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J. Peter Gergen, Ph.D. J. Peter Gergen
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics
Director, Undergraduate Biology
NIH IMSD-MERGE, Principal Investigator and Program Director

J. Peter Gergen is a Professor in the  Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Director of the Center for Developmental Genetics at Stony Brook University. His research utilizes the Drosophila model system to investigate the developmental regulation of gene expression with a focus on Runt, the founding member of a family of conserved DNA-binding proteins with pivotal regulatory functions in human development and disease. He has previously served as a Director of the tri-institutional (Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory) Graduate Program in Genetics and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of Undergraduate Biology Pr ogram , which is the largest undergraduate major at Stony Brook, encompassing 3 different departments that offer over 70 different biology courses to over 13,000 students annually. His role as Director of the Undergraduate Biology Program has involved him in the national movement to transform undergraduate science education.


Karian Wright Karian Wright

Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, The Graduate School
Interim Director, Center for Inclusive Education

Karian Wright is the Program Manager for the National Science Founda tion funded A GEP PUI (Collaborative Research: An AG EP Alliance Model to Advance Underrepresented Minority STEM Faculty at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions) and the National Institutes of Health funded IRACDA NY-CAPS (New York Consortium for the Advancement of Postdoctoral Scholars) programs.  Karian has extensive experience in  higher education including admissions, recruitment, student services and retention. She also managed a College Jumpstart program serving over 500 high school students annually and developed a female empowerment program for over 300 young women. Karian has a firm commitm ent to the advancement of underrepresented mi nority students. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College.


Rosalia Davi
Rosalia Davi 

Program Manager, Center of Inclusive Education 

Rosalia Davi joined the CIE in March 2016 as the CIE Diversity Outreach Coordinator, where her primary focus was to grow the successful recruitment of underrepresented scholars for graduate and postdoctoral study across the STEM disciplines, and for the CIE's suite of externally funded programs. Rosalia is now the Program Manager for the NIH IMSD MERGE T32, Dr. W. Burghardt Turner, and GEM Fellowship programs. Prior to her time in higher education, Rosalia worked for a college access non-profit helping to bridge the opportunity gap for underresourced students at Let's Get Ready. With over 15 years of experience in higher education and non-profit management, specifically in experiential education, diversity graduate and postdoctoral recruitment, and program management, Rosalia has a demonstrated committment to supporting scholars from historically marginalized communities. She has a dual master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies and Communications Management from Simmons College, and is a Stony Brook University alumna.



Elizanne Warren-Russell Elizanne Warren-Russell
Program Coordinator, Center of Inclusive Education 

Elizanne joined the Center for Inclusive Education in September 2021 as program coordinator for the NIH IMSD MERGE T32, Dr. W. Burghardt Turner, and GEM Fellowship programs. Prior to joining the CIE, Elizanne   served as the administrative assistant for the Center for Criminal Justice Studies at SUNY Farmingdale and continues there as an Adjunct Professor.  Elizanne has a bachelor’s degree in Community & Human Services from SUNY Empire and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Molloy College. She is a strong advocate  for the education of single and teen mothers to gain sustainable careers.