Richard G. Merlink Appointed Director of Global Health for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health

May 6, 2016

To the RBHS Community:

We are delighted to announce that three Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences faculty members have been selected once again to attend the prestigious 2016 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute. The RBHS attendees are: Carol Lutz, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Emine Abali, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Sharon Manne, PhD Rutgers Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. These faculty members have been selected from a pool of applicants who responded to an open, RBHS-wide announcement. The selection process was conducted by an ad hoc committee of Professors Emeriti from various schools within RBHS. RBHS will support the tuition of the three faculty members selected to attend the program.

HERS is dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies, with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education. This competitive program features a 12-day higher education resource services leadership training course which provides a concentrated curriculum to help mid-career women in academia prepare to assume senior leadership roles.

Dr. Lutz is Associate Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Associate Dean for Curriculum, Rutgers Graduate Schools of Biomedical Sciences and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for Rutgers NJMS. Her extensive research over the years has focused on RNA processing and polyadenylation.

Dr. Abali is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her research has focused on understanding the functions of antimetabolites in cancer therapy and more recently in the field of medical education.

Dr. Manne is Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control and Section Chief of Population Science at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Manne is a leader in the field of cancer behavioral medicine and psycho-oncology and has been charged in building a Cancer Prevention and Control program for RCINJ.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Lutz, Abali and Manne on this terrific achievement.

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Robert Wieder, MD, PhD
Provost – Newark

Jeffrey L. Carson, MD
Provost – New Brunswick