Research and Innovation

Research Advisory Committee

Brand Launch 002The Research Advisory Committee (hereafter known as “the RAC”) is a university-wide ongoing ad hoc committee reporting to and supported by the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation.

RAC is deeply involved in new research initiative planning as well as Research Enhancement Assistance Program (REAP grants), Transition Funding Support Programs, and to advise the Division of Research and Innovation on how best to enhance research and innovation at HSC.

The RAC consists of key investigators and leaders from each college, school, and institute as well as executive team leaders from the Research Division to meet, discuss and evaluate how to enhance research areas of strength, research compliance and the overall research environment at UNTHSC.

Research Faculty
School of Biomedical Sciences Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy Rebecca Cunningham, Ph.D.
Usha Sambamoorthi, Ph.D.
School of Health Professions Karrie Curry, Ph.D.
School of Public Health Melissa Lewis, Ph.D.
Eun-Young Mun, Ph.D.
Scott Walters, Ph.D.
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Rita Patterson, Ph.D.
Kimberly Fulda, DrPH
Melissa Petersen, Ph.D.
North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) Dimitrios Karamichos, Ph.D.
Institute for Health Disparities (IHD) Basha Riyaz, Ph.D.
Research Administration
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation Brian Gladue, Ph.D. (Chair)
Associate Vice President for Research Administration J. Thomas Cunningham, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation Robert McClain, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Research Budget & Finance Mazen Barakat, MBA
Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Karissa O’Brien, MBA, CRA
Executive Director, Dept. of Lab Animal Medicine Egeenee Daniels, DVM
Director, Research Enhancement Assistance Program Meredith Fogleman, MBA


Membership in the RAC shall be modified as needed by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and innovation.

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) meets monthly.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
03-20-2024 RAC Agenda – March 2024 RAC Minutes – March 2024
02-21-2024 RAC Agenda – February 2024 RAC Minutes – February 2024
01-17-2024 RAC Agenda – January 2024 RAC Minutes – January 2024
11-15-2023 RAC Agenda – November 2023 RAC Minutes – November 2023
10-18-2023 RAC Agenda – October 2023 RAC Minutes – October 2023
08-16-2023 RAC Agenda – August 2023 RAC Minutes – August 2023
07-19-2023 RAC Agenda – July 2023 RAC Minutes – July 2023
06-21-2023 RAC Agenda – June 2023 RAC Minutes – June 2023