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PIKE-PREP: Preparation in Interdisciplinary Knowledge to Excel - Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program


The mission of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Preparation in Interdisciplinary Knowledge to Excel (PIKE) PREP is to offer a multi-dimensional mentoring and research training experience to prepare underrepresented post-baccalaureate students to enroll and succeed in a top-tier PhD or MD-PhD program and commit to a career in biomedical research.

To achieve this mission, PIKE-PREP program students will:

  • Conduct research with mentor support to strengthen their research and technical skills.
  • Improve their competitiveness for PhD program admission through guidance and training on the graduate school application process.
  • Participate in high-quality professional and career development activities individually designed to complement each PREP scholar’s needs and goals.
  • Engage in continuous and dynamic mentoring and community-building research centered experiences designed to enhance the scholar’s network and integration in the social, research, and academic environments. 

Despite the growing diversity within the US population, there is an acutely low percentage of PhD biomedical researchers that are either Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, have disabilities, or are from a disadvantaged background. One important goal of PIKE-PREP is to address the challenges that impact underrepresented scholars and support them in their pursuit of earning a PhD in a biomedical research program.  

PIKE-PREP is supported by an NIH PREP R25 grant through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and administered by the Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) at the CU Cancer Center. The program also receives support from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor's Office, CU School of Medicine, CU Cancer Center, Department of Surgery, and Division of Medical Oncology.

Application Dates

  • November 1, 2024 – March 2, 2025: Program application open
  • March 2, 2025: Final application deadline (11:59 pm MT)

Applications are now closed

Information Session

To watch a recording of our information session on PIKE-PREP and other Post-Baccalaureate Research Programs here at CU Anschutz, click the button below.


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Eduardo Davila, PhD, (PREP Co-Director)

Eduardo Davila, PhD

Program Co-Director

Eduardo Davila, PhD, is a Professor and the Amy Davis Endowed Chair of Basic Immunology in the Department of Medicine and serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Cancer Research Training and Education at the CU Cancer Center. Davila’s research focuses on developing cancer immunotherapies. This research integrates a broad array of disciplines from protein biochemistry and cell biology to preclinical and clinical studies.

Carlos Catalano, PharmD, PhD, (PREP Co-Director)

Carlos Catalano, PharmD, PhD

Program Co-Director

Carlos Catalano, PharmD, PhD, is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, of Skaggs School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on understanding how a virus "puts itself together" in a cell and the adaptation of virus shells as "designer nanoparticle" platforms for therapeutic and diagnostic applications.

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD

Assistant Director for Education Administration
University of Colorado Cancer Center

Shawndra Fordham, MEd

Shawndra Fordham, MEd

Education and Outreach 

Program Developer
University of Colorado Cancer Center

Contact Us

Questions? Please email: PIKE.PREP@cuanschutz.edu

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Fitzsimons Building
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box F434
Aurora, CO 80045

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