Member Group: Research Education Program Management
ChicagoCHEC Role: Site Director
Organization: Northeastern Illinois University
Title: Research Center Manager
Joeli Brinkman is the Research Center Manager and Site Director for Northeastern Illinois. Joeli received her Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology from the Louisiana State Health Science Center in New Orleans. She then spent several years in the cancer field doing basic science research on Cervical Cancer detection and vaccination and Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancers before becoming a Program Manager at the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, Joeli ran a large P30 center grant focused on Digestive Disease research including Colon Cancer. Her unique experience in basic science research and program management and her passion for coaching and promoting diversity in the next generation of scientists adds a unique perspective to the educational and outreach programming of the ChicagoCHEC collaborative.
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ChicagoCHEC Role: Research Education Core Co-Leader
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Jorge Girotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at UIC. He is also Associate Dean and Director, Special Curricular Programs –overseeing Joint Degree programs (MD-MPH, MD-MBA and MD-MS-CTS), the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) in Medicine, and the Urban Medicine program. Dr. Girotti is also Director of Admissions, College of Medicine. He directs the Hispanic Center of Excellence, which aims to promote science and medical careers for Hispanic youth, expose undergraduate and medical students to biomedical and clinical research, and increase the representation of Latino faculty in UIC’s medical school. His persistence and vision has contributed in great part to the top ranking of UIC’s College of Medicine as a producer of minority MDs. Jorge’s efforts over the past 35 years in diversifying the scientific workforce has taught him that a complex challenge such as the scarce pipeline to medicine must be tackled through a variety of approaches.
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