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Current Trainees

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars
The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars Program (IMSD) provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. 

  

Jasmyn S. Abrams
abramsjs@vcu.edu

 

Linda M. Alexander
alexanderlm@vcu.edu
Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dianne Pawluk

 

Tyler J Braxton
braxtontj@vcu.edu
Psychology
Mentor: Joe Porter 

 


lizette carrasco
     Lizette Carrasco
 
carrascoli@vcu.edu 
Biology
Mentor: Kimberly Jefferson

 

Ariana DeCastro

Ariana J DeCastro
decastroajl@vcu.edu
Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Chris Lemmon

 

Pascaline Ezouah
ezouahpe@vcu.edu
Aspire

 

Martina Hernandez

Martina Hernandez
hernandezml@vcu.edu
Anatomy & Neurobiology
Mentor: Jeff Dupree

 

Sarah Izobel
       Sarah Izabel
izabelss@vcu.edu
Psychology
Mentor: Jeff Dupree

 

Silsila Mahmoodi
mahmoodis3@vcu.edu
Chemistry
Mentor: Heather Lucas

 

Candace Y. Moore
moorec2@vcu.edu
Psychology

 

Justin C. Moore
moorec4@vcu.edu
Pharmaceutics
Mentor: Sandra De Rocha

 

Suquoia Mosby
   Suquoia Mosby
mosbysc@vcu.edu
Bioinformatics
Mentor: Ping Xu

 

Raven A. Smith
smithra7@vcu.edu
CLSE
Metnor: Christina Tang

 

Kharrie Wimberly

Kharrie L. Wimberly
wimberlyki@vcu.edu


Zoe Villamar
          Zoe Villamar
villamarzd@vcu.edu
Bioinformatics Mentor: Andy Ottens


  

Minority Access to Research Careers Scholars
The VCU Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program is designed to provide research training for academically talented VCU juniors and seniors who are interested in biomedical research careers.
PENDING RENEWAL!

 

 

Health Disparities Research Experience

Community Engagement

 

 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Program Students
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' Short-term Educator Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) provides undergraduate students an opportunity to spend 10 weeks at a university of their choice working with faculty on a variety of research projects.

 

 

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Scholars

The Post-baccalaureate Research Education (PREP) Program is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the biomedical sciences.

  

 

Olivia Awate
awateoa@vcu.edu

 

McKinsey Bullock
bullockm@vcu.edu

 

Comfort Effi
effic@vcu.edu

 

Rockelle Guthrie
uthrier@vcu.edu

 

Rarnice Johnson
johnsonrn5@vcu.edu

 

Sage McNett 
mcnetts@vcu.edu 
Biology 

 

Yolander Valentine
valentineya@vcu.edu


 

 

   

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Ph. D. Program Students
The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Ph.D. Program provides Ph.D.-level training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.

Daniel Abebayehu 
abebayehud@vcu.edu 
Biological Engineering
Mentor: John Ryan


 

 Briana James

         Briana James
jamesbn@vcu.edu
Immunology/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Daniel Conrad

 

  

Nicole Jimenez
        Nicole Jimenez

jimeneznr@vcu.edu
Microbiology
Mentor: Jennifer Fettweis

  

Essie Komla 
komladamed@vcu.edu 
Gastrointestinal Research 
Mentor: Hamid Akbarali

 

 

 


 

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards

The VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) is a unique three-year postdoctoral program designed to train fellows in biomedical research and teaching.

Molly_Hyer

Molly Hyer, Ph.D.
IRACDA Fellow Fall 2016 - Present
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Email Address: Molly.Hyer@vcuhealth.org

 

  

stacey wahl
Stacey Wahl Ph.D.
School of Life Sciences
Department of Biology 
Fellowship Year: 2014-Present
Email Addressswahl@vcu.edu