2021 Student Spotlight Initiative

The Online Education and Expanded Programs Student Spotlight Initiative strives to recognize the academic & professional success of online students. Each student has been recommended by faculty, and has displayed excellence in and outside the educational setting.

Students in the Spotlight

Joseph Teamer

Joseph Teamer

Keisha Bentley

Keisha Bentley

Samuel Scott

Samuel Scott

Alexandra Dumas

Alexandra Dumas

Student Bios

  • Joseph Teamer

    Joseph Teamer

    Where are you from?
    Detroit, Michigan

    Why did you choose MSM programs?
    I decided to attend Morehouse School of Medicine because I wanted to be a part of a medical, research, and education community that emphasized serving and uplifting unrepresented and underserved communities. 

    What are your interests and goals?
    I have a keen interest in photo-nano-therapies and creating biotech-derived skincare products. I aspire to become a cosmetic dermatologist and research and develop laser-based treatments and skin care products specifically for people of color suffering from chronic skin ailments. My career goal is to "foster confidence in people by and providing personalized care and making them feel more comfortable in their own skin." 

    Can you tell us more about your background?
    I am an alumnus of The Virginia State University, where I completed my B.S Biology. I decided to study biology to pursue my interests in clinical medicine and research. I currently work as an admin assistant, where I am gaining an understanding of medicine from an administration perspective that I could not gain from my previous research and shadowing experiences. I'm very passionate about service and leadership. I currently serve as a student representative for the M.S Biotechnology-online program and a regional manager of membership for my fraternity. 

    How has this program prepared you for what is next for you?
    The M.S Biotechnology-online program has strengthened my knowledge of the biotech industry, helped fine-tune my career and life goals, and allowed me to connect and establish a bond with other like-minded people. While I am currently figuring out my most immediate next step, the sense of purpose and direction I have gotten from this program, the faculty, and my peers is invaluable!

    Can you provide us with any positive experiences from attending MSM?
    One of the things I appreciate most when it comes to MSM is the faculty's willingness to integrating student input. I genuinely feel like we have a voice when it comes to our education and career journey. I am also very thankful for the unwavering care of our program directors and program manager; they are always available to address any concerns and always the first to celebrate our successes. Most specifically, I enjoy our regular check-in meetings and our social hours/celebration.

  • Keisha Bentley

    Keisha Bentley

    Where are you from?
    Anderson, South Carolina

    Why did you choose MSM programs?
    I was particularly intrigued by the summer course offering (B2BB), which led to a pathway into the Master's program.  I am currently a biomedical sciences teacher, but my career began as a biology teacher.  Now that my focus has changed, I considered it wise to broaden my knowledge base in biotechnology.

    What are your interests and goals?
    I have an interest in cancer research and the bioentrepreneurship aspect of the MSBT program.  I aspire to combine what I have learned through the MSBT with my experience in education and eventually work on the collegiate level.

    Can you tell us more about your background?
    I received my BS in Biology from Erskine College and went on to receive my M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Anderson University.  I began my teaching career at my alma mater, TL Hanna High School, where I taught Biology until I transitioned to New York. While there, I earned AP certifications in Biology and Psychology. I taught in two schools on Long Island before returning home to teach in my current position where I serve as sole instructor and department head of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences Program. I teach Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations.

    My interests extend beyond the classroom. The highest priority in my life is Jesus followed by my family and friends. I enjoy the performing arts, movies, writing, dancing, meeting new people, traveling, planning and organizing.  As a former pageant winner, my interest did not diminish over the years. I am a former pageant coordinator and pageant judge. I am a member of Pi Lamda Theta education honor society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I have a heart to serve my community and have done so in various capacities for over two decades.

    How has this program prepared you for what is next for you?
    I am not entirely certain of what "next" means for me, but I do know that I have learned an immense amount of information over the last year.  As I continue to finish my program, I am excited for what more I will learn.  I have taken classes that I never imagined I would, after all, I was a biology major in the early 2000s. Times have changed and so has science. Biotechnology is so vast.  I have found my courses in project management and biotechnology to be quite interesting. As I continue to map out the next step, I do believe it will involve knowledge attained in those and other courses I have taken in my program. 

    Can you provide us with any positive experiences from attending MSM? 
    The first positive experience was my summer pipeline, B2BB. It opened the door to an entirely new world in science. The opportunities for networking have been profound. Daily opportunities for internships, employment, and other resources, are provided for students' academic and professional advancement.

    In addition, Dr. Lillard and Dr. Howard are incredible leaders. Their knowledge and experience are vast. Although they have high positions, they always avail themselves to the students they serve. They have implemented check-ins at the start and completion of each term to see how we are progressing. My cohort has formed a bond that I believe will extend beyond our days as MSM students. Ms. Johnson works to ensure we have a little down time by scheduling our Kick Back calls. I was recommended to represent my program in the 2020 Holiday Special; I had so much fun as the Ghost of Holidays Yet to Come.

    Last, but certainly not least, our professors have been hardworking, kind, and understanding. Some moments have been challenging, but through it all it is positive. There is the feeling of success in the air. The atmosphere has been set for achievement and encouragement. We can and we will.

  • Samuel Scott

    Samuel Scott

    Where are you from?
    Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    Why did you choose MSM programs? 
    The biotechnology program gives me everything I need in one year to prepare me for a more advanced career role as well as enrich what I already know. This program would prove helpful for someone who wants to go on and get a PhD. I like that the program is within the medical school. Although I’m a graduate student, I feel like I’m getting a “medical education” in the course work.

    What are your interests and goals?
    My research interests include, plant genetics, immunotherapy/ nanotechnology, and drug discovery, cancer biology. My goal is to one day earn my doctoral degree and work in a drug discovery setting.

    Can you tell us more about your background?
    I am a microbiologist working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have been for 4 years. I have worked in the Polio and Picornavirus branch conducting viral neutralization testing for different polio types. I then moved on to the Influenza branch where I assisted senior scientists with automated testing of different influenza specimens and accessioning.
    Today, I serve as Quality Management Scientist for the Bioterrorism and Rapid Response and Technology and Biodefense Research and Development labs. I have a B.S. in Microbiology and a B.S. in Plant Biology from North Carolina State University. I was also a Research Fellow at Cornell University under the Leadership Alliance Undergraduate Research Program 2002. I also have years of private sector industry experience at Pfizer, BASF and Dendreon.

    How has this program prepared you for what is next for you?
    The coursework! It covers every facet of biotechnology while preparing you to be competitive in the workforce and graduate programs.

    Can you provide us with any positive experiences from attending MSM?
    The people. It is a small close-knit community where I have enjoyed meeting, studying, and relaxing with my colleagues. Career offerings, fellowship opportunities are plenty. So many great and interesting seminars to attend. Furthermore, there are many ways to get involved on campus, even if you are online. 

  • Alexandra Dumas

    Alexandra Dumas

    Where are you from?
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
     
    Why did you choose MSM programs?
    Morehouse School of Medicine is an institution that cultivates scientists that are forward thinking and have a deeper understanding of sociocultural factors in relation to health.
     
    What are your interests and goals?
    I am an aspiring physician researcher, with hopes of specializing in pediatric cardiology. One of my main goals is to merge biotechnology and medicine to improve overall health outcomes.
     
    Can you tell us more about your background?
    I am a graduate of Spelman College. During my undergraduate career, I served as a Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority Intern. I learned that a key component to an effective health care system are people who can effectively work with technological systems to reduce error.
     
    How has this program prepared you for what is next for you?
    The Master of Science in Biotechnology has prepared me by refining my scientific skillset through rigorous coursework, while also providing a virtual classroom experience.  
     
    Can you provide us with any positive experiences from attending MSM?
    The classroom sizes are intimate, and the instructors strive to ensure that the classwork is rigorous so that we are prepared to create solutions.  Through problem-based learning, the cohort works together to learn more about the business of biotechnology and its potential in our respective fields.