2022-2023 Interview / Recruitment Event

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BS/MS seeking PhDs
DVM Seeking PhDs
Combined DVM-PhDs

BS/MS seeking PhDs

 Name PICTURE
 
Summary

Lindsey Adams

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am from Park City, Utah where I lived until I moved to California for school. While at UCSB I worked in an immunology lab where we studied vascular biology of Botryllus schlosseri to determine mechanisms of aging. After graduation I took a position at the NIH with Dr. Maldarelli studying HIV in the clinical setting. I am interested in virology, particularly emerging and reemerging diseases.

Caroline Anderson

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am from Jacksonville, Florida and will receive my B.S. in Biology from Duke University. I conducted research within the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology department studying the role of protein and DNA methylation on Salmonella virulence and mechanisms of quorum sensing regulation. My current research interests center on host-pathogen interaction and  genetic determinants of pathogenesis.

Joycelyn Ba

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am a senior from Toronto, Canada studying Integrated Science with Biology at Western University. I have had the privilege of working in basic, translational, and clinical research labs where I investigated topics such as neurobiology, pharmacology, and virology. My current interests lie in cell biology, the role it plays in various pathologies (cancer, neurobiology) and regenerative medicine

Simeon Babarinde

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Simeon grew up in Masifa, Nigeria, and obtained a BTech in Biochemistry from FUTA with a 6-month placement at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. He then moved to England for MSc in Molecular Biosciences, during which he studied the role of MIF in the dissociation of insulin hexamers. Simeon is interested in researching the structural and functional details of disease-associated proteins.

Issahy Cano

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I was born in Mexico, but grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. I am currently a research associate in the D’Amore lab at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, where I work on projects investigating the mechanisms in developmental and aberrant angiogenesis, particularly in the retina. My current interests are in cancer disease development and progression.

Shane Carey

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

My name is Shane Carey, and I currently live in Walterboro, SC. I am a Biology major at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. My current research projects involve early-stage drug discovery for Chagas' disease and COVID-19. I am interested in studying the mechanisms of diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cancer, and heart disease. I also want to develop novel therapeutics for them.

Ya-Ting Chang

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am Ya-Ting from Taiwan. My previous research in viral entry mechanisms and T cell biology piqued my interest in microbial pathogenesis. I am fascinated by how host immunity responds to different stages of infection and the strategies utilized by pathogens for immune escape. I am interested in researching the complexity of host-pathogen interactions, including the study of viral envelope protein.

Jingyi Chen

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am Jingyi Chen. I was born in China and moved to the US with my family in high school. I got a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. My research experience mainly relates to the procoagulant activity of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. I am interested in investigating cellular signaling in cancer and revealing possible cancer therapy.

Taylor Covington

Translational Medicine

Hi! I am from Gaffney, South Carolina. I was on the swim team at Boston College, where I was a Biology/English double major. I have been working in cardiovascular/musculoskeletal research at Brigham and Women's Hospital since June 2020. I am interested in sexual dimorphism in the mammalian immune system, particularly in the context of cardiovascular, reproductive, and musculoskeletal disease.

Rucha Deo

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am from Pune, India, but moved to Redmond, WA in 2012. For the past three years, my research has focused on discerning the mechanisms of CD8 T cell exhaustion in the context of chronic infections. I also researched the causes of bladder cancer. My primary career goal is to become a career immunologist, working to develop novel immunotherapeutic treatments for cancer and other chronic diseases.

Kate Fitzpatrick

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am originally from the Boston area, but I attended high school in Exeter, New Hampshire, and am currently studying Neurobiology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I have experience working in the Boston biotech space testing novel peptide GPCR agonists and antimicrobial peptides. My current interests include metabolic disease and cancer.

Herbert Fountain

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am a first-generation college student, who grew up on a dairy farm in Little Falls, NY. Previous work includes vaccine development for influenza and SARS-CoV-2 using adjuvants. My current and independent research project seeks to use bacteriophage as an alternative to antibiotics. I am interested in protein design, synthetic biology, and methods involving experimental evolution.

Dianne Gomez

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am from Antioch, California and I am majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Biomedical Research at UCLA. I conduct research under Valerie Arboleda in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where I study how mutations in a chromatin modifier gene lead to a rare disease and would like to continue researching mechanisms of disease.

Samantha Grecco

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am from a small town in New Jersey called Secaucus, that is about 15 minutes away from New York City. I attended Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College for my undergraduate degree. At Penn State I was a part of Dr. Bevilacqua's research lab where I studied the structural effects of the small RNA RyhB on its mRNA targets. At Cornell I am interested in conducting cancer biology research.

Anthony Gutierrez

Immunology and Infectious Disease

My name is Anthony Gutierrez, and I was born and raised in Southern California. I am currently a graduating senior at California State University- Northridge. I cultivated an interest in microbiology and genetics performing research on bacteria, yeast, and nematodes. I have decided that I will focus my interests on the basic biology of microbial pathogens and the host-pathogen interface.

Stephanie Harchenko

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I grew up in Anaheim, California since I was 2 where we hardly have any weather or seasons. I have been a part of 2 summer research internships, worked for an industrial research lab for a few months, and I am currently a part of a breast cancer research lab. I am interested in learning more about cancer and developing novel, less toxic therapies since I myself went through chemotherapy.

David Harle

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Originally from Queensland Australia, I moved to the United States after graduating college in order to gain new experiences and broaden my worldview. After finding a home in New York and obtaining residency, I gained a position in the Reshef lab at Columbia studying therapies for GVHD. Here I gained an interest in studying the roles of mononuclear phagocytes and T-cells in homeostasis and disease.

Ogeneitsega Joseph

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am a Nigerian immigrant from Illinois. I aspire to work in the field of neurotropic infectious diseases to model their disorders and understand ways to enhance the brain and body for treatment. My experience at the Mayo Clinic and NIH in translational and clinical research has created a desire in me to assess patients in the context of their environment and overall longitudinal physiology.

Austin Katzer

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Hi, my name is Austin! I am from Plano, Texas and have an extensive research background ranging from environmental toxicology to Evo-Devo research. I have slowly honed in my passions and have found that I really love genetics. I would like to continue on this path and be able to develop gene therapies and contribute to paving new tailored approaches to medicine.

Chanmi Kim

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am Chanmi Kim and grew up in South Korea. As part of my gaining more diverse scientific experiences, four years ago I transferred university from Korea to the United States. My research focuses on Salmonella Typhi about antibiotic resistance as well as interactions with typhoid toxin and host cells. I am very passionate about understanding the interrelationships between pathogens and host cells.

Suhn Hyung Kim

Translational Medicine

I;m from Korea. I went to Yonsei University in Seoul, where I majored in Food & Nutrition. After graduation I pursued master's degree in Nutritional Science, studying the effect of carotenoids in gastric bacterial infection. Thereafter, I continued my work as a research assistant at the lab for two years. Currently, I am interested in understanding cellular metabolism and cancer pathogenesis.

Brianna Knode

Translational Medicine

I grew up in Vancouver, Washington before moving to Pullman, Washington to attend Washington State University. My research experiences include investigating non-canonical mutations in melanoma, the relationship between CCN proteins and LPA in prostate cancer, and the role of the DREAM complex in small cell lung cancer. My interests are cancer, DNA damage, immunology, stem cell biology, and ageing.

Srinath Muralidharan Lakshmivenkatesh

Translational Medicine

I am an integrated masters' graduate in Biotechnology hailing from Chennai, India. I am broadly interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying normal physiology and their dysregulation in cancer cells. During my research projects, I have worked on topics such as cancer inflammation, metabolism and metastasis. I love cooking and listening to classical musical in my free time.

Inkyu Lee

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Hello I am coming from Seoul, South Korea.

My previous research experience was focused on MRSA and bone/joint infection.  I am currently interested in making a new drug modality using exosomes.  Furthermore, I want to study immunology/infection in depth.

Luochen Liu

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I'm from Nanjing, China. My undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Amy Lee at Harvard focuses on investigating the mechanism of RNA virus protein synthesis through ribosome-specialized translation regulation. I am passionate about biological mechanisms, and I hope to investigate cellular and viral pathways using molecular and structural approaches with the aim of becoming a life-long researcher.

Amanda Macias

Zoology and Wildlife Conservation

My name is Amanda Macias, I am from Los Angeles County in Southern California. My previous research experience includes two separate summer projects at UCSD and ONPRC through OHSU. My current research project is in Dr. Kelly A. Youngs’ reproductive biology laboratory at CSULB. I am extremely passionate about research concerning reproductive biology, conservation biology, and species protection.

Michael Martland

Translational Medicine

I am from Salem NH. My research experiences have focused on quantifying heterotopic ossification in Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, characterizing the Ventricular Subventricular Zone (V-SVZ) of the brain in mice with ventriculomegalay, and examining stem cell quiescence at the V-SVZ. I am interested in the role of stem cells in regeneration, development, disease, and regenerative medicine.

Andrew Mitchell

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware and have lived in Delaware for my entire life. I attended the University of Delaware for my undergraduate and early graduate studies where I have explored extracellular vesicles (EVs) and adeno-associated virus as therapeutic vectors. I am interested in researching the next generation of therapeutics with a particular interest in EVs, viruses, and cancer.

Mariam Mosaad

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Mariam graduated from Ain Shams university with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology. For her thesis, she established an in vitro co-culture model to infect human hepatoma cells with hepatitis C virus. She then moved to Boston where she joined the Neal Lab at the Broad Institute to study functional genomics of cancer.

Jeeyoon Na

Translational Medicine

I'm from South Korea and am currently majoring in biology at the University of Pennsylvania. I studied the antioxidant effect of transplanting placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells. I also studied the plasticity of intestinal epithelial cells that regenerate the intestinal epithelium upon the loss of stem cells by irradiation. I'm interested in stem cells, developmental and reproductive biology.

Ariana Nagainis

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I grew up in Canyon Country, California. I researched Flaviviridae viral hijacking of cellular mechanisms as an undergraduate at UC Davis for three years. Afterwards, I researched asymmetric partitioning of cell fate determinants during my masters program at SFSU. I am interested in pairing bioinformatics with experimental approaches to understanding pathogen-host interactions and immune response.

Thu Nguyen

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am from Vietnam, a beautiful country located in Southeastern Asia. I received a B.S. degree in Biotechnology and currently working as a research assistant. Previously, I have participated in projects focusing on cancer diagnosis using biomarkers, especially miRNAs. For my graduate study, I am interested in studying the mechanisms underlying cancer initiation and progression.

Marinel Ocasio-Rivera

Immunology and Infectious Disease

My name is Marinel Ocasio-Rivera; I am an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico Ponce. I have performed research in cellular biology, immunology, developmental epigenetics, and cellular-molecular biology. I am interested in immunology, specifically in cell-to-cell communication, host-pathogen interactions, and inflammation, to better understand the mechanisms of immune cells.

Onyedikachi Onyekachi

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am an indigene of a small native town called '' Akoli Imenyi'' that is situated in the South East part of Nigeria. My previous research  centred in understanding the role of  IL-27 in the development T-cell response  to Mycobacteria. The research gave me an opportunity to gain research experience and learnt laboratory skills. I am interested  in T-cell immunology and host- pathogen interaction.

Eneji Onyi

Translational Medicine

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I am currently working under Dr. Craig, investigating phthalates' effect on the reproductive system. I aim to understand phthalates' effect on blastocyst implantation genes. I am interested in gametogenesis and embryogenesis.

AdePeju Oshodi

Immunology and Infectious Disease

My name is AdePeju Oshodi, many people call me 'Peju' (Page-You). I am from Indianapolis, Indiana and have spent a majority of my life in Indiana. I am a first-generation American and my parents are Nigerian. My previous research experience includes bacteria and virus, to alcoholic liver disease, and most recently food allergy. I am currently interested in adaptive, mucosal and genomic immunology.

Emily Reagle

Immunology and Infectious Disease

During my senior year of high school, I began research at Fort Detrick. I worked in the natural products drug discovery lab of Dr. Barry O'Keefe. I continued my research experience at the University of Maryland in the microbial pathogenesis lab of Dr. Kevin McIver, where my work earned high departmental honors. I want to pursue research on infectious diseases through genetics and biochemistry.

Martin Ruvalcaba

Immunology and Infectious Disease

My name is Martin Ruvalcaba, and I'm from Wilmington, CA. I have research experience in materials engineering, immunology, and virology. My current project concerns the development of a multivalent vaccine against three coronaviruses. I am interested in studying host-pathogen interactions, viral entry mechanisms, host immune responses

Jin Jie Shen

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I was born in Taiwan, but moved to the UK where I received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Imperial College London. Currently, I am a master's student studying immunology at Harvard Medical School. My thesis explores the mechanisms of epigenetic reprogramming of regulatory T cells in the tumor microenvironment. I am interested in how understanding and manipulating the mechanisms of immune regulation.

