Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2014 Scholars

 

 

Frances M Acevedo Mariani
Univ Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

A straightforward method of cisplatin speciation in human blood

Co-participant in SURF

The collaboration between the RiSE and SURF programs gave me a clearer vision of what I want to do in the future. Great experience, everlasting friendships, and fun!

Juan Aguilar
Stevens Institute Tech

Bulk thermoelectric characterization setup

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

I was able to advance my career development and understand the world's energy needs.

 

 

Khaled Alhaddad
TCNJ

Tracking mesenchymal stem cell differentiation using SC35 organization

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Rutgers has opened my eyes to the challenges of research, yet still taught me the value of persistence.

 

Joseph Azzolini
TCNJ

Distributed spectrum sensing in software-defined radio

Co-participant in WINLAB

Invaluable research experience, and the opportunity to develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

 

Faith Borradaile
Richard Stockton College Of NJ

Regulation of the BCRP/ABCG2 placental transporter in response to HIF-1α activation

Evan Callihan
American

Principal Component Analysis reveals mtDNA phylogeny of macro-haplogroup L

RiSE provided the opportunity to conduct exciting research outside my discipline!

 

 

Laura Carlucci
Univ Mass Amherst

Crystallization of β-Cardiac Myosin in the Presence of Nucleotide and Omecamtiv Mecarbil

Because of RiSE, I feel better informed about graduate school and potential career opportunities.

 

 

Angeline Chen
Simmons College

Quantification of optical scatter changes induced by Drp-1 mediated mitochondrial fission

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

The CB REU provided the support and challenge I needed to cement my plans to attend graduate school.

 

 

Alice Chen-Liaw
University Of Scranton

The effect of interleukin 1β on VLDL secretion by steatotic hepatocytes during defatting

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

The pre-MD/PhD shadowing program helped me to distill what I want in my future career. I am grateful to have made connections with seasoned researchers and physicians.

 

Toni Coleman
Bloomfield College

Deletion of Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4) in the liver of mice: generation and characterization of heterozygous mice

RiSE at Rutgers was a once in a lifetime experience.

 

 

Ethan Courtney
Trevecca Nazarene University

Redox-neutral synthesis of protoberberine precursors

RiSE at Rutgers showed me the career paths I want to take.

 

 

Melisa DeGroot
Daemen College

Proper regulation of Rac1 activity is required during Drosophila dorsal vessel formation

This experience will have great value as I make future career decisions.

 

 

Tyler DiStefano
Cooper Union

Characterization of the stiffness and cytotoxicity of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate hydrogels for retinal tissue engineering

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Without this summer research experience in bioengineering, I would have never known that this is an area I love.

 

Elena Dominguez
Cuny Brooklyn College

Arc expression, the hippocampus, and associative learning

This program was one of the best decisions I've made in my academic career.

 

 

Alexis Fenton, Jr
Rice University

Monte Carlo study of adsorption of water onto carbon nanosheets with surface defects

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

We experienced the entire research process, from reading articles to long days of experimentation to the joy of getting great results.

 

Katherine Fullerton
Rutgers University

Degradation of 2,4,6-tribromophenol under denitrifying and sulfate-reducing conditions in sediment microcosms

Co-participant in the International Environmental Sciences REU

RiSE has helped me to better develop myself professionally and opened my eyes to the possibilities after pursuing a graduate degree.

 

Amarilys Gonzalez
Univ Of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla

Comparison of the dechlorination rates of chlorinated phenols under anaerobic conditions

Co-participant in the International Environmental Sciences REU

RiSE and the NSF-REU in International Environmental Sciences program have given me the opportunity to determine that graduate school is my next step.

 

Matthew Grota
Univ Mass Dartmouth

Characterization of highly aligned collagen sponge-like scaffolds for nerve tissue engineering

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE has allowed me to gain crucial experience that was not available at my home institution.

 

 

Jordan Hoyt
Univ Tulsa

Fabrication of dome-shaped three phased, PZT - epoxy - multi walled carbon nanotube piezoelectric devices

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

Living the grad student life along with dozens of talented and passionate undergraduate makes me incredibly excited about pursuing my PhD in a couple of years.  

 

James Jackson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

Carbon nanohorns facilitate healing in tendons and ligaments

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Prior to RiSE I didn't think graduate school would be for me. After RiSE, the pursuit of a Ph. D seems like it would be an awesome experience.

 

Ronneshia Jackson
Univ Alabama Tuscaloosa

Bacterial Communities Associated with Hydrothermal Vents as Novel Drug Sources

The RiSE program created amazing opportunities for the participants, and I'm happy to be a part of this legacy.

 

 

Nerla Jean-Louis
Cornell University

Effects of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells on Macrophage Phenotype in a Chronic Wound Environment

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

I really enjoyed getting my first experience doing research and it has encouraged me to continue to explore research opportunities and to pursue graduate education.

 

Melissa Jennings
U GA

Regulation of IGF2R expression by CREG1

I had the opportunity to participate in a summer pre-MD/PhD program which has helped me confirm my path. I have met great mentors and peers and have gained confidence in my research abilities.

 

 

Steven Jones
Univ District Of Columbia

Who doesn't love money as a gift? Signal theory and cash as gifts.

RISE helped me solidify my love of the research process and has prepared me for future graduate work. I look forward to using these tools in my senior year and beyond. Thanks RISE!

 

 

Christopher Kirby
TCNJ

Evaluation of the effects of tableting speed, compaction force and excipients on behaviors of mono and bilayer tablets with different shapes

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

RiSE at Rutgers gave me great opportunities for networking.

 

Cindy Kumah
Univ Maryland Baltimore Co

Organic optoelectronics: characterization of insulator-semiconductor-metal-insulator waveguides and fabrication of nanoporous metal electrodes

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

A phenomenal research experience that reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in research.

 

Devin Maiello
TCNJ

Glass sealants for liquid metal batteries

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

I now feel I can make a more educated decision about my future.

 

Orlando Mulero
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Mechanical Properties of Lipid Bilayer Membranes: Bending and Compressibility Modulus.

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

I now have a better understanding of graduate school and the scientific world. This experience has been beneficial to me in every way 

 

Keisha Mullings
Rutgers University

Investigation of novel coatings for nano-BT particles for composite dielectric materials

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

The program has prepared me technically and professionally for graduate work and any of my future endeavors.

 

Monica Navarreto Lugo
UPRRP

Assessing the electrocatalytic activity of a series of Ni and Fe based Perovskites for the electrolysis of water

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

This experience gave me the opportunity to meet people who helped me discover the steps to follow to reach my goals. An invaluable experience!

 

Tara Nealon
TCNJ

Windbelt with Pneumatic Actuators for Tunable Energy Harvesting

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

An amazing experience that has allowed me to actually apply what I have learned so far in my undergraduate career. RiSE has also helped solidify my decision to pursue a Ph.D. 

 

Sean Noble
Univ Missouri Columbia

Development of visiblel light titanium dioxide photocatalysts

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

The GET-UP RiSE program opened my eyes to how graduate school really is.

 

Faria Nusrat
Bloomfield College

Characterization of ammonia stress and the dnaK stress gene in Thailand and New Jersey landfill leachate digester communities

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

I was ushered into diverse career-molding opportunities by friendly and helpful faculty. 

 

Natalia Olmeda
Univ Puerto Rico Humacao

Comparing and correlating mixing energy of LabRAM to V-blender

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

An unforgettable summer full of learning, fellowship and fun!

 

Stephanie Ortiz
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez

The Behavior of Water Swelling with Compression in Drug Release Tablets

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

RiSE surpassed all my expectations (and I had high expectations). 

 

Maria Pagan
UPRM

Mutating arginines residues on ricin A chain lowers ricin cytotoxicity

The experience not only encouraged me to expand my horizons as a scientist but also gave me the opportunity to build great friendships.

 

 

Valerie Paschalis
Montclair State University

Circadian disruption promotes breast cancer lung metastasis in C3(1)/Tag transgenic mice

Co-participant in SURF

I learned a lot about PhD programs and careers in research, plus I made some great friends!

 

Jordanna Payne
Univ Nevada Reno

Measuring the mechanical properties of tissue using optical coherence tomography

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

An invaluable research and professional experience that has shaped my research interests.

 

Talia Planas-Fontánez
UPR-RP

Synthesis of iridium complexes supported by new POC ligands for catalysis by bond activation

My summer at Rutgers has helped me gain a clear vision of what I want to pursue in graduate school.

 

 

Madeline Porter
Concordia University Tx

A novel role for cypin as a proteasome inhibitor

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

 

Maricely Ramirez
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Role of excipient API interactions in hot melt granulation

Co-participant in NSF REU in Structured Organic Particulate Systems

The faculty and staff were really invested in helping students thrive in their fields and offer insight into possible career paths.

 

Dhaval Rana
Rutgers University

Design and testing of an acoustic impedance tube

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

The weekly seminars and mentors were very helpful and provided great perspectives, while other RiSE students made the program so much fun.

 

Benjamin Romano
Virginia Polytech Inst St U

The effects of nanofiber scaffold features on astrocyte adherence and reactivity

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

I am extremely excited to be able to use the knowledge and skills I learned to take me further in my studies!

 

Caresse Simmonds
Rutgers University

Electrical stimulation of contractile electrospun scaffolds for skeletal muscle tissue engineering

 

 

Kevin Smith
Univ Connecticut

Investigating the effects of stromal cell - neuronal cell co-culture on neuronal maturity and neuronal viability under oxidative stress

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

An amazing experience! I learned so much in the lab, and this program definitely encouraged me to attend graduate school

Taylor Sweet
New College FL

Obtaining constant, controlled, and extended release using salicylate-based poly(anhydride-esters)

A life-changing experience that has encouraged me to learn more, do more, and be more. I gained influential mentors, amazing new friends, and a new perspective.

 

Eleni Temeche
Jackson State University

Effect of Fruit-based Dyes on the Output of Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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

I have been fortunate to have had a mentor who guided me to be creative and to think outside the box.

 

Ayzha Ward
Texas Southern University

Climatology and cluster analysis: self-organizing maps (SOMs)

Co-participant in DIMACS REU

I appreciate the helpfulness of the seminar instructors and the sincere efforts of the RiSE staff to make this summer a success!

 

 

Bianca West
Univ Maryland Baltimore Co

Social observation in neighborhoods: a comparison of methods

An amazing experience! I learned a lot about graduate school and gained valuable research experience.