Principal Investigators (Co-Chairs)

  • Luke Bradley, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Beth Garvy, PhD, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics; Office of Biomedical Education

Research Priority Area


How to Join

Interested individuals should contact Beth Garvy to join the alliance and participate in its meetings and other activities.


An important goal of the College of Medicine Map to Impact through a Transdisciplinary Strategy (COMMITS) is to “strengthen the quality and distinction of our educational programs”.  Our biomedical education programming has benefitted from individual faculty members committed to training the next generation of scientists and physicians developing externally funded programs designed to give underrepresented high school, undergraduate, and graduate students opportunities to be immersed in biomedical research.  They have taken advantage of granting programs through NIH, NSF, and other organizations.  Many of these funded projects are targeted to underrepresented populations in the sciences.  ABE is designed to provide an organized effort to systematically target grant funding opportunities across multiple funding agencies, provide shared resources to optimize budges, coordinate professional development activities and provide training to faculty who are interested in writing educational grants.  ABE is led by Dr. Luke Bradley who has successfully attracted funding for multiple educational grants and Dr. Beth Garvy who is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Education in the College of Medicine and has the vision of growing outreach programs to benefit learners at all levels.


Alliance Members

  • Luke Bradley, PhD, Chair, Department of Neuroscience

  • Beth Garvy, PhD, Office of Biomedical Education in the College of Medicine

  • Kevin Pearson, PhD, Director of Inclusive Research Initiatives in the College of Medicine

  • Brett Spear, PhD, DGS Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

  • Hollie Swanson, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, DGS for IBS

  • Nathan Vanderford, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Education at the Markey Cancer Center