Jessica Portillo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2023 GDEP award

Congratulations to Jessica Portillo for her work on:

The Role of Host Genetics in Modulating the Beneficial Effects of the Gut Commensal Akkermansia muciniphila

Jessica Portillo of Raphael Valdivia's lab, is one of the 2023 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP) awards recipient. Jessica is currently a grad student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM).

This program aims to foster diversity and inclusion within the scientific community by supporting outstanding individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in pursuing their graduate studies in STEM.

Selected from a pool of exceptionally talented applicants, the recipients will receive financial support, mentorship opportunities, and access to invaluable resources throughout their academic journey. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is proud to invest in their enrichment and contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive scientific workforce.

Dr. Louis J. Muglia, President of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, expressed his enthusiasm for the program, stating, “We are delighted to recognize and support these exceptional individuals through the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program. By investing in their education and providing them with the necessary resources, we aim to empower these talented students to make significant contributions to the scientific community. We firmly believe that diversity drives innovation and progress, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment within the biomedical sciences.”

Alfred Mays, Chief Diversity Officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, emphasized the importance of this program in promoting diversity and equity. He said, “The Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program not only provides financial assistance but also fosters a supportive network for these students. Through mentorship and other resources, we aim to ensure their success and provide them with the tools to become future leaders in their respective fields. We are proud to be a part of their journey and look forward to witnessing their accomplishments.”

About Burroughs Wellcome Fund:

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical science through its support of research, education, and diversity initiatives. By fostering innovation and cultivating the next generation of exceptional scientists, the Fund aims to accelerate the pace of discovery and improve human health.