Cohort 7

Adebowale Bamidele

Originally from Nigeria, Adebowale Bamidele was a chemistry major. He entered the MARC program in 2005. He worked with Professor Malgorzata Ciszkowska in the Chemistry Department on a research project that entailed electro-chemistry and the transport of  polymetric gels. He attended the Leadership Alliance Symposium in Danvers, Mass., in July 2005 and in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Atlanta in November 2005. Adebowale graduated in September 2009 with a B.S. in chemistry. He is currently a graduate student at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Kerron Gilford

A biology major, Kerron Gilford entered the MARC program in 2005 and worked with Professor Ray Gavin in the Biology Department on his research project, myosin function in non-muscle cells. Kerron was a recipient of the Brooklyn College Presidential Scholarship. He attended the Leadership Alliance Symposium in Danvers Mass., in July 2005 and in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Atlanta in November 2005. Kerron graduated in 2007 and would like to earn a Ph.D. in immunology and pathology. He is currently a student at SUNY Albany, where he was in Dr. Rebecca Keller's lab a part of the Center for Cardiovasular Sciences.

Nkechia Ng-a-qui

Originally from Guyana, Nkechia Ng-a-qui was a chemistry major with a minor in biochemistry. She worked with Professor Sánchez Delgado in the Chemistry Department. They worked on Polymer-supported metallic nano-particles as hydrogenation catalysts. The object of their research is to design novel catalysts derived from ruthenium nano-particles immobilized on polyvinylpyridine, of use in hydrogenation reactions of importance in pharmaceutical developments and in the manufacture of environmentally benign fuels. Nkechia graduated in 2007 and enrolled in a graduate program at Pace University. She received an M.S. in 2010 and is currently a science teacher in middle school in New York.

Diana Sanchez

A speech communication arts and sciences major, Diana Sanchez worked with Professor Klara Marton, in the Speech Communications Arts and Sciences Department. Marton is conducting research on children with specific language impairment. Diana attended both the Leadership Alliance Symposium in July 2005 and the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students in Atlanta in October 2005. She presented her research with Marton at our in-house Science Research Day. Her poster was titled, "Effects of Executive Functions on Social Behavior and Self Esteem." Diana is the recipient of a Brooklyn College Presidential Scholarship and two other undergraduate awards. She graduated with a B.A. in speech communications arts and sciences in August 2006. She attended Long Island University with the intention of pursuing a graduate degree in either speech pathology or neurology as related to speech disorders. As of 2011, Diana also began working as a speech pathologist with the New York City Department of Education.

Kerton Victory

Originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Kerton Victory was a chemistry major. He entered the MARC program in 2005 and worked with Professor Richard Magliozzo in the Chemistry Department. Their research consisted of working on several drug resistant mutants of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (KatG). It focused on gaining a more complete understanding of the origins of INH resistance in tuberculosis caused by mutations in the enzymecatalase-peroxidase (KatG). Kerton is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. He attended the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students in Atlanta in November 2005. Kerton graduated in 2005 and went on to attain an M.S. at the University or Arizona. He is continuing his studies at University of Arizona, currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in environmental health sciences at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He is also the recipient of BioME graduate fellowship, which, in adition to offering a stipend, places graduate students in K–12 classrooms.