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A recap of the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Twitter chat

On Dec. 12, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Ishmail Abdus-Saboor and Samira Musah, fellows of the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP). Abdus-Saboor is now the Mitchell J. and Margo K. Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Musah is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Their three-year, $60,000 PDEP award was granted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

The grant is awarded to underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows working to advance to careers in medical or biomedical research — and applications are now open until January 16. For more information on the PDEP grant and to see the perspectives of awardees Abdus-Saboor and Musah, see a recap of highlights of the #bwfPDEP chat below:



Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.