Dr. Glenn E. Simmons Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department or Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine Duluth. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He is a broadly trained molecular biologist, with published works in the infectious disease, cancer epigenetics, and science education. His current research explores the relationships between lipid metabolism and oncogenic protein stability in cancer tissues. Dr. Simmons believes that the lack of access to mentorship and sponsorship must be overcome if science, and society as a whole, is to move toward true equity and justice in the future. To that end, he has helped to establish mentoring programs in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area, to provide trainees with opportunities to learn how to effectively navigate their career paths. While training as a fellow, he co-chaired the UT Southwestern Postdoctoral Association Career Development committee where he helped students and postdocs hone skills that can be of use in any field of endeavor. Currently, he trains underrepresented students in his lab as core faculty in a well funded NIH-IMSD program.