Governance/Organizational Structure

The MSM RCENTER is purposefully designed to engage a diverse cross-section of the institution's research community. This inclusive approach transcends traditional department structures and research disciplines. The Principal Investigator/Executive Program Director (Sandra Harris-Hooker), Deputy Director (James Lillard) and Program Directors (Elizabeth Ofili) have formed an Executive Team that has oversight responsibility for key functional areas. The scientific leaders for the key functional units have been selected.
The scientific leaders

Sandra Harris-Hooker

Governance/Organizational Structure

Elizabeth Ofili

Collaborations and Partnerships


Multidisciplinary Training and Career Development

Alexander Quarshie

Biomedical Informatics Resources

Robert Mayberry

Study Design, Biostatistics and Data Management Core (SDBDMC)

Priscilla Johnson

Participant and Clinical Interactions

Priscilla E. Pemu

Community Based Research

Brenda Klement

Regulatory Knowledge and Support

Vincent Bond

Technologies and Resources for Core Laboratories

Tabia Henry Akintobi

Evaluation and Tracking

The RCENTER Steering Committee

Comprised of all RCMI-funded Program Directors and other research unit leaders at the institution, has also been established. The Committee provides oversight of appropriate use of shared resources and also serves as a 'sounding board' for the P1 in establishing strategic direction for the R-CENTER.
Steering Committee

Principal Investigator/Executive

Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D.

Deputy Program Director

James Lillard, Jr. Ph.D.

Clinical Program Director

Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC

Translational Program Director

Biomedical Informatics Unit Leader

Alexander Quarshie

RCMI G12 Program Director

Vincent Bond

RCMI CRECD Program Director

Alexander Quarshie

Senior Basic Scientist

James Lillard

Senior Clinical Scientist

Roland Matthews

Senior Community-Based Scientist

Daniel Blumenthal

Senior Multidisciplinary Team Mentor

George Rust

The Research Advisory Council, a cross-section of senior investigators and stakeholders from various departments and research centers/institutes at Morehouse School of Medicine serves as the Internal Advisory Committee for the R-CENTER.
  • R-Center Goal
  • The long-term goal of the R-CENTER is to train the next generation of minority clinical and translational scientists to pursue multidisciplinary approaches to discovery science that translate into the amelioration of health disparities.
  • MSM has experienced tremendous growth and success of its research enterprise over the past decade based on a strategic plan that focuses our talent and resources in discrete areas that will serve the needs of minority communities.
  • This R-CENTER builds upon the foundational infrastructure developed with the careful stewardship and investments of RCMI resources over the past decade. Our approach is to further enhance our research capacity in clinical and translational science by building effective partnerships and seeking synergies that leverage the collective strengths of our talented faculty, trainees, students and collaborators
  • R-Center Aims
  • Aim 1: Transform Our Institution - Establish an organizational framework for conducting clinical and translational research.
  • Aim 2: Transform Our Research Environment - Establish a robust research and vibrant training environment that fosters innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical/translational research.
  • Aim 3: Transform the Community of Biomedical Scientists-Training the Next Generation. Establish an institution-wide mechanism for recruiting, training and mentoring a critical mass of talented faculty engaged in multi-disciplinary clinical/translational research.