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June 2011

Jasmine McDonald Ph.D. (M11) Completes Postdoctoral Work at University of Pennsylvania

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:35 PM |Permalink

Dr. Jasmine McDonald (M11), ’03, biochemistry and molecular biology, will be completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies (CIGHT) in early Fall. Her postdoctoral work has culminated in four scholarly presentations, one published white paper, two first author papers, and four additional first author papers to be submitted. Most recently, she has successfully competed for a fellowship position at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in the Cancer Epidemiology Training Program.

Dr. McDonald earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2009.

Upcoming: Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board meeting, June 7, 2011

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:36 PM |Permalink

Upcoming: Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board meeting, June 7, 2011

The next Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board meeting will take place on June 7th, 2011 at 7pm. The location will be the UMBC Alumni House:

5451 Wilkens Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228

If you would like to attend, please contact Ray Onley (M4) at

For additional information, please contact Stanyell Bruce in the Office of Alumni Relations, at

Oluwafoyinsayo Fasanmi M.D. (M15) earns Medical Degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:38 PM |Permalink

Dr. Oluwafoyinsayo Fasanmi (M15) ’07, biological science, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine with an M.D. in May 2011. Se will be continuing her training at Christiana Care Hospital in Delaware with a focus on Internal Medicine.

Letitia Dzirasa M.D. (M11) Completes Residency at Johns Hopkins University

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:39 PM |Permalink

Dr. Letitia Dzirasa (M11), ’03, biological science, completed her residency at Johns Hopkins University in June 2010 and is currently working as a general pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Odenton, Maryland.

Dr. Dzirasa earned her M.D. from Meharry Medical School in 2007.

Jerome Adams M.D. (M4) in Anesthesia Student Survival Guide

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:40 PM |Permalink

Dr. Jerome Adams (M4), ’97, biochemistry and molecular biology, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, contributed a chapter on "Pharmacology Principles" for the recently published book, Anesthesia Student Survival Guide", (Springer New York, 2010).

Dr. Adams earned his M.D. from Indiana State University in 2002.

Delayne Johnson Ph.D. (M4) Serves as Fellow in the First Cohort of the National Science Foundation STaR Program

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:41 PM |Permalink

Dr. Delayne Johnson Ph.D. (M4), ’97, mathematics, was a fellow in the first cohort of the National Science Foundation STaR Program for 2010-2011. The Fellowship provides support in Service, Teaching, and Research for promising early career mathematics educators. The experience culminated in a presentation of her research on equity issues in mathematics education at the annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) in Irvine, CA in January 2011.

Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2009.

Amber Jackson (M11) Completes Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:43 PM |Permalink

Amber Jackson (M11) ’03, mathematics, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2011. Her dissertation title was Multiscale Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media Using the Thermodynamically Constrained Averaging Theory Approach.

Seth Miller M.D. (M13) Starting Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:45 PM |Permalink

Dr. Seth Miller (M13) ’05, biological science, will begin his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in July 2011.

Dr. Miller earned his M.D. from the University of Miami in 2010.

Omolola Eniola-Adefeso Ph.D. (M7) Wins CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:46 PM |Permalink

Dr. Omolola (Lola) Eniola-Adefeso (M7) ’99, chemical engineering, won a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award will allow Lola to continue her work on understanding particle dynamics in blood flow and improving the design of vascular drug delivery systems.

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso has also been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). This award recognizes and honors her scientific contributions and achievements and her dedication to research. She received the award at the 37th Annual NOBCChE meeting in April in Houston, TX.

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania 2004.

Vashti Wood (M12) Earns MBA Degree at the University of Virginia.

Posted on June 6, 2011 2:47 PM |Permalink

Vashti Wood (M12), ’04, earned her MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in May 2011.

Jason Reid (M14) Performs Groundbreaking Research at University of California-Berkeley

Posted on June 6, 2011 4:05 PM |Permalink

Jason Reid (M14) ’07, mechanical engineering, currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of California- Berkeley, is busy at work on groundbreaking research for a product in progress for the last decade. The device is the latest evolution to a line of “exoskeletons” designed as a rehabilitation tool for paraplegics and alternative to wheelchairs.

To view footage of the device at work, click here.

Benyam Kinde (M18) Featured in National Report, BET

Posted on June 27, 2011 10:20 AM |Permalink

Benyam Kinde (M18) ’10, biological science, headlines a national report on the successes of immigrant students in the United States STEM program. Kinde, valedictorian of the class of 2010, is the spotlight of an article boasting outstanding statistics on first and second generation American students in the sciences, technology, engineering and math fields.

To read more click here.

Calvin Williams M.D./ Ph.D., (M9) Completes Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Posted on June 27, 2011 10:23 AM |Permalink

Dr. Calvin Williams (M9) ’01, biochemistry and molecular biology, recently earned his M.D./Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May. He will be entering the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Christiana Care in June 2010.

Chirag Patel (M17) Earns M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University

Posted on June 27, 2011 12:15 PM |Permalink

Chirag Patel (M17) '09, biological science and psychology, recently earned his M.P.H. degree in Health Science from The Johns Hopkins University- School of Public Health.

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