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


Lynn Matthews, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases 

Immediate Past Chair

Chad Hunter, PhD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism 


Jarrod Barnes, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care 

Pankaj Arora, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Disease 
Sushant Bhatnagar, PhD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism 
Christy Carter, PhD, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care 
Carmen De Miguel PhD, Division of Nephrology 
Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD, Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care 
Maria Pisu, PhD, Division of Preventive Medicine
Alexander Szalai, PhD, Division of Immunology & Rheumatology 
Robert Welner, PhD, Division of Hematology & Oncology 

Ex Officio

Cynthia Joiner, PhD, Department of Medicine Vice Chair