Research Committee

Charges and Responsibilities

McGovern Medical School Research Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean and Administrative Council on matters pertaining to research activities at the Medical School and makes recommendations for infrastructural improvements.  The Committee also screens and selects applicants for intramural and extramural grants/awards, provides oversight and management for the Dean’s Lecture Series, the Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture, the Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture, Interim Grant Assistance and Supplement Programs, and the Annual Medical School Research Retreat.

Current Member List

  • John H. Byrne, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean for Research – Chair Research Committee
  • Jon Tyson, M.D., Director, MS Center for Clinical Research & Evidence-Based Medicine – Ex officio
  • John Hancock, M.B., B.Chir., Ph.D., Sc.D., Vice Dean for Basic Research, Executive Director, Institute of Molecular Medicine – Ex officio
  • Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Ex officio


Term Expires 2019

  • Darren Boehning, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Anthony Flores, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Nicholas De Lay, Ph.D., Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Francisco Fuentes, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Absalon Gutierrez, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • John O’Brien, Ph.D., Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Siddharth K. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D., Internal Medicine
  • Nuray Yozbatiran, Ph.D., Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Term Expires 2020

  • Alemayehu Gorfe Abebe, Ph.D., Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
  • Jessica C. Cardenas, Ph.D., Surgery
  • John Hagan, Ph.D., Neurosurgery
  • Ilya Levental, Ph.D., Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
  • Rodrigo Morales Loyola, Ph.D., Neurology
  • Naoki Nakayama, D.Sc., Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Eva Sevick, Ph.D., Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Ba-Bie Teng, Ph.D., Institute of Molecular Medicine

Term Expires 2021

  • Wasim Dar, M.D., Ph.D., Surgery
  • Erin Fox, Ph.D., Surgery
  • Mandy J. Hill, Dr.P.H., Emergency Medicine
  • Theresa Koehler, Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Medicine
  • Jordan Lake, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Sudhakar Selvaraj, M.B.B.S., D.Phil., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Fabio Triolo, Ph.D., Pediatric Surgery
  • Consuelo Walss-Bass., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences