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  • 2020 application season opens

    February 1
  • 2020 Student application deadline

    March 31
  • 2020 Letters of reference deadline

    April 7
  • Notifications sent to applicants

    May 15
  • 2020 Program at JAX Farmington begins

    August 31
Note: The incoming cohort of 2021 PostBacc at JAX trainees will be hosted on our JAX Bar Harbor, ME campus

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Jacob Flores

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad Institution: Houston Baptist University

Undergrad major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Why postbacc @ JAX?  

The postbacc program at JAX is the perfect place to advance my direction in obtaining an MD/PhD. This program will give me the opportunity to meet new mentors and professionals in the field to assist me in my objective to define my research interests and abilities. I wish to learn how leaders in this field approach the progression of a project, so that I can apply their methods to my own thought process. JAX also offers immersive preceptorship and clinical experiences to further develop the qualities of a compassionate physician.  

How do you like to spend time out of lab/away from academic work? 

I enjoy resetting myself after academic work through physical activity in the outdoors like running, hiking, and exploring the city. You can also find me at restaurants trying locals’ best dishes.

Jin Komerska

Undergrad Institution: Grinnell College

Undergrad major(s): Biochemistry

Why are you planning to earn a MD/PhD?

I am excited to help patients through their journeys of health and healing, and it is important to me that I approach issues from multiple perspectives to gain a broader view of the topic. An MD-PhD will help me develop a wider understanding of the systems and diseases that I will work with, and enable me to be involved in several different aspects of providing treatment.

How do you like to spend time out of lab/away from academic work?

I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, spending time outside, and petting every dog I meet.


Johanna Riera

Hometown: Union City, NJ

Undergrad Institution: New Jersey City University

Undergrad major(s): B.S Biology/English minor

Discovering the unknown! I like to compare the science field with a very complex jigsaw puzzle in which people work as a team to further discover different areas within the sciences. Part of my passion comes from being able to work as a team in a research lab.  Being surrounded with passionate people and appreciating their perspectives has to be one of my favorite parts of the sciences.

How do you like to spend time out of lab/away from academic work?

When I am not doing academic/lab work, I enjoy taking on adrenaline filled activities such as, running, cliff jumping, and paragliding. Skydiving is next! I also love spending time with friends/family, cooking, yoga, and writing.

Scott Lee

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Undergrad Institution: Saint Louis University

Undergrad major(s): Neuroscience

Why postbacc @ JAX?

I was really intrigued by the prospect of a bonafide MD/PhD post-bacc program and loved how the PostBacc at JAX delivers both independent research opportunities and clinical experiences; I felt that getting more of both after graduating was paramount in order to successfully apply to MD/PhD programs. Being a powerhouse in mammalian genetics and genomics, JAX quickly distinguished itself as an excellent, unique training environment that would help me stand out when applying.

How do you like to spend time out of lab/away from academic work?

During my free time, I enjoy learning different languages, jogging outdoors, and watching embarrassing amounts of Korean dramas.