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News & Events

OGPS is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Cunningham as the new Director of OGPS and Associate Provost of Graduate Studies and Research.   We thank Dr. Brian Mitchell for his outstanding service as previous Director of OGPS and Associate Provost of Graduate Studies and Research.  Dr. Mitchell will return to the faculty and research full-time.

  • The deadline for Terminal Degree Marketing Grant is Friday, October 10th. Find out more details about the Terminal Degree Marketing Grant here.

  • The Fall 2014 Postdoctoral Mixer will be held October 18th from 4-6:00 PM on the Uptown Campus. For more information or to RSVP, please email

  • Careers in Academia I: Initiating the Job Search will be held on Tuesday, November 4th from 5-7 pm. Registration information will be available soon.

  • Careers in Academia II: The Interview Process will be held on Tuesday, November 18th from 5-7 pm. Registration information will be available soon.

  • External Funding Resources
    Check out our list of external funding resources for fellowships, research grants, and postdoctoral training.


Katrina class’ member aims for 5 degrees.  

Daniel SullivanDaniel Sullivan is a New Yorker by birth but a New Orleanian by choice. The proud holder of three Tulane degrees, he is pursuing two more — advanced degrees leading to his dream of being a forensic pathologist.

“I’ve been in love with Tulane since the moment I first stepped foot here in October 2004,” Sullivan says. He was in the “Katrina class” of undergraduates who arrived on campus for fall 2005 but were displaced after Hurricane Katrina.

He returned to campus in spring 2006, graduating with honors in 2009 with two bachelor’s degrees, in the disparate areas of biochemistry and classical studies. Along the way, he chanced into a forensic anthropology course with professor John Verano.

That class lit a fire in Sullivan’s imagination and caused him to tailor his own MD-PhD program. He plans to graduate in 2018 with a degree from the Tulane School of Medicine and a PhD in forensic anthropology, studying under Verano. His master’s in anthropology is already complete.

Read more at the Tulane New Wave.


Grad Student Receives Research Grant

091014_jagoggins730_408_pbcTulane University School of Medicine graduate student Alan Goggins is studying how chronic infections impact immunity and how our immune systems remember those infections. Ultimately, he hopes that his work will contribute to the development of new medicines or vaccines that combat diseases caused by these types of persistent pathogens.

For his excellence in research, Goggins has been selected as a recipient of the American Society of Microbiology’s Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship, awarded annually to students who come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science. The award recognizes a few of the best and brightest rising scientists around the country and provides them with grant money to support their research, professional development and travel to scientific meetings for the next three years.  

It was Goggins’ background and interest in public health that led him into the field of immunology. He feels that the work he is doing now, with the support of the American Society of Microbiology, could have an impact on large groups of people.

Read more at the Tulane New Wave.


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