Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences


AroraVineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Founding Director
Dean for Medical Education, Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Arora is the founding director of the MS in Biomedical Sciences program and the Dean for Medical Education at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She is an academic hospitalist and medical educator who specializes in improving the learning environment for medical trainees and the quality, safety and experience of care delivered to hospitalized adults. 

Dr. Arora’s work bridges clinical medicine and medical education to transform the learning environment and the quality of care delivered in teaching hospitals. She is an internationally recognized expert on patient handoffs in healthcare and also has broad expertise in using technology, such as social media, to improve medical education. She has served as principal investigator of numerous federal and foundation grants that explore novel scientific approaches to improving patient care while also enhancing workplace learning in teaching hospitals.

VolchenboumSamuel L. Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS

Dean for Master’s Education, Office of Master’s Education
Associate Director, Institute for Translational Medicine
Associate Chief Research Informatics Officer

Dr. Volchenboum is the Dean for Master’s Education in the Biological Sciences Division and leads the Office of Master’s Education. His clinical specialty is pediatric hematology and oncology, caring for kids with cancer and diseases of the blood. In addition to his clinical practice, he directs the University of Chicago’s Pediatric Cancer Data Commons, a research group dedicated to liberating and democratizing data for pediatric malignancies.

Until 2019, Dr. Volchenboum directed the Center for Research Informatics, a 40-person group that supports biological research throughout the division. He participates in and leads various data governance initiatives throughout the University and medical center. He is the director of the Informatics Core for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Since 2015, he has been the faculty director for the Masters in Biomedical Informatics at the Graham School at the University of Chicago.

Keme CarterKeme Carter, MD

Admissions Consultant, Office of Master’s Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Pritzker Admissions


Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, and the Associate Dean for Admissions at Pritzker. Her scholarly interests focus on developing and evaluating curricula in undergraduate medical education and studying communication practices in the Emergency Department in an effort to optimize patient care. Dr. Carter serves as the inaugural admissions consultant for Master’s degree programs in the Biological Sciences Division. 

Samantha FanSamantha P. Fan, PhD

Director of Academic Affairs, Office of Master’s Education

Dr. Fan is the Director of Academic Affairs in the Office of Master’s Education (OME). She oversees the development and management of the MS in Biomedical Sciences program. At OME, she works with faculty and University partners on program creation, development, and implementation of Master’s degrees and other educational offerings. 

Dr. Fan was previously an Associate Instructional Professor in Psychology and Assistant Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago, and has expertise in pedagogy, academic advising, program development, and student-alumni relations. 

Kayla ScalesKayla Scales, MSHI

Manager, BMS Program


In her Manager of Medical Education and Innovation role, Kayla supports the programs and workshops that are dedicated to faculty development in medical education. Additionally, Kayla collaborates with the teams who lead the planning, implementation, and evaluation related to curriculum and continuous improvement efforts in the Pritzker School of Medicine. Lastly, Kayla partners with faculty and leadership that oversee the admissions process for the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

In Kayla’s previous role, she served as an analyst on the Medical Informatics team at UChicago Medicine as well as program coordinator for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at UChicago.

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The Office of Master’s Education partners with the Diversity & Inclusion office and the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) on recruitment and student engagement.

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