Keron Rose is currently a biomedical graduate student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai located in New York City. He is currently conducting his thesis research, “The Elucidation of ADAMTS10 in Skeletal Muscle Differentiation in C2C12 Myoblast Cells”, within the orthopedic research laboratory of Dr. Dirk Hubmacher.
In 2014, Keron received his Bachelor of Arts degree in both Pre-medical and Black Studies from The City College of New York with Cum Laude honors. Post-graduation, he gained substantial on-hands medical experience and patient interaction exposure through his tenure at CityMD as a medical scribe. Here, he worked directly alongside emergency medicine physicians in a bustling urgent care environment. Additionally, Keron gained invaluable experience through his various tenures spearheading research initiatives at many of New York’s premier medical research establishments such as SUNY Downstate, New York University and Northwell Health.
Following the completion of his graduate studies, Keron aspires to become an orthopedic physician-scientist. As a physician, he hopes to one, inspire other underrepresented minorities to enter the medical field and two, mediate the health disparities gap experienced both nationally and internationally by disadvantaged urban citizens. As a scientist, Keron plans to actively pursue his own research developments to make valuable contributions to the field. His ultimate goal is to combine these methodologies to treat patients translationally, utilizing his future research discoveries to directly influence patient outcomes through interventions delivered via a bench-to-bedside approach.
Amanda Klingler graduated with a degree in biology from Illinois State University in 2020 and is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Amanda is broadly interested in investigating how animals' genes interact with their environment to affect their behavior, which are research interests she developed in research labs at Illinois State, and summer research programs at Georgetown University and UC Berkeley. During her undergraduate career, Amanda founded the student organization Women in Technology and Science (WITS), coordinated professional development events for the School of Biological Sciences, and served as a student representative on three university curriculum committees.
Since beginning her graduate career, Amanda has shifted her focus towards disability advocacy, serving as platform organizer for the online community Disabled in Higher Education, and a graduate student co-chair on the University of California System Disability Ad Hoc Committee. During her time at UCLA, Amanda hopes to facilitate disabled undergraduate students' participation in research and develop disability awareness training for STEM professors and teaching assistants. After completing her Ph.D., Amanda plans to pursue a career where she can engage in full-time mentorship of early-career scientists.
A medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai received the Spring 2021 Scholarship for Scientific Excellence. He has asked to remain anonymous, as the culture of medicine still stigmatizes against those with disabilities. He is an accomplished researcher who has conducted grant-funded research and presented his findings at international conferences. However, he struggled with the standardized test and board exams necessary on the path to becoming a physician. He was told that people like him should consider dropping out and pursuing another field altogether. However, because of his excellent clinical performance, ability to build communities, and commitment to using science to serve historically underserved populations, he will graduate this year as the first doctor in his family.
He is grateful for the IAFAIS Scholarship for Scientific Excellence in supporting his continued growth and path toward becoming a physician-scientist-leader who uses clinical care, education, advocacy, and research to empower marginalized patient communities.