USC School of Pharmacy
Excellence in teaching and mentorship are of the upmost importance for a faculty member at USC School of Pharmacy. Teaching and mentorship of students represent the foundation of the sciences. I think that everyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am committed to the education and mentoring of students starting at the high school level and working up through all levels of graduate training. I foster a culture of mentorship in my laboratory where my more senior students have the privilege and opportunity to participate in mentorship as part of their graduate training experience.
I do this because I think that it is important that we capture the interest of our students at a very young age and that we pass on the responsibilities of sharing our knowledge via mentoring others. Notably, the role of the educator/mentor/scientist is ever changing as evidenced by the reduction of boundaries among basic, clinical and patient-oriented researchers. These changes are leading us towards a single, continuous, bidirectional spectrum commonly termed translational research, translational science or translational medicine. I strive to ensure that my students are as prepared and as competitive as possible for this ever-changing environment as they transition from working under my mentorship to going forward into their next position and most likely into a role where they take on additional responsibilities as the next generation of educators and mentors.