Roller, Barbra A., PhD
Administrative Director for the Graduate Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Program; Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs; Associate Professor
Cellular Biology & Pharmacology
Office: AHC2 664
Highly recognized for her student advising as well as her innovative teaching, Barbra Roller was the founding assistant dean for Student Affairs and is now the assistant dean for Academic Affairs at HWCOM.
Roller teaches premed students in the Graduate Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences program and in the FIU Honors College. She has won several FIU Faculty Senate awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising. She is the recipient of the HWCOM Excellence in Teaching Award and is an active member of many University and College committees.
She is passionate about inspiring youth to pursue a career in STEM and health care fields and to that end she has been instrumental in creating several pipeline and graduate programs:
- The Albert E. Dotson Premedical Pipeline Program – a longitudinal program for FIU students least represented in medicine
- Doctors of Tomorrow Premedical Pipeline Program (DOT Program)- an undergraduate summer program open to all Florida residents
- Early Assurance Program (EAP)- for FIU Honors College students
- MD/Healthcare MBA Combined Degree Program- open to current HWCOM MD students
- MD/MPH Combined Degree Program- open to current HWCOM MD students
- MD/MSHIA Combined Degree Pathway (MS in Health Informatics and Analytics)
- Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
PhD. Biological Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
AB, Biological Sciences, Barnard College, Columbia University, NY
Areas of Interest/Specialization
Roller has a particular interest in innovative teaching, incorporation of active learning strategies into her classes, and the creation of new educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is passionate about inspiring youth to pursue a career in STEM and health care fields and to that end she has created several pipeline programs for undergraduate premedical students .
Project: Doctors of Tomorrow Summer Premedical Program
Sponsor: Florida Blue-Building Grant Healthy Communities
Period: Annually, Active
Total Funding: $15,000