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10 Meyerhoff Graduates
Chester Hedgepeth

1. Chester Hedgepeth ’93, a member of the first class of Meyerhoff Scholars, became the first African-American student to receive an M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now completing his residency at Harvard.

2. Kimani Stancil ’94 received a Ph.D.
in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 for research focusing on the physics of “smart gels” that can mimic proteins in their structure and design.

3. Crystal Watkins ’95 is completing an M.D./Ph.D. program in neuroscience
at Johns Hopkins. She is lead author
of an article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation exploring new approaches in treating gastrointestinal problems in people with diabetes.

4. Joseph Towles ’96 earned a Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering from Stanford in 2002. His research on the mechanics of the human hand may lead to improved surgical techniques to restore movements to quadriplegics’ hands.

5. Carlise Douglas ’98 is a Meyerhoff Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. candidate
in molecular and cell biology at UMBC and is conducting research funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

6. Danielle Smith ’99 is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in cell biology at Yale. As
an undergraduate at UMBC, she co-authored a research paper published in Nature Structural Biology.

7. Julius Wilder ’00 is now in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke. This M.D./Ph.D. program, considered one of the nation’s best in training physician-scientists, is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

8. Maurice Butler ’01 is in the Ph.D.
program in biological and biomedical sciences at Harvard Medical School. His research in mapping insulin pathways in roundworms has applications for treating diabetes and other diseases.

9. Sasha McGee ’01 is in the Ph.D.
program in chemistry at MIT and received an MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship, given only to a select group of scholars recruited worldwide.

10. Yasmine Ndassa ’02 is now at Harvard and planning to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics with an emphasis in computational biology. Her research as an undergraduate was published in the Journal of Biomolecular NMR and Nature Structural Biology.

Crystal Watkins
Joseph Towles
Carlise Douglas
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