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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Distinguished Mentor Award


The DMA recognizes Thomas Jefferson University faculty members who excel in mentoring postdoctoral fellows. The award also serves to highlight the importance of positive and effective mentoring of postdoctoral fellows. A good mentor not only teaches his/her mentees but serves as an advocate, adviser and positive role model during the period of direct training and in the following years. 

The DMA was established by the Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in 2007. It is awarded on an annual basis. See winners below.

Eligibility

Each nominee must be a faculty member of Thomas Jefferson University, nominated by a postdoctoral fellow. The nominee does not need to be the direct supervisor/PI of the postdoc who submits the nomination. Faculty members are not eligible to receive the DMA in consecutive years.

Nominations

A postdoctoral fellow may nominate a faculty member who has mentored him/her for at least six months. Submissions are made using the official nomination form, limited to one form per postdoc per year. The nominator is highly encouraged to include supporting nominations from other current postdocs and/or letters of support from former Thomas Jefferson University postdocs.

Nomination forms and all supporting material must be e-mailed to Lisa Kozlowski or delivered to M-46 Jefferson Alumni Hall.

Selection

The recipient is chosen by the DMA Selection Committee, based on criteria set out in the nomination form. The Committee is chaired by Lisa Kozlowski, PhD, Associate Dean for Student & Postdoctoral Affairs, and consists of past DMA winners and postdocs.

The DMA is presented at the annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium or at another suitable event. All nominated mentors are recognized and a list of nominees is distributed via email to senior administration, faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students at Thomas Jefferson University aswell as listed below.

Past Winners

Bruno Calabretta, MD, PhD

2017 - Dr. Calabretta, MD, PhD

Nominees

  • Alok Bhushan, PhD
  • Leonard Edelstein, PhD
  • Pascal Jabbour, MD
  • Jeffrey Joseph, MD
  • Steven McKenzie, MD, PhD
  • Jay Schneider, PhD
2016 – Dr. Angelo Lepore

2016 – Dr. Angelo Lepore

Nominees

  • Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD
  • Angelo Lepore, PhD
  • Piera Pasinelli, PhD
  • Nicole SImone, MD
  • Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CCE

 

2015 – Dr. Andrew Aplin, PhD

2015 – Dr. Andrew Aplin, PhD

Nominees

  • Andrew E. Aplin, PhD
  • Theresa Freeman, PhD
  • Ulhas P. Naik, PhD, FAHA
  • Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CCE
2014-DrEisenlohr

2014 - Dr. Laurence (Ike) Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD (left)

Nominees

  • Jonathan R. Brody, PhD
  • Laurence C. Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD
  • Mark Fortini, PhD
  • Robert D. Lieberthal, PhD
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
Dr. Scott Waldman receiving his award

2013 - Dr. Scott Waldman (left)

Nominees

  • Jonathan R. Brody, PhD
  • Laurence Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD
  • Nancy J. Philp, PhD
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
  • Scott A. Waldman, MD, PhD
  • Philip B. Wedegaertner, PhD
Dr. Karen Knudsen receiving her award

2012 – Dr. Karen Knudsen (right)

Nominees

  • Flemming Forsberg, PhD
  • Renato V. Iozzo, MD
  • Karen E. Knudsen, PhD
  • Giovanni M. Pitari, MD, PhD
  • Michael J. Root, MD, PhD
  • Philip B. Wedegaertner, PhD
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
Dr. Renato Iozzo receiving his award

2012 – Dr. Renato Iozzo (left)

Dr. Gyorgy Hajnoczky receiving his award

2011 – Dr. Gyorgy Hajnoczky

Nominees

  • Andrew E. Aplin, PhD
  • Manuel L. Covarrubias, MD, PhD
  • Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD
  • Giovanni M. Pitari, MD, PhD
  • Philip B. Wedegaertner, PhD
  • Eric Wickstrom, PhD
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
Dr. Jan Hoek

2010 – Dr. Jan Hoek

 

Nominees

  • Eleni Anni, PhD
  • Manuel Covarrubias, MD, PhD
  • Jan Hoek, PhD
  • Karen Knudsen, PhD
  • Diane Merry, PhD
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
  • Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD
  • Suba Krishnan
  • Philip Wedegaertner, PhD
2009 – Dr. Jeffery Benovic

2009 – Dr. Jeffery Benovic

 
Nominees

  • Christopher S. Adams, PhD
  • Jeffrey Benovic, PhD
  • Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD
  • D. Craig Hooper, PhD
  • Diane Merry, PhD
  • Richard G. Pestell, MD, PhD
  • Satish C. Rattan, DVM
  • Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
  • Andrew Alan Quong, PhD
2008 – Dr. TheodoreTaraschi

2008 – Dr. TheodoreTaraschi

Nominees

  • Dr. Walter Koch
  • Dr. Hilary Koprowski
  • Dr. Marja Nevalanien
  • Dr. Hallgeir Rui
  • Dr. Theodore Taraschi
2007- Dr. Gerald Grunwald

2007- Dr. Gerald Grunwald

Inaugural award