Advisory Committee

The Research Diversity Advisory Committee supports OFDIR by advising on and overseeing changes to the program as well as reviewing applications from prospective Fellows. Our committee members come from various departments throughout OHSU and are an invaluable source of support to the program.

Nicole Bowles

Nicole Bowles, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. She provides guidance to the advisory committee on matters related to supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Mary Heinrecher

Mary Heinrecher, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Basic Research at OHSU. She advises on programmatic goals and as the Associate Dean for Basic Research acts as a liaison between OFDIR and the School of Medicine.

Binyam Nardos

Binyam Nardos, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher, a mentor to fellow researchers, and an OFDIR Fellow. He advises the Program Directors on programmatic activities and professional development needs of near-peer mentors. 

Charles Thomas MD

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D. is the Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine at OHSU. He actively mentors diverse trainees within his field and provides guidance on aspects of the program relevant to research mentors.

Constance Tucker

Constance Tucker, M.A., Ph.D. is the Vice Provost of Educational Improvement and Innovation. She provides expertise on educational improvement, innovation, and advises on learning outcomes and assessment for trainees.

NithyaPriya Ramalingam, director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

NithyaPriya Ramalingam, Ph.D. is the Director of the OHSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She will share her expertise on program design and evaluation and help us to facilitate more  connections between OFDIR postdocs and the larger postdoctoral community at OHSU.