Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2007 Alumni

Nadia C. Aboley
Queensborough Community College

Genetic basis of age-related muscle decline in C. elegans

I originally applied to stay for 8 weeks. But this was such a great opportunity, and I got to learn so much, I asked if I could extend to the full 10-week program. I am really proud of being a RISE scholar!

Irene Adu-Gyamfi
Bennett College for Women

Effect of alcohol exposure in utero on estrogen receptor α (ER-α) expression in mammary tumors of rats

 

Marcel Alcide
University of Miami

Nanofibers as a substrate for astrocyte neuron co-cultures

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

I learned to think like a researcher and to network with many people in the sciences.

Lissa Y. Berroa-García
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

An approach to study signal transduction through linker domain of EnvZ in vitro

One of the most important aspects in the program was the accessibility and mentoring of the faculty members.

Judith Canabal
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Characterization of novel selenoproteins containing Alu-derived components of selenocysteine incorporation

The lab experience, classes and seminars gave me new tools that will help me in my last year in college and in graduate school.

Holly Cardoso
Duke University

Establishing standard assays for quality control and identity traceability of human embryonic stem cells

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

 

Latoya Clay
Clark Atlanta University

Correlations among different brain areas' activity during normal and pre-seizure periods of the epileptic seizure process

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

 

Joy-Ann T. Colbourne
University of the Virgin Islands

Hopper flow characteristics of lactose, Avicel-102 and acetaminophen powders used in the pharmaceutical industry

Co-participant in RISE and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

I will truly take this entire experience with me for the rest of my days!

Lorena Cuebas Rosado
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

MYC regulation by microRNAs, AUF1, and secondary structure

Excitement of working collaboratively on research teams played an important role in my development. I want to thank RISE for giving me the opportunity to grow as a scientist and as a person.

 

Nicole Auriel Ferreira
Knox College

The characterization of nanoporous materials

Co-participant in RISE and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

 

Lakita D. Johnson
Texas Woman's University

Speciation of coliforms in wash water of glass cullet and in leachate from glass cullet stockpiles

When I first arrived, I knew that I loved being in the lab, but I did not realize that a PhD could open so many doors for me. Now, instead of studying for the MCAT, I'm preparing for the GRE.

Ariell Joiner
Rutgers University

A quantitative study of the binding abilities of novel anionic block copolymers for oligonucleotide delivery

Co-participant in RISE, the ISURF component of the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces, and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

 

Richard Knowles
The College of New Jersey

Attention and eye movements during closed captioned videos

 

Tung Thi Le
University of Kansas

Correlation of muscle tone assessment between myotonometer and force-sensing resistor

 

Lindsay Leveille
The College of St. Scholastica

The Na/H exchanger 1 is found in synaptic membranes of the striatum

 

Eiffel John Q. Manzano
University of Guam

Development of Danio rerio as a model for studying effects of environmental exposure on melanoma progression

I would forever cherish the friendships that I have made. I had the opportunity to meet different people from different backgrounds in the scientific community. It has been, so far, the best summer of my life.

Jorge I. Medina
California State University, Long Beach

Entropic ordering of macroscopic particles in sinusoidal shaking

Co-participant in RISE and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

I had one of the most fun summers of my life in RISE. Coincidentally, I also had the most educational summer too!

Stephen Mitnaul
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Examining the effect of varying pharmaceutical formulations on powder processing and properties

Co-participant in RISE and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

Creating my first poster and PowerPoint presentations on the research I was actually integral in conducting, was truly a grand experience.

Stacey Mont
University of Central Florida

Tracking biointerfacial cellular/molecular cues for cancerous progression of stem cells

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

I can really see myself attending Rutgers in the future!

Medhawati Persaud
Montclair State University

Modification of nanofibers with growth factors to create an artificial basement membrane for the culture of astrocytes

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

I had never encountered such nurturing, guidance and encouragement from so many, at the same time!

Daliris Ramírez Burgos
University of Puerto Rico, San Juan

A novel, conserved class of proteins that regulates calcium homeostasis

Being here has intensified my passion for science, and working with experienced scientists has helped me to reassure that graduate school is what I want to do. I absolutely will apply to Rutgers.

Kristia A. Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Quantitative characterization of the 3D structure evolution of compacted powder materials under tensile stress

Co-participant in RISE and in the REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

This experience has given me the opportunity to learn more about Grad School and the advantages of earning a Ph.D. I hope to come back next summer.

Yamalia Roberts
University of Connecticut

Degradation of polymer drug/hydroxyapatite composites in vitro

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

The willingness and ability to work collaboratively on research teams and in interdisciplinary settings played an active role in my learning and research development.

Marisa Rubio
Marshall University

Characterization of amyloid fibril aggregation by single molecule fluorescence

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

The RISE program co-ordinators paired me with a mentor whose research exactly matched my interests. I was able to fully participate in a cutting-edge project.

Jeffrey Uribe
City College of New York-CUNY

Mapping M20, a developmental gene required for Notch signaling in Drosophila

Co-participant in RISE and in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXROP Program.

 

Thong Q. Vo
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Defining the self-association and DNA binding properties of DNA minor groove-directed anticancer agents

I am so excited ... that I was selected to receive an ABRCMS travel award! Thanks a lot for making RISE so wonderful!


Digna M. Washington
University of the Virgin Islands

Preparation of textured surfaces on poly(ethylene terephthalate) by laser ablation and investigation of their cellular response to the surface roughness

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