Our Alumni

Discovery PREP started at The Ohio State University in 2010. After completing the PREP program, these scholars have moved on to do great things. Past Discovery PREP scholars have gone on to graduate school at institutions such as Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. Many of our past scholars have also stayed in Columbus to join one of the many Graduate Programs here at The Ohio State University including the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the Neuroscience Graduate Program. PREP Scholars have then gone on to hold prestigious postdoctoral research positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and The Ohio State University. OSU PREP scholars have published their research as first authors in journals such as: Neuroinflammation, Neuroscience, Brain Research, Science Reports, Protein Expression and Purification, Wiley Interdisciplinary Review: RNA and Free Radical Biology & Medicine.  Below you will meet several of these scholars and read about their achievements.

2019-2020

Bryce White

Bryce White

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina A&T State University, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Performed cardiac physiology research in the Bob and Corrine Frick Center for Heart Failure and Arrhythmia 

P.I.: Dr. Sakima Smith

Position Directly after PREP: PhD program in Pharmacology at Georgetown University

 

Dayron Levya Rodriguez

Dayron Levya Rodriguez

Undergraduate Institution: Niagara University, B.S Biology

PREP Project: Designed molecular laboratory experiments to clarify Ibrutinib’s pathway in cardiomyocytes which account for its side effects on the heart.

P.I.: Dr. Sakima Smith

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Sciences PhD program at the University of Buffalo

 

Gina Torres Matias

Gina Torres Matias

Undergraduate Institution: Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology

PREP Project: Calcium cycling proteins and heart failure

P.I.: Dr. Paul Janssen

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (PhD) at The Ohio State University

 

Summer Fair

Summer Fair

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University, B.S. Neuroscience

PREP Project: Investigated the development of the neonatal cerebral cortex and the neurodevelopmental pathogenesis of various disorders, including epilepsy, neonatal abstinence syndrome and autism spectrum disorder, in human-derived models. 

P.I.: Dr. Mark Hester

Position Directly after PREP: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Technician, applying to MD/PhD programs

 

Valerie Rodriguez

Valerie Rodriguez

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Biomedical Sciences

PREP Project: Susceptibility of the placenta to Listeria infection

P.I.: Dr. Stephanie Seveau

Position Directly after PREP: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School PhD program in Biomedical Sciences

 

2018-2019

2018 2019 Group Photo(Left to right) Wissam Osman, Emily Arzola, Juwan Copeland, and Sophia Villere

 

Emily ArzolaEmily Arzola

Undergraduate Institution: Texas State University – San Marcos, B.S. in Psychology

PREP Project: Study of mitochondrial occupancy in astrocytes and neurons in vivo

P.I.: Dr. Min Zhou

Position Directly after PREP: PhD program at Case Western University

 

 

Juwan Copeland

Juwan Copeland

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University, B.S. in Biochemistry

PREP Project: Optimized the knockdown of DUX4 for therapeutic benefit

P.I.: Dr. Scott Harper

Position Directly after PREP: PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at Baylor University

 

 

Sophia Villere

Sophia Villere

Undergraduate Institution: CUNY Medgar Evers College, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Studied synaptogenesis in the zebrafish model by focusing on Mauthner neurons and primary motor neurons.

P.I.: Dr. James Jontes

Position Directly after PREP: PhD program in Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience specialization) at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Wissam Osman

Wissam Osman

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University, B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

PREP Project: Used PRMT5 to predict the clinical signs in Multiple Sclerosis

P.I.: Dr. Mireia Guerau-deArellano

Position Directly after PREP: Research Assistant at The Ohio State University, preparing applications to MD/PhD programs

 

 

2017-2018

2017 2018 Group Photo(Left to right) Ivan Santiago, Ana Capati, Mariame Diabate, Nina Moore, Jorge Santini

 

Ana Capati

Ana Capati

Undergraduate Institution: University of Guam – Yigo, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Role of MG53 autoantibodies in inflammatory myopathy

P.I.: Dr. Noah Weisleder

Position Directly after PREP:  PhD program at the University of Florida

 

 

 

 

Ivan Santiago Marrero

Ivan Santiago Marrero

Undergraduate Institution: Univ of Puerto Rico – Humacao, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project:  Role of primary cilia in GPCR signaling in neurons

P.I.: Dr. Kirk Mykytyn

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Scientist Graduate Student (PhD) Case Western Reserve University

 

Jorge Santini

Jorge Santini

Undergraduate Institution: Univ of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology

PREP Project: Biophysical mechanisms of human heart failure

P.I.: Dr. Paul Janssen

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student (PhD) at the University of Florida

 

 

 

Mariame Diabate

Mariame Diabate

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Bioinformatic approaches to analysis of BRCA1 mutations

P.I.: Dr. Jeffrey Parvin

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (PhD) at The Ohio State University

 

 

 

 

Nina Moore

Nina Moore

Undergraduate Institution: DePauw University, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Molecular explanations of the connection between Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis

P.I.: Dr. Amy Lovett-Racke

Position Directly after PREP: Chemical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (PhD) at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla

 

 

 

2016-2017

2016 2017 Group Photo2016-2017 Cohort

 

Amelia Cephas

Amelia Cephas

Undergraduate Institution: Florida Atlantic University, B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior

PREP Project: The role of maternal diabetes in congenital heart defects

P.I.: Dr. Vidu Garg

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (PhD) at The Ohio State University

 

 

 

Diana Mukweyi

Diana Mukweyi

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Arkansas University, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Developing a mouse model of Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)

P.I.: Dr. Scott Harper

Position Directly after PREP: Research Intern, The Ohio State University. Preparing applications for MD/PhD programs

 

 

 

Jenny Resiliac

Undergraduate Institution: Concordia College – New York, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: The role of the microbiota and stress in colitis and behavior

P.I.: Dr. Michael Bailey

Position Directly after PREP: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (PhD) at The Ohio State University

 

 

 

Juan Mercado del Valle

Juan Mercado del Valle

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras campus, B.S. in Molecular Biology

PREP Project: Novel effects of psalmotoxin on acid sensing ion channels

P.I.: Dr. Candice Askwith

Position Directly after PREP: Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, Dartmouth (PhD)

 

 

 

Pedro Marte-Ortiz

Pedro Marte-Ortiz

Undergraduate Institution: Inter-American University of Puerto Rico - San German campus, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: Analysis of the role of novel BRCA1 mutations on DNA binding

P.I.: Dr. Jeffrey Parvin

Position Directly after PREP: Research Assistant, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio

 

 

 

2015-2016

Michelle Jaldin

Michelle Jaldin

Undergraduate Institution: Trinity Washington University, B.S. in Biology

PREP Project: BRCA1 mutations and novel protein-protein interactions

P.I.: Dr. Jeffrey Parvin

Position Directly after PREP: Clinical Research Assistant at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Murtha Cancer Center

 

Sonam Lhamo

Sonam Lhamo

Undergraduate Institution: University of California - Santa Cruz, B.S. in Human Biology

PREP Project: Study of Proteins interacting with Acid Sensing Ion Channels

P.I.: Dr. Candice Askwith

Position Directly after PREP: Stem Cell Technician at Stanford Cardiovascular Institute