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Professor and Vice-Chair Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, USA

Dr. Fletcher is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University. He is also Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Since 2004, He has been serving as the Graduate Program Director for the Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Nationally, he currently serves on the Education Boards for the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs and the American Society for Microbiology. He serves on several study panels for the National Institutes of Health, including study sections that evaluate grants for the training and development of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty at the early stages of their career. He serves on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals and is one of the Associate Editors for the Molecular Oral Microbiology journal. Dr. Fletcher holds Adjunct professorships at Universities in the United States of America, India, China, South Korea and Jamaica. The 2015 Lifetime achievement award was conferred December 18, 2015, on Dr. Hansel Fletcher by the Indian Association of Applied Microbiologist.

As an experienced and well-trained scientist in the molecular genetics and biochemistry of microbial diseases, his research program has been focused on oral bacterial pathogens important to periodontal diseases and inflammatory systemic diseases including cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition to his research program that has attracted more than 14 million dollars (US) in research funding resulting in 146 publications including papers (67), abstracts (75) and book chapters, he also has a strong record in the training of graduate students. Twenty graduate students, including 10 candidates with M.S. degrees, have graduated from his research program. Of this number, 4 currently hold university faculty positions. Twelve postdoctoral fellows have been trained in his laboratory, with 6 currently holding university faculty positions while one serves as the Director of Research and Development at a biotechnology company and another Associate Vice President of Academic Administration, Graduate Studies and Research.

As a scientist/educator/administrator from an underrepresented population, he has leveraged his experience to continue the development of a highly motivated people. One of his goals and guiding principle is to continue working towards promoting diversity within the scientific arena by actively recruiting and training students from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations and by serving as a role model, mentor and advisor to these individuals. He has been involved and will continue to be aggressively engaged in faculty development and capacity building at our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and academic institutions throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, India, South Korea and Africa.

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