Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of cultivating a mentoring network
  • Recognize how power dynamics can impact a mentoring relationship
  • Understand the responsibilities of a mentor to the mentee
  • Consider what can make mentoring relationships successful (or not)

With adequate support and resources, mentors can effectively guide mentees. This session will explore practical strategies and resources to support your transition from mentee to mentor. An introductory discussion about mentoring will be followed by a panel of experts who will share their professional experience and perspectives.

Reflection questions in preparation for course:

  1. Why do you want to be a mentor?
  2. What are the barriers that may impact your mentoring relationships (as a mentor or mentee)?
  3. Do you have any goals related to transitioning from being predominantly a mentee to a mentor?
  4. What have you learned as a mentee that you can leverage as you transition into a mentor?

Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers

This session explores approaches to developing a broad range of competencies integral to establishing and maintaining a successful research career. The series delves into the following competencies: team science, mentorship, project management, communication, leadership, and funding research. For more information and to access other resources and webinars in the series, please visit Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers.

Meet the Faculty Lead

Miriam Bredella, MD

Miriam A. Bredella, MD, MBA, is professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and vice chair for Faculty Affairs and Clinical Operations in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She established a department-wide faculty mentoring program which was awarded the HMS Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring. She serves as director of the MGH Center for Faculty Development and has established new mentoring initiatives. During the COVID-19 pandemic Bredella implemented hospital-wide and nation-wide initiatives to support women faculty and trainees, which received the 2020 Innovative Initiatives Award from the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, and she was awarded the Shirley Driscoll Dean’s Leadership Award for the Enhancement of Women’s Careers from HMS. Bredella is the co-PI of Harvard Catalyst’sKL2/CMeRIT program where she mentors clinical and translational researchers across all Harvard-affiliated hospitals and specialties. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Forces at MGH and HMS where she designed successful initiatives for increasing diversity in research operations.

Meet the Panelist

Kellie Ann Jurado, PhD.

Kellie Ann Jurado, PhD, is a presidential assistant professor in the microbiology department at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her postdoctoral training in immunobiology with Akiko Iwasaki at Yale University and earned her PhD in virology from Harvard University with Alan Engelman. She is the recipient of multiple prestigious grants and fellowships, including the L’Oreal for Women in Science Award and Pew Biomedical Research Scholar Fellowship. As a testament to her commitment to good mentoring practices, she was also recently awarded two trainee-nominated mentoring awards.

Session dates

August 31, 2022 | 3:00pm EDT


Webinars in this series are designed for translational researchers and research staff at any career stage. There are no eligibility requirements to participate, and attendees are welcome to participate in as many sessions as are of interest.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


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