Dean and Professor, School of Graduate Studies and Research
Maria F. Lima, Ph.D is currently a tenured Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Her area of research is infectious diseases; more specifically, the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis. As the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, she has obtained innovative and substantive funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to enhance graduate training at Meharry Medical College.
Dr. Lima has been the chair and reviewer on numerous grant study sections for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health, including the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities as well as the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.