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AAMC’s MOSAIC Program Scholars are select National Institute of Health (NIH)-K99/R00 awardees who hail from diverse backgrounds, for example from groups underrepresented in research, as they transition from postdoctoral appointments into academic research faculty positions.

Ayobami Akenroye
Ayobami Akenroye, MD, MPH

Ayobami Akenroye, MD, MPH

Project Title: Synthesizing Trial and Real-world Data on the Use of Biologics in Patients with Severe Asthma

Institution: Johns Hopkins University

Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Ayobami Akenroye grew up in Ile Ife, Nigeria where she graduated top of her medical school class prior to her arrival in the US to pursue an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She is a trained Internist and Allergist/Immunologist. Her research interests include generalization of trial findings to individuals underrepresented in trials, commonly racial and ethnic minorities. She is also interested in career transitions from clinical fellowships to faculty especially for individuals underrepresented in academia. She has been involved in multiple initiatives for minorities, and is looking forward to continuing to serve as a role model and mentor to both undergraduate and postdoctoral trainees.

Grant ID: K99MD015767

Benard Ogola
Benard Ogola, PhD

Benard Ogola, PhD

Project Title: Interplay of Sex Hormones and Chromosomes in Vascular Oxidative Stress and Arterial Stiffening

Institution: Tulane University

Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Benard Ogola is a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans. He currently works under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Lindsey, PhD, an Associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology. He received his Bachelors in Biochemistry from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Ogola’s research focuses on the interplay of sex hormones and sex chromosomes in vascular oxidative stress and arterial stiffening. Through the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award, he is dedicated to promoting diversity in biomedical research by mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds in the challenges and successes of basic research. Dr. Ogola plans to continue engaging with underrepresented minorities through his transition to academic independence.

Grant ID: K99HL155841

Evan J. White
Evan J. White, PhD

Evan J. White, PhD

Project Title: Neuroscientific Exploration of Cultural Protective Factors in American Indians

Institution: Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Evan White is a member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and also descended from the remaining federally recognized bands of Shawnees as well, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and Shawnee Tribe. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium in Charleston, SC. His research focuses on utilizing tools of psychophysiology and neuroscience to understand the neural underpinnings of risk and resilience factors for psychopathology. Dr. White is currently seeking to delineate the neural correlates of the protective role of cultural engagement against poor mental health outcomes among American Indian populations.

Grant ID: K99MD015736

Lisandra Vila Ellis
Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD

Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD

Project Title: Mechanism of pulmonary endothelial cell heterogeneity and its role in disease

Institution: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Funding: NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Lisandra Vila Ellis’ interest in medicine began as a child growing up in Cuba, offering “medical services” to her family and neighbors such as taking their blood pressure at home. She received her medical degree at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico, and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her research focuses on the development of blood vessels in the lung, and how the disruption of this process can lead to disease. Lisandra’s commitment to diversity has included teaching at an undergraduate institution that serves underrepresented populations, mentoring minority students, and serving as a member of the education committee of the North American Vascular Biology.

Grant ID: K99HL155845​

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