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Paul MacDonald, PhD is the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. MacDonald received his PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Arizona. He was previously on the faculty at Washington University and St. Louis University before arriving at Case Western Reserve University in 1999. For over 20 years, his laboratory has studied vitamin D, transcriptional mechanisms of the vitamin D receptor, and the significance of the vitamin D endocrine system in skin and bone physiology. Dr. MacDonald is the Director of the NIH-funded, Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), a program designed to enhance under-represented minority matriculation into biomedical PhD training programs at CWRU and across the nation. He is firmly committed to enhancing the graduate education mission in the School of Medicine and to improving diversity in the graduate student population. Dr. MacDonald's overall mission is to ensure that all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are provided the best educational approaches, training experiences and individualized skill development in order to attain early success as leaders in academic, industrial, or other research-related professions.

Diana L. Ramìrez-Bergeron, PhD is the Co-Director of the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), a NIH-funded bridge program designed to enhance the entry of underrepresented minority students into competitive biomedical graduate programs, and the Director of the Joan C. Edwards Summer Research Program, aimed at exposing students from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine to research in the biomedical sciences. She obtained her PhD from the University of Rochester (Immunology and Microbiology), and was a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago and a Howard Hughes Associate at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. M. Celeste Simon. In 2006, Dr. Ramìrez-Bergeron was recruited to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an appointment as an Assistant Professor to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She then joined the ranks of Case Western Reserve University's faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Research Institute in the Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on how hypoxia regulates the emergence and differentiation of cardiovascular progenitor cells during development and in the adult.

Joseph T. Williams, MPA is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the SOM and has a long-standing commitment to the development of underrepresented minority students in biomedical sciences. He leads our Summer Medical & Dental Education Program , funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that attracts 80 minority undergraduate students to the campus for an intensive 6 week summer program directed toward careers in medicine and dentistry. Mr. Williams also works closely the minority program development and recruiting efforts for graduate programs. Mr. Williams serves as advisor and counselor to medical students and graduate students, and cosponsors the Minority Graduate Student Organization (MGSO). He also assists with the Heart Lung & Blood Summer Research Program and the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).

Malana Bey is the Administrator for the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). In addition, she is also the Department Administrator for the Graduate Education Office and the Heart, Lung and Blood (HLB) Summer Research Program both funded by the NIH. She joined the Graduate Education Office in 2012 after being with the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences since 2001.

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Priority will be given to applications received before January 31. Applicants will be reviewed immediately following this date and offers will be made on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until our final deadline of March 15th.

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