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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Our Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) accepts applications from mid-November through mid-February each year. Program activities start in June/July. Hopkins PREP is funded through several sources, including the NIH, the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative at Johns Hopkins, and individual research mentors.

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PREP Provides:

  • Research experience: Scholars conduct hypothesis-driven research in their Mentor’s lab, with day-to-day guidance by an experienced PhD student or postdoc. Scholars participate fully in weekly lab meetings, attend weekly research seminars in their department, attend a vibrant PhD program retreat and a national conference of their choice.
  • Community: Scholars come together each month for two-hour ‘chalk-talk’ events to present and discuss their research with Peer-Mentors (PhD students, postdocs) and faculty.
  • Project (‘mini-thesis’) meetings: Scholars gain confidence by organizing, preparing for, and convening three one-hour ‘mini-thesis’ meetings with two subject-expert faculty, plus their research mentor and the PREP Director. Scholars benefit both scientifically and professionally by building strong working relationships with multiple faculty members at Johns Hopkins who are experts in their field of interest.
  • Professional training and custom mentoring: Scholars participate in workshops designed to improve their scientific writing skills, and understand ethics in science, and can choose from many other workshops including communication and improvisation. Each Scholar charts an individual development plan with the PREP Director, with custom mentoring both formal (monthly one-hour meetings) and informally as needed.
  • Preparation for MCAT exam, graduate school applications and interviews.
  • Annual salary of $34,000 plus health, retirement, tuition and other 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 a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science— including but not limited to biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, chemistry, cell biology, computational sciences, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, tissue engineering, virology and 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.

The Complete Application

To apply to PREP, you will need:

  1. Two letters of recommendation (preferably science faculty from undergrad or summer research experiences)
  2. Transcripts for each undergraduate institution attended (transcripts can be unofficial)
  3. Current CV or resume
  4. Personal Statement
    Your statement can be up to 2 pages, single-spaced, and please use 11-point font. Please tell us about
    • yourself (e.g., you; your family/growing up; pathway-guiding and/or formative experiences);
    • your previous research experience(s), how they turned out, and what you learned from each;
    • your motivation for pursuing an advanced degree(s) and what your ‘dream career’ might look like in about 15 years;
    • what you personally hope to gain to be more competitive for entry and success in graduate school.

Please contact PREP-DDP@jhmi.edu with any additional questions. 

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Meet Our Staff

  • Dr. Katherine Wilson, (she/her) - PREP Director

    Professor of Cell Biology (School of Medicine)
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Whiting School of Engineering)
    725 N. Wolfe Street - WBSB G10
    Baltimore MD 21205
    klwilson@jhmi.edu
    Dr. Katherine Wilson
  • Kristina Nance, (she/her) - PREP Manager

    Assistant Director, Graduate Student Experience and Diversity
    Office of Graduate Biomedical Education
    1830 E. Monument St, Office 619
    Baltimore MD 21205
    knance2@jhmi.edu
    Kristina Nance
 

PREP Scholars

  • Bella Cabrera Brito

    • BS (BioMolecular Engineering) 2021
      Milwaukee School of Engineering
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Joshua Modell
    Bella Cabrera Brito
  • Ariana Campbell

    • BA (Biology) 2019
      University of North Texas
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Sabra Klein.
    Ariana Campbell
  • Eddie Campos

    • BS (Chemistry) 2020
      Lindenwood University
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Daniele Gilkes
    Eddie Campos
  • Jarisa Escalante

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2021
      SUNY College at Potsdam
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Robert Ivkov
    Jarisa Escalante
  • Sullyann Flecha

    • BS (Microbiology) 2021 
      University of Puerto Rico: Humacao
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Gül Dölen
    Sullyann Flecha
  • Adler Guerrero Zuniga

    • BS (Biology) 2021
      New York University
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Eneda Toska
    Adler Guerrero Zuniga
  • Kris Malebranche

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2020
      Mississippi State University
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Jeff Rubens
    Kris Malebranche
  • Samer Mathkour

    • BS (Microbiology, Immunology, & Mol. Genetics) 2021
      University of California: Los Angeles
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Elsa Anagnostou
    Samer Mathkour
  • Patricia Mensah

    • BS (Chemical Engineering) 2021
      Howard University
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Jennifer Elisseeff
    Patricia Mensah
  • Justin Nwafor

    Justin Nwafor
  • Isiaha Price

    • BA (Biology & Psychology) 2021
      Amherst College
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Justus Kebschull
    Isiaha Price
  • Tatiana Prioleau

