Arnold Laboratory
Arnold Laboratory: The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies is located on the second floor of Arnold Lab.

OGPS Staff

UPDATED March 2020 - Please contact us via email or at [email protected].  We are working remotely.  

Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Elizabeth O. Harrington PhD
(401) 863-3281
Virtual office hours for graduate students are every Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Please use this link to schedule a confidential 20 minute meeting with Dean Harrington to discuss any issues, ideas, and news that you would like to share. 

Dean Harrington oversees the office and provides graduate students & postdocs with advice and support for all aspects of their training.

Associate Dean for Training, Education & Program Development
Audra Van Wart PhD
(401) 863-5120
Virtual office hours for postdoctoral trainees are every Tuesday from 10:00 AM - Noon. Please use this link to schedule a confidential 30 minute meeting with Dean Van Wart to discuss any issues, ideas, and news that you would like to share. 

Dr. Van Wart leads the development and management of a variety of programs for graduate and postdoctoral training, as well as programs to enhance physician scientist research career development.

Graduate Program Manager
Tracey Cronin
(401) 863-3281 

Tracey manages funding support for graduate students, plans special events and trainings, and helps advise students on graduate matters. She also supports Dean Harrington.

Postdoctoral Program Coordinator 

This position is currently vacant.  Please contact Tracey Cronin for Postdoctoral Issues.  

BRRTP Administrator
Jennifer Ducharme 
(401) 863-7346

Jennifer Ducharme is the administrator for the Brown Respiratory Research Training Program.  Jennifer also serves as a coordinator for the IMSD Program.

Program Director, Master's Program in Biomedical Engineering 
Marissa Gray, PhD 
(401) 863-5925

Dr. Gray manages and develops the master's program in Biomedical Engineering, including recruitment, advising, program design, and career development. 

Director, Masters Program in Biotechnology 
Jacquelyn Y. Schell, PhD 
(401) 863-5427 
Please use this link to schedule a meeting with Dr. Schell.

Dr. Schell is the Director of the Masters Program in Biotechnology. She advises and supports current Masters students throughout their time in the Program. She also fields questions from prospective Biotechnology masters students.

Training Grant Specialist
Brenda Slaney
(401) 863-2067

Brenda helps trainees find and apply for fellowships and grants, assists faculty with the preparation of training grant submissions, and provides template modules on various division/university resources.

Manager of Training Grant Data and Research Trainee Development
Melissa Walsh, PhD
(401) 863-6279

Melissa serves as a liaison between training grant principal investigators and administrators to assist in the preparation of proposals that support students and postdocs throughout BioMed. She is responsible for ethics training of all BioMed trainees and support for fellowship applications. 

Financial Manager for Graduate Funding
Cheryl L. Whiteside
(401) 863-1981
Hours: Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cheryl processes payroll and financial actions for the office, oversees the proper funding allocations for graduate students, and creates and looks after the OGPS budget.