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Mission and Goals


  • To develop and prepare the next generation of American scientists, including minorities underrepresented in the sciences
  • To recruit and equip outstanding faculty, including minorities
  • To develop and share core research facilities
  • To implement strategies for scientific networking
  • To build unique collaborations among biologists, chemists, biopsychologists, biophysicists, bioanthropologists and clinicians


  • Continue to increase and diversify the research faculty with emphasis on:
    • Recruitment of faculty historically underrepresented in the sciences
    • Mentoring of junior faculty to increase their competitiveness in acquiring extramural support and enhancing their visibility as researchers
    • Improve the research environment by increasing the contributions of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the research enterprise
  • Sponsor complementary activities, such as colloquia, workshops and symposia
  • Strengthen the research infrastructure
  • Train and encourage students to pursue graduate study in biomedical research
  • Participate in translational research with the Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC) and with the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN)
  • To transform basic research discoveries into clinical applications