The Mentorship and Networking Core (MNC) develops an in-person and online network of mentors and mentees in order to increase the number of scientists from diverse backgrounds in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research careers. The MNC oversees the development and management of this NRMNet.net website as an online resource for mentorship, networking and professional development. This includes the NRMN Guided Virtual Mentorships Program which entails a four-month experience with regular, guided interactions between mentors and mentees at a distance.
Our Leadership Team
UNT Health Science Center
Dr. Vishwanatha received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina in 1983. Dr. Vishwanatha’s research is in cancer molecular biology, experimental therapeutics and nanotechnology. His laboratory is investigating genetic markers that predict development of aggressive prostate and breast cancers, and nanotechnology-based therapies for breast and prostate cancers. His research is funded by NIH, DOD and other agencies.
Dr. Vishwanatha is actively involved in mentorship and networking programs to diversify the biomedical research workforce, and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students from under represented groups in biomedical sciences. As the founding director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities, a Specialized Center of Excellence funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has directed health disparity research, education and community outreach programs. For the past 12 years, he has organized the annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities that attract national speakers and participants. He serves on the external advisory committees for University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, PR; St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas; Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama; and Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia. He has been an active member of the AAMC GREAT Group, SACNAS and ABRCMS.