Six college faculty named GRO Academy fellows

Researchers at academic institutions like The Ohio State University tackle large-scale societal challenges and innovate leading-edge solutions. Tackling these challenges sometimes requires researchers to learn new ways to collaborate and integrate multi-disciplinary approaches. Six faculty members at The Ohio State University College of Medicine have been selected as 2024 Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy fellows to do just that.GRO cohort

Among the top research leaders on campus, these faculty will participate in a nine-week curriculum to hone their skills to lead interdisciplinary research teams. These faculty members will engage with leadership and teamwork experts from around campus and across the country. The following faculty members will gain self-knowledge, learn about leadership, team science principals, and develop practical skills to lead interdisciplinary teams.
  • Matt Briggs, PT, DPT, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of Orthopaedics and a researcher at the Sports Medicine Research Institute. His research evaluates neuromuscular and biomechanical factors related to musculoskeletal injury, joint disease and clinical outcomes. 
  • Guy Brock, PhD, is an associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and associate director of the Center for Biostatistics. He serves as the lead biostatistician on multiple ongoing clinical trials, ranging from early phase studies to community-based pragmatic interventions incorporating both efficacy and implementation outcomes. 
  • Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of Orthopaedics. As an orthopedic surgeon, she specializes in orthopedic trauma care with a special emphasis on geriatric care and is enthusiastic about integrating innovative technology into clinical care to significantly improve patient outcomes.
  • Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. His research focuses on a wide range of health services research topics, but it’s particularly attentive to the issues of organizational change for primary care and health systems. He uses theories that draw from organizational science, dissemination and implementation science, and health behavior. 
  • Shu-Hua Wang, MD, MPH&TM, PharmD, is a professor of Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on rapid tuberculosis diagnostic tests and molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 
  • Jason Wester, PhD, is an assistant professor of Neuroscience. His research studies how neural circuits in the neocortex and hippocampus are organized and develop. The primary focus is on patterns of synaptic connectivity between different types of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. 

Faculty can learn more about the GRO Academy application process, including information on self-nominations.