Cohort 5

Dionne Avery

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2004. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology in June, 2003. At Brooklyn College, Dionne worked with Drs. Theodore Muth and Juergen Polle of the Biology Department. Dionne presented her poster titled: “Use of Molecular Biology Tools to Characterize New Isolates of Dunaliella (Green Algae)” at the CUNY Conference (2003), Leadership Alliance (2003), and ABRCMS Conference (2003). She also presented “The Unicellular Green Algae Dunaliella: Biodiversity in Extreme Environments” at the Brooklyn College Science Day (2004)." Dionne is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Alpha Sigma Lambda since the Spring of 2004. She did a summer externship at the end of her junior year in 2003 at the New York Botanical Gardens. Currently Dionne is working at New York University as a lab assistant and is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Andre Grange

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2005. He graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry in June, 2005. At Brooklyn College, Andre worked with Dr. Mark Kobrak of the Chemistry Department. He presented his poster titled: “Analysis of Sedimentary Microcrystals Associated with Archaeological Sites” at the CUNY Conference (2003), American Chemical Society (2003) and Brooklyn College Science Day (2003). Andre’s other posters include: ABRCMS Conference (2003) “Computer Analysis of Anomalous Microcrystalline Features Associated with Archaeological Sites”, Brooklyn College Science Day (2004) "In Vitro Reproduction of Anomalous Microcrystalline Features Observed in Archaeological Soil Samples” and Brooklyn College Science Day (2005) “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Phosphate”. After graduation he went to work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Laser Electron Accelerator Facility assisting in the development of instrumentation.

Yolanda Hillocks

A MARC scholar July 2002 to May 2004. Yolanda majored in Psychology and worked with Dr. Dan Eshel of the Biology department. His main interest is to understand how molecular components and signaling pathways affect microtubules and microtubule-dependent processes. His lab has recently identified two genes which function in these pathways that suppress mutations in microtubule-associated motor proteins that perform anaphase chromosome separation. In 2004 Yolanda graduated with a BS in Psychology.  Yolanda was very interested in pursuing an MD/PhD and in studying developmental genetics. She is currently enrolled at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

Keycharianne Navarro

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2004. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology in June, 2005. At Brooklyn College, Keycharianne worked with Dr. Charlene Forest and Dr. James Nishura in the Biology Department. She presented her research project “Genetic Analysis of Fusion-Defective Insertional Mutants Using Artificial Fusion Techniques” at the Brooklyn College Science Day in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the Leadership Alliance in 2003, and at the ABRCMS Conference in 2003. She was an intern at the Internship Program in the Biomedical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Keycharianne started the PREP program at University of Pennsylvania in July 2005. She is currently working in an Howard Huges Medical Institute supported lab. Her project involves the behavioral screening of Drosophila for sleep and circadian rhythms.

Michael Wade

A MARC scholar from 2002 until 2004 majoring in Biology. Michael is originally from Guyana where he trained as a pharmacist, both his parents are pharmacists. Michael worked with Prof Lesley Davenport of the Chemistry Dept. His research was focused on the interaction of a globular protein (Plasma Amine Oxidase) with bilayer membranes and surfactants using fluorescence spectroscopic methods. Michael has presented his research at Science Day 2002 at Brooklyn College and at the Leadership Alliance conference in Stone Mountain, GA.After graduating Brooklyn College in 2004 with s BS in Biology Michael became an IRTA Fellow with the National Institutes of Health.  Michael also began working with New York City Health and Hospital Corporation first as a Pharmacy Technician and eventually as Pharmacy IT Associate.