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The ABE Nomination Committee is actively seeking ABE Committee members. All candidates for ABE Committees must be current members of the Society to be eligible for election.

List of Committees:

  ABE Communications Development Committee
  Education Resource Development Committee
  Finance Committee
  Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  Membership Committee
  Nomination Committee
  Professional Development Committee

Committee descriptions and SOPs can be found under the Committees page on this website.  

Nomination Process

The ABE Nomination Committee is appointed by the ABE Board 90 days prior to the biennial meeting to oversee the nomination and election of new ABE Board members.  The Committee collects and disseminates candidate biographies, communicates the election process to the ABE membership, and conducts the election at the biennial meetings.

All nominees must confirm their willingness to stand for office:

  • Candidates must be current members of the Society 
  • Candidates must provide written confirmation of their willingness to stand for election.
  • Each candidate must provide a short resume/bio of his or her ABE qualifications and experience to be included in the ballot.

Voting for the 2022 slate of candidates has ended.

Final results announced the first week of May.  

Questions?

The Nomination Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit questions for each of the positions open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. If you have any questions, please contact: 

Nomination Committee Chair

2022 Slate of Nominees

I became a member of the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE) in 2009. ABE allowed me to have a community of colleagues, mentors, and friends. Over the years, my involvement in ABE has increased and I have participated at every ABE meeting in different capacities, as a past Board member, the chair of the Professional Development Committee during my tenure as a board member and as a presenter. I currently serve as a reviewer for Medical Science Educator, MedEdPortal, and Academic Medicine, to name a few. I was also selected to be one of the Associate Editors of MedEdPortal in 2018 and I contributed many chapters to various biochemistry books over the years. I was also selected as one of the editors of Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry, published in 2021.  Some of the examples that demonstrate my effective leadership are working collaboratively to solve problems and develop a vision together by reflecting on the weaknesses and strengths of curriculum to improve student education, satisfaction, and performance. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, I built the Culinary Medicine program. I was able to develop it with the chairs of the Nutrition Department and Kinesiology and Health Department into an interprofessional program. I was elected by the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE) members to be one of the board members from 2014 to 2019. During my tenure as ABE board member (2014-2019), I planned and rolled out the ABE question bank and led a team to develop and evaluate board-style questions. For the past two years, I have been serving as one of the BNGAP (Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians) Academic Medicine Writing Fellowship Co-Director. My leadership style is collaborative and reflective. I encourage participation and building consensus and a shared vision. I would be honored to serve as the Professional Development Committee.

Committee Interest:

  • PDC

I have been a faculty member in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) for 20 years. I became a member of ABE in 2016. I am the Course Director and instructor for Biochemistry. I have served in this capacity since 2017 when we re-introduced Biochemistry into our curriculum.  I would be honored to serve on the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. The UTHSC College of Pharmacy holds equity, inclusivity and diversity as its core values, and as the long-term chair of the faculty enrichment committee I have worked with our EID Board to organize various types of programming dedicated to promoting EID among our faculty, students and staff. I have also recently completed a year-long program through the UTHSC Teaching and Learning Center that focused on Universal Design for Learning. Furthermore, I have led a college-wide task force composed of faculty and students that was charged with development of inclusive classroom guidelines. It was a pleasure and inspiration to work with this group of fantastic student pharmacists and faculty colleagues committed to effectively teaching today’s students. The inclusive classroom guidelines that we created were implemented by our College in 2020, and I hope that our efforts contribute to the goal to provide every member of the classroom an opportunity to learn and develop their skills in an environment where all students feel welcomed, respected and supported. I am excited at the prospect of bringing my experience to the JEDI Committee and joining forces with other dedicated individuals to advance the mission of ABE.

Committee Interest:
  • JEDI

I have been a faculty member at the University of Kentucky for 25 years and have over a decade of experience teaching biochemistry to medical students. I am the course director for, and teach within, our foundational sciences course for first year medical students. This covers clinically relevant aspects of biochemistry, genetics, immunology and microbiology, along with associated pharmacology. This role has involved coordinating the efforts of numerous basic science and clinical faculty, as well as working with our medical education administration and curriculum committee. I have also served as a member of the medical education curriculum committee for the past six years. Over the course of my career, I’ve come to appreciate the critical importance of continual professional development. I have been an active member of the ABE PDC since its creation in 2020 and am leading the ongoing reimagining of the Professional Mentoring Initiative. I am seeking re-election to the PDC so I can continue those efforts and help in the development of new initiatives that will help ABE members become master educators and achieve recognition for contributions to the training of future physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and of course, biochemists. Full Bio

Committee Interest:

  • PDC

I’ve been a faculty member at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy since 2008, and taught biochemistry during my 1st seven years. Though I primarily teach pharmacology now, I still find ways to revisit and reenforce biochemistry concepts.  I previously served on the ABE Question Bank project but had to step back from the project during the pandemic due to workload issues.  I enjoyed working on that project and connecting with faculty at other institutions involved in biochemistry education which is why I am once again seeking opportunities to reconnect and serving on the ACDC or Membership committees will provide such an opportunity. I am particularly interested in serving on the ACDC committee. Through my experiences chairing several school committees at my institution as well as the university faculty senate, I have come to appreciate the importance of communication between an organization and its stakeholders, especially in promoting the organization’s mission.

Committee Interest:

  • ACDC
  • Membership

Service to my profession, institution, and the community is vital to me as a medical educator, biochemist, and human being. It allows me to make meaningful contributions to my professional family and give back to my peers to help them develop their own professional identity and achieve their own professional goals. The opportunity to serve on an ABE committee is a privilege that will allow me to take an active role in advancing the Society’s mission, vision, and future growth.  My journey in medical education began in July 2016 when I was appointed as Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the Kentucky Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Optometry, where I taught medical biochemistry, genetics, and biochemical nutrition for two years. In 2018 I embraced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become one of the founding faculty at the first medical school in the state of Idaho, ICOM. This was an exciting and challenging endeavor that I welcomed without hesitation. In the past four years, I was actively engaged in integrating biochemistry content into different system-based courses building a new medical school curriculum “from scratch.” During that time, I also worked on establishing an active research program focused on the role of bioactive lipids in obesity-associated pathologies. In addition, I spent a significant amount of time in service to the institution and my profession. I have served on several committees, task forces, and workgroups across ICOM and helped design and develop several school policies, procedures, and guidelines that help improve the workflow of institutional committees or help my junior faculty fellows to navigate the tasks and challenges of being a new faculty member.  As a female biochemist scientist, an immigrant with a non-US cultural background, and a teacher, I’ve always been passionate about equity, inclusion, and diversity. Experiencing implicit and explicit bias firsthand, I’ve always strived to create an inclusive environment that promotes equity in my classroom and the workplace. I believe that bringing awareness about inclusiveness, equity, and diversity among students and educators is an essential step in creating a culture that leverages diversity to its fullest potential so that every student, faculty, and employee can have a sense of belonging regardless of their background. No matter what our background, each one of us is the same. We’re all human beings with hopes and dreams, successes and failures, good days and bad days. Thus, I will be honored to serve and make meaningful contributions to the new JEDI Committee at ABE.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:
  • PDC
  • ERDC
  • JEDI

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, NM. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and doctoral degree from UC Berkeley. I have been involved with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts for over 10 years at the campus, regional and national levels. My experience includes developing and implementing professional development programing and events to increase diversity in STEM, supporting mentoring programs, and serving as a mentor to students. I have served as an inaugural member of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Diversity Council and as a Senior Advisory for student advisory colleges. As a Diversity Council member, I served as an advocate for policies, practices, and programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion and contributed to the development of our Diversity Advocacy Team.  I believe these experiences will contribute to the JEDI committee goals and as an elected member I would strive to outline strategies for fostering diversity in medical education and developing professional development opportunities for ABE members. I also have an interest in the ERDC committee because it would be a great opportunity for professional growth and to collaborate with colleagues in developing content using innovative teaching approaches.

