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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.

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, Assistant Director of Finance and Administration, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Elaine Smolock, Director of Scientific and Scholarly Advancement/Director of Writing Services
  • Eric Vaughn, Director of Career Services