Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2015 Scholars

 

 

 

Kadijah Abston
Univ Mississippi
Biomedical Engineering

Effect of alcohol exposure on the mammary cancer stem cell population in mice

RiSE is a way to meet new friends, get hands-on experience, and determine if you want a future in research!

Alex Alvarado
Univ Southern California
Biochemistry

The Protein Data Bank as an Educational Resource: Using 3D Structure to Explore Biology

From visiting the East coast to exploring new opportunities in science, Rutgers and RiSE have helped me in so many ways. I now feel more prepared as a student and a professional.

Jonathan Ambrose
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Engineering

The doping of flame Synthesized graphene

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

I had an amazing experience at Rutgers!

 

 

Courtney Amster
TCNJ
Chemistry

Stabilization of liposomes using amphiphilic macromolecules to prevent drug leakage

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE solidified my decision to pursue a PhD. 

 

Marleny Arones
Univ Florida
Biomedical Engineering

Measuring the biomechanical properties of tissues using optical coherence tomography

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE has helped me see that the research/Ph.D route is right for me.

 

Tiara Askew
Bowie State University
Biological Sciences

The effects of environmental toxicants and chemopreventive agents on cellular circadian rhythm in human mammary epithelial cells

Co-participant in SURF

The RiSE and SURF programs were phenomenal and exposed me to research in academia as well as industry.

Feature story on Tiara’s summer research.

 

Anita Brown
Duke University
Civil Engineering

Carbonating foamed cements

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

RiSE was a good opportunity to do research

 

Shaquille Brown
Bloomfield College
Chemistry

TiO2-ZnO semiconducting oxide mixtures with fruit-based dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

I am leaving RiSE at Rutgers with valuable experience and essential information about graduate school.

 

Chelsea Cherenfant
Harvard College
Biological Sciences

Fetal alcohol exposure may increase aromatase activity to enhance the susceptibility to pituitary tumorigenesis

I had the opportunity to form a cohort of peers who are equally interested in scientific research.

 

Salimar Cordero
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Chemical Engineering

Design of a microbial fuel cell to enhance degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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

The RiSE and GET UP programs gave me the tools to get ready for graduate school while getting to know awesome people.

 

America Davila
Marquette University
Psychology

Economic abuse: an exploratory analysis of the mental health of Latinas in the U.S.

I was able to develop strong friendships, foster greater cultural competency, and bolster my researcher profile.

 

Giovanni Deliz
Univ Puerto Rico Humacao
Biological Sciences

Observation of effects of NMDA on hippocampal neurons using optical scattering imaging

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

This experience helped me refine my research, writing and communication skills. 

 

Kaitlyn Dickson
TCNJ
Chemistry

Photocatalytic biomass conversion using Pt supported on TiO2

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

An incredible opportunity to participate in research!

 

Deidre Dillon
Tuskegee University
Chemistry

Regulation of Glutaminase in GRM1-expressing Melanoma Cells

The RiSE at Rutgers experience prepared me for a bright future ahead.

 

Rebecca Drake
Calif Lutheran University
Biomedical Engineering

Determining the effects of pegylated epidermal growth factor on RPE cells

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE and REU-CB gave me ideas for my future research in graduate school.

 

Sunday Ebo
Rutgers University
Biological Sciences

Testing the roles of hif-1 target genes in the C. elegans anoxia response

Co-participant in GSBS Scholars Program

RiSE enlightened me on important aspects of research: from bench-work and keeping an excellent lab notebook to presenting my work.

 

Arielis Estevez
Univ Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
Chemistry

Immunohistochemical Localization of Drug Transporters in the Human BloodPlacental Barrier

Co-participant in SURF

You meet people who will be helping you all the way along your career path.

 

Kidus Feleke
Jackson State
Biological Sciences

The role of eIF2 kinase PERK in the liver response to dietary methionine restriction

I am satisfied with all the activities that were available in addition to the regular lab research.

 

Deaetta Grinnage
Delaware State University
Biological Sciences

Developing drug resistant cell lines expressing levels of ABCG2

Amazing experience! I met so many people and learned so many new things.

 

Jamie Hernandez
University Of Arizona
Biomedical Engineering

Engineering Lymphatic Vasculature Models for Cancer Surveillance

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

I am very grateful for the peer networking opportunities.

 

Sterling Hubbard
Tennessee State University
Psychology

Father's Perinatal Engagement and Maternal Alcohol Use

RiSE made me more confident in my choice to attend a graduate program.

 

Katrina Jara
Rutgers - Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Development and evaluation of gelatin foam films for oral drug delivery

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE helped me develop professional skills that will prepare me for the future.

 

Adrianna Lebron
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Biotechnology

Co-modulating the mechanical and bioactive properties of CMHAS-PEGDA hydrogels for neural tissue engineering

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

The REU gave me a sneak preview of life in grad school, while allowing me to meet a great group of new friends and have fun.

 

Josh Leipheimer
Robert Morris University Pa
Biomedical Engineering

Characterization of a flexible, ultra-fast degrading polymer coated neural microelectrode probe

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE at Rutgers gave me a first hand research experience and insight into what graduate school is like. 

 

Ai Lian Lin
Clarkson University
Chemical Engineering

Polymer-Based Cantilever Probe for Atomic Force Microscopy

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

I feel so grateful to have met great mentors and peers.

 

Jose Liquet Gonzalez
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Microbiology

Method for the isolation of high-molecular-weight DNA from Mucilaginibacter frigoritolerans FT22 and Mucilaginibacter lappiensis ANJLI2

RiSE gave me the tools to succeed in a competitive graduate program.

 

Hector Lisboa
Rutgers University
Biological Sciences

Effects of High-Polyphenol Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce [RSL] Murine Gut Microbiota

Co-participant in GSBS Scholars Program

RiSE gave me the confidence to pursue research in the future.

 

Jonathan Lonski
Rutgers University
Industrial Engineering

Using thermoelectric materials to generate electricity

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

The support of excellent faculty and graduate student mentors outside of my discipline allowed me to broaden my horizons.

 

Eduardo Martinez
Univ Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
Chemistry

Effects of small peptides on the interaction of the neuronal proteins cypin and PSD-95 and on dendrite branching

RiSE allowed me to extensively develop my skills as a scientist and professional.

 

Robert Mines
Univ South Alabama - Mobile
Chemical Engineering

Development of a novel hepatocyte culture platform for high throughput pharmacokinetic screening

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE and REU-CB challenged me to take ownership of a research project by giving me complete freedom to design and test my own hypotheses with novel experiments.

 

Kenneth O'Neill
Cooper Union
Chemical Engineering

Characterization of ion exchange capacities in Nafion® 117 membranes: synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles for catalytic degradation of chemical warfare agents

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE offered an amazing opportunity to work on interdisciplinary research spanning chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.

 

Vanessa Putnam
University of California-Santa Cruz
Engineering

A toolkit for differentially private data analysis

RiSE showed me new directions for my future. I am proud to call myself a RiSE 2015 Scholar.

 

Maria Ramos
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Civil Engineering

Fabrication of nanoporous metals

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

RiSE helped me to decide what is going to be next step in my education.

 

Peyton Randolph
Purdue University
Engineering

Axial dispersion coefficient in rotating cylinders: dependence on cohesion, drum diameter, and rotation speed

Unparalleled support from unparalleled intellectual mentors!

 

Karina Lei Relatado
North Carolina A&T State University
Biological Engineering

Effect of Blend Hydrophobicity on Drug Dissolution

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

I commend the program for seeing us as more than what we think we're capable of. 

 

Nicole Robles
Univ Of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
Chemistry

Synthesis and characterization of bis-PEG2-aldehyde used as a crosslinker reagent of gelatin microparticles for targeted drug delivery

RiSE gave me the opportunity to explore more diverse topics about science and to build a new family.

 

Yanira Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Chemistry

Wet granulation and extrusion of alumina for catalyst supports

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE gave me the opportunity to explore research in areas I had never considered before. It was lots of fun!

 

Gabriel Rodriguez-Garcia
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Biotechnology

Bending rigidity measurement for model biological membranes

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE at Rutgers helped confirm my desire to attend graduate school and prepared me to succeed.

 

Jacqueline Saenz
Calif St Univ Northridge
Biotechnology

Evaluating the effectiveness of nanofiber scaffolds on reducing astrocyte reactivity for developing therapies for traumatic brain injury

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

This summer experience has taught me a lot about what I enjoy and what I dislike about research.

 

John Sperduto
TCNJ
Mechanical Engineering

A windbelt with embedded flexible-inflatable-actuators for tunable energyharvesting from wind

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

RiSE and GET UP helped me build my communication, organization, technical, and writing skills.

 

Zoha Syed
University of Washington
Chemistry

Electrophilic alkane functionalization: investigation of PheboxIr(OAc)(R) complexes in the presence of HX

Co-participant in CENTC

RiSE not only showed me how to problem-solve, but also how to communicate about science so that a broad audience can see its value.

 

Vanita Thompson
Kingsborough Cc Lbrty Part Prg
Biological Sciences

Exploring Piezoelectricity in Porous Polymers

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

I have learned that science encompasses more than just academia.

 

Cristina Torres Cabán
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla
Biological Sciences

Understanding aging biology: the role of mir-34 in sarcopenia

RiSE allowed me to connect with faculty and students from different areas.

 

Jeremy Tucker
Vanderbilt
Engineering

The design and analysis of an energy efficient household

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

A tremendous opportunity that introduced me to renewable energy technologies as well as career paths and opportunities.

 

Jonathan Tyson
Rider University
Biochemistry

Work Towards the Total Synthesis of the Chiral Ligand Sparteine

RiSE has been a phenomenal experience that helped to solidify my decision to pursue an academic career.

 

Ilse Valencia
Univ Texas San Antonio
Biomedical Engineering

The effects of surface charge density and shear stress on the targeting efficacy of cationic liposomes as nano-carriers for anti-vascular treatment

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

A life-time opportunity to enrich my academic and professional life, create valuable connections, and solidify my decision to pursue a PhD!

 

Nicole Werpachowski
Fordham University
Pyschology

The evolution of molecular visualization: building upon Irving Geis’ framework to understand structural biology

This experience allowed me to conduct interesting research outside my discipline, opened my eyes to potential careers, and motivated me to continue research.

 

Jorge Zhingre Sanchez
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst
Biomedical Engineering

Release of conditioned medium encapsulated in PEGDA hydrogels for tendon healing

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

I now have a clearer vision of what I want to pursue after my undergraduate studies.