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The Office of Equity and Inclusion for Research and Research Education and SMD Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs will host a 2024 Juneteenth Celebration with Keynote Speaker Dr. Russell Ledet, MD, PhD, MBA

Dr. Russell Ledet served on both active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy, including as a U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, D.C. 

He completed Navy cryptology training and was assigned to the USS John L. Hall (FFG-32), based in Mayport, Florida. Dr. Ledet has received multiple Navy Achievement Medals for his leadership and work ethic.

After 5 years of active service, he transitioned to the USN Reserves while attending Southern University, where he obtained bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biology.

He then earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology from NYU, conducting research on prostate cancer biology and therapeutics utilizing proteomics and bioinformatics funded by NIH and HHMI. This work was published in Nature.

 Upon completing his PhD, he began medical training at Tulane School of Medicine. During this time, he co-founded The 15 White Coats to help underrepresented minority students pursue medicine through inspiration and support.

Dr. Ledet’s personal journey and his activism/philanthropy have received national media recognition.

 Dr. Ledet's story will greatly inspire our learners, faculty, and staff. The keynote presentation will be on June 14th at 4pm in the Feldman Ballroom.  

If you would like to attend please register via the following link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/b678d72807624a6b8fcec433fc95d2e9


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