Qian, Meshnick earn UNC mentorship awards

The UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs announced four recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Mentor Award, including two UNC School of Medicine faculty members.

Qian, Meshnick earn UNC mentorship awards click to enlarge Li Qian, PhD

Li Qian, PhD, assistant professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and member of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, is the youngest faculty member to be honored with the annual Outstanding Mentor Award from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her lab focuses on creating new ways to regenerate injured heart tissue.

We’ve featured her work before, including this profile. In 2012, the American Heart Association ranked Qian’s research Number 2 on the list of Top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke research. She has also received the Katz Prize in Basic Science Research from the American Heart Association, a prestigious award given to young investigators in the cardiac research field.

Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with a joint appointment in the department of microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, also earned a mentorship award. His research resides at the intersection of molecular biology and epidemiology, and includes investigations of malaria and tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

The UNC mentorship award recognizes faculty members or advisors who have engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars as evidenced by the following:

• Advocacy for postdoctoral scholars. 

• Accessibility: open lines of communication to postdoctoral scholars.

• Creation of supportive environments for research, respect for the postdoctoral scholars’ goals, and assisted them in fulfilling those goals.

• Providing guidance in research careers and assisting the postdoctoral scholars in building professional networks through generous sharing of contacts.

• Demonstration of a sustained commitment to creating productive working environments that enhance the overall postdoctoral experience.

Other UNC Outstanding Mentor Award winners this year were Brian Pence, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Kathleen Mullan Harris, PhD, the James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology and adjunct professor of public policy in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Carolina Population Center Faculty Fellow.


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