Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Program Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Armstrong

Faculty Director

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; she teaches courses such as 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 traveling 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.”

Messina Zurbuch

Administrative Coordinator

Messina Zurbuch became the Administrative Coordinator in 2016 after working as Technical Assistant to the Registrar at Scripps College. She brings with her a professional and calm presence while assisting the Post-Bac office and students.

Messina received her B.A. in Studio Art from University of La Verne with a concentration in Sculpture. When away from the office, Messina loves to spend time with family – usually camping, creating art, practicing yoga, and running trails.