RCMI PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

The RCMI Principal Investigator of the program is Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D. He is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Distinguished Professor in Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As Principal Investigator, he is responsible for completing, directing, and reporting the progress of RCMI program directly to the University President and the funding agency. He serves as the liaison between the National Institute of Health and RCMI program. He is responsible for daily operations, organization and planning of the administrative and research and research-related efforts and continual development and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the RCMI program. The PI also ensures effective management and implementation of the RCMI program, coordinate and manage the program consistent with the overall institutional plans for strengthening biomedical sciences research capabilities. He works closely with the external advisory committee and internal advisory committee members, external evaluator, core leaders, faculty researchers, pilot project investigators, research participants and staff with the overall development of the RCMI Program.

RCMI ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The RCMI Associate Program Director of the program is Carl B. Goodman, Ph.D. He is Professor and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in Academic Affairs of the Florida A&M University. He occupied the position of Biotechnology Research Infrastructure Core Leader from 2013-2016 and the position of Associate Program Director since 2013-present. As Core Leader, a part of his responsibility for coordinating the research activities, he was responsible for the supervision and management of four research facilities (proteomics, genomics, flow cytometry and DNA repair/damage) within the Biotechnology Research Infrastructure Core.

As an Associate Program Director, he is involved, along with the Principal Investigator; in the management of the grant operations, organization and planning of the administrative and research and research-related efforts and continual development and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the RCMI program. He has an extensive background in being an effective administrator. Also, he is responsible for implementing the Pilot Projects Program and Recruitment and Hiring of Faculty activities within the Research Program Administrative Core of the RCMI Program. While at FAMU, he was the director of NASA’s most highly esteemed Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) for six years. Also served as the Admission Chair for the College of Pharmacy for three years and Professional Conduct Chair for 15 years. Moreover, he spent five years as Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Director before he was hired as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in 2016.

DIRECTORS AND CORE LEADERS

Administrative Core
Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: karam.soliman@famu.edu

Carl B. Goodman, Ph.D., Associate Program Director
Professor and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Academic Affairs Campus
E-mail: carl.goodman@famu.edu

Biotechnology Research Investigational Core
Selina Darling-Reed, Ph.D., Core Leader
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: selina.darling@famu.edu

Drug Discovery Core

Kinfe K. Redda, Ph.D., Core Leader
Professor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: kinfe.redda@famu.edu

Molecular Genetics Core

Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D., Core Leader
RCMI Principal Investigator and Distinguished Professor,
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: karam.soliman@famu.edu

 Recruitment and Hiring Core

Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D., Core Leader
RCMI Principal Investigator and Distinguished Professor,
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: karam.soliman@famu.edu

Pilot Projects Program

Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D., Core Leader
RCMI Principal Investigator and Distinguished Professor,
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Campus
E-mail: karam.soliman@famu.edu

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF

Brenda G. Arnold
COPPS Assistant Director
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The Assistant Director, Academic Support Services in the Research Program Administration Office of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is Brenda G. Arnold. Her administrative duties include program planning, personnel coordination, budgeting and locating funding opportunities for the faculty. She is responsible for reviewing all proposals prior to submission to Sponsored Research to ensure that each adhere to agency and University guidelines, and coordinates the submission of proposals to oversight committees. She assists the RCMI Principal Investigator and Associate Program Director in the preparation of all grant applications. She manages the flow of information and data from the faculty researchers and staff members. She also serves as the liaison between the Division of Sponsored Research and other administrative units in processing pre-award and post-award contracts and grants for the overall College’s Division and RCMI Program. She served as Coordinator, Research Programs and Services from 2005-2012 and the position of Assistant Director, Academic Support Services 2012-present.

Carla D. Pierre
COPPS Senior Grant Specialist
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The Senior Grant Specialist in the Research Program Administration Office of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is Carla D. Pierre. Her administrative duties include working with the Assistant Director in processing pre-award and post-award contracts and grants for the College and the RCMI Program. She is responsible for reviewing the College’s proposals prior to submission to Sponsored Programs to ensure each proposal adheres to agency and University guidelines. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and has over 6 years of experience in Research Administration. She has served in the position of Senior Grant Specialist since 2012-present.

Leola Hubert-Randolph
RCMI Office Manager
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The RCMI Office Manager of the program is Leola Hubert-Randolph. She occupied the position since 2001-present. Her administrative duties include overseeing operations of the RCMI Research Enhancement Administration office procedures and administrative support. She works with the RCMI Principal Investigator and Associate Program Director, Core Leaders, Pilot Project Investigators and Research Participants, Research Associates, Assistant Director, and Senior Grants Specialist to achieve the objectives of the RCMI Program. She handles administrative matters related to the Program, including accounting, ordering, contracts, personnel actions, preparation of external and internal reports, and etc. She is also responsible for the coordination of meetings and providing support to seminars and workshops.

FAMU RCMI Center Organization and Goverance

Florida A&M University has the appropriate organizational structure and oversight in terms of fiscal, human, and physical resources to increase and strengthening its biomedical and research environment. The University has an effective and clear organizational and administrative structure to continue to meet the objectives of the RCMI Program in terms of lines of authority.