Michael Sesma, Ph.D., is chief of the Postdoctoral Training Branch in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where he oversees postdoctoral programs for research training, postdoctoral fellowship, career development programs, as well as the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) and workforce modeling programs.
Program Director - Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity
Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where he handles the Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30), Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and oversees predoctoral T32 biostatistics grants. In addition to serving as the project scientist for the Coordination and Evaluation Center, Gibbs also manages research grants in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, and interacts with trainees through the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program. Gibbs earned a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in immunology from Stanford University, where he also conducted postdoctoral research.
Dr. Keith C. Norris is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines in the area of kidney disease. He is a leading health disparities researcher and a powerful advocate for increasing minority biomedical researchers (working from K-12 to junior faculty) and enhancing the research infrastructure of minority institutions. He was the founding PI for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN), the only National NIH network dedicated to reducing health disparities. He also served for 7 years as the president of the RCMI Program Directors Association.
Dr. Davidson's expertise is in evaluation research design and methods, strategic planning, as well as leadership, team, and organizational development in health research organizations. Her professional effort is shared as a co-leader on the CEC and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). These initiatives are complementary. The CTSA Program is developing an integrated network connecting 60+ CTSA hubs for conducting translational research nationally that has the potential not only for accelerating science and improving population health but also for becoming a major economic engine for the country. The CEC is concerned with promoting diversity in biomedical research to ensure under-represented groups have opportunities to lead and to become substantially more represented in the future biomedical workforce.
Teresa Seeman's research interests focus on the role of socio-cultural factors in health and aging with specific interest in understanding the biological pathways through which these factors influence health and aging. A major focus of her research relates to understanding how aspects of the social environment, particularly social ties, influence health and aging. In addition, she has extensive experience in research operations and has developed and directed data collection and data management systems for a number of multi-site studies.
The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.