    • BS (Biology) 2021
      College of William and Mary
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Eneda Toska
    Tatiana Prioleau
  • Jeremy Young

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2021
      Hampton University
    • Hopkins PREP 2021, mentor: Caren Freel Meyers
    Jeremy Young
 

PREP Alumni

 

2020 Alumni

  • Kaleem Coleman

    • BS (Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, & Molecular Biology) 2018, Towson University
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Barbara Slusher
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Kaleem Coleman
  • Milan Dower

    • BE (Biomedical Engineering) 2020,
      University of Miami
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Jeff Gray
    • Current: Biomedical Engineering PhD student
      Johns Hopkins University
    Milan Dower
  • Tawnjerae Joe

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2020,
      Fort Lewis College
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor Barbara Slusher
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Tawnjerae Joe
  • Ashley Melendez

    • BS (Biology) 2019,
      University of Puerto Rico: Mayaguez
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Karen Reddy
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Ashley Melendez
  • Asha Murrell

    • BS (Health Science) 2020, 
      Spelman College
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Dionna Williams 
    • Current: TBA
    Asha Murrell
  • Victor Quiroz

    • BE (Biomedical Engineering) 2020,
      Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Joshua Doloff.
    • Current: Biomedical Engineering PhD student
      Johns Hopkins University
    Victor Quiroz
  • Alex Rendon Jonguitud

    • BS (Biology) 2020,
      University of South Carolina: Beaufort
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor Katherine Wilson
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Alex Rendon Jonguitud
  • Nuri Smith

    • BS (Biology and Experimental Psychology) 2020,
      University of South Carolina: Upstate
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Keri Martinowich
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Nuri Smith
  • Hannah Tsingine

    • BS (Biology) 2020,
      Fort Lewis College
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Richard Roden
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Hannah Tsingine
  • Marcus Williams

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2020,
      Fort Lewis College
    • Hopkins PREP 2020, mentor: Deok-Ho Kim
    • Continuing PREP research for 2021
    Marcus Williams

2019 Alumni

  • Aitana Azurmendi

    • BE (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) 2019,
      Cornell University (New York)
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Sandra Gabelli
    • Continuing PREP research for 2020
    Aitana Azurmendi
  • Dezmond Cole

    • BS (Biology) 2019,
      University of Montevallo (Alabama)
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Brendan Cormack
    • Continuing PREP research for 2020
    Dezmond Cole
  • Sergio L. Crespo

    • BS (Chemistry) 2019, New Jersey City University
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Jungsan Sohn
    • Current: Molecular Biosciences PhD student
      Rutgers University
    Sergio L. Crespo
  • Hannah Navarrete

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2019, University of California Riverside
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Erika Matunis
    • Current: Biomedical Sciences PhD student
      University of Michigan
    Hannah Navarrete
  • Kyndall Nicholas

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2019, Hampton University (Virginia)
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Keri Martinowich
    • Current: Neuroscience PhD student
      University of Pennsylvania
    Kyndall Nicholas
  • Jareb J. Pérez

    • BS (Medical Microbiology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Dionna Williams 
    • Current: Interdisciplinary PhD student
      Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Jareb J. Pérez
  • Alexa Perez-Torres

    • BS (Biology) 2019, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Loyal Goff
    • Current: MCO PhD student
      Harvard University
    Alexa Perez-Torres
  • Yishak Woldestsadik

    • BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2019, Towson University (Maryland)
    • Hopkins PREP 2019, mentor: Sabra Klein
    • Current: Biomedical Sciences PhD student
      Tufts University
    Yishak Woldestsadik

2018 Alumni

  • Melissa E. Fajardo

    • BS (Biological Science) 2016,
      Florida International University
    • Hopkins PREP 2018, mentor: Nicholas Maragakis
    • Current: Neuroscience PhD student,
      Northwestern University (Chicago)
    Melissa E. Fajardo
  • Kelly A. Fogelson

    • BS (Neuroscience) 2017,
      University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • Hopkins PREP 2018, mentor: Kishore Kuchibhotla
    • Current: Biomedical Sciences PhD student,
      UC, San Diego
    Kelly A. Fogelson
  • Gabriella Muwanga

    • BS (Biomedical Sci) 2018, Makerere University (Uganda)
    • Johns Hopkins PREP 2018, mentor: Michael Caterina
    • Current: Neuroscience PhD student
      Stanford University
    Gabriella Muwanga
  • Diego R. Ramos Ortiz

