Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical Scientist Training Program

PRISM Team

The Promoting Inner-City Youth in Science and Medicine (PRISM) program has a lot of help from dedicated, creative individual who are committed to inspiring future generations of scientists and medical professionals. Learn more about our team below.

PRISM Mentors

The Promoting Inner-City Youth in Science and Medicine (PRISM) program has a lot of help from dedicated, creative individual who are committed to inspiring future generations of scientists and medical professionals. Learn more about our team below.

Adenike Adewuyi

Adenike Adewuyi, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering

I am a third-year graduate student at the Center for Bionic Medicine in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, working with Dr. Kuiken. I am studying neural engineering. Specifically, I study signals from muscles, also known as electromyographic signals, and use them to control prosthetic devices. Outside of research, I like to sing, dance, play piano and I'm very active in my church as a deacon. I'm volunteering with PRISM because I love interacting with younger students, and teaching them about how totally incredible science and engineering can be. I'm looking forward to working with you!

Pat Lawlor

Pat Lawlor, Graduate Student, Department of Physiology, Northwestern University’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD Program

Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, I went to University of Texas at Austin to study physics and am now a second-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Konrad Kording at Northwestern. I'm interested in using computer algorithms to solve problems in biology, especially problems related to how the brain works. In my free time I like to play soccer, ride my bike, and rock climb. By participating in PRISM, I hope to show younger students that science and medicine are powerful ways to make a difference in society and improve the lives of others.

Daniel Margul

Daniel Margul, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering

Originally from Quincy, Illinois, I am starting my third year as a graduate student in the Shea Lab as part of the McCormick School of Engineering. I am developing therapies for spinal cord regeneration that combine biomaterials with gene therapy. I also study mechanisms of scar formation in the spinal cord using three-dimensional cell culture. When I’m not doing research, I like to cook, read, and work out. I’m volunteering with PRISM because I have a passion for mentoring and want to get high school students excited about science and medicine.

Richard L. Watson

Richard L. Watson, Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

I'm originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended college at the University of Michigan. Here at Northwestern, I'm starting my third year of graduate school in Dr. William A. Muller's lab. My current research focuses on using advanced microscopy techniques to study the proteins responsible for moving white blood cells out of the vasculature during inflammation. When I'm not in school, I enjoy keeping active, exercising, playing sports, going to concerts and watching my Detroit and University of Michigan sports teams. I'm volunteering with PRISM because I believe that it is very important to expose students to the fascinating world of science at a young age, and help educate and recruit future generations of healthcare professionals and researchers.

Sam Weinberg

Sam Weinberg, Graduate Student, Department of Medicine – Pulmonary, Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

I'm a second year graduate student in Nav Chandel's lab in the pulmonary department, where I study how the immune system is regulated by changes in metabolism. I was born and raised around Chicagoland so in my free time I love watching Chicago sports especially da Bears and Bulls. I really enjoy teaching others about how cool science can be, and that is why I volunteered as a PRISM mentor.

Leadership Team

In addition to being mentors, these MSTP students serve as leaders of the program. These students are dedicated year round to the design and implementation of the curriculum and they ensure the program moves forward every year.

Ted Cybulski

Ted Cybulski, PRISM MSTP Student Director

I'm a second year graduate student from Detroit, Michigan, joining the Kording Lab at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. I use computers to model how neurons interact with each other, and then use those models to discover how real-world neurons are connected. When I'm not doing research, I volunteer at a local community-run radio station. I'm volunteering with PRISM because I want to show our high school students how interesting what we do in healthcare and science can be.

Luay Almassalha

Luay Almassalha, PRISM MSTP Assistant Student Director

I'm a second year graduate student from Grand Rapids, Michigan and will be joining the Szleifer & Backman Labs this fall in Evanston. I am interested the structure of the cell nucleus, mainly how stress events cause changes in the structure of DNA that leads to altered gene transcription and tumor formation. In my spare time, I run a lot along the lake shore and go to concerts with my roommates. I'm volunteering with PRISM because I had great mentors that encouraged my interest in science and healthcare and I want young students to have those same opportunities to explore the world around them.

Dipal Patel

Dipal Patel, PRISM MSTP Assistant Student Director

I was born and raised in New Jersey, went to college in Philadelphia, and then came to the great city of Chicago for graduate school. I'm a fourth year graduate student working in the lab of Dr. Kathy Green, where I study the roles of cell-cell junctions in the development of skin and heart diseases. After graduate school, I hope to become either a cardiologist or pediatrician. Science and medicine are absolutely fascinating to me, and I want to share my enthusiasm with younger students so that they can consider pursuing careers in these fields! In my spare time I enjoy reading, exercising, cooking, and dancing.

Curriculum Advisory Board

The Curriculum Advisory Board helps design the curriculum and feedback mechanisms to help continually improve PRISM.

Luay Almassalha

Luay Almassalha, PRISM MSTP Assistant Student Director, MSTP Student

Ted Cybulski

Ted Cybulski, PRISM MSTP Assistant Student Director; MSTP Student

Rebecca Daugherty, PhD

Rebecca Daugherty, PhD, Assistant Director, Science in Society

Anita Douglas

Anita Douglas, Robert R. McCormick Boys & Girls Club

Michael Kennedy, PhD

Michael Kennedy, PhD, Director, Science in Society; Research Assistant Professor, Center for Genetic Medicine

Mary McBride, MD

Mary McBride, MD, Attending Physician, Cardiology; Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dipal Patel

Dipal Patel, PRISM MSTP Student Director, MSTP Student

Jayms Peterson

Jayms Peterson, Assistant Director, MSTP

Jessica Dasmarinas Schulte

Jessica Dasmarinas Schulte, MSTP Student