U-RISE Fall 2015: Where are they now?
Jon is a biology major in the plant biology option. He's from the Scranton area, PA and looks great in a suit. Currently, Jon is between labs, but he is interested in researching food security and ways to improve or conserve crop yields. He's a great listener and also is not afraid to cry a little. Jon frequently mentions that he plays several different instruments (but not all at the same time).
Taylor is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Global Health. She plans to attend medical school to pursue her MD and MPH. At Penn State, Taylor is involved with GlobeMed, Global Medical Brigades, URS, and on-campus research. Taylor's experiences abroad have spurred a desire to improve the quality of life for all people and she hopes to improve global healthcare through service and research.
Amanda is a first year Millennium Scholar majoring in biomedical engineering. She currently works in Dr. Patrick Drew’s neural engineering lab, which investigates the development and control of the ‘infrastructure’ of the brain. Amanda's project involves the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in mouse brains, specifically focusing on understanding how the cribriform plate controls CSF flow to the olfactory nerves
Agustey is currently a freshman from Hershey, PA, the sweetest place on Earth. He hopes to major in Biomedical Engineering with plans of pursuing an MD or possibly an MD-PhD. Agustey is currently working in a biochemistry lab under Dr. Frank Pugh in the Center for Eukaryotic Gene Regulation. In his free time, he loves dancing Bhangra, a traditional, but very energetic Indian folk dance, and is actively involved on the Penn State team.
Julia is a freshman Millennium Scholar majoring in biomedical engineering. She is currently working in Dr. Melissa Rolls' molecular biology lab, which investigates neuron degeneration and regeneration and the polarity in microtubules in neurons. Julia's project is to investigate if a certain phototoxic dye can be used to induce the disintegration of dendrites within neurons. This will allow for the conduction of higher throughput screens to identify genes required for regeneration in the lab.
Joash is from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. He hopes to some day become a physician-scientist and conduct research on antibiotic resistance and preventing this phenomenon. Currently, Joash conducts research with Dr. Andrew Read and post-doc Johanna Ohm, who investigate how diet influences the life span and fitness of mosquitos.
Jessica is a Veterinary/Biomedical Sciences major at Penn State who is hoping to apply for veterinary school after graduating. She has been assisting on the research project of Megan Schilling, a graduate student helping to run U-RISE. Jess also feels that she has grown to enjoy and appreciate research more thanks to the program, and says that she would recommend it to anyone interested.
Laura is a first year Schreyer scholar at Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing a Biology major with a Neuroscience focus. Currently, she is working in Dr. Jegla's lab finding a post synaptic marker in sea anemone neurons. She loves going home and seeing her golden retriever as well as her foot long Pleco.
Maddie is a biochemistry major and currently works in the lab of Dr. Melissa Rolls. Her project focuses on the effects of certain proteins on the localization of gamma-tubulin and microtubule nucleation at dendritic branch points in the neurons of drosophila. Maddie is also a Millennium Scholar and an aspiring M.D./Ph.D. student. Non-research-y things she enjoys doing are IM soccer and watching more movies/T.V. shows than she has time for.
Ricardo is currently a freshman intending to major in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently in a nanotechnology lab under professor Mauricio Terrones working on applications of nano-scale physics. Back home in Brazil, Ricardo has two parrots and two dogs. His lizard Fred was also a part of the family until disloyally escaping through the backyard. He enjoys reading, used to play tennis and now occasionally goes snowboarding.
Gabriel is majoring Biochemistry and Neuroscience. He currently works in Dr. Gong Chen’s lab in the Penn State Neuroscience Department. Participating in Dr. Lei Zhang’s project, he is looking at the benefits of reprogramming reactive astrocytes to functional neurons in vivo. Gabriel considers the brain to be the most fascinating part of our body, as it dictates who we are and what we do.
Victor is a freshman from Folcroft, PA who is an intended Biomedical Engineering major here at Penn State. One day he plans to work extensively on artificial organ development and prosthetic design. Outside of science and engineering, Victor occupies his time by eating, playing fifa, rapping (spitting hot fire) and socializing with his friends. Victor currently works in Dr. Huanyu Cheng's lab that focuses on wearable electronics.
Catherine is from East Greenwich, RI and currently a first year Penn Stater pursuing a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is in Dr. Schmitt's Virology Lab, which focuses on the assembly and budding of paramyxoviruses. Catherine is game for any ping pong challenge, loves the Pink Panther movies, and recommends the chocolate-almond-fudge Clif bars.