Recruitment Ambassadors

The Recruitment Ambassadors Program within IDEAL Research consists of a collaborative group of Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) graduate students and Penn faculty members from across the University committed to the recruitment of the next generation of diverse biomedical research trainees. Recruitment Ambassadors connect with prospective trainees from diverse backgrounds at both local and national recruitment events and provide in depth knowledge on research and training opportunities offered within the broader Penn research community, as well as life in Philadelphia. The ultimate goal of  the program is to welcome well-rounded undergraduate interns and post-baccalaureate scholars into IDEAL Research affiliated SUIP and PennPREP, along with strengthen the pipeline of recruits from historically underrepresented backgrounds into the graduate programs offered within BGS.

Throughout IDEAL Research's recruitment visits, keep an eye out for our Recruitment Ambassadors!

  • Jorge Alvarez, Ph.D.

    Jorge Alvarez, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiology
     Email Jorge Alvarez, Ph.D.
     Jorge Alvarez Lab
  • Juan Alvarez, Ph.D.

    Juan Alvarez, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
     J-RAD Lab
  • Nick Balderston, Ph.D.

    Nick Balderston, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
     Email Nick Balderston, Ph.D.
     Balderston Lab
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  • Yoseph Barash, Ph.D.

    Yoseph Barash, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Genetics
     Email Yoseph Barash, Ph.D.
     BioCiphers Website
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  • Kara Bernstein, Ph.D.

    Kara Bernstein, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
     Email Kara Bernstein, Ph.D.
     Bernstein Lab
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  • Seema Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

    Seema Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

    Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
     Email Seema Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
     Bhatnagar Lab
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  • Andres Blanco, Ph.D.

    Andres Blanco, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Vetrinary Medicine
     Email Andres Blanco, Ph.D.
     Blanco Lab
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  • Julie Blendy, Ph.D.

    Julie Blendy, Ph.D.

    Professor of Pharmacology
     Email Julie Blendy, Ph.D.
  • Akiva Cohen, PhD

    Akiva Cohen, PhD

    Research Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
     Email Akiva Cohen, PhD
     Cohen Lab Website
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  • Michelle Denburg, Ph.D.

    Michelle Denburg, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
     Email Michelle Denburg, Ph.D.
     Penn-CHOP Kidney Innovation Center Website
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  • Cesar de la Fuente, Ph.D.

    Cesar de la Fuente, Ph.D.

    Presidential Assistant Professor
     Email Cesar de la Fuente, Ph.D.
     de la Fuente Lab
  • Ahmara (Mara) Gibbons Ross, Ph.D.

    Ahmara (Mara) Gibbons Ross, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
     Email Ahmara (Mara) Gibbons Ross, Ph.D.
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  • Kathryn (Kate) Hamilton, Ph.D.

    Kathryn (Kate) Hamilton, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
     Email Kathryn (Kate) Hamilton, Ph.D.
     Hamilton Laboratory Website
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  • Jorge Henao-Mejia, Ph.D.

    Jorge Henao-Mejia, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
     Email Jorge Henao-Mejia, Ph.D.
     Henao-Mejia Lab
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  • De'Broski R. Herbert

    De'Broski R. Herbert

    Presidential Associate Professor
     Email De'Broski R. Herbert
     The Herbert Lab Website
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  • Rob Lee, Ph.D.

    Rob Lee, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
     Email Rob Lee, Ph.D.
     Rob Lee Lab
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  • Maayan Levy, Ph.D.

    Maayan Levy, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology
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     Levy Lab
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  • David Merrick, Ph.D.

    David Merrick, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism)
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     Merrick Lab
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  • Mustafa Mir, Ph.D.

    Mustafa Mir, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
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     Mir Lab
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  • Todd Ridky MD.,Ph.D.

    Todd Ridky MD.,Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Dermatology
     Email Todd Ridky MD.,Ph.D.
     Ridky Lab
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  • Marylyn Ritchie, Ph.D.

    Marylyn Ritchie, Ph.D.

    Professor of Genetics
     Email Marylyn Ritchie, Ph.D.
     Ritchie Lab
  • Liz Rhoades, Ph.D.

    Liz Rhoades, Ph.D.

    Professor of Chemistry, co-Chair, Biochemistry Undergraduate Major Program
     Email Liz Rhoades, Ph.D.
     Rhoades Lab
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  • Alisa Stephens-Shields, PhD

    Alisa Stephens-Shields, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
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     Dr. Stephens-Shields' Bio
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  • Eric Witze, Ph.D.

    Eric Witze, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Cancer Biology
     Email Eric Witze, Ph.D.