Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association


The URSMD Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association (JFBRA) is an academic peer group designed to serve the unique needs of early-stage PhD and MD faculty to promote their success in scientific discovery, funding, publications, mentoring, teaching and service to the University of Rochester and the greater Rochester community.

Purpose and Goals

  • Provide a forum for junior faculty to interact and to discuss the tasks and challenges that they face in establishing successful independent research programs.
  • Foster collaborations among basic research and clinical research faculty.
  • Facilitate communication among junior faculty through newsletters, emails, and JFBRA meetings.

Target Group Members

Any junior faculty starting an independent research program in basic, translational, and/or clinical sciences. Examples include but are not limited to Assistant Professors in the early stages of their careers, Research Assistant Professors and Senior Instructors.

Meeting Format

  • Discussion groups to provide peer support for specific topics (decided by group).
  • Interactive presentations and mentoring from senior faculty.
  • Structured networking sessions with junior faculty.

JFBRA Meetings

The JRBRA meets three times a year. Meetings for 2014-2015:

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00-6:00 PM (LeChase Assembly Hall - G-9576)
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:00-6:00 PM (LeChase Assembly Hall - G-9576)
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 4:00-6:00 PM (CEL Room 2-7520)

JFBRA Leadership


Michael (Rusty) Elliott, PhD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology

Michelle Janelsins, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Wilmot Cancer Center

Senior Faculty Advisor

Stephen Dewhurst, PhD
Vice Dean for Research
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology