Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2006 Alumni

Melissa Anderson
Northeastern Illinois University

Mechanistic analysis of the competition between Sec incorporation and translation termination

Participating in RISE gave me the opportunity to know, without a doubt, that biomedical research is where I want be. The support, encouragement and guidance I received were invaluable as were the incredible relationships I made at RISE.

Camil Ivette Aponte
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Graph representation of siRNA-target binding

"I had the opportunity to see how a mathematical background can help solve a biomedical problem and introduced interdisciplinary research, which is becoming more imminent."

Natalia Cordova
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

"The research opportunity gave me an accurate sense for what a research mathematician truly is."

Co-participant in RISE and in REU sponsored by the Center for Discrete Math and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS).

Leah Couture
Goucher College

Relationship of Osteogenesis Imperfecta disease severity and glycine substitutions in the a1 chain of type 1 collagen

Nnenna Ewing
Morgan State University

The Ankle Rehabilitation Device (AnkReD) to Exercise, Measure, and Retrain Muscles after Paralysis

"A significant amount of time was spent preparing the RISE scholars in all aspects of their future in the scientific community."

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.

Max Garcia
State University of New York, Old Westbury

Astrocytes and the Up-Regulation of BLBP through Notch Signaling

"The lab, the housing arrangements, the extra workshops, and especially the work experience were all excellent; I now know that I want to be a scientist. I walk away from this summer a smarter, wiser man."

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.

Jonathan Gonzalez-Flores
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

The effects of cisplatin and rapamycin in the bone marrow stem cells

"The RISE Program is a learning journey that contributed greatly to both my personal and professional growth"

Rosa Leon-Zayas
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Assessing the dominant denitrifying bacteria in the mid-Atlantic bight sediments

"I created great friendships during this opportunity to interact with other scientists and had one of the best summers of my life."

Co-participant in RISE and in Research In Ocean Sciences (RIOS). Rosa was interviewed by The Home News Tribune about her summer at Rutgers.

Yuliana Lugo José
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Application of MATLAB's model predictive control toolbox to mixing processes

"This program taught me that the price of change is measured by our will, courage and persistence."

Tyra McCray
University of California, Davis

A genetic screen to identify kinases involved in dietary restriction, an anti-aging regimen

"RISE has given me insight into potential career paths and guidance in preparing for graduate school."

Marie Pierre
Kean University

Control Experiments for the MoO5.O=PR3.L Catalyzed Epoxidation of Alkenes

"I've met and worked with some of the smartest people I've ever known and have gained so much from them."

Chin-Ho Poon
University of Rochester

Regulation of mRNA turnover via AUF1 phosphorylation

"The RISE program unraveled my DNA and expressed the gene that codes for my innate abilities in biomedical research."

Yipsel Ramos
University of Miami

A three-dimensional synthetic nanofibrillar matrix covalently modified with fibroblast growth factor-2: Effects on cellular growth

"There are terrific directors that are very attentive to your needs, and fabulous mentors that help and encourage you throughout their labs. Thank you for granting me this privilege."

Carlos Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Use of support vector machines in determining the efficacy of different dimensionality reduction methods in classifying cancer genome data sets

"RISE gave me the opportunity to work in a team with people from outside my discipline. I learned about machine language and artificial intelligence, which I am now considering for graduate school."

Mariangellys Rodriguez Pantoja
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Transcription regulation of class II promoters by T7 RNA polymerase

"RISE was a challenging and life altering experience."

Nayra Rodríguez-Soto
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Effects of maltreatment on young children's emotional understanding

"I have learned a lot in both a personal and professional capacity as a member of the program."

Dianaliz Santiago
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Identification of suppressors of an RNA polymerase II phosphatase defect

"This program gave me the right experience and motivation to explore the biomedical sciences through its variety of seminars and activities."

James Trower
Delaware State University

Bioenergy Fuel Cell with Surface Characterization of Membrane

"This was the best summer program. Science department faculty spoke to us about the different fields available in graduate school and representatives from Merck and Celgene presented different career opportunities after graduate school. "

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.

Wandylis Vargas
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Effects of shear rates and total shear on the electrical resistance of lubricated tablets

"My participation in RISE was certainly the turning point of my academic career!"

Mohammed Wada
Morgan State University

The Influence of Film Thickness, Rate of Deposition, and Dimensions of the Channel on the Electrical Performance on p-type Phenylene-bithiophene Thin Film Transistors

"RISE at Rutgers-UMDNJ has been a life changing experience for me."

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.


Rafael Walker-Santiago
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Quantitative cell function analyses for the characterization of combinatorially designed biomaterials

"RISE gave me the tools to prepare and make a presentation properly and to present myself as an educated professional."

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.

Sanese White
Delaware State University

Optimizing the outgrowth and differentiation of embryonic stem cells into liver-like cells

"This research experience allowed me to explore other areas of science outside of my major."

Co-participant in RISE and in the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces.