Cohort 4

Ismaele Jacques

Ismaele Jacques entered the MARC program June 2000. She worked with Professor He Qi in the Biology Department studying molecular and cellular mechanism governing the Drosophilia visual system. In 2003 she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in biology. Ismaele was then accepted to Yale University, where she studied biology. In 2008 Ismaele graduated with a Ph.D. in microbiology.

Betty Noel

A MARC scholar between 2001 and 2003, Betty Noel began her love for science at Chapin School, where she took every science elective she could find and in her junior and senior years completed a summer science intership at Rockefeller University. She eventually enrolled at Brooklyn College, where she worked with Associate Professor Theodore Muth of the Biology Department. Muth was researching the role of attachment of Agrobacterum tumefaciens to host plant cells. While at Brooklyn College, Betty received a College Presidential Scholarships all four years. She presented her first poster on this research "Investigating the Attachment Mechanism of Agrobacterium tumefacien using S. cervisiae" at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, in Orlando, Fla., in 2001. In addition she spent a summer doing research at Yale University's Department of Cell Biology. She graduated with a B.A. in biology in 2003. Because of her time at Yale University, Betty realized that she was really interested in microbiology.  She applied to the Stony Brook's Ph.D. program in September 2003 and began working in their molecular genetics and microbiology departments, where she worked with her mentor, Professor Jim Bliska, whose lab studies Yersinia, the bacteria that causes the bubonic plague. She was admitted to candidacy in 2007.

Ufeta Om'Iniabohs

A MARC scholar between 2001 and 2004, Ufeta Om'Iniabohs graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in 2004. At Brooklyn College, she worked with Professor Maggie Ciszkowska of the Chemistry Department. Ufeta's poster presentations include "Temperature-Responsive Polymeric Gels for Drug Delivery Systems: Spectroscopic and Electroanalytical Studies (Leadership Alliance Symposium); Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (2001); "Separation Properties of Temperature-Responsive 'Smart' Polymeric Gels" (CUNY Conference, 2002, and Brooklyn College Science Day, 2003). She was awarded the Summer 2001 Chemistry Department Scholarship ($1,500; David Davidson Scholarship Program) and the Vojtech & Kate Fried Award in Chemistry in 2004. Ufeta was accepted to the one-year–funded PREP program at San Francisco State University for fall 2004, where she was part of another scholarship program, the Bridge at San Francisco State University. Ufeta continued at San Francisco State University until 2007, working on pesticide analysis of museum artifacts repatriated from the Yurok tribe using GC/MS. She works currently as an analytical chemist at Impax Laboratories.

Nanna Osei Tutu

Nanna Osei Tutu entered the MARC program in December 2001 and was a student until 2004. She transferred to Brooklyn College from Kingsborough Community College, where she was an honors student. While at Brooklyn College she worked with Professor Ray Gavin in the Biology Department studying cellular systems cluster division molecular and cellular biosciences. She graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in biology. She is currently at Downsate Medical Center studying endometriosis and has co-authored several studies on the issue.

Shella Saintfleur

Shella Saintfleur entered the MARC Program in June 2000 and was a student until 2003. She was a biology major who was interested in obtaining her Ph.D. in microbiology. She had previously attended Kingsborough Community College, where she was an honors student. Shella worked with Professor Richard Magliozzo doing research on tuberculosis, in particular the structure and function of a bacterial enzyme responsible for activation of an old antibiotic still used to treat tuberculosis. She presented a poster on her work with Magliozzo ("How Mutations in M. Tuberulosis Catalase-Perozide (KAT G) Affects Its Function in Isonazid Activation") at the 2001 Summer Symposium of the Leadership Alliance in Georgia. She also attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Orlando, Fla., in 2001. In 2003 Shella graduated with a B.S. in biology and began an M.D./Ph.D. program at NYU Medical School. While in this program she was a part of the school's Department of Molecular Oncology and Immunology, studying immune systems regulation and function. She graduated in 2010 with an M.D. and Ph.D.