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New Member Training January 2022

  • April 4, 2022April 4, 2022

Please join us in welcoming our January 2022 trainees to the GEP community (pictured left to right, top to bottom):

Dr. Amaya Garcia Costas, Colorado State University-Pueblo; CO/NM Regional Node
Dr. Andrea Perreault, Elon University; Carolinas Regional Node
Dr. Craig Myrum, University of Maryland Global Campus; DMV Regional Node
Dr. Kathleen Roberts, Bishop State Community College; Southeast Regional Node
Dr. Phyllis J. Suris-Swartz, Durham Technical Community College; Carolinas Regional Node
Dr. Sara Lipshutz, Loyola University; Midwest North Regional Node
Dr. Tammy Castro, Bloomfield College; NY/NJ Regional Node
Dr. Tammy Dennis, Bishop State Community College; Southeast Regional Node

Special thanks to Drs. Catherine Reinke, Alexa Sawa, and Jamie Siders for facilitating their online training!

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Puerto Rico New Member Training

  • March 7, 2022March 8, 2022
Please join us in welcoming the new members who recently completed the Puerto Rico Regional Node New Member Training (pictured left to right, top to bottom):

  • Dr. Abigail Ruiz-Rivera, University of Puerto Rico-Ponce
  • Dr. Alondra Díaz Lameiro, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
  • Dr. Ángel O. Custodio, University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla
  • Dr. Belinda Román-Avilés, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey
  • Dr. Chad A. Lozada-Troche, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey
  • Dr. Darinel Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
  • Dr. Edu B. Suárez Martínez, University of Puerto Rico-Ponce
  • Dr. Edwin E. Traverso Avilés, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
  • Dr. Elsie Rivera-Ocasio, University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
  • Dr. Liza V. Jiménez Rodríguez, University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla
  • Dr. Miguel P. Méndez-González, University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla

Special thanks to Drs. Juan Carlos Martinez Cruzado, Marisol Santisteban, Norma Velazquez-Ulloa, and Enrique Rodriguez Borrero for facilitating their online training!
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New Member Training
December 2021

  • January 18, 2022January 14, 2022
Please join us in welcoming our December 2021 trainees and our newest members to the GEP community (pictured left to right, top to bottom):


Special thanks to Drs. Catherine Reinke, Jamie Siders, and Alexa Sawa for facilitating their online training!
GEP New Member Training Summer 2021 Session 3: headshots of eight trainees

New Member Training
Summer 2021 Session 3

  • August 12, 2021August 19, 2021
Please join us in welcoming our final group of trainees for Summer 2021 and our newest members to the GEP community (pictured left to right, top to bottom):

  • Dr. Bárbara Domingues Bitarello, Bryn Mawr College; PA Regional Node
  • Dr. Bill Andreopoulos, San Jose State University; CA Regional Node
  • Dr. Bill Gilliland, DePaul University; Midwest North Regional Node
  • Dr. Brian Schwartz, Columbus State University; Southeast Regional Node
  • Dr. Clare Scott Chialvo, Appalachian State University; Carolinas Regional Node
  • Dr. Jessica Petko, Penn State-York; PA Regional Node
  • Dr. Shuangying Yu, Central Piedmont Community College; Carolinas Regional Node
  • Dr. Stephanie Spielman, Rowan University; NY/NJ Regional Node

Special thanks to Drs. Catherine Reinke, Jackie Wittke-Thompson, and Chris Shaffer for facilitating their online training!

New Member Training
Summer 2021 Session 2

  • August 9, 2021August 19, 2021
Please join us in welcoming our second group of trainees for Summer 2021 and our newest members to the GEP community (pictured left to right, top to bottom):

  • Dr. Guy Barbato, Stockton University; NY/NJ Regional Node
  • Dr. Ivan Anastassov, San Francisco State University; California Regional Node
  • Dr. Krista Dobi, Baruch College, CUNY; NY/NJ Regional Node
  • Dr. Lori Boies, St. Mary’s University; TX/OK Regional Node
  • Dr. Pushpa Yadav, Middle Georgia State University; Southeast Regional Node
  • Dr. Sunjung Park, Central Arizona College; California Regional Node

Special thanks to Drs. Catherine Reinke, Alexa Sawa, and Joyce Stamm for facilitating their online training!

New Member Training
Summer 2021 Session 1

  • July 27, 2021August 19, 2021
Please join us in welcoming our first group of trainees for Summer 2021 and our newest members to the GEP community (pictured left to right, top to bottom):

  • Dr. Christine Richardson, UNC Charlotte; Carolinas Regional Node
  • Drs. Courtney Leisner and Laurie Stevison, Auburn University; Southeast Regional Node
  • Dr. Margaret Young, Elizabeth City State University; Carolinas Regional Node
  • Dr. Sara Cline, Athens State University; Southeast Regional Node
  • Dr. Stephanie Levi Blumer, Oakton Community College; Midwest North Regional Node

Special thanks to Drs. Jenny Mierisch, Judy Leatherman, and Jim Youngblom for facilitating their online training!

