May 2018 Alumni Buzz

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Pengtao “Mac” Teng

Young Scholar, 2007 College Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

2013 Graduate Scholar, University of Virginia

Mac Teng was honored with a Golden Gavel Award in January 2018 for his significant pro bono legal service by his law firm Proskauer Rose LLP.  Mac practices corporate transactional law, with a particular focus on securities regulatory compliance. Based out of their New York office, his daily tasks includes drafting and reviewing contracts and internal compliance manuals, and responding to regulatory inquiries. Mac’s pro bono practice spans immigration to non-profit corporate governance.


Sara Sorrell

2006 Graduate Scholar, University of Cambridge and Indiana University

 Just this month, Sara relocated to the United Arab Emirates to start her job at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. With her new position, she will combine her medical genetics research skills in addition to her clinical skills. Sara moved from Indiana, where she was a family physician at Indiana University’s Ball Memorial Hospital. There, in addition to her clinical practice, she was involved in the Quality and Safety Committee for the hospital and ran initiatives on childhood obesity in the local community.


Mikhail Elliott

2010 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of Tampa

2013 Graduate Scholar, University of Manchester

Opting to stay in England after he completed his master’s degree, Mikhail is a programme manager in the delivery unit at England’s Department for Education. He oversees projects on the Minister's priority list and provides improvement recommendations. Mikhail is currently working on a project on apprenticeships, examining nationwide the barriers to taking on apprentices. Other projects he’s recently completed have included examining teacher recruitment, teacher workload, school improvement, and a regional-based project looking at key priorities in Nottinghamshire.


Kamal Abuarquob

2006 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Kamal recently published his first fiction novel. Revolutionary aspirations and romance collide in Rhythms, a love story employing a variety of lively elements including science, politics, and music. In his day job, Kamal is an associate scientist at Navigate BioPhamra in San Diego, California. His current work revolves around developing clinical testing protocols, which support ongoing oncology clinical trials for cancer treatment drugs. 


Lance Chapman

2009 Graduate Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles

Lance is finishing dermatology residency at UC Irvine, where he was chief resident and published 22 research manuscripts during his time there. He will be starting a Mohs micrographic surgery and facial reconstruction fellowship at UCSF in July. He greatly enjoys serving on the board of the Children's Skin Disease Foundation and volunteering his time at Camp Wonder, an annual summer camp for children with severe and chronic and often life threatening skin conditions. Most importantly, he and his partner Tony are the newly minted fathers of two beautiful strong twin daughters, Sofia and Blair!


Promise Olomo

2009 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, Johns Hopkins University

2014 Graduate Scholar, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Upon earning his doctorate, Promise took a job as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at NorthWest Hospital in Randalstown, MD. Promise is also the associate nurse educator for the anesthesia department, teaching nurse anesthesia students and medical students about anesthesia as they shadow or precept with him in the operating room. He stays active with the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, most recently presenting at a DNAMP workshop held at Drexel University. 


Fatouma "Fatou" Diarra

Young Scholar, 2013 College Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Fatou will celebrate her first one-year, full-time professional work anniversary as research analyst for Boston healthcare consulting firm, Precision for Medicine. She works on primary and secondary research pharmaceutical and medical device companies, particularly in market access for their products. Fatou also creates and works on submission documents for the FDA on behalf of clients, so that their new diagnostic products can be approved and they can start selling in the market.


Isa Adney

2007 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, Stetson University

2010 Graduate Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Working as a webinar producer for ConvertKit, Isa is designing and delivering free online workshops to help bloggers, authors, musicians, podcasters, teachers, and other creators to earn a living online. She is also writing her second book sharing the stories of dreams come true, featuring experiences of Oscar winners, Olympians, and 120 other achievers whom she has interviewed. Isa also writes about her interviews with professional artists on her blog


Sofia Medina-Pardo

2014 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, Johns Hopkins University

Sofia is putting her degree in Public Health Studies to great work in the South Bronx helping women, children, and families at two public hospitals as a community health worker for Health Leads. Through a partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation and NYC Health+Hospitals, Sofia is engaged in a pilot project to increase patients’ access to the high-impact community-based resources they need to be healthy, including food, housing, and healthcare.


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