PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)

PREP Alum Spotlight

Whitney Stevens-Sostre (PREP alum 2016, Schwartz/Domowicz lab) is enrolled in the Neuroscience PhD Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her graduate studies.  Under the mentorship of her thesis advisor, Dr. Gail Robertson, Whitney studies structure-function relationships in the KCNH family of voltage-gated potassium channels using structural, biochemical and electro-physiological approaches.  Her dissertation research has led to 2 publications thus far. As a graduate student, Whitney was awarded a Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars Fellowship, earned slots on two institutional T32 grants, and was awarded travel grants to present her research at national and international meetings, including BPS and the joint 2019 SOBLA/SGP meeting in Valparaiso, Chile.  Whitney is a 2019 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of scientists.  In 2021, she was also awarded a prestigious NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00).

In addition to her research work, Whitney founded Black In Biophysics, an organization/movement that aims to recognize and celebrate Black biophysicists. She also co-organized #BlackInBiophysicsWeek, an international social media initiative that highlighted and celebrated Black scholars in biophysics and related fields.  The 2021 Black In Biophysics Week recorded events can be accessed here and you can connect with this organization on Twitter:  Congratulations Whitney on all your accomplishments thus far!

PREP Alum Graduates

Congrats to all of our UChicago PREP alums who have completed their advanced degrees! 

  • Arlise Andress, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Natasha Wadlington, PhD, University of Chicago 
  • Jennifer Howell-Stephens, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 
  • Alexander Flowers, PharmD, Campbell University
  • Brandon Hatcher, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
  • Antonia Navarro, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Frank Aguilar, MD, Northwestern University
  • Marlene Brito, PhD, UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Devon Collins, PhD, Rockefeller University 
  • Verleen McSween, PhD, Indiana University  
  • Nkechiyere Nwani, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Beatrice Monica Bowen, PhD, Yale University
  • Cyd Castro-Rojas, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jesus Correa, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Tristan Jordan, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Susana Bardina, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 
  • Tiara Byrd, PhD, Baylor School of Medicine 
  • Lynda Ikejimba, PhD, Duke University
  • Essence Maston, PhD, Boston University
  • Vanessa Montoya, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Joselyn Allen, PhD, Pennsylvania State University 
  • Laurice Jackson-Flowers, PhD, Tufts University 
  • Raul Torres, PhD, University of California San Francisco
  • Francisco Velazquez, PhD, Harvard University
  • Alexandria Bobe, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Victor Cruz, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Morayo Adebiyi, PhD, University of Texas
  • Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia, PhD, Arizona State University 
  • Samantha Nava, PhD, University of Texas
  • Leila Reyes Ruiz, PhD, University of Chicago 
  • Sybelle Serrano Santiago, MD, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
  • Natassia Buckridge, MD, University of Illinois 
  • Liz Garcia Peterson, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Nathalia Torres Jimenez, PhD, University of Minnesota 
  • Victor Palacios, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Isabelle Lee, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Gichana, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Ogechi Nwadinobi, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Ruben Lastra, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Camila Barrios-Camacho, PhD, Tufts University
  • Yves Robert Juste, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Christina Roman, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Jacqueto Zephyr, PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • Mikal Woods, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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