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Diversity Program Alumni Updates

Every year, college students at schools supported by the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity receive training and lab experiences needed for careers in biomedical science. The following individuals were selected by their institutions as successful alumni who went on to pursue scientific careers. We congratulate all former program participants on their accomplishments!

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Dr. Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
Highlighted Profile: Omolola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.

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Lola Eniola-Adefeso was a Maximizing Access to Research Careers student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she graduated with a B.S.E. in chemical engineering in 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and spent 2 years at Baylor College of Medicine in the department of pediatrics as an NIH postdoctoral fellow. She is now an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Read about Eniola-Adefeso's research in Findings magazine.

Dr. Lee AggisonLee Aggison, Ph.D.
Aggison was an associate professor of molecular and cell biology and associate dean of the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Renato AguileraRenato Aguilera, Ph.D.
Aguilera is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr. Silvia BigattiSilvia Bigatti, Ph.D.
Bigatti is an associate professor of psychology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jason BiggsJason Biggs, Ph.D.
Biggs is an associate professor of marine biology at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory.
Dr. Dolores Bradley BrennanDolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.
Bradley Brennan is interim vice provost, director of undergraduate research and a professor of psychology at Spelman College.
Dr. Alejandro L. BrisenoAlejandro L. Briseno, Ph.D.
Briseno is a professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Justin BrownJustin Brown, Ph.D.
Justin Brown is an associate professor of biology at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Dr. Andrew CampbellAndrew G. Campbell, Ph.D.
Campbell is dean of the graduate school and a professor of medical science at Brown University, where he also directs the Pathobiology Graduate Program.
Dr. Luis M. CamposLuis M. Campos, Ph.D.
Campos is an assistant professor of chemistry at Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Violeta ChávezVioleta Chávez, Ph.D.
Chávez is an assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Dr. Samuel L. Díaz-Muñoz, Ph.D.Samuel L. Díaz-Muñoz
Díaz-Muñoz is an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Shawn R. DrewShawn Drew Gaillard, Ph.D.
Gaillard is a training officer with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.

Dr. Omolola Eniola-AdefesoOmolola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.
Adefeso is an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Dr. Laura Ferrer-WrederLaura Ferrer-Wreder, Ph.D.
Ferrer-Wreder is an associate professor of developmental psychology at Stockholm University in Sweden.
Dr. Karen R. FlórezKaren R. Flórez, Dr.P.H.
Flórez is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation.
Dr. Roberto Frontera-SuauRoberto Frontera-Suau, Ph.D.
Frontera-Suau is an associate professor in the department of biology at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.
Dr. Gabriel GalindoGabriel Galindo, Dr.P.H.
Galindo is president of Public Health Research Services, LLC.
Dr. Yosif GanatYosif Ganat, Ph.D.
Ganat is a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Stem Cell and Tumor Biology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Dr. Melody S. GoodmanMelody S. Goodman, Ph.D.
Goodman is an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Trachette JacksonTrachette Jackson, Ph.D.
Jackson is a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Dr. Erich JarvisErich Jarvis, Ph.D.
Jarvis is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a professor in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language at Rockefeller University.
Dr. Marquea D. KingMarquea D. King, Ph.D.
King is a toxicologist in the Office of Pesticide Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Melvin LimsonMelvin Limson, Ph.D.
Limson is director of education programs at the Association for Molecular Pathology.
Dr. Farah LubinFarah Lubin, Ph.D.
Lubin is an assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Alvin McKelvyAlvin McKelvy, Ph.D.
McKelvy is a regulatory specialist at Technical Services International.
Dr. Sandy MerinoSandy Merino, Ph.D.
Merino is a senior scientist at Novozymes, Inc., in Davis, Calif.
Dr. Teshamae MonteithTeshamae Monteith, M.D.
Monteith is an assistant professor of clinical neurology and director of the Headache Program at the University of Miami Health System.
Dr. Alejandro MoralesAlejandro Morales, Ph.D.
Morales is an assistant professor of psychology at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
Dr. Marti Morales-EnsignMarti Morales-Ensign, Ph.D.
Morales-Ensign is an associate professor of biology at Adrian College in Michigan.
Dr. Oliver F. NoelOlivier F. Noel, Ph.D.
Noel is an M.D.-Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University, where he participates in the Medical Scientist Training Program.
Dr. Nomeli NunezNomeli Nuñez, Ph.D., M.P.H
Nuñez is an associate professor of nutrition at Georgia State University.
Dr. Yvette Renee PittmanYvette Renee Pittman, Ph.D.
Pittman is associate director of the Office of Education at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH.
Dr. Arlie O. PettersArlie O. Petters, Ph.D.
Petters is a professor of mathematics, physics, and business administration at Duke University.
Dr. Fatima RivasFatima Rivas, Ph.D.
Rivas is an assistant faculty member of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Sederick C. RiceSederick C. Rice, Ph.D.
Rice is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Dr. Henry RodriguezHenry Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Rodriguez is director of the Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research at the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Alberto Rivera-RentasAlberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Rivera-Rentas is a research training officer at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIH.
Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-ValentinEdgardo Sanabria-Valentin, Ph.D.
Sanabria-Valentin is an advisor, research coordinator and an assistant adjunct professor at John Jay College in New York.

Dr. Pablo Rafael SacasaPablo Rafael Sacasa, Ph.D.
Sacasa is chair of the department of chemistry, physics, and earth sciences at Miami-Dade College North Campus.

Dr. Marion B. SewerMarion B. Sewer, Ph.D.
Sewer was an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Sean L. SimpsonSean L. Simpson, Ph.D.
Simpson is an associate professor in the department of biostatistical sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Dr. Karen A. SingmasterKaren A. Singmaster, Ph.D.
Singmaster is a chemistry professor at San Jose State University.
Dr. Lisan L. SmithLisan L. Smith, Ph.D.
Smith is a technology manager at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Elizabeth B. TorresElizabeth B. Torres, Ph.D.
Torres is an associate professor of cognitive psychology and computational neuroscience at Rutgers University.
Dr. José A. Torres-RuizJosé A. Torres-RuizTorres-Ruiz is chair of the biochemistry department and director of graduate studies at the Ponce School of Medicine.
Dr. Ruth WashingtonRuth Washington, Ph.D.
Washington is executive director for faculty and graduate student retention, inclusion and success at Kent State University in Ohio.
Dr. Edwin John WeeberEdwin John Weeber, Ph.D.
Weeber is a professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Diedra WrightingDiedra Wrighting, Ph.D.
Wrighting is student research training manager at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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