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What is the G-RISE program?

The Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) is an NIH funded training program for pre-doctoral students from underrepresented groups.  The goal of the program is to develop a diverse pool of individuals earning a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University, who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. To learn more about the G-RISE and other NIH training programs click here.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Pam Lovern

Pamela Lovern, PhD

Pamela Lovern, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lovern earned a PhD in Physiology from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on mechanisms regulating blood vessel growth and development, and on how these processes are affected by chronic disease.

Matt Lovern

Matt Lovern, PhD

Matt Lovern, PhD, is an Associate Dean in the Graduate College and Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, where he has been on the Faculty since 2003. His research and teaching interests include behavioral endocrinology, physiology, and the stress response.

 Erika Lutter, PhD


Erika Lutter, PhD

Dr. Erika Lutter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Dr. Lutter’s lab studies host-pathogen interactions between bacteria and host cells.  There are two foci for research: 1) Chlamydia trachomatis-host interactions and modulation of host signaling pathways and 2) Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, attachment, invasion, and intracellular survival in epithelial cells.

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