Cariappa Annaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Publications: PubMed

Division of Comparative Pathology
Tulane National Primate Research Center
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Phone: 985-871-6632
Fax: 985-871-6510


Cariappa Annaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Comparative Pathology, TNPRC

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, SOM


M.B.B.S., Medicine, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

M.D., Pathology, Christian Medical College, University of Madras, India

Research Interests:

Dr. Annaiah was hired in 2015 to create and steward mentoring programs at the TNPRC. The goal of the Mentoring Program dovetails with the broader educational mission of the Primate Center. It is intended to facilitate the maturation of academic, scientific, and managerial knowledge and skills in junior faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students through the time-tested method of mentorship. The Program is viewed as a resource for mentees, to assist them in meeting TNPRC and Tulane University expectations. It is also an opportunity for senior faculty to share their scientific, and managerial expertise with the next generation of researchers.

With an increased emphasis on mentoring coming from the NIH Office of the Director, we instituted a formal mentoring program to assist our faculty development, which has been remarkably successful, as most of our junior faculty now have their own R01’s and independent research programs.

To date, three (3) mentoring programs are in progress:

Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, initiated in 2015 and aimed at assistant professors. Addresses quantifiable and non-quantifiable aspects of academia –– the official expectation of a certain minima of papers and grants, and the human endeavor involved to meet that goal. Senior faculty serve as mentors and each mentee has three mentors.

Senior Faculty and Senior Staff-led Sessions, started in 2016, is a forum for junior faculty and trainees to hear a senior scientist discuss their personal experience dealing with a particular topic that spans both professional and personal spaces, and to contribute their own experience.

Trainee Mentoring Program, initiated in mid-2016, offers research scientists, postdocs and graduate students the services of an experienced mentor in one-on-one sessions. Dr. Annaiah is the sole mentor, and holds voluntary and confidential meetings, under strict guidelines.

In addition, Dr. Annaiah coordinates the Summer Students Program. This 15 year old program consists of two arms, Research and Veterinary. The Summer Research Program is aimed at undergraduates while The Summer Veterinary Program is for veterinary students. This popular program attracts students from across the nation, and abroad. More details are found in the Education and Training page of this website,

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