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC
  • JEDI

Edgar S. Diaz-Cruz (he/his) is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Belmont University (BU) in Nashville TN. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (B.S. Chemistry) and The Ohio State University (Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry), he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in tumor biology at Georgetown University. He went on to earn a certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and served as the chair of the BU Faculty Inclusion, Diversity & Equity committee, and a member of the Welcome Home Diversity Council. He is a board member of the Association of Biochemistry Educators and a member of the My Voice HIV Research Council. His goal to serve on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee is to explore ways to address and promote the importance of diversity in health professions education. He believes that developing intentional strategies to cultivate a biochemistry education workforce that is both diverse and inclusive is the most effective way to create a healthcare workforce that best reflects the diversity of the population. Moreover, he believes it is important to develop opportunities for biochemistry educators to explore ways to integrate molecular biochemistry, social sciences, and pharmaceutical sciences to provide a framework to help address health disparities. Ultimately, Dr. Diaz-Cruz aims to ensure that students find their purpose in life through inclusive excellence, scientific inquiry, connections to the community, humanitarian values, and cultural humility. Full Bio

Committee Interest:
  • JEDI

I would be honored to be selected as a member of the Finance Committee. I would bring to the Committee my experience in academic association financial management. I previously served as Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE). In addition, I previously served as Finance Committee Chair and currently serve as Treasurer for the American Society of Andrology (ASA). As the ASA Finance Chair, I prepared budgets, tracked expenses, conducted a nation-wide search for a new management company, and negotiated the contract for the management company. Currently as Treasurer, I manage the ASA’s financial assets and endowments. Thank you for considering me for this committee position and the opportunity to promote the financial well-being of the ABE.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:
  • Membership
  • Finance

I am professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Assistant Dean of Foundational Sciences Curriculum at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I was fortunate to be at the founding meeting of ABE and have served on the ABE’s board.  In the United States, structural racism is a major contributor to poor health outcomes in minoritized populations. Addressing biases and structural racism and improving health outcomes for impacted populations will require robust and long-term commitment from all faculty, including foundational science faculty, at schools that train health care professionals. The ABE can take leadership in multiple areas to oppose the impact of racism and bias on health and increase diversity, equity and the health of all people. Firstly, we can promote policies and initiatives to increase diversity in faculty and students in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Secondly, we must oppose the inclusion of the fallacy of a biological basis for race in any educational materials. Facing and discussing how science has historically and tragically used to support this notion of biological race is a critical step and one that ABE is well-suited to take on. Thirdly, we can promote curricula that highlights the impact of racism and bias on health at the biochemical and molecular level, whether based upon stress-induced mechanism, environmental disparities or nutritional insecurity.

Committee Interest:
  • JEDI

I am Tracy Fulton (she/her), and I am a cisgendered white woman biochemistry professor. With humility I submit my interest to participate in the ABE JEDI committee. I am professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and have the privilege of instructing and learning from students in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. I have been active in ABE since its early years and have served on the Executive Board as Secretary. I see the work of the JEDI committee as absolutely imperative because I believe in working actively for the liberation and freedom for all people, but also because I consider the ABE to be one of my most important communities of practice. I care deeply about the ways in which our organization embodies principles of anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and models these practices to our current and future members, and to the rest of the world. As scientists we are certainly in a unique position to combat deep and entrenched misunderstandings in our society about the conflations of race and biology, and of gender and sex. I believe we have valuable contributions to make, and work to do to increase diversity in our membership. I have trained in diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism at my institution, and have been leading and participating in efforts to eliminate vestiges of oppression from our course teaching and learning materials and classroom interactions. I and others authored a publication on an innovation to support faculty allyship and microaffirmations using Zoom chat during the pandemic, and am authoring another publication with a coalition of UCSF faculty and students that have created guidelines and expectations for gender- and sex-inclusivity in instructional design. I would not consider myself an expert in antioppression by any means; but I come from a fairly progressive institution invested in comprehensively transforming our curriculum with JEDI principles in mind, and can bring that network with me. I bring awareness of not having lived experience of racism, transphobia, or other aspects of oppression that we as a powerful organization can combat, and wish to note formally that I would not wish to serve at the exclusion of the voices of folks from minoritized communities who would serve in this group. Should there be room for me, I bring the willingness to take on the “majority tax” – bringing staunch allyship, the privilege that I know accompanies some of my identities, and the learning that came from the investments of minoritized students, faculty, and others in my community who have taught me well. I am excited about the possibility of joining ABE to provide further guidance re diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression in biochemistry teaching and in the curriculum more broadly. Let’s do this!

Committee Interest:
  • JEDI

I have been overseeing the curriculum contents for biochemistry and genetics since 2012 at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medical School. I am an active member of the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE) since 2013. I have been helping to develop a secure biochemistry question bank with other ABE members on national level. In addition, I have been contributing to the ABE projects of “Clinical Biochemistry Thread Mapping” and “Creating Clinical Biochemistry Learning Objectives” since May 2021. I wouldlike to serve on the education resource development committee (ERDC), because I believe that creating resources for biochemistry educators is one of the crucial responsibilities of our association. I would be honored to serve and continue to contribute to the ERDC for the development of biochemistry educational resources.”

