Administrative Committees

APT Committee. The Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee evaluates faculty performance annually and makes recommendations to the Chair regarding performance as well as promotion or tenure matters. Members also review secondary faculty credentials for consideration of promotion and/or tenure.

  • Yingzi Cong, PhD, Chair
  • Janice Endsley, PhD
  • Chien-Te "Kent" Tseng, PhD
  • Lynn Soong, MD, PhD
  • Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhD
  • Johnny W. Peterson, PhD
  • Tian Wang, PhD
  • Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA, ex officio


Chairman's Advisory Committee. This committee meets monthly to discuss and advise the Chair concerning important departmental policies and practices. Members have been instrumental in developing guidelines for space planning and teaching assignments, changing the APT process, developing the faculty compensation plan, managing the departmental self-study, and operational issues.

  • Istvan Boldogh, PhD
  • Yingzi Cong, PhD
  • Ashok Chopra, PhD, CSc
  • Janice Endsley, PhD
  • Nisha Garg, PhD
  • Lynn Soong, MD, PhD
  • Alfred Torres, PhD
  • James LeDuc, PhD
  • Sonia Gonzalez, MBA, ex officio
  • Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA, ex officio


Core Facilities Committee. This committee develops business plans, sets annual goals, and works to improve the performance of the cores.

  • Janice Endsley, PhD, Chair
  • Istvan Boldogh, PhD
  • Johnny W. Peterson, PhD
  • Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA, ex officio


Equipment Committee. This committee makes recommendations concerning the purchase and maintenance of departmental equipment.

  • Istvan Boldogh, PhD, Chair
  • Yingzi Cong, PhD
  • Tonyia Eaves-Pyles, PhD
  • Chien-Te (Kent) Tseng, PhD
  • Jiaren Sun, PhD
  • Tian Wang, PhD
  • Minkyung Yi, PhD
  • Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA, ex officio
  • Mardelle Susman, MA, ex officio


Safety & Hurricane Preparedness Committee. This committee is responsible for preparing for and assessing damages after a hurricane or disaster. The Chair also provides training for new employees in safety and equipment use and maintenance.

  • Istvan Boldogh, PhD
  • Ashok Chopra, PhD
  • Haito Hu, PhD
  • Andrew McNees, PhD, MBA
  • Alfredo Torres, PhD
  • Scott Weaver, PhD


Seminar Committee. This committee selects and hosts seminar speakers in program areas of bacteriology/parasitology, immunology and virology. Members work closely with the Department of Pathology to host an interdepartmental seminar series on infection and immunity.

  • Yingzi Cong, PhD, Chair
  • Dennis Bente, PhD
  • Chad Mire, PhD


Scientist Development. This committee focuses on career development for faculty and research scientists at different levels. Faculty grant workshops are organized to foster new ideas, collaborations, and grant preparation. The committee works with the Academy of Research Mentors (ARM) for mentoring support for junior faculty, and provides assistance for research scientists to enhance their professional growth and career advancement.

  • Lynn Soong, MD, PhD, Chair
  • Shinji Makino, DVM, PhD
  • Ashok Chopra, PhD
  • Nisha Garg, PhD
  • Alfred Torres, PhD


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