Please watch 2011 Graduate UNCF/Merck Fellow, Angel Byrd, "An Evening of Stars," vignette.  

This year the program theme was “Educating Our Future, ” and Angel Byrd, was one of the ten amazing stories featured in the program.

The program features ten vignettes about students, future students and recent graduates, young men and women who are making the most of their educational opportunities and UNCF scholarship, and fellowship internship programs.

Angel Byrd is a graduate of Tougaloo College and is currently a M.D./Ph.D. Student at Brown University.


Dr. Milton L. Brown, M.D./Ph.D., is the first Edwin H. Richard and Elisabeth Richard von Matsch Endowed Chair in Experimental Therapeutics at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C.  He is also the Director of the Georgetown University Drug Discovery Program and holds professorships in Oncology and Neurosciences.  He is a member of the Specialized Center of Research sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dr. Brown was awarded the UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship in 1999 when he was at the University of Virginia in the Department of Chemistry.  He was appointed to a faculty position in that department in 2000.  Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in synthetic chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995 and his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1999.  He received his B.S. degree from Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL in 1987.

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. 




Hear what Dr. Onyewu has to say about her experience as a UNCF/Merck Fellow!

Chiatogu Onyewu, M.D./Ph.D. was awarded a UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Dissertation Fellowship in 2004 while a graduate student at Duke University as she was engaged in her training as a physician scientist.  After receiving her M.D./ Ph.D. degree, she joined the Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. as a postdoctoral fellow and was awarded a 2008 UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship.  She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore-Baltimore County where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D./Ph.D. is the Director of the Health, Biomedical Science and Society Policy Program and the Aspen Health Forum at the Aspen Institute. 

Dr. McMurry received her undergraduate education in biochemistry at Harvard University,  She later went on to become the first African-American to receive an M.D. and Ph.D. at Duke University with a grant from the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program.  Her research focused on the role of the regulation of chromatin structure and gene recombination in the immune system. Dr. McMurry-Heath trained in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was an adjunct MacAurthur Fellow in Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Policy Fellow, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University.  She is considered an expert in biomedical research funding policies, health care disparities and global health inequities.

Dr. McMurry was awarded a 1998 UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship while she was engaged in her graduate work at Duke University in the Department of Immunology under Dr. Michael Krangel.  She has been a great mentor and supporter of the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative since becoming a UNCF/Merck Fellow.