Dr. Rikki Enzor graduated summa cum laude from Judson College in 2008 with a BA in Music (Piano Performance) and BS with distinction in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Mathematics. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Judson College Scholarship Award (highest academic average) and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (national service-learning award). She completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Indiana University in 2016, earning her MD and PhD degrees. She was the only medical student in a graduating class of over 300 to be recognized with the university’s William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion, for her efforts developing a free eye clinic for underserved patients in downtown Indianapolis. Additionally, she was honored with the MSTP Service Award.
She has earned numerous undergraduate and graduate research awards, including an NSF fellowship, multiple NIH pre-doctoral training grants, a plenary talk at a national meeting at the Mayo Clinic, and multiple Abstract Achievement Awards at national meetings. She completed her Ph.D. research with D. Wade Clapp, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics, resulting in publications in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Cell Biology, and Experimental Hematology. During residency training in Pittsburgh, she has developed collaborations to advance research projects which have the potential to decrease the incidence of vision-threatening eye diseases. She enjoys teaching and plans to pursue an academic career. When not helping the first year residents on consults and call, she enjoys playing the piano, traveling to catarct workshops, participating in her local church, and spending time with her husband. Also, she enjoys playing frisbee, going on walks, and watching the sun set across the Pittsburgh skyline.