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Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association

JFBRA Call for Nominations Announcement


The School of Medicine and Dentistry, 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

Please watch for the new offerings for the 2024 - 2025 academic year.

JFBRA Leadership


Christopher T. Richardson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology and Medicine (Rheumatology)
Ambulatory Medical Director, Department of Dermatology

Katherine K. S. Rieth, MD, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology