Cohort 9

Adanna Alexander

A MARC student from 2007 to 2009, Adanna was a Biology major who worked with Dr. Peter Lipke in the Biology Department. Dr. Lipke's lab studies glycoprotein structure and function, bioinformatics, structure and biogenesis of fungal cell walls and anti fungal drug discovery. Adanna graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 2009 and was accepted to the PhD program at CUNY Graduate Center where she is studying molecular cell and developmental biology. Her research project is to understanding celluar function of apl-1 and identiying components of the apl-1 pathway.

Candida Bhagwandin

A MARC student from 2007 to 2009, Candida was a Biology major who worked under the supervision of Dr. Dan Eshel in the Biology department. Dr. Eshel laboratory is studying signal transduction pathways that control and regulate the dynamics and function of microtubules in cells. Candida graduated from Brooklyn College in June 2009 with a B.S. in Biology. She was accepted to the University of Arizona and is currently working on her PhD in cellular and molecular medicines

Jesse Medina

Participatd in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009, he was a biology major who worked with Dr. Peter Lipke in the Biology Department. Dr. Lipke lab studies glycoprotein structure and function, bioinformatics, structure and biogenesis of fungal cell walls and anti fungal drug discovery. Jesse graduated from Brooklyn College in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology. Jesse was accepted to a PhD progrm at Tufts University.

Maria Mercedes

Maria participated in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009. She was a Biology major and worked with Dr. James Nishiura in the Biology Department. Maria worked in Dr. Nishiura's lab which studies the biology and genetics of mosquitoes. In 2009 she graduated with a B.S. in Biology Maria is planning to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. degree in biomedical research. She was accepted to the University of Pennslyvania's Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PENNPREP) which provides students with research experiences and are interested in pursing a Ph.D in the biomedical field.

Julius Nasser

A MARC student from 2008 to 2009, Julius was a physics major who worked in the lab of Dr. Mim Lal Namarmi in the Physics Department. Dr. Namarmi research focuses on the development of semiconductor materials for photonic applications. Julius graduated from Brooklyn College in May 2009 with a B.S in Mathematics. Julius is currently at Purdue University pursuing a PhD in Physics under a Purdue Doctoral Fellowship.

Claribel Nunez

A MARC student from 2008 to 2010, was a Chemistry major working under the supervision of Dr. Maria Contel. Sher research project was the synthesis of iminophosphines to make them more water soluble. In 2008, Claribel participated in a 10-week summer research program through Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) where she worked with Dr. Cleveland J. Dodge on the development on anaerobic bacterial strains for the production of ethanol. She presented her work on a poster titled “The Cultivation of Clostridium acetobutylicum and Clostridiumpasteurianum for the Production of Ethanol in a Synthetic Medium. In addition Calibel participated in Columbia University's GSAS Summer Research program where she worked with Professor Nina Berova on the absolute configuration and conformation studies by electronic circular dichroism (ECD). Aside form being involved in academic pursuits, Claribel was a president of the Omega Phi Beta Sorority whose goal is to organize a multitude of philanthropic actions such as volunteering in AIDS walks, clothes drives and others. In 2010 Claribel graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Chemistry. She was accepted to the Bridge to Ph.D program at Columbia University in 2010 and is currently in Dr. Ana McDermott lab where she studies the structure and function, solvation and conformation dynamics of proteins in native like environments.

Laura Senatus

Was a Biology major, with a minor in Health and Nutrition. She entered the MARC program in August 2008 and worked with Dr. Theodore Muth in the Biology Department. Their research involved trying to better understand Agrobacterium tumefaciens which targets wounded plant cells and is able to cause crown gall disease in a wide range of dicotyledenous plant hosts. The most prominent virulence inducing compound is acetosyringone. The aim is to identify and characterize bacteria in the soil that degrade, or sequester, the wounded signaling molecule acetosyringone, thereby not allowing it to defuse into the soil at high enough concentrations to attract A. tumefaciens bacteria to the wounded site. She attended the ABRCMS conference in Orlando, Florida in November 2008 where she presented her poster “lineage tracing of Tbx4 expresssing cells in mice models” under her mentor Dr. Virginia Papaioannou of Columbia University. She will be attended the ABRCMS conference in Arizona in November 2009. Laura Senatus graduated in 2010 and was accepted into the PhD program at New York University (NYU).

Tiffany Shand

A Chemistry major who entered the MARC program in 2008 with an interest in pursuing a career biomedical sciences. She was mentored by Dr. Sanchez-Delgado in the Chemistry Department. They worked on developing new metal-based anti tumor compounds. In the Summer 2008, Tiffany participated in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program at Cornell University. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Robert S. Weiss on the project focused on determining whether the checkpoint protein Hus1 plays a role in preventing mutations that cause skin cancer. Tiffany plans to pursue graduate education and continue working on projects related to improving cancer therapies. Aside from her commitment to academic pursuits, Tiffany is active as a Sunday school teacher and secretary for the Harvestime Educational Learning Program (HELP). She also volunteers at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. As of 2010 Tiffany is part of the May Clinic School of Medince Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) which allows her to prepare for a Ph.D program and participate in basic tranlational research.

Taralee Thompson

Was a chemistry major. She worked with in the lab of Dr. Terry Dowd. Taralee graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Biology

Lyl Tomlinson

Was in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009 majoring in Psychology. He worked with Dr. Andrew Delamater on Pavlovian conditioning models. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Psychology in 2009. He is currently working at a lab at Downstate Medical Center.