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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Diversity Programs: School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program

Our Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) will accept applications from November 8, 2018 through February 15, 2019 (12 midnight EST). Top candidates will be invited for interviews and to meet potential research mentors in early April 2019.  Selected candidates will matriculate in June/July 2019.  

Our Application will open in November.

PREP Provides:

  • Research Experience: Scholars will conduct hypothesis-driven research in their Mentor’s lab, with day-to-day guidance by an experienced PhD student or postdoc. Scholars will participate in weekly lab meetings and department seminars, and present research posters at our summer research celebration, two vibrant PhD program retreats, and a national meeting of their choice.
  • Community: Monthly science ‘chalk-talks’ and off-campus activities with a dedicated team of faculty and peer mentors (PhD students, postdocs).
  • Professional Training and Personal Growth: Scholars will participate in workshops designed to (a) improve spoken communication and scientific writing skills, (b) explore the PhD career spectrum, and (c) improve inter-personal skills by understanding their own strengths and ‘blind spots’.
  • Preparation for GRE exam, graduate school applications and interviews
  • Annual salary and benefits $34,000 plus benefits

Who Should Apply:

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents with a keen interest in entering a PhD or MD/PhD program from populations under-represented in the Biomedical Sciences.
  • College seniors or recent graduates with bachelor’s degree in biomedical science (biochemistry, chemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biophysics or related fields)

We consider a variety of factors that demonstrate scientific potential and motivation for PhD careers. Applicants should have strong grades in science and math (GPA 3.3 or better), or a strong upward trajectory in science/math grades. Exceptions may be made for students with research experience.

Please contact PREP-DDP@jhmi.edu for questions about PREP eligibility or general application questions.  

Meet our PREP Scholars!

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Jesús Acevedo-Cintrón

BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2015, University of Puerto Rico
Johns H
opkins PREP-2015 with mentor Ted Dawson (http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/research/faculty/19)
Current: MD/PhD student at 
Washington University (St Louis, MO) 

   
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Christopher Anderson

BS (Biology) 2015, University of St. Thomas (Texas) 
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015 with mentor 
Jennifer Ellisseff  (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/jennifer-h-elisseeff-ph-d/ ) 
Current: 
Biologic & Biomedical Sciences PhD student at Yale with mentor Yibing Qyang (https://medicine.yale.edu/stemcell/people/yibing_qyang.profile )

   
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James D. Barnett

BS (Biomedical Sciences) 2012, Auburn University (Alabama)
US Fulbright Scholar (Spain) 2013-2014
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015
 with mentor Robert Ivkov (http://mrs.radonc.jhmi.edu/content/ivkov/default.aspx )
US Fulbright Scholar (Spain) 2013-2014
Current: CMM PhD student
 at Johns Hopkins with mentor Zaver Bhujwalla (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/zaver-m-bhujwalla/ )

   

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Alyssa Florwick 

BS (Biochemistry  & Molecular Biology) 2015, University of Maryland, Baltimore County with mentor Michael Summers (https://chemistry.umbc.edu/faculty/michael-summers/ )
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015
with mentor Katherine Wilson (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/katherine-wilson )
Current:
Biochemistry PhD student at Duke with mentor Michael Boyce (https://www.boycelab.org/ )

   

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Jean Garcia-Diaz

BS (Microbiology) 2015,  Turabo University (Puerto Rico)
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015 with m
entor Erika Matunis (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/erika-matunis )
Current
: CMM PhD student at Johns Hopkins with mentor Ryan Riddle (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/ryan-c-riddle-phd/ )

   
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Elsie Gonzalez-Hurtado

BS (Biochemistry) 2015, University of California, Riverside
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015
with mentor Michael Wolfgang (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/michael-wolfgang )
Current: MD/PhD student
at Yale with mentor Vishwa Deep Dixit  (https://medicine.yale.edu/immuno/people/vishwa_dixit-1.profile)

   

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Kevin Justus

BA (Psychology) 2014, University of Central Florida
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015
with mentors Susan Courtney (https://pbs.jhu.edu/directory/susan-courtney/ ) and Veit Stuphorn (https://pbs.jhu.edu/directory/veit-stuphorn/ )
Current
: Neuroscience PhD student, Wake Forest University

   
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Ismael Munoz

BS (Bioengineering) 2015, University of California, San Diego
Johns Hopkins PREP-2015
with mentor Daniela Drummond-Barbosa (https://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/2213/daniela-drummond-barbosa )
Current
: Bioengineering PhD student, UC San Diego

   

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Lauren Askew

BS (Biology) 2016, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Johns Hopkins PREP-2016
with mentor Janice Clements (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/janice-clements-phd/ )
Current: MD/PhD student at
Emory University (North Carolina)

   
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Chelsy R. Eddings

BA (Molecular & Cellular Biology; Neurobiology) 2016, University of California, Berkeley
Johns Hopkins PREP-2016
with mentor Christopher Ross (http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/research/faculty/74 )
Current: BCMB PhD student
at Johns Hopkins with mentor Shigeki Watanabe (https://cellbio.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/shigeki-watanabe-phd )

   
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Elizabeth Henderson

BA (Biophysics) 2013, Hunter College (New York)
Johns Hopkins P
REP-2016 with mentor Robert Ivkov (http://mrs.radonc.jhmi.edu/content/ivkov/default.aspx )
Current
: PMB PhD student at Johns Hopkins

   

