PReP 2023 cohort

Twenty-two scholars join CTSI’s 2023 summer research training programs

CTSI welcomes 22 undergraduate and professional health science students to its 2023 summer research training programs. 

The cornerstone of the summer research training programs is the scholar’s participation in a research project under the direct supervision of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor. With input and oversight by the faculty mentor, scholars will work on a project related to the mentor’s ongoing research programs.

Congratulations to our new scholars!

A-PReP Scholars

The Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP) is designed for doctoral-level professional health sciences students and early-PhD students interested in clinical and translational research.

Boluwatife Afolabi, School of Dentistry
Mentor: Irina Stepanov, PhD, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Kai Akimoto, Medical School (Duluth)
Mentor: Mary Owen, MD, Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, 
Center of American Indian and Minority Health, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Adeboye Bamgboye, College of Pharmacy (Twin Cities)
Mentor: Lisa Coles, MS, PhD,  Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy (Twin Cities)

Kate France, College of Pharmacy (Duluth)
Mentor: Jacob Brown, PharmD, MS, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy (Twin Cities)

Achal Jadhav, Medical School (Twin Cities)
Mentor: Chetan Shenoy, MBBS, MS, Cardiovascular Division, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Jason Kang, College of Education and Human Development
Mentor: Jurgen Konczak, PhD, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development

Jameson Moore, Medical School (Duluth)
Mentor: Robert McGovern, MD, Neurosurgery Department, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Noelia Morciglio, Ponce Health Sciences University
Mentor: Chetan Shenoy, MBBS, MS, Cardiovascular Division, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Chloe Perrizo, Center for Allied Health Programs
Mentor: Camille Sterner Sampers, EdD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy

Kennedy (Kenny) Person, Medical School (Twin Cities)
Mentor: Walter Low, PhD, Neurosurgery Department, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Erin Shen, Medical School (Twin Cities)
Mentor: Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH, Division of Laryngology, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Chowdury Ibtida Tahmin, Medical School (Twin Cities)
Mentor: Ida-Arlaine Fonkoue, MD, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Janissa Thomas, Ponce Health Sciences University
Mentor: Ajay Israni, MD, MS, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Karenna  Thomas, Yale School of Public Health
Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Tenzin Yangchen, School of Public Health
Mentor: Richard Maclehose, PhD, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Haoran Zhou, College of Education and Human Development
Mentor: Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School (Twin Cities)

PReP Scholars

The Pathways to Research Program (PReP) provides an opportunity for students from populations underrepresented in research to begin or advance their research career. 

Madelyn Blake, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Kurt Prins, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Division, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Grace-Divine Boutouli, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Megan Gunnar, PhD, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development

Dola Greene, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Jessica Nielson, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical School (Twin Cities)
Institute for Health Informatics

Elijah Johnson, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Abbie Begnaud, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Valerie Nguyen, College of Liberal Arts 
Mentor: Tammy Butterick, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, Medical School (Twin Cities)

Redeat Wattero, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Ida-Arlaine Fonkoue, MD, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School (Twin Cities)