Shuyu Shi

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I was born in China. During my undergraduate study, I worked on biomolecular condensates, cancer treatments, SARS-CoV-2 immunity, signaling pathways. I like interdisciplinary research. We ask biomedicine questions and then use experimental approaches and mathematical models to solve it. I hope to uncover the pathogenetics of disease and promote the development of new therapies.

Hannah Sylvester

Zoology and Wildlife Conservation

My name is Hannah Sylvester and I am from the city of Manassas in Virginia. My previous research experience includes examining the epidemiology of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, as well as oocyte development and gamete preservation techniques in reproductive biology. I am interested in pursuing research on endangered species management techniques centered in preserving global biodiversity.

Arianna Towne

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I grew up in the tiny rural town of Garland, Utah and have studied biochemistry at Utah State University for the majority of my undergraduate years. My research here, conducted under Dr. Joan Hevel, focuses on mechanisms of dysregulation of the disease-implicated enzyme, PRMT1. Prior to my transfer to USU, I played collegiate soccer for USU Eastern as well as studied abroad in Leicester, England.

Amanda Lauren Verzosa

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to California to complete my undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University. I pursued research training at SFSU as an undergrad studying avian malaria, and am currently an M.S. candidate

studying how Kaposi’s Sarcoma Herpesvirus regulates the host immune system. I have a passion for immunology and host-pathogen interactions.

Haoming Wang

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

My hometown is Changsha, Hunan province, China. Now I'm working on the function and structure of Tmc proteins, which are important components for ion channels. I also try to figure out the roles they play in the development of the inner ear and neuromasts, and their interaction with other proteins. I'm interested in gene regulation, protein structure and function, and organ development.

Minwei Wang

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am Minwei Wang and I came from China. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BS degree in Biological Sciences. I had been involved in research related to periodontitis, cardiac arrest, retina, and aging, and I am currently devoting my time to cancer research. From all these experiences, I find myself particularly interested in cancer biology and neuroscience research.

Hope White

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am from Houston, TX. I attended Northwestern University and majored in Neuroscience. For 2 years, I have been working in Dr. Bing Ye's lab as an NIH PREP scholar at the University of Michigan where I am investigating how sounds are processed in fruit flies. I would like to use neural disease states as platforms to investigate the biological mechanisms that underpin neural function and circuitry.

Qin Wu

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am from the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute, China.  I have previously studied pathologies of osteoarthritis, treatment for cranial defects with biomaterial, treatment for diabetic encephalopathy with propionate, and effects of BAF60a gene mutation in diabetic mice.  I am interested in studying mechanisms and therapies for metabolism-related diseases and cancers.

Shanyun Wu

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I come from Chengdu, China and I am currently a fourth year biology student at the University of British Columbia. I have worked as a research assistant in four different labs, involving in research in genetics, bioinformatics, immunology and phylogenetics. My current interest is to leverage experimental and/or computational analyses to study cancer. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and reading.

Chengyu Ye

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am from Anqing, China. I had both wet-lab and dry-lab research experiences during my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. My master’s thesis project focused on dissecting pathogenic cell-cell interactions in fibrosis using single-cell transcriptomics. I am particularly interested in applying single-cell approaches in biomedical research to explore the pathogenic mechanisms of diseases.

Franklin Yeo

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Born and raised in the Boston area, I began getting research experience within the city during my high school years. I have also worked as an undergraduate lab technician for 3 years and as a full time researcher for about a year. Though my primary interest is in innate immunity and inflammation, I am generally interested in how the human body reacts to and fights against disease.

Xiaoyu Yuan

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

My name is Xiaoyu and I am from China. During my undergraduate years, I have worked with induced pluripotent stem cells to study cardiac arrhythmias, and in cellular therapy to collect pre-clinical data with mesenchymal stromal cells for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. I am very interested in cell biology and regenerative medicine.

DVM seeking PhDs

Name PICTURE Summary

Sefiyat Adebiyi

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Sefiyat Adebiyi is a biomedical researcher with a background in Infectious diseases research and Public Health. She recently graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with distinctions in Veterinary Medicine. Her research interest lies in understanding the host-microbe interactions in the gut microbiome for the development of therapeutic options for diseases influenced by the gut microbiome

Abraham Adeyemo

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am Nigerian, currently residing in Nigeria. I hold a DVM degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I have had clinical research experience in veterinary surgery, and, until recently, worked in a microbiology lab where I got valuable laboratory research exposure in virology. My research interest is in virus host interactions, specifically the events of receptor binding and cell entry.

Eleanor Best

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I grew up near Cambridge UK, graduating with a BVSc and MSc from Bristol University in 2021. I am passionate about targeted drug discovery and antibiotic resistance. My original research successfully targeted multi-drug resistant bacteria using nanoparticles, and I begin a 6-month research scholarship in January designing new antimicrobial therapies against ESKAPE pathogens and M. tuberculosis.

Anthony Chen

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Taiwan. I am a veterinarian intern now in an undergraduate program of DVM. I validated a bimolecular split-GFP reporter system for screening of novel influenza antiviral drugs in an undergraduate research project. Later, I developed strong interests in cancer biology, particularly how cancer initiation and progression is influenced by obesity.

Angela Gaesser

Translational Medicine

I'm originally from Indiana, but currently live in Kennett Square, PA. I finished my residency in large animal surgery in 2020, and I am currently completing a COHA translational research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania at New Bolton Center, focused on the study of extracellular vesicles released from mesenchymal stem cells and their therapeutic potential for osteoarthritis.

Nnamdi Ikeogu

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am, a highly motivated Veterinarian from Nnokwa, Nigeria, with a Masters degree in Immunology from Canada.My research interest, is understanding host-pathogen interactions. I have researched host interactions with Leishmania parasites and HIV till date. I hope to study the impact of immune ontogeny to disease outcome. other interests, are in veterinary immuno-pathology, serology and histology.

Tobi Olanipekun

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Tobi Olanipekun is a recent Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) graduate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is a passionate biomedical researcher with a background in molecular biology, cancer research, and genomics. He is particularly enthusiastic about investigating the genetic and molecular pathways of cancer initiation and progression in order to develop new cancer therapies.

Moyinoluwa Onoja

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I am Moyinoluwa, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Nigeria. I have special interest in cancer research sequel to my second Masters degree in Reproductive and Developmental Biology from Imperial College London where I studied the expression of markers such as Mel-CAM and HSD3B1 in cervical carcinoma to distinguish between cervical and trophoblastic tumors which can be confused histologically.

Elizabeth Williams Louie

Translational Medicine

I grew up in California; attended Oregon State University for undergrad and UC Davis for veterinary school. After vet school, I completed a 1-year internship at Littleton Equine; and returned to UC Davis for a large animal internal medicine residency. Through my residency I participated in several research projects and have an interest in translational and specifically cardiovascular research.

Combined DVM-PhD Program

Name PICTURE Summary

Gayatri Anil

Population Medicine

Gayatri is a senior at Penn State studying Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and is a Pittsburgh native. Her undergraduate research at PSU's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Bhushan Jayarao has focused on developing a field-level diagnostic assay for infectious coryza. Her interests include research into disease pathogenesis, epidemiology, and diagnostic assay development.

Kimaya Bakhle

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

My name is Kimaya Bakhle and I am from Cleveland, Ohio! I received my B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University, where I have conducted research in biochemistry, veterinary pathology, and comparative oncology. At Cornell, I am interested in pursuing research on cancer biology, mechanisms of metastasis, and precision medicine through the Combined Degree DVM-PhD program.

Breezy Brock

Immunology and Infectious Disease

I am a part of a research team studying the prevalence, movement, and evolution of pathogens such as West Nile virus, Rabies, SARS-CoV-2, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus at Northern Arizona University. I aspire to contribute to an interdisciplinary team that combines translational science with clinical medicine to understand host-pathogen interactions to help prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks.

Rimsha Malik

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I grew up in NYC and graduated with an A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2021. I have previously studied stress neurobiology in mice, cattle health in Kenya, and genetic admixture of Canadian lynx, and am currently exploring carnivore spatial disease ecology with the St. Louis Zoo. My interests lie at the intersections of One Health, genetics, and conservation.

Jessica Palmeri

Molecular and Cellular Medicine

I grew up in New Paltz, NY and graduated from SUNY Geneseo. I have researched the "related" topics of plant physiology, deep-sea organismal adaptation, and retrotransposon mobility. I am currently at the NIH, studying an allele silencing therapy in a mouse model of a degenerative myopathy. I have many interests but am particularly excited by clinical genomics and gene therapeutics.