Welcome To The Center On Health Disparities

As you navigate our site, we hope you gain a better understanding of health disparities and how the initiatives developed by the Center are helping to eliminate inequities in health care. To learn more, you may want to start with the Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Center on Health Disparities. We also encourage you to pay special attention to our primary areas of focus:

  • Research Training Programs
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Community Engagement

We appreciate your interest, and we urge you take an active role alongside us in eliminating health disparities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Center News



IMSD PhD Scholar Nixon Aruaz uses national fellowship to advance goal of reducing health disparities. 


Congratulations to Briana James for successfully defending her PhD "The Roles of Ceramides and ORMDL3 in Asthma Severity".  Briana is an alumna of the VCU IMSD PhD program. 


Congratulations to our undergraduate and postbaccalaureate scholars on a stellar performance at the 2021 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scholars (ABRCMS): 

Best Poster in Cell Biology - Ashley Cardenas, IMSD Undergraduate
Best Poster in Immunology - Likem Boney, VCU PREP
Best Poster in Microbiology - Brianna Dominguez, VCU PREP


Congratulations to Dr. Delisa Clay on her successful defense of her PhD at Duke University! Dr. Clay is an alumna of the VCU IMSD Undergraduate program.


IMSD scholar Stephanie Osei pursues her passion for medicine in the classroom and the lab.


Congratulations to PREP alumna Josly Pierre-Louis for winning the prestigious predoctoral training fellowship from the Ford Foundation!


Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Martinez for successfully defending her PhD!
Dr. Martinez was a biomedical engineer and IMSD Undergraduate at VCU who worked with Dr. Chris Lemmon. 
Dr. Martinez will be doing a post doc in Biotech in Charlottesville focused on Computational Biology and Autoimmune Diseases.


Changing The Face of Science: 10 Years in the Making

The future of biomedical research depends on a diverse pool of well-trained scientists. Yet there is a clear disparity in the number of underrepresented individuals who become biomedical researchers.  Through our programs and community partnerships, the VCU Center on Health Disparities (CoHD) addresses this issue by identifying, preparing and nurturing underrepresented scholars for highly competitive doctoral programs and research careers in the biomedical sciences. Click on the link to see how we are Changing the Face of Science.





We have over 75 mentors who have demonstrated excellence in research and training of undergraduate and pre- and postdoctoral students. Click on Dr. Teves' name below to read about our current Mentor of the Month.    




Our Mentees are accomplishing great things. Click on the name Gabi Gentile, Sarah Izabel, or Jonathan Lindsay here or below to experience a “Minute with a Mentee” and hear how our programs have helped each of them on their journey to fulfilling their dreams.









 Jonathan Lindsay PhD IRACDA fellow