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Medical Science Students & Alumni

Class Profile

The average age of the current Master of Science in Medical Science class is 24. While most students hail from Pennsylvania and Maryland, students come from as far as California, Texas, Georgia, Massachusettes and Missouri. Most have undergraduate degrees in the biological sciences (including neuroscience), chemistry or math.

The average incoming GPA is about 3.2 with an MCAT of about 29.

Academic Year

Average Incoming GPA out of 4.0

Average Incoming MCAT

2015–16

3.2

28

2014–15

3.3

29

2013–14

3.1

29


Meet Medical Science Students & Alumni

Katy Locke, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Katy Locke

"I started out in the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program before changing to the Medical Science (MMS) program, and got a lot of advice from the faculty about making that happen. There're only eight students in this MMS year, so it really feels like I am able to connect one-on-one with each professor. The faculty members here really care about getting us to our ultimate goal of getting into medical school." Read more about Katy.

Austin LaRocca, Drexel Master of Science in Medical Science Program Graduate

Meet Austin LaRocca

"I got into Cooper Medical School of Rowan University for this upcoming cycle, so in August I will be starting orientation week. My long-term goal is to do a surgical residency and become a surgeon. [...] I don't know what I would have done without the MMS program. It would have been a lot harder to get the things I needed on my application in order to get that offer of admission." Read more about Austin.

Eric Haljasmaa, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Eric Haljasmaa

"The fact that I enjoyed learning the material and found the classes interesting helped reinforce my decision to want to go to medical school. I knew I was on the right path. Now in the second year, I am taking more classes. They are high-level, graduate and medical-level courses." Read more about Eric.

Michael Brinton, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Michael Brinton

"Dr. Angelo Lepore was very open to working with someone like me who didn't have lot of research experience. I've learned so much from him and from the other members of the lab, all of whom have been really welcoming and have helped me progress as a researcher. It was both the subject material and the environment. Having a good lab environment is essential to having a good project." Read more about Michael.

Ahsun Bajwa, Drexel Medical Science Program Alumn

Meet Ahsun Bajwa

"My experience within the program has been excellent. Taking medical school coursework as part of the curriculum has allowed me to feel confident and prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. I was able to develop the skills necessary that will allow me to succeed within medical school and beyond. The research component of the program provided me with invaluable experience within the field of scientific research, which will allow me to make meaningful contributions to any future research projects I undertake." Read more about Ahsun.

Drexel Medical Science Alumnus Michael Branham

Meet Michael Branham

"The Medical Science program not only helped me get in, but it's making medical school easier too, since you take real medical school classes in the Medical Science program. Being exposed to that was really helpful." Read more about Michael.

Drexel Master's in Medical Science student Mohibur Rahman

Meet Mohibur Rahman

"Overall, it's a great experience and it definitely helps you if you plan to go to a professional school, not only a medical school but pharmacy school, veterinary school, or other professional school. One of my friends from the program is applying to physical therapy school, so the degree can lead to quite a few avenues." Read more about Mohibur.

Drexel Medical Science Student Robert Kelley

Meet Robert Kelley

Medical Science program student Robert Kelley came to Drexel looking to make a career change from laboratory science into medicine. He wanted to use the program as a way to leverage himself, improve his application and chances of being accepted into medical school. Read more about Robert.

Drexel Medical Science Student Marissa Matto

Meet Marissa Matto

"The mentors and advisors in this program were consistently encouraging and realistic with me about my medical school application. They were vital in my quest for medical school because they helped me to become the best candidate I could be. I have been accepted to Drexel University College of Medicine for the class beginning in 2018. I am excited to begin my journey to becoming a physician this fall." Read more about Marissa.


About Our Graduates

Rita Akumo
Advisor: Wen-Jun Gao, MD, PhD
Project Title: Exploring the Impact of GSK-3β Ablation on Cognitive Function and Structural Plasticity of the PFC
Department: Neurobiology and Anatomy
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Todd Belok
Advisor: Neal Handly, MD
Project Title: Does Central Venous Pressure Correlate With Physician Implementation of Fluid Resuscitation in Hypotensive Patients?
Department: Emergency Medicine
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Puneet Butter
Advisor: Yi Fan, MD
Project Title: Effects of Radiation on Cell Functions in Glioma Cancer Stem Cells
Department: Radiation Oncology
Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Archana Chandrashekar
Advisor: Ramesh Raghipathi, PhD
Project Title: Effects of Pre-Injury Exercise on Behavioral Outcomes in Single Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Adolescent Mice
Department: Neurobiology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Annie Chang
Advisor: Ole Mortensen, PhD
Project Title: Novel Dopamine Transporter Modulator in a Behavioral Model of Addiction in Planarians
Department: Pharmacology and Physiology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

W. Chase Hamilton
Advisor: David Bennett, PhD
Project Title: Identifying Predictors of Retention and Abstinence Among Women in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Department: Psychiatry
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Mack Hardaker
Advisor: Ioannis Koutroulis, MD
Project Title: Imaging and Appendicitis: Limiting Radiation Exposure in Children with Abdominal Pain. Do we really need another CT scan?
Department: Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Institution: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Jennifer Huang
Advisor: Jane Clifford, PhD
Project Title: Supraphysiological O-GlcNAcylation Increases Differentiated ARPE-19 Cell Permeability
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Poojitha Kakulavaram
Advisor: Ole Mortesen, PhD
Project Title: Modulation of Dopamine Transporter Using Novel Compounds to Decrease Its Affinity for Cocaine
Department: Pharmacology and Physiology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Evan Kolesnick
Advisor: Terry Heiman-Patterson, MD
Project Title: A New Genetic Mouse Model for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia 4 Expressing Mutant Human SPAST
Department: Neurology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Catherine M. Madden
Advisor: Pamela Geller, PhD
Project Title: NICU Infant Health Severity and Family Functioning
Department: Psychology
Institution: Drexel University

Alec Maggi
Advisor: Eishi Nogushi, PhD
Project Title: Investigating Cytoprotective Mechanisms Against Alcohol Exposure in Human Esophageal Cells
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Farah Noorani
Advisor: Eugenia Gianos, MD
Project Title: Investigation of Motivation Interviewing and Prevention Consults to Achieve Cardiovascular Targets (IMPACT) Study
Department: Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Institution: New York University Medical College

Avkash Patel
Advisor: Andreia Mortensen, PhD
Project Title: Transport Domain-Unlocking Results in Augmented Uptake Rate in EAAT2 Glutamate Transporter
Department: Pharmacology and Physiology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Eugene Pok
Advisor: Ole Mortensen, PhD
Project Title: Norepinephrine Transporter: A Receptor Wherein Expression Is Affected by the Molecular Chaperone Hsc70
Department: Pharmacology and Physiology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Laura Strojny
Advisor: Angelo C. Lepore, PhD
Project Title: Cell-Specific Viral Vector Induced Regeneration of Respiratory Circuitry Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
Department: Neuroscience
Institution: Jefferson Medical College

Sowmya Swamy
Advisor: Michael Bouchard, PhD
Project Title: Role of BPIFB1 on Hepatitis B Virus Replication
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

Mirzya Syed
Advisor: Pamela Geller, PhD
Project Title: The Relationship Between Depression, Infertility Related Distress, and Religiosity in Infertile Muslim Women Living in the West
Department: Psychology
Institution: Drexel University

Nhi Tran
Advisor: Eishi Noguchi, PhD
Project Title: Investigating the Role of ALDH2 in Response to Alcohol Exposure
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institution: Drexel University College of Medicine

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