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Peggy Randon

Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow at the National Institute of Health (NIH)

Peggy is a University of Michigan alumnus with interests at the intersection of medicine, science, and civic engagement. In 2021, she graduated with high honors in Microbiology for her research thesis which described the mechanisms of a checkpoint inhibitor cancer immunotherapy treatment. She is thrilled to draw connections between pressing public health issues and ongoing injustices within law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Notable engagements have been facilitating creative art workshops in juvenile detention centers and reentry programs in her hometown (Detroit, MI) and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, as well as helping to found a pro-bono record expungement program in the University of Michigan Law School and leading a summer campaign initiative in Southeast Michigan supported by the National Davis Projects for Peace Grant, and the Clinton Global Initiative. She will be conducting research over the 2021-22 academic year, before applying to obtain a dual M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology. She views engagement in research and access to inclusive healthcare as a means to liberate minoritized communities globally.

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