Biographies of instructors who originally taught the Instructor's Guide to Prepare Research Group Leaders as RCR Mentors.



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Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
Director, Research Ethics Program, University of California, San Diego
Adjunct Professor of Pathology, University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0612
858-822-2027; FAX: 858-822-5765 |

Kalichman has taught research ethics for over 25 years. He is founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program ( since 1997, the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium ( since 2006, and the ethics service for the NIH CTSA-funded Clinical and Translational Research Institute since 2010. Kalichman is co-founding director for the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology ( since 2004. He has taught train-the-trainer, research ethics workshops throughout the U.S. and for groups and institutions in Central America, Africa, and Asia. In 1999, with support from the Office of Research Integrity, he created one of the first online resources for the teaching of research ethics ( He leads NIH- and NSF-funded research on the goals, content, and methods for teaching research ethics. Internationally, he has had significant roles in a collaboration between the AAAS and the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST), co-chairing the working group for RCR education at the 2010 Singapore meeting of the World Conference on Research Integrity, and assisting Korean leaders in setting a national research ethics agenda.

Dena Plemmons, Ph.D.
Research Ethicist, Research Ethics Program
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0612

Plemmons, an anthropologist, is a research ethicist with the UCSD Research Ethics Program and the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium. Plemmons leads seminars and train the trainer workshops on research ethics, and teaches courses to help NIH and NSF grantees meet requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. Her work in research ethics has ranged from consulting in Ghana, Mexico, and Taiwan on research ethics curricula to serving as 2009-2011 Scientist in Residence for ethics and science education at the Montgomery Middle School in San Diego. Plemmons was part of a small U.S. delegation with the AAAS to meet with counterparts from the China Association of Science and Technology in September 2012 to promote dialogue between scientists socialized in the U.S. and Chinese cultures about the ethical dimensions of the practice of science. In early 2013, she served as one of the hosts for a delegation from South Korea who came to UC San Diego for a weeklong series of programs and meetings to inform their plans for national approaches to research ethics. Plemmons was elected a AAAS Fellow in 2012, and served as Chair of the Committee on Ethics of the American Anthropological Association for four years, leading the task force that reviewed and revised the Association’s code of ethics. She received the President’s Award in 2011 for her work on behalf of the Association.

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