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Diversity Outcomes

Percentage of URM and students with disabilities in the program and graduated: In the history of our Training Program, 7 out of 14 (50%) past URM trainees have completed their PhDs (another 6 completed MS degrees and one left with no degree).  2 out of 2 (100%) of our previous trainees with disabilities have completed their PhDs.  Currently we have 13 out of 41 (31.7%) trainees working towards their PhDs that are under-represented minorities or trainees with disabilities who bring diversity to our Training Program.

Career Placement of those students: Past URM and disabled trainees have gone into a variety of careers, ranging from biotech companies to research laboratories, government service, and academia. Currently one of our graduated disabled trainees is a laboratory manager for a research institute in Montana.  We have graduated URM trainees currently working for Knudra Transgenics, the California Department of Public Health, Baylor University, Boston Children’s Hospital, and NIGMS.

Highlight Student

Dr. Trisha Brock

Dr. Trisha Brock (PhD in Molecular Biosciences in Decemeber 2005) was a trainee in our Program from 2000 to 2005.

A Choctaw Native American from Washington state, Dr. Brock performed her first post-doctoral fellowship at Huntsman Cancer Institute from 2006 to 2009, then a second post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University from 2009 to 2011.

In 2011, she co-founded Knudra Transgenics with Dr. Chris Hopkins, and she currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company in Salt Lake City, UT.