Dr. Coffee is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine as well as the Program Manager of the Project Development Teams (PDTs) and Science Communication Studio which are part of the Translational Research Development Program at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).
In the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Coffee serves as a resource for trainee- and faculty-related research endeavors including project/study development as well as protocol and grant development and writing. He also directs the EM Summer Medical Student Research Program and is the sitting Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Within the CTSI, he is responsible for managing research portfolios of investigators utilizing the PDTs as well as direct oversight and management of the Science Communication Studio which supports scientific communication skills development and advice using one-on-one meetings, peer review facilitation, and workshops in order to position investigators to be better equipped to communicate with the public and submit more effective grants and manuscripts. He also leads a newly formed grant writing workshop that is available to investigators for assistance with all aspects of grantsmanship.
Before coming to IU, Dr. Coffee was in research and grants administration at the University of South Dakota. With a background in neuroscience and chemistry, he received a Ph.D. in neuroscience (studying Fragile X Syndrome) from Vanderbilt University, a M.S. in chemistry (studying aminoglycoside interactions with DNA and RNA triple helices) from Clemson University, and completed post-doctoral training at Northwestern University and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
When he isn’t working, Dr. Coffee enjoys Orangetheory Fitness, traveling to sunny destinations, and exploring local restaurants.