Participants 2021

Participants 2021

Sebastian Acevedo, NJMS class of 2024

My name is Sebastian Acevedo, I am a first year medical student at New Jersey Medical School and received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University New Brunswick. I was born in Colombia and soon immigrated to the USA with my parents and younger sibling. I hope to go into an academic career within medicine and one day mentor future generations of aspiring physicians. When I am not studying I love reading, exercising, taking my dog on long walks and trying out new cooking recipes.

Karla Larios, NJMS class of 2024


Ethan Morrison, NJMS class of 2024

Hello Everyone! My name is Ethan Morrison and I am currently a first-year medical student at New Jersey Medical School. Although I am undecided on which specialty I would like to pursue, I am very interested in providing care to the underserved and being a mentor in my community. Research is a pathway to providing better care as a physician, and I am excited to be a part of the program this summer.

Alexander Orndahl, SHP, PA class of 2023

Alex is pursuing an MS in Physician Assistant at the Rutgers School of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program. He is originally from Atlanta, GA and received a bachelor of science in Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University in 2016. After graduation he worked as a medical scribe, medical assistant, and clinical allergy specialist and volunteered at a medical clinic in Rivercess County, Liberia. He is interested in basic science and translational research. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys surfing, snowboarding, running, rock climbing, and hiking with his Labrador retriever, Denali.


Stephanie Perricho, NJMS class of 2024

Victoria Ribeiro, NJMS class of 2024

As a Newark native and a first-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Victoria Ribeiro is enthusiastic about providing care to underserved populations in her community. Prior to enrolling at NJMS, Victoria conducted asthma and allergy research at Mount Sinai where she found her passion for utilizing research to address growing public health burdens. She hopes to continue strengthening and developing her skills through the Multidisciplinary Summer Research Education Program. As a medical student, Victoria volunteers at Ironbound Initiative, a health clinic in the Ironbound section of Newark and is a member of the NJMS Squared, where she mentors local high school students.


Darling Rojas, RSDM class of 2024

Hi everyone, my name is Darling Rojas! I am a first-year dental student at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. I completed my undergraduate studies at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Brunswick and majored in Biological Sciences. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Multidisciplinary Summer Research Education Program for Health Professional Trainees and this summer, I look forward to broadening my appreciation for the importance of research in clinical dentistry and learning more about the various opportunities in the field. During my free time, I enjoy playing with my puppy, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and traveling to my birth country, Costa Rica!


Jacinto Saenz, RWJMS class of 2024

DACA student born in Oaxaca, Mexico but raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. Graduated from Saint Peter's University in 2017 with a major in Biochemistry and minor in Philosophy. Founder of Sonoma Bistro. Outside of medicine and research, I enjoy getting away from the city and camp out in the wilderness.


Bintia Sakho, RWJMS class of 2024

Hello! My name is Bintia Sakho and I’m a rising 2nd year medical school student at RWJMS. I graduated college in May 2020 from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences. I’m looking forward to participating in this program because it will provide me with greater exposure and skills in the research field which I believe are essential to my medical education and future career.

Halle Sarkodie, NJMS class of 2024

I am a first year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. When I’m not studying, I like to read, write, watch reality TV, hike, and tend to my succulents.