Kadidia Adula began the MARC program in 2009. She was interested in doing research in neuroscience, specifically the peripheral nervous system and localized numbness that results as a consequence of nerve damage. She was a biology major working with the Dr. Brunken lab at SUNY Downstate. Kadia also worked with in Professor Juergen Polle's lab researching alternative bio-fuel sources. As a transfer student from Bronx Community College, Kadidia also did field research in ecology at Storm Peak Laboratory in Colorado. Beyond ample research and academic activities, Kadidia is active in her community. She also does creative work in poetry and painting. She is currently in the process of applying the Ph.D. programs.
Travis Alvarez was a psychology major who started the MARC program in 2010. He worked with Associate Professor Laura Rabin, whose research focuses on the cognitive and neurophysiological changes associated with preclinical stages of dementia and the ecological validity of neuropsychological instruments and cognitive remediation of memory and executive dysfunction. Travis worked specifically with functional magnetic resonance imaging or functional MRI (fMRI), a type of specialized MRI scan used to measure the hemodynamic response related to neural activity in the brain of patients with dementia. He graduated with a B.S. in psychology and is currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs.
Karla Dixon was a biology major. She worked with Associate Professor Theodore Muth, whose area of reaearch is microbiology. Karla worked on genetic engineering with agrabacteria. Outside of academia, Karla is a member of the Brooklyn College student government and was very active on campus. Karla graduated in 2011 and is currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs
Tabitha Julien was a biology major. She worked with Assistant Professor Anjana Saxena, whose lab studies nucleolar-stress and its influence on thep14ARF/p53 tumor suppressor pathway. Tabitha worked on research that involved dissecting growth-promoting and growth-retarding properties of nucleolin by understanding its role in the p14ARF/p53 tumor suppressor network, a key defense against cellular transformation and tumorigenesis. Tabitha graduaed in 2011 and is currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs.