Congratulations to Dr. Janaina Alves

Congratulations to Dr. Janaina Alves, who has been awarded an American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) grant. The FRED Program is a structured mentorship program designed to promote grant-funding success for junior faculty at minority-serving institutions committed to the recruitment of students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM to the field of cell biology. Each early-career scientist works with a senior faculty research mentor with a strong track record of grant funding, with the goal of preparing a strong research or educational grant proposal for submission to the NSF, NIH, or comparable funding agency.

Dr. Alves is a junior investigator at the Assistant Professor level and a Neuroscientist working at the Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico.  She has been working for the last three years with Neurocognitive disorders associated with HIV and her professional long-term goal is to develop an active research program in neuroscience with a focus on translational research aimed to alleviate the neurocognitive deficits associated with HIV/AIDS.  

As a FRED scholar, she will be provided with the individualized structured help and extensive feedback from a senior faculty research mentor with a strong record of grant funding to enable her to prepare a highly competitive research proposal. Her mentor is Dr. Jonathan D. Geiger, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His background and success in research along with Dr. Alves’ disposition and interest in advancement in research provide the elements that this program supports.