Emmitt Jolly, Ph.D. was a 2000 recipient of the UNCF/Merck Graduate Dissertation Fellowship while attending University of California, San Francisco. . He continued his studies at University of California, San Francisco as a 2005 UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Jolly is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. He also serves as the President of The AUMF.