Broadly stated, the Research Development Group’s (RDG) mission is to recognize and reward research excellence in the Department of Medicine, to foster mentorship, and to facilitate the career development of junior research faculty. 

RDG Members

Chair

Bobbie Van Der Pol, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases (08/20)

Chair-Elect 

Chad Hunter, PhD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (08/22)

Pankaj Arora, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Disease (8/22)
Ronadip Banerjee, MD, PhD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (08/21) 
Jarrod Barnes, PhD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care (8/22)
Sushant Bhatnagar, MD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (8/22)
Christy Carter, PhD, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care (8/22)
Gareth Dutton, PhD, Division of Preventive Medicine (08/20)
Adam Edwards, MD, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (08/21)
Elizabeth Jackson, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Disease (08/21)
Richard Kennedy, PhD, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care (08/20)
Timmy Lee, MD, Division of Nephrology (08/21)
Lynn Matthews, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases (8/22)
Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD, Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care (8/22)
Maria Pisu, PhD, Division of Preventive Medicine (8/22)
Aadia Rana, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases (08/21) 
Gabrielle Rocque, MD, Division of Hematology & Oncology (08/21)
Alexander Szalai, PhD, Division of Immunology & Rheumatology (08/21)

DOM Liaison

Brittani DeLoach, MISE

Ex Officio

Cynthia Joiner, PhD, Assistant Vice Chair for Research
Victor J. Thannickal, MD, DOM Vice Chair for Research