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Cutaneous Biology Mentors

Strong mentoring is fundamental to producing independent investigators. Each trainee has a laboratory mentor (a T32 Primary Mentor) and three to four other faculty (a T32 Primary Mentor or Resource Faculty) who serve as the mentor team. We also have a unique "Road to Translational Research" mentoring team of dermatology faculty who provide guidance in the translational aspects of research.

Mentored laboratory training is the most important aspect of the program and comprises 80 percent or more effort, depending on the trainee's previous background and experience. Each fellow is assigned to a faculty member who heads his/her laboratory and provides day-to-day guidance. The mentor and fellow formulate hypotheses, approaches to address them, interpret data, write papers and grants and work on presentations. The training period in most cases is two years, although trainees may remain in the preceptor's laboratory for longer periods to gain independence.

Primary Mentors

Primary mentors meet one-on-one with trainees frequently to discuss progress and provide the trainee with the opportunity to discuss career progress as well as their Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Lavker, Robert M

Lavker, Robert M

Professor Emeritus of Dermatology

Paller, Amy S

Paller, Amy S

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

Budunova, Irina V

Budunova, Irina V

Professor of Dermatology and Urology

Chandel, Navdeep S

Chandel, Navdeep S

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Green, Kathleen J

Green, Kathleen J

Professor of Pathology (Experimental Pathology) and Dermatology

Hauser, Alan R

Hauser, Alan R

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Hope, Thomas J

Hope, Thomas J

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, McCormick School of Engineering and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Laimins, Laimonis A

Laimins, Laimonis A

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

Longnecker, Richard M

Longnecker, Richard M

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

Meade, Thomas J

Meade, Thomas J

Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Radiology

Miller, Stephen D

Miller, Stephen D

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology, Dermatology and Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Mirkin, Chad A

Mirkin, Chad A

Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Rogers, John A

Rogers, John A

Professor of McCormick School of Engineering and Neurological Surgery

Schleimer, Robert P

Schleimer, Robert P

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology), Microbiology-Immunology and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Troyanovsky, Sergey M

Troyanovsky, Sergey M

Professor of Dermatology and Cell and Developmental Biology

Varga, John

Varga, John

Adjunct Professor of Dermatology

Junior Mentors

Bao, Xiaomin

Bao, Xiaomin

Assistant Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Dermatology

Choi, Jaehyuk

Choi, Jaehyuk

Associate Professor of Dermatology (Medical Dermatology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Resource Faculty

Ameer, Guillermo A

Ameer, Guillermo A

Professor of McCormick School of Engineering/Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

George, Jr., Alfred  L.

George, Jr., Alfred L.

Professor of Pharmacology

McNally, Elizabeth M

McNally, Elizabeth M

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Mitchell, Brian J

Mitchell, Brian J

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Muller, William A

Muller, William A

Professor of Pathology (Experimental Pathology) and Pathology (Autopsy)

Perlman, Harris R

Perlman, Harris R

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Quaggin, Susan E

Quaggin, Susan E

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension)

Robinson, June K

Robinson, June K

Professor Emeritus of Dermatology

Schumacker, Paul T

Schumacker, Paul T

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Cell and Developmental Biology and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Shilatifard, Ali

Shilatifard, Ali

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Pediatrics

Stupp, Samuel I

Stupp, Samuel I

Professor of McCormick School of Engineering, Medicine (Endocrinology) and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Thaxton, Colby S

Thaxton, Colby S

Associate Professor of Urology

Vaughan, Douglas E

Vaughan, Douglas E

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Le Poole, Isabelle C

Le Poole, Isabelle C

Professor of Dermatology and Microbiology-Immunology

Road to Translational Research Mentors

This unique team of dermatology faculty conducts workshops, didacts and one-on-one meetings with all T32 trainees to provide guidance in the translational aspects of their research. Through interactions with the Road to Translational Research mentoring team, all trainees become familiar with the process of moving forward in translational research.

Paller, Amy S

Paller, Amy S

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

Rangel, Stephanie

Rangel, Stephanie

Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Robinson, June K

Robinson, June K

Professor Emeritus of Dermatology

Lu, Kurt Q

Lu, Kurt Q

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Performance Monitoring & Evaluation

For every trainee, we develop a formalized, individual mentoring plan that focuses on their research goals, skills to be acquired and professional development ambitions of the two-year fellowship program (sample training plan). Each trainee is also given a checklist (sample checklist) of requirements and expectations to be completed during the training. This list is reviewed at least quarterly with the trainee’s preceptor and semi-annually with program director Robert M. Lavker, PhD.

To ensure that all trainees receive appropriate training and are making adequate progress in their endeavors, continuous evaluation occurs at laboratory meetings, regular meetings with mentors/ mentoring teams and research seminars. Primary mentors meet one-on-one with trainees frequently to discuss progress and provide the trainee with the opportunity to discuss career progress as well as their Individual Development Plan (IDP). All trainees also meet in separate meetings with Lavker and co-director Amy S. Paller, MD, to allow discussion about the laboratory experience and for further pre-career counseling. In addition to the primary mentor, physician-scientists also have a clinical mentor from the senior clinical faculty in dermatology who provides counseling and career guidance. 

We continue to mentor our T32 trainees after their training period is complete; we hold annual joint meetings of past and present trainees, to which past trainees still with the Feinberg School of Medicine detail their progress since finishing the program. For those that leave Feinberg, we track their progress and offer guidance every six months. This emphasis on mentoring is shared at the institutional level, as evidenced by Northwestern’s efforts to teach postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty effective mentoring practices.  

In an effort to continuously monitor the training experience, mentors and the overall program, trainees complete an online evaluation form, which is anonymously and electronically submitted to the director of the program.

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