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2012 PRIDE Summer Institute

2012 PRIDE Summer Institute - Cohort 1 Mentees Awarded Certificates of Completion

[L-R]: William Witola, Tracie Gibson, May Xiong, Sharon Singh, Tennille Presley, Rafat Ahmed, and Levi Makala

The PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged) in Health-Related Research, program is a research career advancing training opportunity funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Six unique PRIDE Institutes were recently funded across the United States. These mentored research programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and climbing the academic ranks.

The PRIDE-Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders program at the Georgia Regents University (GRU-PRIDE) will focus on training young scientist in research related to human blood diseases. Mentees will learn grant writing skills and hand-on bench research skills related to proteomics, molecular and cellular techniques.


  • Junior-level faculty at accredited institutions with research programs related to blood disorders should apply.
  • The final selection of participants will be based on merit while considering the potential of candidates from a minority group that is under-represented.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent United States Resident.


  • 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.


2012 PRIDE Summer Institute

FAGBD PRIDE Directors at the 2013 Graduation Ceremony with the Cohort 2 Scholars — Juan Gonzalez (Co-Director), Kamal El Bissati, Olufolake Adisa , Alecia Nero, Lanetta Jordan, Anya Griffin, Raymona Lawrence, Abena Appiah-Kubi, Echezona Ezeanolue , Betty Pace (Director)

  • NHLBI staff will conduct grant-writing workshops onsite to improve the mentees funding prospects. In addition, the interdisciplinary teaching faculty will deliver didactic lectures on genomic, molecular, cell biology, and proteomic techniques. Participants will also learn bench skills that can be utilized to perform functional and applied genomics approaches related to blood disorders.
  • Mentors/Mentees teams will be established based on common research interests to develop specific research projects and long-term collaborations.
  • The PRIDE training program consists of: 1) Summer Institutes lasting approximately 2-week for two consecutive summers, 2) a mid-year visit to the Mentor's institution, and 3) Annual Workshop in Bethesda, MD attended by mentees and mentors from the six funded PRIDE programs and NIH staff to promote networking, share research ideas and build collaborations.


The PRIDE program is funded by NHLBI from 2010-2014. Three cohorts of mentees will be recruited to each institute. The third GRU-PRIDE Summer Institute was held from July 8-23, 2013 and will return in July 2014 for their final summer institute (See PRIDE Curriculum).


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