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Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association


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

The JFBRA will meet three times for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Dates to follow.

JFBRA Leadership


Elaine Hill, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences
Department of Public Health Sciences

Homaira Rahimi, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology
Department of Pediatrics

Senior Faculty Advisor

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