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CPD Trainee Advisory Committee

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) Trainee Advisory Committee brings together graduate students, postdoctoral appointees, and CPD staff to strategically discuss professional development opportunities within the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Past events are evaluated and improved upon, and new initiatives are proposed and brought to fruition.

Committee Members

Elizabeth BelcherElizabeth belcher

SMD Graduate Student Representative - Translational Biomedical Science

I am a student in the Translational and Biomedical Science PhD program. I joined the neuroinflammation laboratories of Drs. John Olschowka and Kerry O’Banion, where I currently study the acute effect of low-dose irradiation on hippocampal neurogenesis. Before coming to Rochester, I received my BS in both neuroscience and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where I conducted research in the Translational Neuroscience Program. After graduation I worked in a clinical cognitive neuroscience lab for two years.

Anthony M. FranchiniAnthony Franchini

SMD Postdoc Representative - Environmental Medicine

Anthony is the School of Medicine and Dentistry co-chair for the U of R Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  His current appointment is to the Department of Environmental Medicine and the laboratory of B. Paige Lawrence.  The PDA helps to bring the postdoc population together for social events, networking, and professional development workshops.

Melissa GlasnerMelissa Glasner

SMD Graduate Student Representative - Pathology

I am a PhD student in the Pathlogy program. I work in Catherine Ovitt’s lab studying salivary gland biology. I received a B.S. from the University of Rochester in 2014 in Molecular Genetics.

Brianna SharesBrianna Shares

SMD Graduate Student Representative - Pathology

Originally from Geneseo, I received a BS in Biology at the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2015. Immediately after my undergraduate career I began graduate school. I am a PhD student in the Pathology program. I joined Dr. Roman Eliseev’s lab in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research focusing on determining the link between metabolism and bone formation using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). My goal is to help graduate students make the most of their graduate experience through engaging them in social events and professional development programs. In addition to CPD, I am the Secretary for the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and a member of Pathology Student Council.

Laura ShumLaura Shum

SMD Graduate Student Representative - Translational Biomedical Science

A Rochester native, I learned to love research while earning my BS degree in Biological Sciences from SUNY Brockport. I studied migration of pre-adipocytes, and was active in a handful of clubs and organizations. I then moved to Colorado and was a Research Assistant in an Orthopaedics molecular biology lab for three years. In 2013, I left the Rocky Mountains and returned to Rochester to join the Translational Biomedical Science PhD program, and work in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research studying stem cell metabolism. I believe that enjoying life both in and out of the lab is crucial to success in grad school, and I joined the Graduate Student Society (GSS) in 2014 to help foster the student community at the University of Rochester.

Jeff TithofJeff Tithof

AS&E Postdoc Representative (ex officio) - Mechanical Engineering

Jeff is the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering co-chair of the U of R Postdoctoral Association (PDA). He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working in the Mixing Lab with Professor Doug Kelley. The PDA helps bring the postdoc population together for social events, networking, and professional development workshops. 

Staff Advisors

  • Sharon McCullough, Director of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Stephen Naum, Administrative Assistant
  • Elaine Smolock, Director of Scientific and Scholarly Advancement/Life Sciences Writing Specialist
  • Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach