Cohort 6

Moses Feaster

A biology major who participated in the MARC program from 2004 to 2006.  He worked with Dr. Jennifer Basil in the Biology Department at Brooklyn College during his first year as a MARC trainee. In addition to working on research Sloan Kettering in the CURE Program. Moses has presented posters of his work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), at our in-house Science Research Day and he gave an oral presentation at the 2004 Leadership Alliance Symposium.  Moses spent the summer of 2004 at Columbia University working with Dr. Virginia E. Papaioannoua. He did an externship in the summer of 2005 with Dr. Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis in the Sloan Kettering Fellowship National Cancer Institute CURE Program.  He is the recipient of a three year NSF Doctoral Graduate Fellowship and he received honorable mention in the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship program. He has also received 6 undergraduate awards.  Moses graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Biology in June 2006.  Moses is currently working on a Ph.D program in Developmental Genetics at Rockefeller University with full support. Moses was also accepted to Columbia University, NYU, Sloan Kettering, Mt. Sinai, and Cornell Weill.

Aaron T. Frank

A MARC student from 2004 to 2006, he was a chemistry major and his faculty mentor was Dr. Alexander Greer in the Chemistry Department at Brooklyn College.  Dr. Greer studied organic chemistry using preparative, physical organic, theoretical, bio-organic, and photochemical methods. Aaron has presented posters of his work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Brooklyn College Science Research Day, the 2004 Leadership Alliance Symposium, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Research (CIC) Conference 2005. Aaron spent the summer of 2004 at Weill Medical College of Cornell University working with Dr. Adele Boskey at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He did an externship in the summer of 2005 at the University of Michigan with Dr. Ioan Andricioaei who is a professor of Chemistry and Bioinformatics. Aaron applied for a NSF Doctoral Graduate Fellowship and he received honorable mention. He has also received 5 undergraduate awards. Aaron was also awarded the Rackham Fellowship from the University of Michigan.  Aaron was also accepted to U Michigan Chemistry Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, and University of Pittsburgh. In 2006 he graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Chemistry and began a PhD program at the University of Michigan in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) with full support. As of 2011 he was at University of California, Irvine working on research with the Department of Chemistry developing new ways to identify protein-binding small molecules particularly those that bind RNA drug targets.

Jennifer Hernandez

A Health & Nutrition Science major who worked with her mentor Dr. Kathleen Axen in the Health &Nutrition Sciences Department at Brooklyn College. Prof. Axen is doing diabetes research, particularly Type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Jennifer spent the summer of 2005 at Columbia University working with Dr. Regina Santella. Jennifer presented her research with Dr. Santella at the Leadership Alliance Symposium in the summer of 2005. She did an oral presentation titled: “Quantitative Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Exposure in Subway Workers with Different Job Descriptions”. Jennifer has also presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Atlanta, GA in October 2005 and at our in house Science Research Day.  Jennifer graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Health & Nutrition Science in June 2006. She was the recipient of a Tow Spring 2006 internship honoraria  and also received a travel award to the University of California at Irvine. Jennifer was accepted to the PREP program at Mt Sinai Graduate School of Biological of Biological Sciences with full support. Jennifer entered a Ph.D. program in Immunology. As of 2011 Jennifer was enrolled at CUNY Graduate Center pursing a graduate program.

Kaleefa Munroe

Was a Psychology major and a MARC scholar from 2005 to 2006. She worked with Prof Harriet Tenenbaum at Brooklyn College and Prof Kay Deaux at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Kaleefa is interested in the acculturation of West Indian immigrants. Kaleefa spent the summer of 2005 at Yale University conducting research with Dr. Christine Emmons. Kaleefa presented at the Leadership Alliance Symposium in July 2005. She did an oral presentation titled: “ Arriving at a Culturally Appropriate Model of Acculturation for West Indian Immigrants”. At the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Atlanta, GA in October 2005 her poster was titled “The Effects of Social Relationships on Identity of Trinidadian Immigrants”. Kaleefa graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Psychology in June 2006. She is the recipient of 4 other undergraduate awards, one of which was a fellowship for Society for Research in Child Development. This is a special program for students interested in going on to graduate degrees. Kaleefa began a Ph.D. program in Psychology at The Graduate Center of CUNY with full support.

Nicole Romeo

A Biology major and a MARC Scholar from 2004 to 2006. She worked with Dr. Theodore Muth in the Biology Department in Brooklyn College. Dr. Muth’s research focuses on the pathogenic bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens which infect plant tissue and leads to the formation of cancerous tumors.  Nicole spent the summer of 2005 at Brown University conducting research with Dr. Suzanne De La Monte, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Science. Nicole presented a poster at the Leadership Alliance Symposium in July 2005. titled: “Carbon Nanotube-Facilitated DNA Delivery for Gene Therapy”. She also presented at Brooklyn College Science Research Day, her poster was titled: “The Role of Arabinogalactan Proteins in Agrobacterium Tunefaciens-mediated Transformation of Plant Roots”, and is the recipient of the George M. Alexis Memorial Scholarship . Nicole graduated in January 2007 with a B.S. in Biology and planned on pursuing doctoral programs in Developmental Genetics.

Garcia Watson

A senior Psychology major, with a strong interest in Behavioral neuroscience and neuoro-endocrine function. During the Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 academic year her research involved investigating the multiple factors effecting the development of the skeleton, with special attention to the steroid sex hormones.