Department of Biology
MSC 03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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MARC STUDENT RESEARCH

Benefits of Being a MARC Scholar

  • Present research at local & national scientific meetings
  • Meet other scientists and students from around the country
  • Participate in a 3 cr/hr seminar course on Ethics in Research
  • Advisement to track timely graduation & post graduation plans
  • Learn about graduate school possibilities
  • Guidance to apply for graduate school

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  Maria Alvarez

Student: Maria Alvarez  
Mentor:      Kiran Bhaskar, Ph.D.

Bio: Maria is part of a research team focused on the development of a vaccine against Alzheimer's disease using VLPs (Virus like Particles) as the main vaccine component. Her project focuses on the analysis and quanification of pathological markers of Alzheimer's disease using various staining techniques and mouse brain imaging.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended:

  • SACNAS 2014
  • Biology Research Day (UNM)
  • Summer Training as a Research Scholar (STaRS) Annual Symposium (Boston University).  

Poster/ Presentation Titles: 

  •  Re-inventing Cell-Cell Communication using Signal Sensing with chemically induced proximity (CIP).         
  • Isolation of a Prospective N. Gonorrhoeae Vaccine Antigen and Evaluation of its Ability to Activate Human Macrophages      

Summer Research Program: Boston University Medical Center, Department of Microbiology. Principle Investigator: Dr. Lee Wetzler, M.D.           

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar 2014
  • Joan Willard Hemsing Tinoco Scholarship   March 2015

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David Danielson

Student:    David Danielson
Mentor:     Judy Cannon, Ph.D.

About me: David is presently working in Dr. Cannon's lab researching the movement of T-Cells and knocking out genes to test the effect on T-Cell movement.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS 2014; American Chemical Society National Conference 2014: UNM Biology Research Day 2015.

Poster/Presentation Titles:

  • Bond Weakening Catalysis Activation of Allylic C-H Bonds (Princeton, 2015)
  • Bi-functional Molecules for miRNA Regulation; SACNAS 2014 (poster)
  • Bi-functional Molecules for miRNA Regulation;University of New Mexico Biomedical Research Summer Symposium (oral presentation, University of New Mexico, 2014)
  • Bifunctional Molecules fro MicroRNA Regulation; Biology Research Day 2013 (poster)

Summer Research:
Where: Attending Princeton, May-Aug 2015
Mentor:

Awards, Recognitions, and Honors:

  • MARC Scholar: May 2013 Cohort
  • Dean’s List: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014
  • Manual L. Lujan Scholarship: Fall 2012 – Present
  • New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship: Fall 2012 - Present
  • American Chemical Society Scholar’s Program: Fall 2012 – Present

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Anita Enriquez

Student: Anita Enriquez    
Mentor:  Lee Taylor, Ph.D.

About me:

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS: 2014, Biology Research Day 2015,

Poster/ Presentation Titles:

  • Fitness impacts of mycoheterotrophy in Corallorhiza striata (orchidaceae), Pinus ponderosa (pinaceae), Pseudotsuga menziesii (pinaceae) and Tomentella fuscocinerea (thelephoarceae) (poster)
  • Orchid Tricksters and Their Woodland Victims: I, For One, Welcome Our Orchid Overlords (poster)

Summer Research Program: 

Where: Attending Mountain Lake Biological Station & Department of Biology, University of Virginia
Mentor: Butch Brodie/Brian Sanderson

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar, 2014-present

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Andrew Gutierrez

Student:   Andrew Gutierrez
Mentor:     Helen Hathaway, Ph.D.

About me: Andrew is working on the effect of expression of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor on mammary tumor
development and metastasis. Mitotic spindle reorientation as a result of G-protein coupled estrogen receptor
activation. Tumor microenvironment changes and development resulting from G-protein coupled estrogen
receptor presence. 

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS 2014, UNM Summer Biomedical Research Symposium 2014, Biology Research Day 2015

Poster/ Presentation Titles:

Mitotic Spindle Resorientation through Estrogen Binding to GPER and Era (oral presentation)

Summer Research Program: University of Michigan; Mentor: TBA

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar, 2014-Present
  • University of New Mexico Presidential Scholar, 2012-Present
  • Dean’s List, University of New Mexico, College of Arts and Sciences, 2012-2013
  • SACNAS Travel Scholar, 2014
  • University of New Mexico Honors College Scholar, 2012-Present
  • University of Michigan Pre-MSTP Program Scholar 2015

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Student: Marissa Harjoe   

Mentor:      David Hanson, PhD.

About me: Coming Sooon.  

