External Advisory Committee

A distinguished committee of researchers and practitioners offer invaluable contributions to the RCMI Program at Meharry Medical College.  The growth of the depth and breadth of research at Meharry is due in large part to their ongoing counsel. 

Cesar D. Fermin, Ph.D., Chair
Dean Grad. Studies & Research
CAS, Kenney Hall 44-320
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Research Specialty:  Expertise in neurobiology of vertebrates’ vestibular complex & HIV/AIDS
Steven Brant, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Meyerhof Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Laboratory
Johns Hopkins Hospital
1503 E. Jefferson Street
Room B136
Baltimore, MD 21231
Research Specialty:  Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Wonder Puryear Drake, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
1161 21st Avenue, A2200 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2582
Research Specialty:  Sarcoidosis, Bacteria, Infectious Disease and Microbiology
Walter R. Frontera, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of PM&R
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2201 Children's Way - Suite 1014
Nashville, TN 37212
Research Specialty:  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jerry Guyden, Ph.D.
Department of Biology, Room MR-526
City College of New York 138th Street & Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Research Specialty:  Molecular Immunology
Susan Halabi, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
2424 Erwin Road,
8019 Hock Plaza
Durham, NC, 27705
Research Specialty:  Biostatics and Bioinformatics and Cancer Epidemiology
Robert A. Kirken, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
Biological Sciences
University of Texas El Paso
500 West University Avenue
Bell Hall, Room 226
El Paso, TX 79968-0519
Research Specialty:  Molecular Immunoregulation and Autoimmune Disorders
William M. Southerland, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Howard University
College of Medicine
520 W Street, N.W., Room 436
Washington, DC 20059
Research Specialty:  Simulation of Biomolecules and Translational Bioinformatics