    • BS (Chemistry) 2018, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
    • Johns Hopkins PREP 2018, mentor: James M. Berger
    • Current: Biophysics PhD student
      UC, Berkeley
    Diego R. Ramos Ortiz
  • Jordan Wilson

    • BS (Genetics & Genomics) 2018,
      UC, Davis
    • Hopkins PREP 2018, mentor: Patrick Cahan
    • Current: XDBio PhD student
      Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Jordan Wilson
 

2017 Alumni

  • Caitlin Corona-Long

    Caitlin Corona-Long
  • Cera Hassinan

    Cera Hassinan
  • Ambar Jimenez

    • BS (Biology) 2016,
      SUNY, Plattsburgh
    • Hopkins PREP 2017, mentor: Rangaramanujam Kannan
    • Current: Pharmacology PhD student,
      University of Pennsylvania
    Ambar Jimenez
  • Cyrianne S. Keutcha

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2017,
      Georgia State University
    • Hopkins PREP 2017, mentor: Sean Prigge
      National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
    • Current: PhD student,
      Harvard SPH, mentor: Manoj Duraisingh
    Cyrianne S. Keutcha
  • Alejandra Patino

    • BS (Neural Science) 2017,
      New York University
    • Hopkins PREP 2017, mentors: Gül Dölen and Loyal Goff
    • Current: MD/PhD student
      Duke University School of Medicine
    Alejandra Patino
 

2016 Alumni

  • Lauren Askew

    • BS (Biology) 2016,
      University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Hopkins PREP 2016, mentor: Janice Clements
    • Current: MD/PhD student
      Emory University (North Carolina)
    Lauren Askew
  • Chelsy R. Eddings

    • BA (Molecular & Cellular Biology; Neurobiology) 2016,
      University of California, Berkeley
    • Hopkins PREP 2016, mentor: Christopher Ross 
    • Current: BCMB PhD student
      Johns Hopkins, mentor: Shigeki Watanabe 
    Chelsy R. Eddings
  • Elizabeth Henderson

    • BA (Biophysics) 2013,
      Hunter College (New York)
    • Hopkins PREP 2016, mentor: Robert Ivkov
    Elizabeth Henderson
  • Adriana Landeros

    • BS (Molecular Cell Developmental Biology) 2016,
      UC, Santa Cruz
    • Hopkins PREP 2016, mentor: Tamara O’Connor
      National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
    • Current: Microbiology PhD student, Northwestern
    Adriana Landeros
  • Arena Manning

    • BA (Neuroscience) 2016, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
    • Hopkins PREP 2016, mentor: Barbara Slusher 
    • Current: Neuroscience PhD student,
      University of Washington (Seattle), mentor: Franck Kalume
    Arena Manning
 

2015 Alumni

  • Jesús Acevedo-Cintrón

    • BS (Cell & Molecular Biology) 2015,
      University of Puerto Rico
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Ted Dawson
    • Current: MD/PhD student
      Washington University (St Louis, MO) 
    Jesús Acevedo-Cintrón
  • Christopher Anderson

    • BS (Biology) 2015,
      University of St. Thomas (Texas) 
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Jennifer Ellisseff
    • Current: Biologic & Biomed. Sciences PhD student
      Yale University, mentor: Yibing Qyang
    Christopher Anderson
  • James D. Barnett

    • BS (Biomedical Sciences) 2012,
      Auburn University (Alabama)
      US Fulbright Scholar (Spain) 2013-2014
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Robert Ivkov
    • Current: CMM PhD student 
      Johns Hopkins, mentor: Zaver Bhujwalla
    James D. Barnett
  • Alyssa Florwick

    Alyssa Florwick
  • Jean Garcia-Diaz

    • BS (Microbiology) 2015, 
      Turabo University (Puerto Rico)
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Erika Matunis
    • Current: CMM PhD student
      Johns Hopkins, mentor: Ryan Riddle
    Jean Garcia-Diaz
  • Elsie Gonzalez-Hurtado

    • BS (Biochemistry) 2015, University of California, Riverside
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Michael Wolfgang
    • Current: MD/PhD student at
      Yale University, mentor: Vishwa Deep Dixit
    Elsie Gonzalez-Hurtado
  • Kevin Justus

    • BA (Psychology) 2014, University of Central Florida
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentors: Susan Courtney and Veit Stuphorn
    • Current: Neuroscience PhD student,
      Wake Forest University
    Kevin Justus
  • Ismael Munoz

    • BS (Bioengineering) 2015, University of California, San Diego
    • Hopkins PREP 2015, mentor: Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
    • Current: Bioengineering PhD student,
      UC, San Diego
    Ismael Munoz
 
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