New Member Training
January 2021

  • January 21, 2021August 19, 2021
Please join us in welcoming our first group of trainees for 2021 and our newest members to the GEP community:

  • Dr. Austen Barnett, DeSales University
  • Dr. Christine Fleet, Emory & Henry College
  • Dr. Eve Mellgren, Elmhurst University
  • Ms. Holly Paquette, College of Western Idaho
  • Dr. Jamie Dyer, Rockhurst University
  • Ms. Mary Ann Smith, Penn State Schuylkill
  • Dr. Nik Tsotakos, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Dr. Quyen Aoh, Gannon University
  • Dr. Shuying Sun, Texas State University

Special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Mierisch, Dr. Catherine Reinke, and Dr. Alexa Sawa for facilitating their online training!

New Member Training
December 2020

  • January 12, 2021August 19, 2021

Please join us in welcoming our final group of trainees for 2020 and our newest members to the GEP community:

  • Dr. Christoph Hengartner, Barry University
  • Dr. Jack Vincent, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Dr. Katrina Stewart, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Lyndsay Rhodes, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Dr. Melanie Lenahan, Raritan Valley Community College
  • Dr. Natalie Minkovsky, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Dr. Tara Pelletier, Radford University
  • Dr. Zeynep Ozsoy, Colorado Mesa University


Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Reinke and Dr. Jamie Siders for facilitating their online training!

Carolinas New Member Training December 2020

  • January 11, 2021January 19, 2021
“This could not have been more than what I needed” was the comment of Jeffrey French from North Greenville University in South Carolina on the last day of the workshop. Dr. French was one of nine trainees that completed the New Member Training Workshop of the Carolinas Regional Node and his comment could not have been more perfect to encapsulate the feeling that this was a successful workshop. Everyone walked away feeling empowered and with plans to implement. Who was everyone?

  • Dr. Eric Goff, Midlands Technical College
  • Dr. Jeffrey French, North Greenville University
  • Dr. Karen L. Baracskay, Tri-County Technical College
  • Dr. Kristen Delaney Nguyen, Fayetteville State University
  • Dr. Mara Robu, Furman University
  • Dr. Maria Fadri, Wake Technical Community College
  • Dr. Mark Dugo, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Dr. Robert K. Reid, Meredith College
  • Dr. Taek H. You, Campbell University

We were thrilled to have three of our trainees coming from community colleges, contributing to one of the goals of our IPERT grant. One of the institutions is a HBCU and another one an all-women’s college.

This was the inaugural event for the Carolinas Regional Node after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the one we had planned for Spring 2020. We debated the dates and format and finally settled for the tried-and-true 15 hours over two weeks online training that Drs. Catherine Reinke and Jenny Mierisch perfected over the summer. They both were very helpful providing resources and advice, and Catherine met with us as we were in the planning stages and she also attended some of the training.

We had the privilege of having Dr. Laura Reed do the “Introduction to GEP” on the second day and Katie Sandlin gave the tour of the new GEP website that she and Wilson Leung developed on day seven. Katie also developed a terrific webpage for the training to keep everything organized and accessible at the click of a link. In the colors of the GEP, the training website had the same professional look of our new GEP website. Chinmay Rele created an awesome video for us to use for recruiting new members for the workshop.

The participants were really appreciative of the resources and support, and they bonded together. On our last day, Taek reflecting on the working days together, said: “do you realize that we were strangers just last week and now we are part of this group, supporting each other?” Mark shared a bioinformatics exercise he developed around SARS-CoV-2; we discussed having a symposium-like event next year at the end of the summer with our students; and Kristen also suggested a hackathon type of event for our students. Everyone was feeling energized and we, the trainers, were happy.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped with planning, developing, and executing. Laura, Katie, Wilson, Chinmay, Catherine, and Jenny. We could not have done it without you!


The Carolinas crew: Me (Marisol Santisteban), Indi Bose, Michelle Eller, Cathy Silver Key, Vida Mingo, Scott Tanner, and Catherine Ward.

New Member Training
Fall 2020

  • December 10, 2020August 19, 2021
Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the GEP community:

  • Dr. Ann Corsi, Associate Professor of Biology at The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Sarah Justice, Assistant Professor of Biology at Taylor University

We look forward to their participation in the GEP! Special thank you to Drs. Jennifer Mierisch, Norma Velazquez-Ulloa, and Judy Leatherman for facilitating their online training!