Ghislaine Mayer, assistant professor of biology at Manhattan College, was selected among junior faculty from Harvard, Duke and Penn State as a participant in the Georgia Regents University Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). The program focused on functional and translation genomics of blood diseases and grant writing workshops.
One of seven PRIDE programs in the United States funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the program is a research career advancing opportunity. The primary mission of PRIDE is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches in basic and applied sciences relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
“The program provided me with invaluable tools and resources,” Mayer said. “Those resources will enrich both my research and the classes that I teach."
The PRIDE training program consists of three- and two-week summer institutes for two consecutive summers, a mid-year visit to the mentor’s institution and an annual workshop attended by mentees and mentors from the seven PRIDE programs and staff from the National Institute of Health to build collaborations and share research ideas.