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Current Fellows

  • Alejandra Ramos

    • 2020-2022
    • Alejandra is a Biochemistry major. She is currently part of Dr. Jeremy W. Chambers’ lab in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at FIU. Her research project focuses on investigating the age-induced effects on outer mitochondrial membrane signaling, organelle dysfunction, and neurodegeneration in a model of Parkinson’s disease. In the future, the results of this research could potentially be used to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • This summer, Alejandra will be participating in the MIT MSRP-Bio program. She will be joining Dr. Amy Keating's lab, where she will gain experience in structural biology.
  • Ana Ruas

    • 2020-2022
    • Ana is a double major in Biological Sciences and English Literature at Florida International University, with an interest in pursuing an MD-PhD in Cancer Biology after graduation. Ana currently conducts research under the guidance of Dr. Diana Azzam from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, where she is investigating the formation of multinucleated giant cells in ovarian cancer. Aside from STEM research, Ana also loves to read and hopes to travel the world.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • Ana will be conducting research this summer with Dr. Erica Carpenter at the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the University of Pennsylvania, participating under the Leadership Alliance to identify the use of plasma cell-free DNA in personalized cancer treatments.
  • Andy Garcia

    • 2020-2022
    • Andy Garcia is majoring in Biology at Florida International University with specific research interests in Neuroscience. He is currently a member of Dr. Allen's lab, where he works on projects related to sequence memory. After graduating, Andy hopes to further his research interests in graduate school while obtaining a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • Andy is going to the University of Pennsylvania over the summer under the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program. He will be studying the neural mechanisms behind decision-making under the mentorship of Dr. Kable.
  • Celeste Marin

    • 2020-2022
    • Celeste is a member of the FIU Honors College and is currently working towards her B.S. in Biochemistry. She has worked in Dr. Yuan Liu’s laboratory since December 2019. Her research primarily involves studying oxidative DNA damage and how base excision repair is involved in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • Celeste was invited to attend the Drug Discovery and Development Internship at Eli Lilly, a leading pharmaceutical company. During the 10-week program, she will be working closely with a team of researchers from the company and will focus on the role of enzyme kinetics in drug design.
  • Ra'Mal Harris

    • 2020-2022
    • Ra’Mal Harris is a junior undergraduate researcher working toward his B.S. in Chemistry. He is currently a member of the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory, which is focused on developing and utilizing new scientific knowledge and engineering technology to address the complex physiological, medical and societal problems presented by neurological disability.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • Ra'Mal is attending the MSU Summer Research Opportunities Program and working with Dr. Jeremy Prokop. His project will be to analyze various heme-containing proteins that may contribute to sickle-cell anemia.
  • Sophia Gandarillas

    • 2020–2022
    • Sophia is currently pursuing a dual degree in Biological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and minoring in Spanish and Chemistry. She is currently a member of Dr. Kos’ lab working on projects related to melanoma, specifically focused on extracellular matrix alterations and their effects on metastasis.

    Summer Research Experience 2021

    • Sophia will be attending the Pre-MSTP LSSURP program at the University of Minnesota, working with Dr. Chris Wilke to develop computational models of brain tumors and study these tumors in cell culture and developed mouse models.

       

Recent MARC U*STAR Graduates

  • Amanda Barreto

    At FIU, Amanda was a member of Dr. Ramaswamy’s lab, working on projects related to aortic valve disease. Amanda is attending Duke University, pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering under the Sloan Fellowship. Her research focuses on tissue engineering approaches for kidney disease and regeneration.
  • Daniel Cambron

    Daniel is participating in the NIH IRTA Post-baccalaureate program in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Daniel conducts research in the Vaccine Production Program, where he focuses on cell production and procurement.
  • Nicole Diaz

    At FIU, Nicole was a member of Dr. Liu’s lab, where she worked on projects related to DNA damage and Friedreich ataxia. Currently, Nicole is starting a Post-baccalaureate position at the National Institutes of Health in the Vaccine Production Program.
  • Kaytlin Alzugaray

    Kaytlin recently graduated with two degrees (Biology and Psychology). Kaytlin plans to enroll in an MD/Ph.D. program because it combines her two main passions: research and clinical affairs. Kaytlin wants to devote her life to understanding the molecular structures of genetic diseases and developing interventions to repair genetic errors.

Past Fellows

  • Alexandra Tchir
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Medical Engineering and Medical PhysicsHarvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
  • Erika Lozano
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
    • Admitted to Ph.D. Program | University of Toronto
  • Jesenia Perez
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Minnesota
  • Maria Santiago
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University
    • NIH T32 Fellow 2020
  • Matthew Pasteris
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
  • Sarah Colon
    • 2018-2020 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Camila Sarcone (Affiliate | Provost Research Scholar)
    • 2017-2019
  • Joan Glenny-Pescov
    • 2017-2018 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Biomedical Sciences, University of Miami
  • Jovany Betancourt (Affiliate | Provost Research Scholar)
    • 2017-2019 Affiliate
    • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Student | University of Minnesota
  • Kiani Oro
    • 2017-2018 Fellow 
    • Graduate Student | New York University (NYU) Steinhardt
  • Alexander Durango
    • 2016-2018 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Neuroscience Stanford University
  • Daniela Alvarez
    • 2016-2018 Fellow
    • EDGE Research Fellow | University of California Irvine Graduate Research Program
    • Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient 2019
  • Karla Montejo
    • 2016-2018 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Brain and Cognitive Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mariluz Soula
    • 2016-2018 Fellow
    • Graduate Student | David Rockefeller Graduate Program in Bioscience
    • HHMI Gilliam Fellowship Recipient 2020
  • Haroldo Rodriguez (2015-2016 Affiliate)
    • 2016-2017 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student | Molecular Medicine & Mechanisms of Disease, University of Washington
  • Joseph Hernandez (2015-2016 Affiliate)
    • 2016-2017 Fellow
  • Angie Estrada
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
  • Brian Ho
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
    • Graduate Student | Stanford University Microbiology & Immunology
  • Janiel Ahkin Chin-Tai
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
    • Ph.D. Candidate | Purdue University
  • Jiali Lei
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
    • Translational Medicine, University of California, Berkley & San Francisco
    • Intern | Genentech
  • Marisol Soula
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
    • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Student | New York School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • Ricardo Perez-Dulzaides
    • 2014-2016 Fellow
    • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)| Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Daniel Gonzalez
    • 2013-2014
  • Aneysis Gonzalez
    • 2012-2014
  • Chavely Valdez-Sanchez
    • 2012-2014
  • Liana Apolis
    • 2012-2014
  • Patricia Theard
    • 2012-2014
  • Richard Barrios
    • 2012-2014
  • Daniel Tapanes
    • 2011-2013
  • Heysell Ortiz
    • 2011-2013
  • Ivana Lamboglia
    • 2011-2013
  • Ivonne Lollet
    • 2011-2013
  • Ruslan Garcia
    • 2011-2013
  • Kymberlee Osborne
    • 2011-2013
  • Alana Van Dervort
    • 2010-2012
  • Daniel Lumpuy
    • 2010-2012
  • James Ortega
    • 2010-2012
  • James Roach
    • 2010-2012
  • Nathalie Rivero
    • 2010-2012
  • Abner Murray
    • 2009-2011
  • Genesis Perez
    • 2009-2011
  • Jacqueline Zayas
    • 2009-2011
  • Katherine Leonard
    • 2009-2011
  • Laura Cabrera
    • 2009-2011
  • Tram Ta
    • 2009-2011
  • Ana Pena
    • 2008-2010
  • Eric Maranda
    • 2008-2010
  • Jackie Rodriguez
    • 2008-2010
  • Juan Molina
    • 2008-2010
  • Laura Florez
    • 2008-2010
  • Myron Evans
    • 2008-2010