Kebreten Manaye, MD

Director of Outreach & Pathways


Kebreten Manaye is a Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at one of the premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Kebreten is the past Director of Graduate Studies in her department and has enhanced the participation of minorities in cutting-edge STEM programs. She is co-PI of the NIH-funded Howard University Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (HUADAR) program that identifies bright minority students from STEM disciplines early during their undergraduate years. She prepares them to successfully compete for graduate studies and other professional careers through extensive mentoring and training. She also has contributed to the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM), one of the NSF Science and Technology Centers, and has trained and mentored promising students through the Step-Up NIH program for two decades. Dr. Manaye is a gifted mentor to her students and faculty and foster diversity and equity in medical school. She will serve as NTH PI. Dr. Manaye and the team’s major role is to increase the number of women and URMs innovators through outreach and education, and to enhance equity and accessibility of neuromedical solutions. This program will expand diversity amongst neurotech innovators and increase participation by women, Black, LatinX, and communities of color. Dr. Manaye received numerous teaching and research awards. Recently she was elected as the first black woman to serve effective 2023 as the President of the Association of Chairs of Physiology Departments.