Cohort 6

Moses Feaster

A biology major who participated in the MARC program from 2004 to 2006, Moses Feaster worked with Professor Jennifer Basil in the Biology Department 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 and at our in-house Science Research Day, and he gave an oral presentation at the 2004 Leadership Alliance Symposium. Moses spent summer 2004 at Columbia University working with Dr. Virginia E. Papaioannoua. He did an externship in summer 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 received honorable mention in the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship program. He has also received six undergraduate awards. Moses graduated with a B.S. in biology in June 2006. He 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, Aaron T. Frank was a chemistry major. His faculty mentor, Professor of Chemistry Alexander 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, the Brooklyn College Science Research Day, the 2004 Leadership Alliance Symposium, and the 2005 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Research Conference. Aaron spent summer 2004 at Weill Medical College of Cornell University working with Dr. Adele Boskey at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He did an externship in summer 2005 at the University of Michigan with Dr. Ioan Andricioaei, a professor of chemistry and bioinformatics. Aaron applied for a NSF Doctoral Graduate Fellowship and received honorable mention. He has also received five undergraduate awards. Aaron was also awarded the Rackham Fellowship from the University of Michigan. He was accepted to the University of Michigan Chemistry Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and University of Pittsburgh. In 2006 he graduated with a B.S. in chemistry and began a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at the University of Michigan with full support. As of 2011 he was at University of California, Irvine, working on research with the Department of Chemistry to develop new ways to identify protein-binding small molecules particularly those that bind RNA drug targets.

Jennifer Hernandez

A health and nutrition sciences major, Jennifer Hernandez worked with her mentor, Professor Kathleen Axen, in the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department. Axen is doing diabetes research, particularly type-2 diabetes mellitus. Jennifer spent summer 2005 at Columbia University working with Dr. Regina Santella. She presented her research with Santella at the Leadership Alliance Symposium in summer 2005. She did an oral presentation titled "Quantitative Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Exposure in Subway Workers With Different Job Descriptions." She also presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students in Atlanta in October 2005 and at our in-house Science Research Day. Jennifer graduated with a B.S. in health and nutrition sciences in 2006. She was the recipient of a Tow Spring 2006 internship honoraria and 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. She entered a Ph.D. program in immunology. As of 2011 Jennifer was enrolled at the CUNY Graduate Center pursing a graduate program.

Kaleefa Munroe

Kaleefa Munroe was a psychology major and a MARC scholar from 2005 to 2006. She worked with Professor Harriet Tenenbaum at Brooklyn College and Professor 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 summer 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 in Atlanta in October 2005, her poster was titled "The Effects of Social Relationships on Identity of Trinidadian Immigrants." Kaleefa graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2006. She is the recipient of four 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, Nicole Romeo worked with Associate Professor Theodore Muth in the Biology Department. Muth's research focuses on the pathogenic bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens which infect plant tissue and leads to the formation of cancerous tumors. Nicole spent summer 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 a poster at Brooklyn College Science Research Day, titled "The Role of Arabinogalactan Proteins in Agrobacterium Tunefaciens-mediated Transformation of Plant Roots." She 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

Garcia Watson was a senior psychology major with a strong interest in behavioral neuroscience and neuoro-endocrine function. During fall 2004 and spring 2005, her research involved investigating the multiple factors effecting the development of the skeleton, with special attention to the steroid sex hormones.