Announcing the 2023 LEADER Cohort


The School of Medicine Office for Faculty is pleased to announce the 2023 LEADER participants.

The Leadership Development for Researchers (LEADER) Program is designed for junior faculty who are leading a research group and driving their own research agenda. The course provides insight into leadership and team building as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to harness creativity and innovation. The program was developed to bridge the gap between the scientific expertise that led individuals to a career in academic medicine, and the management skills that will be required to succeed as the leaders of small business units. 

Congratulations to the 2023 LEADER participants!


2023 LEADER Cohort:

Drs. Acker, Diaz Stransky, Han and Hemmers Profile images

  • Leah Acker, PhD, MD, Anesthesiology
  • Andrea Diaz Stransky, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Shuo Han, PhD, Biochemistry
  • Saskia Hemmers, PhD, Immunology

Drs. Hong, Hornik, Ibemere and Kaelberer Profile images

  • Chuan Hong, PhD, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Chi Hornik, PharmD, CPP, BCPS, Pediatrics
  • Stephanie Ibemere, PhD, MSN, RN, School of Nursing
  • Melanie Kaelberer, PhD, Medicine

Drs. Kisby, Klco, Lewinski and Mac Grory

  • Cassandra Kisby, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Natalie Klco, PhD, Arts & Sciences
  • Allison Lewinski, PhD, School of Nursing
  • Brian Mac Grory, MD, Neurology

Drs. Mettu, Mowery, Munjal and Ngeno profile images

  • Niharika Mettu, MD, PhD, Medicine
  • Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncology
  • Akankshi Munjal, PhD, Cell Biology
  • Gedion Ngeno, MD, Medicine

Drs. Osazuwa-Peters, Pasquale, Plichta, Sloan

  • Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, PhD, Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
  • Dana Pasquale, PhD, Population Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Plichta, MD, Surgery
  • Caroline Sloan, MD, Medicine

Drs. Watkins and Yurashevich head shots

  • Charity Watkins, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Mary Yurashevich, MD, Anesthesiology