Cohort 9

Adanna Alexander

A MARC student from 2007 to 2009, Adanna was a biology major who worked with Professor Peter Lipke in the Biology Department. 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 Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is studying molecular cell and developmental biology. Her research project is to understand celluar function of apl-1 and identify 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 Professor Dan Eshel in the Biology Department. Eshel's laboratory is studying signal transduction pathways that control and regulate the dynamics and function of microtubules in cells. Candida graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in biology. She was accepted to the University of Arizona and is currently working on her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicines.

Jesse Medina

Jesse Medina participated in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009. He was a biology major who worked with Professor Peter Lipke in the Biology Department. Lipke's lab studies glycoprotein structure and function, bioinformatics, structure and biogenesis of fungal cell walls and anti fungal drug discovery. Jesse graduated from in 2009 with a B.S. in biology and was accepted to a Ph.D. progrm at Tufts University.

Maria Mercedes

Maria participated in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009. She was a biology major and worked with Associate Professor James Nishiura in the Biology Department. Maria worked in 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 Associate Professor Mim Lal Nakarmi in the Physics Department. Nakarmi's research focuses on the development of semiconductor materials for photonic applications. Julius graduated in 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, Claribel Nunez was a chemistry major working under the supervision of Associate Professor Maria Contel. Her 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." Claribel also 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 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's lab, where she studies the structure and function, solvation and conformation dynamics of proteins in native like environments.

Laura Senatus

Laura Senatus was a biology major, with a minor in health and nutrition sciences. She entered the MARC program in 2008 and worked with Associate Professor 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, Fla., in November 2008, where she presented her poster "Lineage Tracing of Tbx4 Expressing Cells in Mice Models" under her mentor, Dr. Virginia Papaioannou of Columbia University. She attended the ABRCMS conference in Arizona in November 2009. Laura graduated in 2010 and was accepted into the Ph.D. program at New York University.

Tiffany Shand

Tiffany Shand was a chemistry major who entered the MARC program in 2008 with an interest in pursuing a career biomedical sciences. She was mentored by Professor Sánchez-Delgado in the Chemistry Department. They worked on developing new metal-based anti tumor compounds. In 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

Taralee Thompson was a chemistry major. She worked with in the lab of Associate Professor Terry Dowd in the Department of Chemistry and graduated with a B.S. in biology.

Lyl Tomlinson

Lyl Tomlinson was in the MARC program from 2008 to 2009 and majored in psychology. He worked with Professor Andrew Delamater on Pavlovian conditioning models. He graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2009. He is currently working at a lab at Downstate Medical Center.