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC

One of the greatest joys in my career lies in developing successful biochemistry curricula, learning resources, and teaching strategies that make seemingly difficult biochemistry topics approachable and relevant to medical students. As a Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellow, I have had the privilege of being trained in many effective evidence-based teaching strategies that are not currently being widely implemented in medical education. On the Education Resource Development Committee (EDRC), I hope to work with colleagues to develop resources that support both existing teaching strategies (PBL, TBL, etc.) as well as less commonly used approaches to teaching and learning in biochemistry.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC

I nominate myself, Dr. Vasudeva Kamath Ph.D., Assistant professor Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, New York, USA, to the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE). PDC is an integral part of the ABE, which would help refine members knowledge and their skill development from time to time. In my opinion, it is one of the most important committees within the ABE. I have been a member and a Chair of PDC for the last two years. We have successfully rolled out two virtual lecture series, and a third series is currently being planned for the spring of 2022. As a committee member, I would work towards setting ABE members personal and professional goals in teaching to students and strive to provide opportunities for professional growth for the ABE members.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:

  • PDC

Renee LeClair, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Science Education at VTCSOM, where she is engages in the departmental mission of developing an integrated medical experience using evidence-based delivery grounded in the science of learning.  Her interest in medical education, and ABE, started with her first faculty appointment at the University of New England (UNE). It was here she became involved in medical education, curricular renovation and implementation of innovative teaching methods.  In the past ten years, she has established a track record of medical education scholarship and recently published an open-education resource that aligns with the course she currently directs.  She strives to continually innovate and inspire the development of active learning amongst peers and recently completed an M.A.Ed in Instructional Technology. 

Committee Interest:

  • PDC
  • ACDC
  • Nomination

My current role is Associate Professor for Cell Biology and Physiology at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Louisiana Campus where I instruct first- and second-year medical students through formal lectures, integrated sessions, small group work, and team-based learning approaches. I am invested in mentoring the next generation of scientists and medical professionals through formal education in the classroom, conducting research, and through scientific outreach in our communities. My research interests center around injury and repair mechanisms critical to pulmonary endothelial cell function. Major areas of focus include pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), acute respiratory distress syndrome, and acute lung injury.

Committee Interest:

  • Membership
  • PDC
  • EDRC
  • ACDC


I would like to be considered for an appointment to the Professional Development Committee. I am a Professor of Biochemistry at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and have been teaching medical students for the past thirty-nine years. In addition, I am a charter member of the ABE, served on the Board, and Chaired the Association from 2013-2015. I feel strongly that the professional development of biochemistry educators should be one of the primary missions of the ABE. Consequently, I see the Professional Development Committee as having a central role in the Association. I previously served a two-year term on the Committee, and I would be honored to serve a second term. 

The Professional Development Committee has accomplished a great deal during the past two years. We have worked to revitalize the Association’s mentoring program. Last year we initiated a very successful webinar series, and I am co-chairing this spring’s series that will focus on leadership. The Committee also developed several sessions for the 2021 virtual meeting of the ABE.  Beyond these achievements, I feel that that the Professional Development Committee can do more to benefit the ABE and I would like to help the Committee achieve even more success:  (1) We still have a long way to go to ensure the success of the mentoring program. It is important to support early career faculty or later career faculty who have made a field switch to professional education. Although faculty often have mentors within their own institutions, I feel that it is useful to have a mentor who can provide advice that is independent from local politics. (2) To help establish the careers of biochemistry educators, I believe that it is important for them to publish and demonstrate scholarship. Thus, it would be helpful for ABE to develop tools to help members develop research projects, grant applications, manuscripts, and meeting presentations, etc. (3) Similar to point 2, I believe that it would be helpful for the ABE to establish a set of tools that can help guide members through the process of promotion and support their applications. (4) It is important to recognize and honor the achievements of members. Currently, the only award that ABE bestows is for service. The Association could establish awards for teaching, innovation, etc.   Full Bio

Committee Interest:

  • PDC

I have served as an Associate Professor of Preclinical Sciences at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine for 3 years.  My primary teaching responsibility is Medical Biochemistry for first year medical students.  In addition, I provide lectures in Medical Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Physiology.  Prior to my appointment at WCUCOM, I served in administration for 6 years and professor of various undergraduate science courses for 5 years.  I value the collaboration and materials offered by my membership in ABE and I am interested in exploring a more active role in the organization to continue growing in my role as a biochemistry educator.


Committee Interest:

  • ERDC
  • Finance 

My career as a university educator spans over 30 years teaching biochemistry in medical, nursing and pharmacy programs.   During this time I have successfully employed a number of different educational pedagogies to teach the content to students.  These range from the standard lecture, problem/ case based to now Team Based Learning (TBL).  With this diverse educational experience I will bring to the committee significant background and strength in education which will help the committee succeed in its mission in innovative educational resource development.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:

  • EDRC

I am interested in serving in the ABE Educational Resource Development Committee. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I have been a part of the teaching team at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM) for over 10 years and I have been teaching first and second year medical students in many capacities within the college. My primary role is to develop and deliver content in biochemistry, genetics, and immunology. I have functioned as the course coordinator of Biochemistry for the past 8 years. This role has involved coordinating the efforts of several basic science faculty in three different sites, as well as working with medical education administration and the curriculum committee. I am based at the Macomb University Center, one of three sites of MSU-COM. I am also involved in pedagogical development and research. I am interested in developing curricular exercises and in increasing student engagement in classroom-based lectures in a large class, multi-site learning environment. I have been a member of ABE since 2012 and I have attended and presented in the biennial meetings. As an ABE member I have participated and contributed to the Nutrition QBank since 2019. Since the 2021 meeting I have also been participating in two projects that started during the meeting and are still ongoing efforts: the ABE Clinical LO project and the ABE Thread Mapping Initiative. I have found working on these projects very rewarding and I have learned a lot from interacting with my fellow ABE colleagues. I would like to become a member of the Educational Resource Development Committee. I think that with my many years of experience in medical education and pedagogical research and with my participation in several ABE projects I could be a valuable member in this committee. I would be honored to serve the ABE membership in this capacity.

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC

I am an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS, Bethesda, MD) which is a federal health professions academy of our nation with an MD program that is exclusively for the United States Military. I am an RNA biologist by research background and I have been involved in a lot of educational activities at our University. I serve as the course director for both medical biochemistry and graduate biochemistry and I am also the director of the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) graduate program at USUHS. The medical biochemistry course lectures are spread across six (Foundations, Cardio/Pulmonary/Renal, Neuroscience, Gastrointestinal, Reproduction and Endocrinology, Multi-system and complex diseases) of the seven modules of the ‘integrated’ pre-clerkship medical curriculum of our university. The subjects I teach the medical and graduate students span the entire spectrum of Biochemistry including, Integration of Metabolism, Basic Concepts of Metabolism, Bioenergetics, Enzyme Kinetics, Evolution and Bioinformatics, DNA Replication, Recombination and Repair, Transcription and Protein Synthesis. My teaching modalities include both traditional lectures and flipped classrooms. I was selected as the Dean’s fellow in 2019 and for the Dean’s fellowship project, I took up the task of compiling the faculty derived questions used at our university into a question bank and reviewing those questions to ensure that they meet the NBME standards. For this project, I have recruited many medical students who have been working with me to revise and convert several ‘test of knowledge’ type items into ‘application of knowledge’ type items often by creating and incorporating the clinical vignettes as needed. Since the teaching modality is changing rapidly across our country from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms, I believe having a solid resource of good quality questions will be several fold more important for any institution in future. Therefore I believe such resources developed by ABE will greatly benefit faculty and students across the country. In our university, year after year we have repeatedly heard from our medical students how valuable practice questions have been for their learning. I have been a member of ABE for the past 4 years and as an ABE member I reviewed five chapters for Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry, 8th Edition.

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC

Charles P. Scott (he/him) is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the thread director for Biochemistry in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He earned dual undergraduate Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Stephen Benkovic at Penn State University where he invented the SICLOPPS method for biosynthesis of backbone cyclic peptides. Dr. Scott’s passion as an educator is in developing interactive team, problem and case-based curricula for MD, PhD and PharmD students, and in using electronic medical records as a resource for curriculum development, revision and renewal. 

Committee Interest:
  • ERDC

As Assistant Professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, I am responsible for the biochemistry, genetics, and nutrition content in an integrated biomedical curriculum. ABE has been a valuable resource for me during our school’s transition toward a systems-based curriculum. Exchanging ideas with other colleagues on this platform has helped me integrate biochemistry with other disciplines and highlight its clinical relevance. I would like to join the ABE Professional Development Committee (PDC) to participate in organizing faculty development programs that expand these collaborations and broaden the participants’ access to innovative educational tools, new technologies, and career advancement guidance. During my tenure as officer on the Section for Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Nutrition on the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) I have created a secure repository for all ADEA members to contribute and share cases, patient boxes, and questions. I am interested in joining the EDRC to collaborate developing similar shared teaching and assessment resources for biochemistry educators

Committee Interest:

  • PDC
  • EDRC

I foresee a database of resources for biochemistry educators available across medical schools, pharmacy schools and expanding into undergraduate education to utilize best teaching practices. The resources created by the Association of Biochemistry Educators will be employed to create a platform of lectures and database of assessment items containing materials relevant to various programs. With the ever changing face of science, the databases will need to be updated routinely. I can imagine a one stop shop for biochemistry related materials for educators to utilize in various courses taught at medical, pharmacy and undergraduate courses around the country.  Full Bio

Committee Interest:
  • EDRC


I am interested in serving on the JEDI Committee as I believe that it is necessary that we uphold these values within this organization as well as at our institutions. From creating inclusive learning environments to ensuring diverse perspectives are included in best practices, I want to help ABE carry out its missionFull Bio

Committee Interest:
  • JEDI

As a second-year biochemistry faculty member, who joined ABE during the pandemic, I’m actively seeking an opportunity to connect with colleagues from other institutions through service. As a faculty member at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, my approach to teaching has crystallized as an active, enthusiastic, detail-oriented tour of content that some in the audience find highly nuanced, or even boring at times, compared to the excitement of clinical practice. I see service on the ABE Finance Committee as a great fit for my skills and personality. I am Microsoft Excel certified. My current research interests center on meticulous bioinformatics analysis and grant writing for future laboratory studies. I enjoy working “behind the scenes”. I am highly organized, great with time management, and I communicate in a timely manner. I am regarded as reliable by my peers, as evidenced by my successful service as ICOM Research Committee Chair this year, after only one year as a faculty member. I am excited by the prospect of helping to support the work of the committee that ensures ABE monies are managed appropriately and accounted for, and that all stakeholders are kept appropriately aware. Further, I look forward to getting to know ABE at large through future meetings and events. Thank you for your consideration!

Committee Interest:
  • Finance

I am currently a Teaching Associate Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Carle Illinois), an engineering-integrated medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) that is training the first generation of physician-innovators. At Carle Illinois, I hold multiple educational roles including Medical Education PBL Facilitator, Biochemistry Core Discipline Lead, Co-Course Director for our USMLE Step 1 Review course and Lead Course Director of our Foundations: Molecules to Populations course and am carrying out educational scholarship related to these roles. My prior professional experience includes positions as Biochemistry Faculty at Midwestern University, AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona from 1997-2006, and then as Research Faculty in Biological Physics at UIUC until 2017.  I joined ABE in 2019 and was the inaugural recipient of the ABE Scholar Award.  I was elected to the ABE Educational Resource Development Committee (ERDC) in 2020 and am currently leading a clinical-biochemistry thread mapping initiative which began as a workshop at the ABE 2021 conference and has now become a multi-institutional research effort. I have found my work with ABE to be very rewarding and have benefited tremendously through my interactions with ABE colleagues and ABE programming.  I am invested in the ABE mission and would like to expand my involvement in the organization.  I am interested in joining the ABE Professional Development Committee (PDC) in order to help organize programming that centers on ways to pursue educational scholarship, leadership, and curriculum development related to integration of foundational sciences.  I would also like to be considered for the ABE Justice, Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (JEDI) where I could build upon my experiences as a member of the Carle Illinois Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) committee, UIUC Physics Diversity Committee, UIUC Gender Equity Council, and Inclusive Illinois representative.  If elected to JEDI, my goals would be to help develop opportunities and programming to help address challenges we face in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and student body in health education as well as creating an SDOH-integrated curriculum. Carle Illinois profile UIUC Physics full profile 

Committee Interest:
  • PDC
  • JEDI


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