RSP Scholars

2022-23 Research Scholars (Cohort 2)

The Research Scholars Program is aligned with national priorities for research diversity, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program goal of creating cultures of inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions by implementing well-integrated, evidence-based strategies and evaluating their impact on metrics of institutional culture, inclusive excellence and diversity. ​



Reuben Adatorwovor

Biostatistics, College of Public Health
Research interests: Dependence models for cancer survival analysis with competing risks; parametric, nonparametric and regression methods for population-based studies 


Yasir Alsiraj​

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine​
Research interests: Role of sex chromosomes on the incidence and outcomes of aortic aneurysms and atherosclerosis


Juan Canedo

Internal Medicine, College of Medicine​
Research interests: Prevention and early detection of cancer to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, particularly cancers caused by high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus in the Hispanic population


Fanny Chapelin

Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Research interests: Non-invasive MRI methods to track immune cell migration to foci of inflammation in different pathologies such as transplant rejection, autoimmune diseases and cancer


Brittany Givens Rassoolkhani

Chemical and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering
Research interests: Polymeric drug delivery to treat advanced stage endometrial cancer. Supplemental interests include addressing health disparities in endometrial cancer mortality, and targeted drug delivery systems


Julie Plasencia

Dietetics and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Research interests: Diet-related health disparities, particularly in type 2 diabetes and Hispanic populations, and the influence of ethnic, cultural food beliefs and practices of underserved communities