Jeffrey A. Engler, Ph.D., Vice President for Special Projects at the Council of Graduate Schools, is part of the team supporting the NSF-funded Career Pathways project to understand the career transitions and skill development of doctoral alumni within the STEM workforce with the long-term goal of enhancing graduate training programs. He also leads the grant writing workshops for the Southeastern Training Hub of the National Research Mentoring Network, based at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Engler was Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; part of his research program studied matrix metalloproteinases as agents of health and disease, along with AADR collaborators Dr. Henning Birkedal-Hansen, Dr. Jack Windsor and others. As Associate Dean in the Graduate School, he managed the Professional Development programs offered by the Graduate School which prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for diverse career paths. Dr. Engler led UAB’s participation in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a national consortium of major research universities committed to improve undergraduate STEM education and serves on the CIRTL Leadership Team. Dr. Engler contributed to education in scholarly integrity and taught the research ethics course for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UAB.