1998

Karlene M. Hart (Boswell), M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1998 while an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2005. Currently, Karlene is practicing family medicine in Georgia. Karlene served as a student advisor at the 2008 and 2012 BSCP Student Conferences.

Mayra E. Lorenzo, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1998 while in her third year of a M.D./Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School. She graduated in 2004. Mayra is presently a Dermatologist and Education Director at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She served as a student advisor at the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 BSCP Student Conferences.

Nilton D. Medina, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1998 while an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated in 1999. Nilton graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2003. Presently, he is an Attending Surgeon at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Nilton served as a student advisor at the 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014 BSCP Student Conferences.

Ricardo M. Zayas, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1998 while in the Ph.D. program in Biology at Tufts University. He graduated in 2003. Ricardo is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University in California. He served as a student advisor at the 2008 BSCP Student Conference.

1999

Marlon D. Green received a Hope Scholarship in 1999 while an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated in 2002. Reverend Green obtained a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Cambridge College in 2008. Currently, Reverend Green is Research Project Manager at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and is a part-time law student at Massachusetts School of Law.

Tina-Ann Kerr-Thompson, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1999 while a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She graduated in 2001. Tina-Ann is presently Medical Director of a Medicine Spa and a family physician in Stone Mountain and Snellville, Georgia.

Raymond R. Montoya, II, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 1999 while a student at Catholic Memorial High School. In 2004, Raymond graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2010. Currently, Raymond is a Podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Treatment Center and Faculty Attending Physician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

2000

Joyce I. Imahiyerobo-IP, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2000 while a junior at Harvard College. She graduated in 2001 and in 2003, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Development from Cambridge University, England. She graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College with her medical degree in 2008. Joyce is currently a Dermatologist at South Shore Medical Center.

Yasmin Khawja, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2000 while a freshman at Swarthmore College. She graduated in 2003. In 2012, Yasmin graduated with her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is currently a Resident in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Yasmin served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

Chukwuka (Chuka) Okafor, M.D., M.B.A., received a Hope Scholarship in 2000 while a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. Chuka received his M.B.A. from the American University Kogod School of Business in 2003 and a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 2004. He is currently President and Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at the Spine Institute of Central Florida, and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Chuka served as a student advisor at the 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014 BSCP Student Conferences.

Carl E. Reid, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2000 while a Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He graduated in 2001. Carl is currently Head of the Learning Lab and Science Education at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He served as a student advisor at the 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 BSCP Student Conferences. He is also a member of the planning committee for the BSCP Skills Workshops for College and High School Students.

2001

Gillianne DeFoe, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2001 while working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Department of Sarcoma. Gillianne received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2006. She is currently Section Chief of Radiation Oncology at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Elizabeth Glater, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2001 while a graduate student at Brown University. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University in 2006. She is currently Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Elizabeth served as a student advisor at the 2008 and 2010 BSCP Student Conferences.

Lina Pabon-Nau, M.D., M.P.H., received a Hope Scholarship in 2001 while a first-year medical student at the State of New York Medical School at Brooklyn. She graduated in 2004 and received her M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. She is currently an Instructor in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital-Chelsea Health Center. Lina served as a student advisor at the 2008 and 2010 BSCP Student Conferences.

Sederick C. Rice, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2001 while a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2003. He is presently Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

2002

Jason Badrinarain received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is currently Director of Anatomic Molecular Pathology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Sarah Bentil, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a junior at the University of Vermont. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. She graduated from The Ohio State University with her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. Sarah served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

Rogette Esteve received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a senior at Boston Latin School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Rogette finished a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2010. She is currently a medical student at The Ohio State University.

Natalie Etienne received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a sophomore at Tufts University where she graduated in 2004. Natalie graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a B.S.N. in 2008. She is currently Director of Patient Services at Mrs. G’s Services, LLC (a home care agency).

J. Angelo Green, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Angelo graduated in 2004 with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is currently a Scientific Reviewer in the Office of Device Evaluation at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration.

Hector Martinez-Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine. Hector graduated with his M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology in 2010. He is currently an Anesthesiologist with the Anesthesia Consultants of California Medical Group in San Diego, California.

Vanessa Toney (Bobb), M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2002 while a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology in 2004 and her medical degree in 2006. Vanessa is a Child, Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist at New Alternatives for Children in New York.

2003

Patrick Zana Desgranges, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2003 while a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine where he graduated in 2007. Zana is currently Attending Physician in the Adult Hospitalist Group at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Nimisha Kalia-Satwah, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., received a Hope Scholarship in 2003 while a first-year medical student at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She graduated in 2007. Nimisha graduated with her M.B.A./M.P.H. degrees in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2012. She is currently Instructor of Medicine in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Nimisha served as a student advisor at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 BSCP Student Conferences.

Cristina M. Velazquez-Marrero, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2003 while a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated in 2008. Cristina is currently a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence NIH-funded Principal Investigator and Professor at the Institute of Neurobiology, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ida (Aidita) Wahlquist-Ortiz, J.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2003 while a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated in 2004. Ida graduated with her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2010. Ida is an Attorney providing intellectual property strategy to startups.

2004

Sherry-Ann Brown, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2004 while a graduate student at Wesleyan University. Sherry-Ann graduated with her Master’s degree in Physics in 2004. She graduated with her M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2012. Sherry-Ann is currently an Internal Medicine Resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Wayne Lloyd DeBeatham, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2004 while a second-year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He graduated in 2008. Wayne is currently a House Officer in the department of Neurosurgery at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York.

Robert L. Gray, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2004 while a third-year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He graduated in 2005. Robert is currently Attending Surgeon at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois and Assistant Professor of Hand and Microvascular Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Chicago.

Antoinne Y. Machal-Cajigas received a Hope Scholarship in 2004 while an undergraduate with advanced sophomore standing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated with his undergraduate degree in 2007 and with his Master’s degree in Engineering in 2009. Currently he is an Electrical Engineer at Raytheon Company focusing on radar technologies.

Sasha McGee, Ph.D., M.P.H., received a Hope Scholarship in 2004 while working on her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program. She graduated in 2008. Sasha received her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. She is currently a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the District of Columbia Department of Health.

2005

Laurn Contreras received a Hope Scholarship in 2005 while a sophomore majoring in Biological Chemistry and Anthropology at Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated in 2007. Laurn is currently performing cardiac imaging research in a biochemistry laboratory in California.

Amara Ezeamama-Onye, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2005 while a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in 2006. She is presently Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Georgia. Amara served as a student advisor at the 2008, 2010 and 2012 BSCP Student Conferences.

Nery Porras received a Hope Scholarship in 2005 while a senior at Brookline High School. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in the Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2009. Nery is currently a M.D. candidate at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is expected to graduate in 2017.

Judah Weathers, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2005 while a first-year medical student at Yale University School of Medicine. Judah finished the Ph.D. component of a M.D./Ph.D. degree in Psychiatry at Oxford University, England in 2012. He finished the M.D. component in 2013. Judah is currently an Integrated Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident at the Yale Child Study Center. He served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

2006

Shauna R. Andersson (Hutchinson), M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2006 while a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine. She graduated in 2013. Shauna is currently an Immunology Research Scientist at Biogen.

Leslie L. Diaz, V.M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2006 while working as a senior animal technician at the Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Leslie is currently in the Tri-Institutional Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine & Science at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Jasmine C. Howell received a Hope Scholarship in 2006 while a Junior at Boston Latin School. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with her undergraduate degree in 2011. Jasmine is currently a graduate student in the Biomedical Science Program at Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

Jamil B. Scott, Ph.D., M.P.H., received a Hope Scholarship in 2006 while a doctoral candidate in the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. She graduated in 2007 with her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology. Jamil received her M.P.H. in Family and Community Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2011. Jamil is currently a Research Specialist in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Jamil served as a student advisor at the 2008, 2010 and 2012 BSCP Student Conferences. She is an emeritus member of the BSCP Board of Directors and a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

2007

Bonnie L. Akerman, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2007 while a fourth-year graduate student in Molecular, Cellular and Systems Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2009. Bonnie is currently an Associate Professor of Science and Program Director of Biological Sciences at River Valley Community College. Bonnie served as a student advisor at the 2010 and 2012 BSCP Student Conferences.

José O. Alemán, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2007 while a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. José graduated in 2009. He is an Endocrinology Fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell and a Clinical Scholar at Rockefeller University.

Jasmine A. McDonald, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2007 while pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in the Health Program of Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She graduated in 2009. Jasmine is currently Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

2008

Damien Abreu received a Hope Scholarship in 2008 while an undergraduate at Yale University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 2010. Damien is currently a M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MTSP) at Washington University in St. Louis.

Juan J. Carmona, Ph.D., M.P.H., received a Hope Scholarship in 2008 while pursuing his Ph.D. at Harvard University as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-doctoral Fellow. He graduated with his Ph.D. in 2009 and with his M.P.H. in Family and Community Health in 2010 from the Harvard School of Public Health. Juan is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health. He is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

Roxana Mesías Gómez received a Hope Scholarship in 2008 while pursuing a Master’s in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Neuroscience from the City University of New York Hunter College. She graduated in 2009. Currently, Roxana is working as an Associate Researcher II in the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Marthe J. Pierre received a Hope Scholarship in 2008 while a senior at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. In January 2013, she graduated with her B.S.N. from Simmons College. Marthe is currently a graduate student at Simmons College studying to become a nurse practitioner.

2009

Jonathan Abraham, M.D., Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2009 as a third-year M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Jonathan graduated with the Ph.D. portion of his training in 2010 and with his M.D. in 2012. Currently, Jonathan is a Resident in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His residency will end June 2015.

Jarrad Aguirre received a Hope Scholarship in 2009 while an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He graduated in 2009. Jarrad completed his M.Phil. in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar in 2011. He is currently a M.D./M.B.A. candidate at Stanford University in California. Jared is expected to graduate in 2016.

Eydith Comenencia Ortiz, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2009 while a graduate student in the Integrated Sciences Program at Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. She graduated in 2012. Eydith is currently working as Senior Research Analyst, Public Policy & Government Affairs at Biogen. Eydith served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference and is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

Vadim A. Villarroel received a Hope Scholarship in 2009 as a first-year medical student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Vadim graduated in 2014. He is currently a medical intern at Mt. Auburn Hospital. In July, he will begin a Dermatology Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

2010

Charisa Cottonham, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2010 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated in 2011. Charisa is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California San Francisco.

Dennise A. de Jesús Díaz, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2010 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Microbiology Program at Tufts University School of Medicine. She graduated in 2014. Dennise is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Dennise is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium. Nicole de Paz received a Hope Scholarship in 2010 as a junior at Yale University while studying Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She graduated in 2011. Nicole is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

Ugonna Ijeoma, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2010 while a second-year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She graduated in 2012. Ugonna is currently a Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

2011

Angel S. Byrd, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2011 as a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She graduated with her Ph.D. in April 2014. Angel is expected to complete the M.D. portion of her studies in 2016.

Yendelela (Yanda) L. Cuffee, Ph.D., M.P.H., received a Hope Scholarship in 2011 as a third-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated 2012. Yanda is currently an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC. She served as a student advisor at the 2014 BSCP Student Conference.

Jonas Mark Sacro received a Hope Scholarship in 2011 as an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry at the University of Connecticut where he transferred from Manchester Community College. Jonas graduated in 2013. He is currently an Associate Scientist in the Department of Analytical R&D at Pfizer.

Alexander (Alex) Tejeda received a Hope Scholarship in 2011 as a junior at Dartmouth College majoring in Latin Caribbean Studies with a minor in Biology. He graduated in 2012. Alex is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Early Drug Development Center.

2012

Theophelus (Theo) B. Hill, M.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2012 as a second-year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He graduated in 2014. Theo is currently a medical intern at Howard University Hospital. He will begin an Anesthesiology Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in July 2015.

Jose Alfaro Quezada received a Hope Scholarship in 2012 as a post-baccalaureate doing research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Jose is currently a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. He is expected to graduate in 2016.

Teresa Ramirez, Ph.D., received a Hope Scholarship in 2012 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology Program at Brown University. She graduated in 2013. Teresa is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health. Teresa is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

Mikayla Rae Thompson, Ph.D. received a Hope Scholarship in 2012 as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated in 2014. Mikayla is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Regulatory Affairs-CMC and Manufacturing Sciences at Biogen. She is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

2013

Te-Ana Harris received a Hope Scholarship in 2013 as a first-year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

Fabian Ortega received a Hope Scholarship in 2013 as a senior at Yale University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry at Stanford University. Fabian is expected to graduate in 2019.

Vivian Ortiz received a Hope Scholarship in 2013 as a first-year medical student at Meharry Medical College. She is expected to graduate in 2016. Vivian is a member of the planning committee for the BSCP New England Science Symposium.

Djadé Soumana received a Hope Scholarship in 2013 as a third-year doctoral candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is expected to graduate in 2015.

2014

Sharé-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard received a Hope Scholarship in 2014 as a sophomore at Boston University where she transferred from Roxbury Community College. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

Lesley M. Chapman received a Hope Scholarship in 2014 as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is scheduled to defend her thesis in June 2015. Following graduation, Lesley plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship.

Lauren R. Powell received a Hope Scholarship in 2014 as a Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical and Population Health Research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

Ria Roberts received a Hope Scholarship in 2014 as a M.D. candidate at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is expected to graduate in 2017.

2015

Aser Abrha received a Hope Scholarship in 2015 as a college student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is expected to graduate in 2017.

Sara Guevara received a Hope Scholarship in 2015 as a second-year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is expected to graduate in 2017.

Loren Saulsberry received a Hope Scholarship in 2015 as a Ph.D. candidate in Health Policy with a concentration in Political Analysis at Harvard University. She is currently a Fellow in the Program in Cancer Outcomes Research Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to graduate with her Ph.D. in 2017.

Racquel Wells received a Hope Scholarship in 2015 as a third-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She will graduate in 2016. In July, Racquel will begin a residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio.