Biomedical Masters Program


Alessandro Bisello
Director of BMP, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Affiliate Member, Vascular Medicine Institute

After graduation from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy), I moved to the Beth Israel Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Boston for a post-doc and a junior faculty position. I joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, where I am currently Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and an affiliate member of the Vascular Medicine Institute.

Rebecca Blumenfeld McMillen
Student Affairs Coordinator

After receiving my BA in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, I began my professional career within higher education in college admissions for a small college. Before rejoining Pitt, I worked at Carnegie Mellon University counseling students with academic and financial needs.

As the BMP’s Student Affairs Coordinator, I provide administrative, program, and social support to prospective students, applicants, current students, and alumni.

Paula Davis
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Schools of Health Sciences

Paula K. Davis, M.A., C.D.E. (Certified Diversity Executive) is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity for the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences.  Davis assumed her current position after serving the School of Medicine as Assistant Dean with responsibility for Admissions, Financial Aid and Diversity Programs. Davis’s career has centered on higher education administration including recruitment and admissions, financial aid, academic advising, alumni relations, and support services for diverse student populations.

Peter Drain
Director of Academics, BMP, Associate Professor of Cell Biology

After graduation from the Department of Biology at MIT, I moved on to postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. I then established my own research lab as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and taught medical students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After four years I moved my lab to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where I am currently Associate Professor of Cell Biology.

Jena El-Sabeh
Professional Coach Coordinator

After receiving my B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College, I moved to Washington, D.C. During my time in D.C., I worked on a variety of projects including improving the performance of global health care organizations through best-practice research dissemination. I joined the University of Pittsburgh as the BMP Professional Coach Coordinator after obtaining my Professional Coach Certification from Duquesne University. 

Larissa Kocelko
Administrative Specialist

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Mass Media and Communications.For the past 25 years I have worked as an Administrative Assistant in various capacities. I started working at the University of Pittsburgh in July 2016 and joined the BMP in December of 2016 as an Administrative Specialist. 

Steve Mattiace
Administrative Coordinator

After completing my Masters in Higher Education and Student Development, I began my career in residence life. I gained experience in Career and Academic Advising, which included Pre-medical Advising at Northern Arizona University. After relocating to Western PA, I worked in Financial Aid before coming to the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently the Administrative Specialist for the BMP.

Guillermo Romero
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Vice Director, Molecular Pharmacology Training Program

I attended medical school in Lima, Peru, and moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in Physics/Biophysics at the University of Virginia. I joined Pitt in 1991 and I am currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology. I am also co-director of the Molecular Pharmacology Training Program of the University of Pittsburgh.

Steve Wendell
Director of Professional Development, BMP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology

After graduating from the Department of Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics at the University of Minnesota, I came to the University of Pittsburgh for my Postdoc. In 2005, I was appointed as research assistant professor in the School of Dental Medicine and assistant director of the Office of Academic Career Development. After serving as the founding director of the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development at the University of Pittsburgh, I am now an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and director of Professional Development for the BMP. I am also an International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Bill Yates
Professor of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience, Co-Director of Research Conduct and Compliance Office, Vice-Chair of Medical School Curriculum Committee.

I received a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Florida, and subsequently completed postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University in New York City.  I then became a faculty member at Rockefeller University for four years prior to relocating to the University of Pittsburgh in 1994.  I am currently a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience, and also hold several administrative roles, including Co-Director of the Research Conduct and Compliance Office and Vice-Chair of the School of Medicine’s Curriculum Committee.  I also am Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology.