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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

 

India Hairston

Indya Hairston 
hairstonik@mymail.vcu.edu
General Science
Mentor: Alisa Brewer

 

Martina Hernandez

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

 

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

 

Maroua Lahrach

Maroua Lahrach
mlahrach@vcu.edu
Biology

   

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 Ross

Raven Ross
rossra2@vcu.edu
Psychology

 

 

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

 


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


   

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.

    

Elijah Davis

Elijah Davis
daviseh2@vcu.edu

  

 Liam Lewis

Liam Lewis
lewisls2@vcu.edu

 

Maria Alexis Bent
Maria Alexis Bent
bentm@vcu.edu

Dora Obodo
Doro Obodo
obodod@vcu.edu


Demisha Porter
Demisha Porter
porterd@vcu.edu


Carlos Toro
Carlos Toro
toroca@vcu.edu


Kharrie Wimberly
Kharrie Wimberly
wimberlyki@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
Center of Biological Complexity and
Microbiology & Immunology

  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn Koebly, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Physics
Email Address: sean.koebley@vcuhealth.org

 

 

 

  

Jonathan Lindsay
IRACDA Fellow Summer 2017 – Present
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Email Address: Jonathan.Lindsay@vcuhealth.org

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Tan, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Email Address: jason.tan@vcuhealth.org

 

 

   

Stephen Wechman, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Email Address: stephen.wechman@vcuhealth.org