Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
 
Meet the RiSE 2016 Scholars

 

Project abstracts for all Scholars


 

Abdulraouf Abdulraouf
Rutgers University
Cell Biology & Neuroscience Major

Developing a novel model for studying depressive-like behavior in rats

Co-participant in RUP-IMSD Program

 

Raheel Ahmad
Rutgers University
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Enrichment of Small Molecule Representation in the Protein Data Bank

 

Chiemelum (Pamela-Mary) Amechi
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Biological Sciences

Enhancing ligands in the Protein Data Bank

Co-participant in Protein Data Bank

RiSE gave me the opportunity to explore a different research area. 

 

Laura Azouz
Michigan State University
Chemical Engineering

Computational design of auto-inhibited chemotherapeutic enzyme using Rosetta

Co-participant in Rosetta Commons

 

Donna Brunnquell
Grinnell College
Mathematics

Examination of climate model precipitation over the Amazon using linear unidimensional scaling

RiSE gave me the confidence, support and encouragement to apply to graduate school.

 

Samantha Cobos
Pace Univ New York City
Chemistry

Understanding protein adsorption to TEMPO-oxidized cellulose I

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE has helped me get out of my comfort zone and find what it is I'm truly passionate about.

 

Dean Coco
Calif St Poly Univ Pomona
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Allocating privacy risk across multiple stages of a machine learning pipeline

RiSE program has allowed me to do translational research and the opportunity to expand my network with other top scholars.

 

Alvin Crespo
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Biological Sciences

Analyzing the mutational spectrum of RNA bacteriophage Φ6 host-range mutants

Awesome experience! It made me grow both as a person and as a scientist and reinforced my decision to pursue graduate studies.

 

Keyerra Daniels
Winthrop University
Biochemistry

Bringing biological pathways to life

Co-participant in Protein Data Bank

A life-changing experience that encouraged me to learn more, do more, and be more.

 

Emily DiMartini
Coll New Jersey
Biomedical Engineering

Free radical scavenging potential of acrylated polyethylene glycol polymers for application in traumatic brain injury treatment

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

RiSE give me the opportunity to perform research and the motivation to pursue higher education.

 

Katya Echazarreta
San Diego Community College
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Top-down and Sensory Processes in Volitionally Reversing Depth of Painted and Unpainted Stimuli

RiSE allowed me to form meaningful friendships with people from all over the country.

 

Iris Escobar
Richard Stockton Coll Of NJ
Biochemistry

Identification of unique markers to distinguish macrophage populations in mouse models resembling fatty liver disease

Co-participant in SURF

The support from my mentors was incredible.

 

Marisa Gliege
Washington State University
Chemical Engineering

Co-participant in CENTC

 

 

Yanira Gonzalez Rodriguez
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Microbiology

Role of Topoisomerase II-beta in Neuronal Migration in vitro

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

An enriching experience for my present and future in science. 

 

Bryan Gutierrez
Pacific Lutheran University
Chemistry

Fabrication and Evaluation of Camptothecin Prodrug-loaded Microparticles.

I believe now that graduate school and a Ph.D is the next step towards my career.

 

Kelsey Gwynne
Wagner College
Chemistry

Photoluminescence stability of blue organic phosphorescent materials on silver nanostructured surfaces

RiSE has taught me so much about various science fields, industry jobs, and graduate school. 

 

Maria Hawayek
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Biological Sciences

Hijacking cerebrospinal fluid dynamics: investigating effects of drugs on cancer cell lines

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

I met great mentors and formed great friendships that will last throughout my life.

 

Jessica Johnson
Cuny Hunter College
Physics

Proton conductivity in re-stacked graphene oxide with embedded graphene oxide fibers

The experience surpassed my expectations!

 

Lorne Joseph
Univ Virgin Islands
Chemistry

A novel solution for powering our planet: Comparative study of a novel Titania sol and a Titania powder for the improved efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells

RiSE has been an incredible learning and growing experience.

 

Cora Kerber
Transylvania University
Biochemistry

Role of the eIF2 kinase PERK on whole body and hepatic stress responses to dietary methionine restriction

RiSE providied insight into to a wide variety of future career paths.

 

Jamal Keyes
Jackson State University
Physics

The development and characterization of polyelectrolyte polymer-peptide nanoplexes for antimicrobial applications

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

The RiSE program allowed me to become more independent in a laboratory setting.

 

German Lagunas-Robles
Calif St Poly Univ Pomona
Biotechnology

Implications of Codon Evolvability on RNA Virus Genome Structure

This experience helped shape my career interests and will guide me through graduate school! 

 

Ferralita Madere
Xavier University
Biology

Finding bottom quarks with the CMS detector at the LHC

Co-participant in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

RiSE gave me the opportunity to conduct great independent research and make valuable social and academic connections.

 

Alexander Magsam
Univ Nebraska Lincoln
Biomedical Engineering

Skeletal visualization in rat embryos using optical projection tomography and a novel clearing agent

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

This program answered all my questions about graduate school!

 

Anna Karen Orta
Univ Texas El Paso
Biochemistry

Investigating brain metastases from primary melanoma using luminescent or fluorescent-tagged melanoma cells

RiSE confirmed my decision to pursue a PhD. It was a wonderful experience to network and make new friendships. 

 

José Pagán Muñoz
Univ Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Chemical Engineering

Development of “breathable” humidity-responsive biocompatible hydrocolloid films for food and health applications

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

I was able to perform research at the crossroads of food science, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering. I left with a much better idea of where I want to go and how to get there.

 

Caroline Paz
Rutgers University
Biological Sciences

The Role of Polypyrimidine Tract Binding Protein Isoforms on CD40Ll Expression

Co-participant in RUP-IMSD Program

I've met amazing people and learned valuable skills from my mentors.

 

Jade Redding
Univ Miami
Mathematics

Modeling, estimation, and control of a quadrotor

I am more sure about graduate school, and have memories that will last a lifetime!

 

Ye Joon Seo
City College Of New York
Chemical Engineering

The formation of vesicles through the modification of tyrosine-derived ABA tri-block copolymer membranes

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

I'd like to thank the RiSE and SOPS programs for the opportunity to expand my knowledge and confirm my future path.

 

Frederick Stephens
Univ Alabama Birmingham
Chemistry

Alpha Functionalization of Amine

RiSE has given me invaluable insight and experience to help choose my career path.

 

Mary Frances Stofan
New Mexico State University
Chemistry

Analysis of the bile acid synthetic pathway in the absence of enzymes, CYP7A1 and CYP27A1

Co-participant in SURF

The RiSE and SURF programs helped me gain a better understanding of what graduate school entails.

 

Michael Swierczynski
Suny Colg Buffalo
Chemistry

Synthesis & characterization of sulfated zirconium-tin mixed oxide catalyst

Co-participant in SOPS (Structured Organic Particulate Systems)

RiSE and SOPS have solidified my decision to pursue a PhD in inorganic chemistry.

 

Caitlyn Tobita
Chaminade Univ Of Honolulu
Biochemistry

Characterizing recovery and adaptation after exercise in C. elegans

Co-participant in SURF

The RiSE and SURF programs gave me the opportunity to reach outside my comfort zone, to network with others and to explore careers.

 

Kurt Wagner
Rowan University
Mechanical Engineering

Influencing Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation Through Substrate Topography

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

Working in a biomedical engineering lab was invaluable, but the best part was the connections made with other RiSE scholars.

 

Caroline Wood
Coll New Jersey
Biomedical Engineering

Optimization of electroactive hydrogel characteristics for use in a composite skeletal muscle scaffold

Co-participant in the Cellular Bioengineering (CB) REU

This opportunity helped me to realize how much I love research!

 

Aliza Yazdan
Carleton College
Chemistry

Co-participant in CENTC