SUPER-Grad Fellows 2018-19

Jenna Abyad imageJenna Abyad

RISE Scholar: Summer 17

I recently graduated from Drew University with my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. As an undergraduate, I was a 2017 RISE at Rutgers summer scholar exploring antimicrobial resistance at the RCSB Protein Data Bank. I specifically analyzed the evolutionary origin of the aminoglycoside modifying enzymes, which are a group of enzymes that confer resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics. I am grateful for this amazing program as it provided me with new research and professional development skills. It also confirmed my decision to pursue a PhD. Rutgers University has distinguished faculty with extensive opportunity for cutting-edge research. I am very excited and honored to begin the Molecular Biosciences PhD program. I’m looking forward to gaining new knowledge and experience that will allow me to excel as a research scientist.

Angelica Barreto-Galvez imageAngelica Barreto-Galvez

RISE Scholar: Summer 17

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I completed three years of Biology at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia, then I moved to New Jersey and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biology at New Jersey City University. In the summer of 2017, I participated in the RISE program at Rutgers in Dr. Martha Soto’s lab. RISE motivated me to continue doing research, which led me to start my PhD in Molecular Bioscience at Rutgers. I am looking forward to this new opportunity.

Steven Clark imageSteven Clark

RiSE Scholar: Summer 17

As a member of the 2017 Physics REU, I worked with a nuclear physics team exploring the Proton Radius Puzzle. I loved working to solve a problem so fundamental and explaining to people that scientists do not yet fully understand the size of such a well-known particle. The REU was an eye-opening experience that showed me what it's like to work on an international collaboration with a team of scientists. I plan to continue studying particle physics and researching the most fundamental aspects of our universe during my time as a graduate student. I am originally from Akron, OH, and received my bachelor's degree from Colorado School of Mines, where I studied Engineering Physics and had fun exploring the Rocky Mountains. I am excited to be at Rutgers where I can explore new aspects of both physics and the outdoors, and I am grateful that the Physics REU and RISE brought me here!

Jacqueline Saenz image Jacqueline Saenz

RiSE Scholar: Summer 15

Jackie’s personal bio will be posted soon. Meanwhile, The School of Graduate Studies is delighted to welcome her as a first-year SUPER-Grad Fellow in the Molecular Biosciences graduate program. She participated in the REU in Cellular Bioengineering, a RISE partner program, in summer 2015. Jackie received her undergraduate degree from California State University-Northridge.

Maricely Ramirez-Hernandez imageMaricely Ramirez-Hernandez

RiSE Scholar: Summer 17

I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Due to my interest in becoming a materials scientist, I worked since my sophomore year on synthesis and characterization. During the summer of 2017, I participated in the RISE program at Rutgers, where I joined the laboratory of Dr. Masanori Hara. We focused on studying the role of surfactants in thermal properties of inorganic polymers. This program was a great opportunity that not only helped me further develop scientific thinking and learn laboratory techniques but solidified my decision to pursue a materials related field. Currently, I am beginning my doctoral studies in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers. I am very grateful for all the opportunities Rutgers has provided, and I really believe that Rutgers will be a major step toward developing my career as a scientist and future educator.

Caitlyn Tobita imageCaitlyn Tobita

RiSE Scholar: Summer 16

I was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, where I graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2017 with a degree in Biochemistry. In 2016, I had participated in the RISE and SURF programs, which played a significant role in inspiring me to pursue a PhD. During the program, I worked in Dr. Monica Driscoll’s lab on a pilot project involving exercise studies on C. elegans. From the experience, I built tenacity and attained insight into the research process. Now in Fall of 2018, I am returning to Rutgers University as a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology department. I am grateful that the university considered me for both their program and as a SUPER-Grad fellow, and I am looking forward to continuing this new chapter of my journey as a researcher and a scientist.

Kurt Wagner imageKurt Wagner

RiSE Scholar: Summer 16

I graduated from Rowan University in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, knowing that my undergraduate degree was only a step towards something bigger. In 2016, I was fortunate to be selected as a participant in the Cellular Bioengineering REU under Rutgers' RISE program. Under the mentorship of Dr. Prabhas Moghe, I developed a wide array of new skills, and an intense interest in biomedical research. This summer experience solidified my goal to work at the forefront of medical technology. Now, I am excited and privileged to return to Rutgers as a SUPER-Grad Fellow while I work towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, working side by side with faculty and friends from the RISE program. In the future, I hope to lead cutting edge research in industry, while representing Rutgers and the RISE program.


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