Pre-Med Day Speakers


Ellena M. Peterson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Admissions and Outreach, UCI SOM
Associate Director, Medical Microbiology, Pathology

Speaker Topic: Keynote & Admissions Committee Panel

Research interests in the clinical/applied area are the development of rapid procedures for the detection of clinically relevant pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi with particular interest in sexually transmitted pathogens. In the basic research area, attempts are being made to define the key structural elements of the pathogen Chlamydia at the molecular level that are important in eliciting a protective host immunological response. These include exploring components of the outer membrane of this pathogen and more recently, the type three secretion system.

Daphne Calmes, MD, M.S.H.S
Interim Dean, Charles R. Drew SOM

Speaker Topics: Admissions Committee Panel

Daphne Calmes, M.D., M.S.H.S. assumed the position of Interim Dean for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), June of 2012. She has served as the Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs for the Medical Student Education Program since 2006. She completed her undergraduate education, medical school degree and her public health degree programs at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Calmes finished her Pediatric Residency Training and a Child Development Fellowship at the King-Drew Medical Center.

Susan Wong
Admissions Coordinator, USC School of Medicine

Speaker Topics: Admissions Committee Panel

Markeece Lamone Murriel, Lt. Commander
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy

Speaker Topic: Navy Medical School Scholarships

Lieutenant Commander Markeece Lamone Murriel, the son of Mr. Willie G. Murriel and Mrs. Debrah A. Murriel, was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He enlisted in the United States Navy on August 20, 1990 and transferred to Naval
Hospital Jacksonville, FL in June 1991. In 1996, HM2(FMF) Murriel was selected as U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Senior Sailor of the Year. In 1997, he obtained an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Hawaii Pacific University and was accepted to Advanced Radiology Technician “C” in San Diego, CA. In 2000, HM1(FMF) Murriel graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Management/Computer Information Systems (Magna Cum Laude) from Park University, Parkville, MO. In October 2013, Lieutenant Commander Murriel reported to Navy Recruiting Command Millington, TN where he currently serves as Deputy Director, Medical Program Accessions.

His achievements, decorations and medals include: Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer (SWMDO), Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer (FMFQO), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Six Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Three Awards), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (Three Awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (Four Awards), Good Conduct Medal (Three Awards), Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (Two Awards), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medical, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (Three Awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (Four Awards), Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal.