Cohort 8

Leslie Aguirre

Leslie Aguirre was a biology major. She worked with Associate Professor Theodore R. Muth in the Biology Department. Their project involved working on the quantitative analysis of the attachment of the pathogenic bacteria Agrobacterium Tumefacien to Arabidopsis. Leslie spent summer 2006 at Columbia University working with Dr. Jeanine D'Armineto on antioxidants as treatments for emphysema. Leslie was able to present her work at the 2006 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Leslie was interested in a PhD degree in microbiology/genetics and would like to do translational research.

Cula Dautriche

Cula Dautriche was a chemistry major who participated in the MARC program from 2006 to 2008. She worked with Professor Roberto A. Sánchez-Delgado in the Chemistry Department. Cula graduated with a B.S. in chemistry. She is currently working in a postgraduate program at Columbia University in the Andrew Marks Lab, which is devoted to basic understanding of mechanisms that regulate calcium dependent signals, including muscle contraction and cell growth.

Martine Paulynice

Martine Paulynice was a double major in biology and chemistry who participated in the MARC program from 2006 to 2007. She worked under the supervision of Professor Alexander Greer. Martine graduated with a degree in both biology and chemistry in 2008. She spend some time as a research assistant at Columbia University and went on to pursue a gradudate program at New York Medical College.

Alexander Pyronneau

A biology major with minors in biochemistry and philosophy, Alexander Pyronneau entered the MARC program in June 2006 and worked with Professor Peter Lipke in the Biology Department trying to better understand the mechanisms of cell wall biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. He attended the Leadership Alliance Symposium in Chantilly, Va., in July 2006 and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, Calif., in November 2006. Alexander graduated in 2008 and is currently pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. at Mount Sinai.

Nel Trasybule

Nel Trasybule entered the MARC program in 2006. Nel worked with Professor Kathleen Axen in the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department on the study of diet and obesity's affect on type-2 diabetes in rats, a disease found in adults and now in children. Nel spent summer 2006 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, working with Dr. Rachel Brewster and presented her work of zebrafish vascular development at the Leadership Alliance Symposium that summer. She also presented this work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November 2006 at Anaheim, Calif. Nel graduated with a B.S. in biology in 2008. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental biology.