Department of Integrative Physiology

Integrative Physiology: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Inclusion and Equity Leadership


Md. Abul Hassan Samee, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology
Committee Chair & Inclusion and Equity Ambassador

Susan Hamilton, Ph.D.

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Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Physiology 


Inclusion and Equity Committee


Our department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is open to all Integrative Physiology personnel. If you are interested in joining, contact any committee member or the admin office located in 414B.


Rose Elsaeidi

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Research Associate, Department of Integrative Physiology 
Research Staff Committee Member

Chih-Wei Hsu, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology 
Non Tenure Track Faculty Committee Member

Arielys Mendoza

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Graduate Student, Integrative Physiology
Student Committee Member

Robia Pautler, Ph.D.

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Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology
Tenured Faculty Committee Member

Janet Tran

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Administrator, Department of Integrative Physiology
Administration Committee Member

Nicole Trieu

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Senior Coordinator, Department of Integrative Physiology
Admin Staff Committee Member & Inclusion and Equity Ambassador

Joshua Wythe, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology
Tenure Faculty Committee Member

Rachel Yee

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Graduate Student,  Integrative Physiology
Student Committee Member


Our Activities and Events


Oct 2022: The DEI Committee hosted its first Physiology Trainee-Faculty Lunch. Department trainees were invited to have an informal open discussion with Integrative Physiology Professor, Christine Beeton, Ph.D.

June 2022: The DEI Committee and Departmental Faculty Recruitment Committee attended the “AAMC Holistic Review for Faculty Recruitment and Selection” workshop. Hosted by: Eric Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D. Committee members were invited to learn how to apply AAMC Holistic Review principles in faculty recruitment and retention situations.

May 2022: The DEI Committee hosted a departmental “Diversity Equity and Inclusion 101” seminar. Speaker: Eric Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D. Department personnel were provided with an overview of the Office of Community Engagement & Health Equity and the resources available at Baylor College of Medicine.

March 2022: Integrative Physiology Assistant Professor and DE&I Committee Chair, Md. Abul Hassan Samee, Ph.D., gave a seminar on machine learning and genomics to the Center of Excellence Transformed Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Scholars.

June 2021: The department developed and posted an inclusive, anti-discriminatory statement on our external webpage.

November 2020: The DEI Committee held peer-mediated discussion sessions. Department personnel were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on topics such as Infrastructure/Centralized Office, Recruitment & Onboarding, Retention & Advancement, Inclusion & Engagement, and Diversity, Inclusivity & Equity Education.

September 2020: The DEI Committee attended a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Foundational Principles of Inclusion Excellence training workshop. Hosted by: Toi B. Harris, M.D .and Antonie Howard Rice, Ph.D. Committee members were invited to learn about the inclusion excellence foundational principles.

July 2020: The department formed the Physiology Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Md Abul Hassan Samee, Ph.D. was appointed committee chair.

June 2020: The department organized an “Express Yourself” bulletin board. Department personnel were invited to express their support for social movements, make suggestions on how to combat racism and xenophobia, relate news, propose new departmental initiatives or ways to improve, express gratitude to someone, point out an exemplary behavior or deed, note events or seminars that you think people would be interested in, or share artwork or photos.