Victor Ekuta is a clark scholar. He is also a Black Men’s Brain Health Fellow and an instructor for the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, where he combines his passion for advancing brain health equity with his love of mentorship and diversifying STEM. Before rejoining Penn, Victor interrogated the effectiveness of pulse oximeters for minority patients as a 2021 MIT linQ Catalyst Healthcare Innovation Fellow, researched transcranial magnetic stimulation as a 2018 Penn Memory Center Minority Scholar in Aging Research, and studied potential Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.
Ekuta earned a BA in biology and philosophy-neuroscience-psychology (PNP) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. Following graduation, he completed a post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health before beginning medical school. In the future, Ekuta plans to specialize in academic neurology as a physician-scientist-advocate, employing novel approaches to treat human brain disease, combat health disparities, and boost diversity in STEM.