Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Hommel
Kehinde is a proud Nigerian American who grew up predominantly in northwest Houston. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A & M University, majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Humanities. Thereafter, she went on to completing her Master of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kehinde became a part of the Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine program at UTMB in 2018 and began conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Hommel. Kehinde’s research focuses on the investigation of upstream regulatory circuits and their involvement on major reward neural pathways using novel viral tracing techniques. She also serves as an officer of the UTMB Women’s Association of Minority Scientists and member of the Society for Translational research, highlighting her investment in increasing diversity in science, science communication, and a long-term career in translational research.
2021- UTMB Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch
2021- Summer 2021 Joint Admission Medical Program Instructor
2021 Herin Champion in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for SUDs Science
2020 (Fall & Spring) - Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine Travel Award
2020-Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience
2019-2020 NIDDK R01 - Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Research