Dr. Stanley Andrisse is a federally funded endocrinology researcher and assistant professor at Howard University, has a master of business administration degree in finance and holds visiting faculty positions at both Georgetown University Medical Center and the Imperial College of London.
His impressive resume also includes something unexpected: Andrisse was previously incarcerated.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, Andrisse will visit The University of Toledo to share his unconventional story and discuss both his academic research and the education advocacy work he has done on behalf of others who have been incarcerated.
A free, public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories Room 1059. Event parking is available in Area 13. A visitor parking permit is required to park on campus and can be purchased online in advance of the event.
In addition to Andrisse’s academic pursuits, he is the founder and executive director of From Prison Cells to PhD, a nonprofit organization that has worked with hundreds of currently and formerly incarcerated people to provide mentoring, scholarship opportunities, college readiness workshops, paid internships and more.
The event is sponsored by the UToledo Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Research and Sponsored Programs, the Department of Medicine and the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research.
Administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the G-RISE program is aimed at training doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds and preparing them for future careers in biomedical research.
Dr. Mahasin A. Osman, an associate professor of medicine in the College of Medicine and Life Science who leads the G-Rise program, said Andrisse provides a valuable perspective on what is possible with the right mindset and mentorship.
“His story is very compelling and what he’s doing with it is compelling — to go reach out to people like him and make them as successful as he is,” she said. “Within his specific life story there are universal truths. It’s resilience and overcoming adversity and seeing a way out. There are many aspects of his story that all of us can use.”
In addition to the public discussion, Andrisse will present a grand rounds lecture for physicians, residents and students focused on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in women and girls with polycystic ovary syndrome.
UToledo is one of just a few universities nationwide currently funded through the T32 G-RISE program. The five-year, $2.6 million training grant, T32GM144873, was awarded in May 2022.
The first G-RISE cohort began last summer. The University is currently taking applications for its next cohort, which will begin this summer.