Jamal Elkhader, Chair
Jamal is a PhD student in the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine, at Weill Cornell Medicine, Sloan Kettering and Cornell University.
He is originally from South Dakota and earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Camir Ricketts, Chair
Camir is a PhD candidate in the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine, at Weill Cornell Medicine, Sloan Kettering and Cornell University.
He is originally from Jamaica and earned a B.S. from the University of Georgia
Fon Powell, Founding Chair
Fon graduated in 2017 with a PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Weill Cornell, and was a US Amgen Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. Her research focused on building and testing mathematical models of neural disorders including Schizophrenia, Depression, Autism and Alzheimer's Disease. In 2016, Fon created the Tri-Institutional Minority Society Summer Research Program for aspiring college scientists and returned as co-director in 2017 for the program's second year.
Fon, a native of St. Louis, MO, earned a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University. In addition to serving as a founding chair of TIMS, she was a Mentor Coach with the educational non-profit America Needs You and is an active volunteer with Black Girls Code.
Tanya Nauvel, Chair
Tanya is a PhD candidate in the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine, at Weill Cornell Medicine, Sloan Kettering and Cornell University. She is a Howard Hughes Fellow, and a member of the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (casbinyc.org). Her research has led to improved identification of markers of consciousness in patients with severe traumatic brain injuries, using novel quantitative and graph-theoretical EEG methods.
Tanya is originally from the island Mauritius and earned a BS in Mathematics from Bates College.
Christina Kling, Board Member
Christina is a PhD student in the Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology graduate program at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Joshua Adjei, Board Member
Josh is an MD Candidate, Class of 2018 at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Kofi Deh is a Ph.D. candidate in Weill Cornell's Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology. His hobbies include playing soccer and basketball, and giving advice on matters of the heart.
Luisi Hernandez, Treasurer
Luisi is a PhD Candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate program at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Birra Taha, Board Member
Birra Taha is an MD Candidate, Class of 2017 at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Jasmin Harpe is an MD Candidate, Class of 2017 at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. William Alago, MD, FSIR, Faculty Liason
Dr. William Alago MD, FSIR is an Interventional Radiologist who, in his current clinical practice as an associate attending radiologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers involving the lung, liver and genitourinary tract utilizing minimally invasive image-guided techniques. He has dedicated his career to addressing disparities in the delivery of adequate health care to underserved minority populations and to the recruitment and retention of qualified minority candidates to the health care sciences. In doing so, he have mentored minority high school, college and medical students and residents with interests in Interventional Radiology and cancer care disparities research.
Dr. Marcus Lambert, Weill Cornell Advisor
The Director of Diversity and Student Services at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Marcus Lambert, leads an effort to create a culture that respects individual characteristics by acknowledging, embracing, and valuing both differences and similarities.
Dr. Andrea Morris, Rockefeller Advisor
Andrea Morris’s career in biology has had a few curves. After earning a Ph.D. in molecular biology and doing a postdoc, she took a tenure-track faculty job, teaching and running a lab at a small liberal arts college. But she ultimately gave up tenure, and the bench, to work in higher education administration. Now, as the newly hired director of career resources and professional development in Rockefeller’s Dean’s Office, she is charting yet another course, putting her biology Ph.D. to work in ways Rockefeller students and postdocs can appreciate.
“My emphasis is working with students and postdocs to help them figure where they want to go and how best to get there, whether the destination is tenure at a high-profile research university or something else entirely,” Dr. Morris says.
Dr. Carol L. Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS, Memorial Sloan Keterring Advisor
Director of the Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training.
Gynecologic oncologist Carol L. Brown is a surgeon with a lifelong interest in the reduction of healthcare disparities among underserved populations. As director of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training, she oversees initiatives to make the Center a leader in decreasing and eliminating these disparities as they relate to cancer.
Dr. Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PHD, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Joseph R. Osborne is an Assistant Member of the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service and the Associate Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology at MSKCC. More recently he has become the Training Program Director for Molecular Imaging and Therapy. He is board-certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He is the PI of an NIH R21 grant from the NCI and the training director of an NIH P50 grant. Dr. Osborne obtained an MD-PhD from Columbia.
Subsequently, he completed his residency training and fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is interested in the genetic and socioeconomic causes for the uneven burden of cancer-related mortality. His ultimate goal is to translate investigational compounds and genomic biomarkers into tangible benefits for the communities most at-risk.
Melanie Steele, Advisor
Melanie Steele is the program administrator for the Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training and the Office of Faculty Development within the Office of the President. She has served in this position since the inception of both offices. She has been instrumental in the creation of programs that seek to enhance diversity in the areas of patient care, research, education, and outreach, and to support the professional growth and development of physician and scientist faculty.
She holds a masters degree in public health and has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare setting, possessing a varied and broad range of experiences in administration, communication, and health education, with a focus on addressing access to care and cancer health disparities in minority and medically underserved populations.
Stephania Guzman, Board Member
Stephania was born and raised in Queens, NY. She graduated spring of 2015 from John Jay College with a bachelors in science (molecular biology) and was part of a biology lab for 3 years where she started her own project “Analysis of the Human Microbiome on Living and Decomposing Bodies.” Stephania presented her work at the ABRCMS conference and won Outstanding Capstone Award in her Honors Program. She currently works at MSKCC as a Research Study Assistant for the Melanoma service. Stephania has also worked at two pharmaceutical companies, Perrigo and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. She will be applying for graduate school next fall and is interested in pursing a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.