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Adriana Landeros

BS (Molecular Cell Developmental Biology) 2016, University of California, Santa Cruz
Johns Hopkins PREP-2016 with mentor Tamara O’Connor (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/tamara-oconnor )
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Current:
Microbiology PhD student at Northwestern University (Chicago)

   

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Arena Manning

BA (Neuroscience) 2016, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Johns Hopkins PREP-2016
with mentor Barbara Slusher (https://drugdiscovery.jhu.edu/about-us/people/barbara-slusher/ )
Current: Neuroscience PhD student,
University of Washington (Seattle) with mentor Franck Kalume (https://www.seattlechildrens.org/directory/franck-k-kalume/ )

   
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Caitlin Corona-Long

BS (Psychology) 2016, University of Oregon
Johns Hopkins PREP-2017
with mentors Michaela Gallagher (https://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/gallagher-lab/ ) and Arnold Bakker (https://bakkerlab.johnshopkins.edu/ )
Current: Psychology PhD student, Johns Hopkins with mentor Michaela Gallagher (
https://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/gallagher-lab/

   

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Cera Hassinan

BS (Neuroscience) 2017,  Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) 
Johns Hopkins PREP-2017 with m
entor Charlotte Sumner (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/charlotte-sumner-md/ )
Native Circle: http://caih.jhu.edu/training/scholars/cera-hassinan

Starting Fall 2019: Molecular & Cellular Biology PhD student, University of Washington (Seattle)
ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Scholarship
(https://www.arcsfoundation.org/ )

   

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Ambar Jimenez

BS (Biology) 2016, State University New York, Plattsburgh
Johns Hopkins PREP-2017
with mentor Rangaramanujam Kannan (http://kannangroup.com/ )
Starting 2019: Pharmacology PhD student,
University of Pennsylvania

   
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Cyrianne S. Keutcha

BS (Biochemistry), 2017, Georgia State University
Johns Hopkins PREP-2017
with mentor Sean Prigge (https://pmb.jhu.edu/directory/sean-prigge/ )
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Current: PhD student, Harvard School of Public Health with
mentor Manoj Duraisingh (https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/duraisingh-lab/ )

   
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Alejandra Patino

BS (Neural Science) 2017, New York University
Johns Hopkins PREP-2017
with mentors Gül Dölen (http://www.dolenlab.org/) and Loyal Goff (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/loyal-goff)
Starting Fall 2019: MD/PhD student at Duke University School of Medicine

   
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Melissa E. Fajardo

BS (Biological Science) 2016, Florida International University
Johns Hopkins PREP-2018
with mentor Nicholas Maragakis (http://cmm.jhmi.edu/index.php/cmm-faculty/nicholas-j-maragakis-md/ )
Starting Fall 2019: Neuroscience PhD student, Northwestern University (Chicago)

   
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Kelly A. Fogelson

BS (Neuroscience) 2017, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Johns Hopkins PREP-2018 with mentor
Kishore Kuchibhotla (https://pbs.jhu.edu/directory/kishore-kuchibhotla/ )
Starting Fall 2019: Biomedical Sciences PhD student, UC San Diego

   
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Gabriella Muwanga

BS (Biomedical Sci), 2018, Makerere University (Uganda)
Johns H
opkins PREP-2018 with mentor Michael Caterina (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/michael-caterina-0 )
Starting Fall 2019: Neuroscience PhD student at Stanford University

   
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Diego R. Ramos Ortiz

BS (Chemistry) 2018, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Johns H
opkins PREP-2018 with mentor James M. Berger (http://biophysics.med.jhmi.edu/people/james-m-berger/)
Starting Fall 2019: Biophysics PhD student at UC Berkeley

   
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Jordan Wilson

BS (Genetics & Genomics) 2018, University of California, Davis
Johns Hopkins PREP-2018
with mentor Patrick Cahan (https://www.bme.jhu.edu/faculty_staff/patrick-cahan-phd/ )
Starting Fall 2019:
XDBio PhD student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

   
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Aitana Azurmendi

BE (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) 2019, Cornell University (New York)
Johns H
opkins PREP-2019 with mentor Sandra Gabelli (http://biophysics.med.jhmi.edu/people/sandra-b-gabelli/ )

   

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Dezmond Cole

BS (Biology) 2019, University of Montevallo (Alabama)
Johns H
opkins PREP-2019 with mentor Brendan Cormack (https://www.mbg.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/brendan-cormack )

   
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Sergio L. Crespo

BS (Chemistry) 2019, New Jersey City University
Johns
Hopkins PREP-2019 with mentor Jungsan Sohn (http://biophysics.med.jhmi.edu/people/jungsan-jay-sohn/ )

   
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Hannah Navarrete

BS (Biochemistry) 2019, University of California Riverside wit
Johns Hopkins PREP-2019 with mentor Erika Matunis (https://cellbio.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/erika-matunis-phd )

   
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Kyndall Nicholas

BS (Biochemistry) 2019, Hampton University (Virginia)
Johns H
opkins PREP-2019 with mentor Keri Martinowich (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/keri-martinowich )

   
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Jareb J. Pérez

BS (Medical Microbiology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
Johns H
opkins PREP-2019 with mentor Dionna Williams (http://mcp.bs.jhmi.edu/people/dionna-w-williams-phd )

   
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Alexa Perez-Torres

BS (Biology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
Johns Hopkins PREP-2019
with mentor Loyal Goff (https://bcmb.bs.jhmi.edu/people/faculty/loyal-goff )

   
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Yishak Woldestsadik

BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2019, Towson University (Maryland)
Johns H
opkins PREP-2019 with mentor Sabra Klein (https://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/1038/sabra-l-klein )

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