Program Administrators

Program Co-Director

Letisha Wyatt smiling

Letisha R. Wyatt, PhD is the Co-PI of the OHSU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), Assistant Professor of Neurology, and the Director of Diversity in Research in the OHSU Research and Innovation Office. She currently oversees the development and implementation of training programs for scientists from historically minoritized and underserved backgrounds. She is a former bench neuropharmacologist with a strong record of mentorship in the laboratory and classroom. Dr. Wyatt has also served as faculty in the OHSU Library and the Center for Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR), working together with researchers to support open science practices and data stewardship needs. Read more about Letisha’s role on her personal website and view her work on ORCID

Program Co-Director

Gary Westbrook

Gary Westbrook M.D. is a Senior Scientist in the Vollum Institute and the Dixon Professor of Neurology at OHSU. Dr. Westbrook received his MD and an MSE in Bioengineering from Case Western Reserve University. After clinical training in internal medicine and neurology in Boston and St. Louis, he worked in basic neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. His neuroscience laboratory at the Vollum Institute is broadly interested in synaptic transmission, and in particular how neural circuits are formed, regulate their activity and contribute to the function of neural systems. He is co-PI with Kelly Monk of the NINDS T32 for the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program and co-PI with Letisha Wyatt of the OHSU NIGMS PREP program. As co-Director of the Vollum Institute (2005-2016) and Director of the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program (2008-2018), he has been active in the recruitment and training of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, and has been proactive in increasing diversity among trainees and faculty at OHSU. He is excited to contribute to the post-baccalaureate program. Read about work in his lab at www.ohsu.edu/vollum .

Program Coordinator

Andre Walcott, OHSU Postbac

André Walcott Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator for the OHSU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and Program Manager for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research (OFDIR) program. As a first-generation student, he obtained his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from OHSU in 2019. His research focused on the interaction between social relationships and alcohol use disorder in a prairie vole rodent model. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Walcott decided he wanted to commit to a career in higher education administration; therefore, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at OHSU’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) Center in program management. Dr. Walcott is passionate about professional and career development and making the sciences a more inclusive and equitable place, especially for individuals from historically excluded groups.