalez, PhD

Molecular and Cellular Biology

 University of Texas at Dallas

 Nia Maihle, PhD , Co-Program Director

Molecular and Cellular Biology

 Augusta University

 Kenneth Ataga, MD


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 Patrick Gallagher, MD

 Pediatrics and Genetics

Yale University School of Medicine

 John Adams, PhD

Internal Medicine

University of South Florida

 Steven Goodman, PhD

 Department of Pediatrics

 University of Tennessee Health Science Ctr

 Abdullah Kutlar, MD

 Molecular and Cellular Biology

  Augusta University

Mitchell Weiss, MD, PhD


St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Maria Ferris, MD

Renal Epidemiology

University of North Carolina

 Theodosia Kalfa, MD, PhD


 Cincinnati Children's Hospital

 Mohammed S. Orloff, PhD, MS


 University of Arkansas

 Tessie October, MD, MPH

 Department of Pediatrics

 Children's  National Health System

 Sandra Murray, PhD

 Molecular and Cellular Biology

 University of Pittsburgh

 Mohandas Narla, DSc

 Red Blood Physiology

 New York Blood Center

 Solomon Ofori-Acquah, PhD


 University of Pittsburgh

 Lindsey Cohen, PhD

Clinical Psychology

Georgia State University

 Wally R. Smith, MD

 Internal Medicine

 Virginia Commonwealth University

 Kenneth Peterson, PhD

 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

 University of Kansas Medical Center

 Charmaine Royal, PhD

 Genome Sciences & Policy

 Duke University

 Joseph Telfair, MD,PhD, MPH

 Public Health

 Georgia Southern University

 Marsha Treadwell, PhD

 Hematology and Psychiatry

 Children's Hospital Oakland

Robert Williams, PhD

 Emergency Medicine

University of Tennessee Health Science Ctr

 Edward Wong, MD

 Pediatrics and Pathology

 George Washington University

 Thomas Ziegler, MD

 Internal Medicine

 Emory University School of Medicine