Investigator Development

Marla Berry
Marla J. Berry, PhD, Director, Investigator Development Core is responsible to provide oversight of all pilot and R-level research, conduct review of pilot and research projects and provide career development guidance to investigators. Dr. Berry will oversee the Team-Science Mentoring Bootcamp and Team-Science Pilot Projects Program. Dr. Berry is Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Co-chair of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, continuously R01-funded since 1993, and served as PI of the G12 RCMI in 2011–2017 and an RCMI Activity Leader and Mentor in 2006–2011. She has mentored 17 junior faculty, 18 postdoctoral fellows, 6 MD research fellows, 40 graduate students and more than 30 undergraduates (most of whom have been underrepresented minorities). Among faculty she has mentored, eight have been awarded R01 grants, and five have obtained R21 grants. Her research focuses on the roles of antioxidant enzymes in metabolic syndromes and neurodevelopment.
Elizabeth Tam
Elizabeth Tam, MD, Core Leader is responsible for providing oversight of the Team-Science Mentoring Bootcamp and Team-Science Pilot Projects Program. Dr. Tam is Professor and Chair of Medicine and the American Lung Association of Hawaii and Leahi Fund Endowed Chair in Respiratory Health. Her R01 research has focused on how sulfur dioxide released from the Kilauea volcano (Big Island of Hawaii) is measured and what affects its dispersal to  different communities on the island of Hawaii. Much ofher research has involved community engagement and participation. Dr. Tam was the previous Program Director for the RCMI Clinical Research Center. She has mentored 29 pre-docs and 8 Assistant Professors.
Richard Yanagihara
Richard Yanagihara, MD, MPH, Research Navigator is Professor of Pediatrics and a COBRE PI who was previously associated with the G12 RCMI as an activity leader in 1995–2000 and as Program Director in 2000–2011 and has served as Director of the RTRN Research Coordinating Center since 2009. Dr. Yanagihara is well qualified to foster inter-institutional collaborations and mentoring between Ola HAWAII, RTRN, RIC, CEC, IDC and will assist with the implementation of a career development program, which is personalized to each of the R01- and R21-type research project investigators. Dr.Yanagihara will assist Drs. Berry and Tam with coordination of the Team-Science Mentoring Bootcamp and Team-Science Pilot Projects Program.