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Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a degree in Biology. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), in Atlanta, Georgia.
Upon completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Harris-Hooker spent three years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, Washington. After training in Seattle, she served on the faculty in the Department of Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia. As a member of the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Harris-Hooker is currently Vice President/Associate Dean for Sponsored Research Administration, as well as Professor in the Department of Pathology.
While her primary research area is cardiovascular biology, she is also interested in ways to enhance the integration of basic, clinical and population-based research in order to address disparities in health. To further supplement her interest in addressing disparities in health, Dr. Harris-Hooker serves as Deputy Director for the Center for Excellence on Health Disparities. To bridge the gap between basic, clinical and population-based research, she belongs to a number of organizations, including the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks, the American Heart Association, and the New York Academy of Science. She is also a member of the Morehouse School of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Harris-Hooker serves on several national boards and external committees such as the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks, and the Board of Advisors to the Jackson State University College of Science Engineering and Technology.