Biotechnology PhD Training Program



The BTP is committed to identifying and recruiting promising candidates from underrepresented minorities.  Our BTP minority graduates have excelled.


    Patrick Martin (’03 grad) won a UNCF/MERK postdoctoral fellowship (only one of ten awarded annually) and is now an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (Greensboro/Winston-Salem).  Antonio Ubiera (’04 grad) has risen through the ranks and is now Director of Process Technology at Glaxo Smith Kline.  Gary Davis (’06 grad) is a Technical Service and Application Technology Scientist at Evonik Industries.  Ernie Perez Almodovar  (’12 grad) is a Scientist at Amgen (Puerto Rico).  Kristina Little (’10 grad) is  now Manager of Biostastics and Clinical Management Data at Ilumina (San Diego).  Olugbemisola Oredein (’09 grad) is a MD resident at the Medical College of South Carolina (Charleston).  Anthony Awojoodu (’14 grad, after moving with his mentor to Georgia Tech) is an Associate at McKinsey & Company.

Current Students

    Joanna Adadevoh (mentor: Roseanne Ford) was the organizer of the ’14 BTP Day of Caring event.

Outreach and Recruitment

    Over the years, BTP students have organized BTP Minority Day’s, first established by Patrick Martin in 2002 with students from Virginia Union University.  Gary Davis directed BTP Minority Day in 2005 with invited speakers David Patteson (Biotage, now at Advion) and Bob McKown (JMU), and over thirty visitors from Virginia Union University and Norfolk State University.  The third BTP Minority Day was organized by Michael Stadnisky with speakers Cheryl Apprey, David Chen (BTP externships; also directs translational efforts in UVa's School of Medicine and UVa's Coulter Project)  and Gordon Laurie (BTP Director).  Gordon is a member of Norfolk State University’s NIH/CBSS Planning and Advisory Committee.  Over the years, the Director and BTP faculty have also  travelled to and interacted with students at HBCU Virginian Union University (the undergraduate home of BTP alumnus Patrick Martin).  A new speaker HBCU speaker program involving BTP senior program will be initiated in the Fall.  On 3.18.15, Gordon Laurie will speak at Hampton University.


Minority & Disadvantaged Outreach

BTP Minority Day 9.23.08 with visitors from NSU.  Mike Stadnisky, Gbemi Oredein and Ernie Perez Almodovar lead a panel discussion (top), visitors (bottom), talk below.