Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2005 Alumni

Mirella Díaz-Santos

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Project: Memory formation and maintenance in mammalian (rat) brains

"RISE means commitment, professionalism and friendship."

Samuel Dokko

University of California, Santa Cruz

Project: Polymer synthesis via thio acid/azide amidation: Towards new Kevlar-like materials

"I have gained friends all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as strong networks with mentors and professionals in industry and academia."

Devin Downing
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Project: Self-assembling coiled-coil hydrogels as designer biomaterials for CNS regeneration

"I became fascinated with tissue engineering and the creation of new biomaterials. I was wowed by the science and research that was offered."

Leonard Edokpolo

University of Notre Dame

Project: ß4 subunit distribution on spiral ganglion neurons from the apical to basal regions of the cochlea

"The program has been more than fulfilling."

Edgardo Falcón Morales
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Project: Analysis of feeding and locomotion behaviors in ORL-1 knockout mice

"You helped me decide that this [science] is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Vanesa Figueroa Tañón
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Current graduate student in the Rutgers/UMDNJ Molecular Biosciences Program

Project: In vivo analysis of RAB-10 and RME-1 interacting proteins

"RISE provided one of the best research experiences I have ever had. I not only learned a lot, but I had fun in the process!"

Franchesca Fiorito
University of Puerto Rico

Project: Two novel methods for increased retroviral protein expression in E. coli

"RISE has been the best decision I've ever made!"

Kenneth N. Gwanmesia
Delaware State University
Current graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers/UMDNJ

Project: Synergism and antagonism in chemotherapeutic activity on glioma cells

"Your support was instrumental in achieving this [award for best poster at the 2005 national ABRCMS conference]. I want to thank you immensely for providing the necessary tools."

Michael A. Hayoun
Rutgers University

Project: The Relationship between Cypin and learning in vivo

Stephanie McQuade
Binghamton University

Project: Evaluation of the applicability of PDMS microfluidics for single molecule fluorescence studies of protein folding

"Being able to work with so many people in the scientific community has been an invaluable experience."

Noelia Pasieczny Papaleo
Kean University

Project: Diflunisal-based poly(anhydride-esters) with different linker molecules: synthesis and in vitro degradation

"This experience has assured me of my decision to pursue graduate school."

Thuy Pham Nguyen
Kean University

Project: Model reactions for best conditions for synthesis of potential telomerase inhibitors

"I walked away with confidence for my future career and good friends."

Patrice A. Reid
Georgia State University

Project: The effect of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) on medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS)

"Thank you for making me a part of such an enriching and educational experience."

Catherine M. Rivera Ayala
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Project: The effect of mercury in the growth of chemolithoautotrophic thiosulfate-oxidizing bacteria from hydrothermal vents at the East Pacific Rise

"Thanks for giving me this opportunity to grow in all the aspects of my life."

Andrew Rodriguez
University of Texas at San Antonio
Current graduate student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Rutgers

Project: Experimental evaluation of hop-optimal networks in the weak sensor model

"RISE is a summer full of opportunity - research and otherwise."

Francesca Rothenbacher
Delaware State University
Current graduate student in the Rutgers/UMDNJ Molecular Biosciences Program

Project: Two novel methods for increased retroviral protein expression in E. coli

"I was so impressed, that I have decided to continue my education by entering the Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. program at Rutgers."

Alisa Stephens
University of Maryland, College Park

Project: Effect of selective sampling error on predicting the quality of patient care based upon organizational attributes

"Loved it! RISE was definitely one of my most meaningful undergraduate experiences."

Ciara A. Torres
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Project: Effect of TNF-α and IFN-γ on HDAC activity and differentiation of oligodendrocyte progenitors

"RISE was a life-changing experience. I got a taste of the life of a researcher, not just the science but the social environment too."

Elliana Vera-Merino
Montclair State University
Current graduate student in the Rutgers/UMDNJ Molecular Biosciences Program

Project: Cloning and characterization of flexible regions of two fragile sites: FRA3B and FRA7E

"Being part of RISE affirmed my decision to apply to grad school and to dedicate my life to research."

Alexandra Walczak
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Current graduate student in the Rutgers/UMDNJ Molecular Biosciences Program

Project: The effect of electrospun nanofibers covalently modified with neuroactive proteins on neurite outgrowth

"RISE was an amazing combination of time spent working in the laboratory and time spent in social and academic enrichment programs."