Principal Investigator
Renee Reams, Ph.D.

College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Area of Research Interest: Prostate cancer health disparity in African American; global state of prostate cancer in men of African descent; environmentally induced cancer health disparities.

 The Principal Investigator, Dr. Renee Reams is Professor in Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences within the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She will provide overall administrative and scientific oversight, coordination of research projects, and coordination of training programs and oversee the entire MiCaRT program to ensure that all programmatic goals of the center are met, and that institutional support is provided to MiCaRT. She corresponds/responds to the NIH/NCI program officers as needed on MiCaRT programmatic matters.

Dr. Reams brings to this position a wealth of experience as Principal Investigator of the NIEHS/ ARCH grant and Director of the FAMU MBRS program; both programs promoted involvement of minority student and junior faculty in research with the goal of obtaining NIH mainstream funding.  Dr. Reams   is an active prostate cancer researcher and long-standing member of the FAMU Research Center In Minority Institutions (RCMI) program.  She serves as a Cancer Cluster Co-leader for the RCMI Research Translational Network ( RTRN) and is an associate member of the FAMU/NIMHD Centers of Excellence(COE) in Cancer Research Training & Community Services program. Her research interests in the global state of prostate cancer health disparity , she is a founding member of the NCI EGRP Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium ( CaPTC) and the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium ( AC3).Dr. Reams  also represent Florida A&M university on the on the national Health Disparities Education, Awareness, Research & Training (HDEART) Consortium.   Dr. Reams  is the ideal  person to direct the Florida A&M University MiCaRT Center base on her leadership experiences with minority  research training program (MBRS, DOD Undergraduate Research Programs),  and  grants to increase minority participation in mainstream research grant (NIEHS ARCH program).

Co-Investigator (from 2016-2018)
Cynthia Hughes Harris, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA

School of Allied Health
Florida A&M University
334 Palmer Ave
Lewis-Beck Building Suite 306
Tallahassee, FL 32307


Dr. Cynthia Hughes Harris serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and recently returned to this position after having served as Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences for 8 years (20– 2008). Following her first rotation as Dean she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A & M University. In that capacity, she was responsible for the academic operations of thirteen schools, colleges and institutes within the university which includes over 11,000 students and over 579 faculty. Dr. Harris serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, at Florida A & M University, where she is responsible for the oversight and management of graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health administration as well as undergraduate programs in health sciences, health care management, health information management and cardiopulmonary sciences. Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Illinois at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her undergraduate degree is in occupational therapy in which she remains an active practitioner and contributor to the field. Her masters and doctoral degrees focused on higher education and policy studies. As a researcher, one of her primary investigative initiatives addressed the results of the qualitative experiences of minority students in different academic environments. In this context, Dr. Harris has studied the lives of college students to identify and alleviate stressors that interfere with maximum academic performance and achievement. Another of Dr. Harris’ research activities focused on HIV prevention programs for high-risk urban adolescents. Dr. Harris has successfully implemented such programs in Chicago public schools as well as schools in the South Bronx section of New York City. At Florida A & M University, she has been particularly successful in receiving external funding for purposes related to the improvement of health professions education and the improvement of societal health.

Co-Investigator (from 2014-2016)
Verian Thomas, Ph.D.

School of Graduate Studies
Florida A&M University
515 Orr Drive
Suite 469 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307-4800 


To achieve the planning and execution of MiCaRT specific aims is strongly supported by the efforts of the MiCaRT Co-Investigator, Dr. Verian Thomas.  Thomas is the director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) at Florida A&M University (FAMU). During her tenure in the college, Thomas has provided leadership that has been very instrumental in the development of academic programs in CESTA over the past decade. Her educational background includes earning her B.S. degree in chemistry from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; the M.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. degree in food science from the Leeds University, England. Through her role as a member of the faculty and an administrator, Thomas has been actively involved in the professional development of her students. Currently, she serves as advisor for the MANRRS chapter at FAMU.

External Advisory Members Page


John Carpten, PhD (Chair)
Deputy Director of Basic Science, TGen
Professor and Director
Integrated Cancer Genomics Division
Head, Cancer Gene Discovery and Molecular Validation Unit
Translational Genomics (TGen)
445 N Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004 

Angela Adams, PharmD (Co-Chair)
Central Florida Pharmacy Council
1011 Horton Court
Oviedo, Florida 32765

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN
School of Nursing
University of Wisconsin
701 Highland Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Camille Ragin, PhD
Associate Professor
Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497

Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
217 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA. 19104

 MiCaRT Evaluator

Sandra Suther, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Institute of Public Health
Florida A&M University
Frederick S. Humphries Science Research Center, Suite 203C
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Ph:(850) 599-3108
Fax: 850-599-8830