Cohort 5

Dionne Avery

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2004, Dionne Avery graduated with a B.S. in biology in 2003. At Brooklyn College, Dionne worked with professors Theodore Muth and Juergen Polle of the Biology Department. She presented her poster, "Use of Molecular Biology Tools to Characterize New Isolates of Dunaliella (Green Algae)." at the CUNY Conference (2003), Leadership Alliance (2003) and Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (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 Alpha Sigma Lambda since spring 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 enrolled in a graduate program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Andre Grange

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2005, Andre Grange graduated with a B.A. in chemistry in 2005. At Brooklyn College, Andre worked with Professor Mark Kobrak of the Chemistry Department. He presented his poster, "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 "Computer Analysis of Anomalous Microcrystalline Features Associated With Archaeological Sites" (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, 2003), "In Vitro Reproduction of Anomalous Microcrystalline Features Observed in Archaeological Soil Samples" (Brooklyn College Science Day, 2004) and "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Phosphate" (Brooklyn College Science Day, 2005). 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 Hillocks majored in psychology and worked with Professor 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 B.S. in psychology. Yolanda was very interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. and in studying developmental genetics. She is currently enrolled at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

Keycharianne Navarro

A MARC scholar between 2002 and 2004, Keycharianne Navarro graduated with a B.A. in biology in 2005. Keycharianne worked with associate professors Charlene Forest and 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 the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 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 a Howard Huges Medical Institute–supported lab. Her project involves the behavioral screening of Drosophila for sleep and circadian rhythms.

Michael Wade

Michael Wade was 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. He worked with Professor Lesley Davenport of the Chemistry Department. 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 a B.S. in biology, he 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.