Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2013 Alumni



 

Owen Abe
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Long-range alignment of gold nanorods in a conjugated polymer thin film

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Alejandra Aguilar
University of the Pacific

Imaging-based method to predict topography-induced osteogenic differentiation

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

My mentors and the guest speakers broadened my perspective on professional paths I never knew existed. RiSE was a life changing experience

Abigail Ameri
Ramapo College

Molecular evolution of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in ticks

This summer has been a turning point.  RiSE provided the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research and meet people who share my interests.

 

Marcos Ayala Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Analysis of the impact of insulin ligands on life and health span in C. elegans

RiSE opened my mind to fields that I wouldn't have considered.  The experience was phenomenal! 

 

Elizabeth Benn-Hirsch
San Jose State University

miR-9 Expression in Alcoholism

The one best thing I have done in my undergraduate career! I made long-lasting friendships, met incredible mentors and lived in a great city.

 

Reena Blade
Hampton University

Hydrogen peroxide detection using iron (III)tetrasulfonatophthalocyanine as a mimic of horseradish peroxidase

Co-participant in SURF

A fun and enlightening experience! By the time I left RiSE, I felt more secure about what I wanted for my future.

Murchtricia Charles
University of the Virgin Islands

Quantitative modeling of RNA - metal ion interaction

 

Olivia Dahl
Dartmouth College

Memory as Mediated by Hippocampal ARC Protein

 

Kevin Dillon
Monmouth University

Community comparison of mono- and di- chlorinated and brominated phenol-degrading bacteria

Co-participant in the International Environmental Sciences REU

Nateisha Drayton
Clemson University

Comparison of dehalogenation rates in brominated phenols

Co-participant in the International Environmental Sciences REU

Not only did RiSE open my eyes to the world of research, but I also became more knowledgeable about the many pathways that can be taken upon graduating.

Alix Duarte
New Jersey City University

Effect of the chemokines CCL-2, CCL-5 and CXCL-12 on pancreatic cancer cell signaling, mobility and proliferation.

 

I am deeply thankful to RiSE for the opportunity to have had a first research experience with all the necessary guidance from true leaders in the field.

Katrina Ellis
Skidmore College

The effect of water content on the mechanical properties of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose edible films for drug delivery

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

During RiSE I got to meet people from many different places who were doing research in other fields, and it was amazing to get so many perspectives.

Travis Feaker
St. Norbert College

Vapor-phase carbonylation of propylene over H-zeolites to produce butanol

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Colleen Gardina
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Jessica Gonzalez
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Synthesis and characterization of lithium-nickel-cobalt oxides for water oxidation catalysis

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Taneisha Gordon
Tuskegee University

Soft, inflatable actuators for kite-based energy harvesting

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

The research  I did provided clarity to my future goals.

 

Michelle Graham
Scranton University

Quantifying altered subcellular structural dynamics during apoptosis in apoptotic resistant cells

Sponsored by the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Through RiSE, I finally understand what research entails. This experience was invaluable.

Kirsten Hall
University of North Carolina

Star formation in local analogs of Lyman Break Galaxies

Co-participant in the Physics & Astronomy REU

Mikala Hanson
Princeton University

The role of teacher affect on problem behaviors during instruction of a child with autism

“An amazing and enriching experience! My senior honors thesis is going to be a continuation of my RiSE research.”

 

Jose Hawayek
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Modulating neuro-inflammatory response in in-vitro model by treatment with encapsulated hMSCs

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE helped me grow as a researcher and as a person, allowing me to have the experiences of a graduate program and to define my future.

 

Wesley Hodges
Truman State University

The roles of GCN2 versus PERK in mediating hepatic stress response to Asparaginase

RiSE gave me the clarity and confidence to apply to doctoral programs. I met great people, made professional connections, and had unforgettable experiences. 

 

Jessica Huhnke
Trine University

Finite element analysis of a novel composite scaffold for bone regeneration

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Brittany Johnson
Hunter College

Development of barium titante strontium ferrite thick films

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Stephanie Knowlton
University of Connecticut

Assessment of neurite growth in methacrylated collagen gels with patterned stiffness

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Lauren Langbein
The College of New Jersey

Msc1 interacts with the kinetochore to ensure accurate chromosome segregation

RiSE offers an excellent opportunity to experience in-depth research while connecting with peers, networking with professionals, preparing for graduate school, and learning about careers. I highly recommend applying to anyone considering a future in research!

 

Dylan McClung
The College of New Jersey

Nucleotide substitution biases and model selection in phylogenetic inference of double-stranded DNA and RNA viruses

RiSE taught me what graduate school research really entails. It gave me perspective on the type of research I want to pursue and what type of graduate school I want to attend.

 

Samantha Myruski
State University of New York at Oneonta

Role of actin regulators in neuronal polarity of Caenorhabditis elegans

 

Javier Olmeda
University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla

Preparation of 2-(prop-2-ynyl)-2-(tetrahydrofuran-3- yl)malonate from tetrahydrofuran-3-ol

 

James Palmer
Rutgers University

Development of zinc oxide nano-generators

Sponsored by GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

Ariel Parker
Swarthmore College

Localization of Zyxin and Ajuba proteins in cultured mammalian cells under mechanical tension and cell density conditions

Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) EXROP Program

In lab, I learned about the scientific process.  During the activities and seminars, I learned about the real world steps I would need to take towards a career."

 

Isamar Pastrana
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Swelling dynamics in pharmaceutical tablets

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

You learn to complete a scientific project at the same time that you share with people of different cultures.

Carlos Paz
Cuyamaca College

Determining methionine content in 5 genera of duckweed through ethionine assay and biosensor using cystathionine-gamma-synthase deficient E.coli.

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

My experience at Rutgers has been challenging, rewarding and most of all motivating. Working in Dr. Lam's lab was so much fun that it solidified my decision to pursue a graduate education.

Jordana Rosenberg
Duke University

Effect of liposome composition, targeting, and incubation time on penetration into multicellular spheroids

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Karina Ruiz-Esteves
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Role of Palmitoylation in Proteins Associated to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This program definitely gave me the tools to succeed as an undergraduate and future professional."

 

Marissa Saladin
Aquinas College

A structure-based predictive model for the substrate specificity of the tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease

"Not only did I become confident in my research skills, but I found a new direction in my career path to graduate school and made great friends with people I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to meet."

 

Monica Salazar
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Breeding for improved ethanol yield in switchgrass

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

RiSE ---Experience, professionalism and personal development!

 

Daniel Seara
New York University

Few-layer graphene synthesis using pulsed laser deposition

Co-participant in GET UP (Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program REU)

RiSE and GET-UP allowed me to appreciate the work that graduate level research requires, solidifying my future goals to pursue a Ph.D.

 

Genesis Serrano
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Determination of single nucleotide polymorphism associations in miR-9 region with alcoholism in humans

 

Not only the science, but the people and the location make a perfect combination.

Ligin Solamen
Loyola University Chicago

Non-invasive imaging camera for quantification of metabolic properties of tissue

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

David Sroczynski
Cornell University

Characterization of fluid behavior in adsorptive nanopores through Monte Carlo simulation

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

RiSE helped me determine that a Ph.D. program is right for me. The support was great, and the friends and experiences were fantastic.

Julius Taylor
Tuskegee University

The effect of temozolomide and STAT3 silencing on glioma stem cells

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE allowed me to make life-long friendships.

 

Daniel Tekverk
Marist College

Investigation of molecular delivery enhancement through microscale electroporation pulse manipulation

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

"A great way to show your love for research is step out of your comfort zone and try something new. The RiSE program makes that a possibility."

 

Gabriell Thorne
Elizabeth City State University

Activation of Nrf2 signaling and protection from chemical injury by the investigational drug LH601A in cultured human kidney cells

Co-participant in SURF

Kumar Tiger
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Cryopreservation of alginate sheets containing mesenchymal stromal cells for the treatment of chronic wounds

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

"RiSE gave me the opportunity and freedom to conduct translational research that has shaped my research interests as a scientist. I was honored to meet such brilliant individuals in and out of the lab."

 

Jill Tracey
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Development and assessment of fast-dissolving oral films embedded with naproxen and acetaminophen for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

In just 10 short weeks I learned so much and feel more prepared for the next journey in my life, graduate school.

 

Natasha Velez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

NIR Spectroscopy as a non-destructive tool to predict dissolution from acetaminophen tablets

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

Tatiana Velez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Effect of plasticizers on the physical & permeability properties of chitosan-gelatin edible films

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

The program served as an excellent opportunity to define my areas of interest in graduate school.

 

Reginald Wilbourn
Morehouse College

Order reduction for discrete element models, using neural networks for use in population balance models

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

RiSE gave me the opportunity to develop my research abilities and has prepared me for my future endeavors as an engineer.

Leslie Wynn
Austin College

Influence of fruit-based dyes on dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

 

Heather Zaccaro
Georgetown University

Modeling affective responses to Hurricane Sandy on an emotional-cognitive scale

RiSE provided a wonderful opportunity to diversify my research experience. I not only learned new methodologies, but I also established valuable connections through my mentors.