Reuben featured on FASEB website
Combining her passion for pharmacology and her love for teaching and mentoring students has been a winning combination for Dr. Jayne S. Reuben, assistant professor in biomedical sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.
“I was fortunate to have family members and instructors early on who provided encouragement and guidance; therefore, I mentor students to help them make informed decisions about their futures so that they can be successful.” Reuben said. “Whether the decision is about choosing a career or studying pharmacology, I strive to give them strategies to help them integrate and analyze new information for the various facets of their lives. Like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I truly believe that intelligence and character are the true goals of education.”
Her passion goes beyond the walls of the dental school. She is mentoring students around the country through the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Minority Access to Research Careers Program. Reuben’s mentoring work was featured recently in an article on the FASEB website. The article covers her role as a MARC peer mentor and includes a video clip describing her commitment to this activity.
For more than 25 years, the FASEB/MARC program has promoted diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences as well as the training and advancement of underrepresented minority students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and scientists by providing access to resources and training that incorporate a variety of programs and benefits. Reuben has served as a peer mentor since 2003.
“I love generating new knowledge, but more importantly, I love teaching students and getting them excited about my field – the field of pharmacology where we study new medications and try to understand why medications work the way they work,” Reuben said in the video.
“One of the reasons why I participate in the peer mentoring program at FASEB/MARC is because I love interacting with students, and I love getting them excited about science,” she continued.
In addition to her role as an assistant professor, Reuben is TAMHSC-BCD’s third-year medical pharmacology course director and lectures in both graduate pharmacology and the Summer Predental Enrichment Program. Her research studies the effect of bisphosphonate-associated jaw osteonecrosis in addition to investigating neuroimmune mechanisms of lung and temporomandibular joint injury.
Reuben’s FASEB/MARC profile includes a motivational video message as well as a humorous “Breaking the Ice” Q-and-A, which offers a glimpse into her personality. Visit the FASEB website at www.faseb.org, click on “MARC & Professional Development” and then “MARC Peer Mentors Network.” Click on Reuben’s name in the left column to reach her profile, and scroll to the bottom for the Q-and-A.