About the Author
Dr. Lorena Infante Lara, Ph.D., is the Communications and Social Media Manager for the Division of Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In early 2019, she completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in the lab of Neil Osheroff at Vanderbilt University. While working on her doctorate, she was selected to participate in the 2017 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program as a Spanish language fellow, and spent the summer writing science articles for lay audiences at Univision Noticias in Miami. As a science communicator, she has experience writing about science for both scientists and general audiences, presenting to scientific audiences, and editing. Dr. Laura Daniel, PhD, is the Associate Director and Program Manager of the NIH BEST Consortium. She facilities interaction between all 17 BEST sites by leading monthly teleconferences, organizing annual meetings, and maintaining the website and blog. Before joining the BEST team, she was a productive member of the Roden Lab at Vanderbilt University. Her research focused on investigating how gene-environmental interact to produce arrhythmia phenotypes using both animal models and iPS cells. Dr. Roger Chalkley, DPhil, has had an extensive career engaged in both teaching and research. Over time, his interests expanded to include graduate education. He was responsible for designing the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), which has served as a model for graduate education for many other institutions. Subsequently, as Senior Associate Dean, he and Dr. Linda Sealy co-created the Vanderbilt graduate diversity program (IMSD), which has now awarded its 126th PhD in biomedical research to students contributing to diversity at this institution. This program last year was acknowledged as one of the nation's leading producer of African American biomedical PhD's. Over the years he has continued his interest in innovative approaches to graduate education both at Vanderbilt and nationally. He was chair of the NRC Workforce Committee on Biomedical Training in 2010, and was president of the AAMC GREAT Group in 2012. Currently, he is one of the PIs on Vanderbilt's BEST grant as well as the PI on the BEST supplemental award, which is the coordinating center. He has made a significant contribution to expanding opportunities within biomedical research for all trainees.