Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Program Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Armstrong

Faculty Director

Jennifer Armstrong

Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong has served as the faculty director of the Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Program since 2014. Professor Armstrong joined the faculty of the W.M. Keck Science Department of Scripps College in 2003; her courses taught include Introductory Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Epigenetics, Core I: Histories of the Present: Human Nature and Human Difference, and Core II: Constructions of (Dis)Ability. As faculty advisor, Professor Armstrong works closely with each student to help him or her reach their goal of gaining admission to medical, dental or veterinary school.

Professor Armstrong received her B.S. in Biochemistry from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and The Salk Institute of Biological Studies. She was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Armstrong’s research program at Scripps College focuses on how chromosome structure regulates gene expression.  She maintains an active research laboratory with undergraduates and a full time research technician, and she has been the recipient of three grants from the National Science Foundation.

DeEttra Mulay


DeEttra Mulay became Director of the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program in 2010 after serving as an Associate Dean of Students at Scripps College. She brings to the job professional experience in advising, orientation programming, new student programs, student activities, diversity programming, and career advising. She is currently an active member of both regional and national medical professional organizations and regularly attends national conferences related to current events in medical school admission.

After earning her BA from California Lutheran University, DeEttra obtained an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. When not on campus, DeEttra enjoys travel and spending time with her family.

“The Scripps Post-Bac program is truly a place to change your life!” says DeEttra.” I am inspired by the men and women in our program who make the decision to follow a passion to become health care providers. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to personally advise each student. Through this process, I get to know our students, both personally and professionally, as they complete the program and apply to professional school.”

Kelsey Lawler

Interim Administrative Coordinator

Kelsey completed the Scripps Post-Bac Program in June 2016 and is now acting as the Administrative Coordinator for the office. As a previous student, she takes great pleasure in mentoring current Post-Bac students, keeping in touch with program alumni, and assisting prospective students through the application process.

A Southern California native, Kelsey was glad to complete her Post-Bac year in the LA area. Currently, she is applying to medical school and hoping to remain in California for the journey ahead.