NIH Diversity Supplements Webinar #1

Join the University of California Global Health Institute in promoting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements for students, postdocs, and faculty.

Featured Panelists:

Rob Rivers, PhD

Rob Rivers, Ph.D., is a program director at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health. He leads programs that help ensure the biomedical research workforce reflects the diversity of the population and addresses all health concerns. Rob started and currently runs the international non-profit organization Umbrella Initiatives Foundation that provides improved educational opportunities to children living in poverty in Peru and Bolivia ( He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and his B.S. degree in chemistry from Kentucky State University. @robclayrivers

Geetha Bansal, PhD

Dr. Geetha Bansal is the program officer responsible for Fogarty’s HIV Research Training Program. Bansal, has worked in the Division of AIDS Research at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, she was also the associate dean for research and associate professor at Tulane University.

Shakira Nelson, PhD, MPH

Shakira Nelson earned her PhD from Penn State University in 2013, focusing in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. After completing her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014, as a Cancer Prevention Fellow, she returned to NCI and worked with Dr. Demetrius Albanes in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. Her projects touched upon various topics including examining associations in prostate cancer, metabolomics, and health disparities. Shakira is a Program Director at National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), working in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. Here Shakira manages portfolios of various training and research grant programs, helping to achieve the mission and vision of NIGMS and the NIH.