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended:

Poster/ Presentation Titles:

(oral presentation)

Summer Research Program: Coming Soon 

Where:

Mentor:

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar: 2015
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Dakarai McCoy

Student:    Dakarai McCoy
Mentors:      Vince Calhoun, PhD.
and Elaine Bearer,M.D./PhD

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS 2014

Poster/ Presentation Titles: TBA

Summer Research Program: UCLA Bri-Sure. Mentor: Peyman Golshani, M.D./PhD

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar: 2014

 

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Student: Dominic Medina
Mentor:      Steven Graves, Ph.D.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: Coming soon

Poster/ Presentation Titles: Coming soon

Summer Research Program: Coming soon

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar: 2015

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Tyler Mendes

Student: Tyler Mendes    

Mentor:      Richard Cripps, D.Phil.

About me:TBA.  

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS 2014, UNM Summer Biomedical Research Symposium 2014, Biology Research Day 2015

Poster/ Presentation Titles:

(oral presentation)

Summer Research Program

Where:

Mentor: TBA

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • Affiliated MARC Scholar: 2014

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: Ayse Muniz

Student: Ayse Muniz
Mentor:   Jeffrey Brinker, PhD

About me: Ayse is working on evaluating the potential of protocells as a platform for targeted in vivo delivery of nucleic acids for gene therapy applications.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: Coming Soon

Poster/ Presentation Titles

:“Development of Targeted Mesoporous Silica Supported Lipid Bilayer Nanoaparticles for
Nuceic Acid Delivery,” 2015 SACNAS National Conferences, Washington, D.C., October
2015.

“Production of 3,4-­dihydroxybutyric acid and dihydroxyacid-­containing PHA polymers
from engineered E. coli,” MIT Summer Research Program Poster Session,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, August 2015.
“Production of dihydroxyacids and dihydroxyacid-­containing PHA polymers from
engineered E. coli,” MARC Colloquium, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM,
August 2015.

“Development of Targeted Mesoporous Silica Supported Lipid Bilayer Nanoaparticles for
Nucleic Acid Delivery,” 25th Annual Biology Symposium, The University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM, April 2015.

“Development of Targeted Mesoporous Silica Supported Lipid Bilayer Nanoaparticles for
Nucleic Acid Delivery,” 2014 SACNAS National Conferences, Los Angeles, CA, October
2014.

“Development of Targeted Mesoporous Silica Supported Lipid Bilayer Nanoaparticles for
Nucleic Acid Delivery,” Biology Symposium, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
NM, August 2014.

“Isolation of GaSb Membranes by Substrate Removal of GaAs for Future Application to
Thin-­Film Solar Cells,” Research Experience for Undergraduates Talk, The Center for
High Technology Materials, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, June 2013,
December 2013, and April 2014.

“Isolation of GaSb Membranes by Substrate Removal of GaAs for Future Application to
Thin-­Film Solar Cells,” Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology Engineering
Research Center Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tucson, AZ, August 2013.

Summer Research Program: MIT Center for High Technology Materials. Mentor: Kristala Prather, PhD
Assisted in developing and conducting two research projects modifying pathways in E. coli for production of
various compounds.

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers Scholar JUNE 2014-­PRESENT
  • National Hispanic Scholarship SEPT 2011-­PRESENT
  • MIT Summer Research Program Scholar JUNE 2015-­AUG 2015
  • Arthur Friedman Scholarship AUG 2015
  • 2015 SACNAS National Conference Travel Award JULY 2015
  • Manuel A. Piño Scholarship AUG 2014
  • 2014 SACNAS National Conference Travel Award JULY 2014
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates AUG 2013-­MAY 2014
  • Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology MAY 2013-­AUG 2013
    Engineering Research Center Student

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Student: Amalia Parra
Mentor:  
Charles Cunningham, PhD

About me: Coming Soon

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: Coming Soon

Poster/ Presentation Titles: Coming Soon

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors: Coming Soon

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Amber Trujillo

Student: Amber Trujillo    
Mentor:      Osbjorn Pearson, Ph.D.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: SACNAS 2014

Poster/ Presentation Titles: Coming soon

Summer Research Program: University of Florida, CA Pound Human Identification Laboratory. Mentor: Michael Warren, PhD

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors:

  • MARC Scholar: 2014
  • Honorable Mention in the Poster category at the University of New Mexico’s 2011 Research Day
  • Deans List for eight consecutive semesters
  • National Honor Society

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Student: Jordan Weisend   
Mentor:  
Angela Wandinger-Ness, PhD.

Conferences or Scientific Meetings Attended: Coming Soon

Poster/ Presentation Titles: coming soon

Summer Research Program: Coming Soon

Awards, Recognitions, & Honors: Coming Soon

  • MARC Scholar, May 2015
  • SACNAS Travel Scholarship 2015

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