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Astronomy/Physics

Alexis Romero: B.S. Physics
Year Completed MARC: 2016
MARC Mentor: Dr. Fridolin Weber
Summer Research Experience: MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP), MIT
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Physics, UC Irvine

Carolina Galindo: B.S. Astronomy & B.A. German
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Fridolin Weber
Summer Research Experience: The Institute of Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Oahu, HI
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Physics, City University of New York

Van Nguyen: M.S. Physics, Columbia University
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Calvin Johnson
Summer Research Experience: University of Washington & Los Alamos National Lab
Current Status: Sign language teacher

Eric Vazquez: Ph.D. Physics, Columbia University
Year Completed MARC: 2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Frey & Dr. Douglas Grotjhan
Summer Research Experience: Drs. Terry Frey & Doug Grotjhan, SDSU
Current Status: Manager, Analytics at American Express

Juan J. Martinez: B.S. Physics
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Patrick Papin & Dr. Saul Oseroff
Current Status: Scientist, Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, CA

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Biology

Mirae Dong: B.S. Microbiology
Year Completed MARC: 2016
MARC Mentor: Dr. Kelly Doran
Summer Research Experience: Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS), UCLA
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences, University of Chicago

Alterra Sanchez: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC: 2015
MARC Mentor: Dr. Kevin Hovel
Summer Research Experience: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Current Status: Ph.D. program in Environmental Chemistry, Univ of Maryland, College Park

Carlo Quintanilla: B.S. Biology & B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ricardo Zayas & Dr. Susan Brasser
Summer Research Experience: Boston University, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences, UT Southwestern

Phillip Silva: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Thomas & Dr. Chitra Mandyan
Summer Research Experience: Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Current status: Ph.D. student, Neurobiology & Behavior, Univ. of Washington

Ellese Carmona: B.S. Microbiology
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor : Dr. Kelly Doran
Summer Research Experience: Harvard Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

Raul Ramos: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Sanford Bernstein
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Cell & Molecular Biosciences, UC Irvine

Esteban Vazquez-Hidalgo: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC:
2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Current status: Ph.D. student, Computational Science, SDSU/Claremont Graduate School Joint Doctoral Program

Allen Washington, Jr.: B.S. Biology & B.A. Japanese
Year Completed MARC:
2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Thomas Huxford & Dr. Kathleen McGuire
Summer Research Experience: University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Current status: Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences, UCSD

Ashton Regalado-Magdos: M.D., UCSF
Year Completed MARC: 2010
MARC Mentor: Dr. Roland Wolkowics
Summer Research Experience: Harvard Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)
Current Status: Residency, General Surgery, University Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV; then to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for Radiology

Michael Valdez: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC: 2010
MARC Mentor: Dr. Roland Wolkowicz
Summer Research Experience: Stanford Summer Research Program-Amgen (SSRP-Amgen)
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona

Gloria Felix: M.D., American University of the Caribbean
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Jaques Perrault

Irene Hale: B.S. Biology & B.S. Applied Mathematics
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Walt Oechel & Dr. David Lipson
Summer Research Experience: University of Colorado Boulder & at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA

Lynelle Garnica Guerrero:  M.P.H., SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Summer Research Experience: UC Riverside
Current Status: Environmental Health Specialist, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, Food and Housing Division

Richard Virgen: Ph.D. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UC Irvine
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. Jacques Perrault
Summer Research Experience: Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UC Irvine
Current Status: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunity and Pathogenesis, Sanford-Burnham Research Institute

Patrick Avila: M.D., Stanford University
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Chris Glembotski & Dr. Darrel Meollendorf
Summer Research Experience:  UCSD & Harvard University
Current Status: Resident Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

April Weissmiller: Ph.D. Neurosciences, UCSD
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. John Love & Dr. Greg Lemke
Summer Research Experience: MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) & the Harvard Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)
Current Status: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Robert McDonald: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC:
2006
MARC Mentor: Dr. Constantine Tsoukas
Summer Research Experience: The Scripps Research Institute
Current Status: Medical student, Wake Forest School of Medicine

David Mejia: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Robert Pozos, Dr. Karen May-Newman & Dr. M. Vuscovich

Rodrigo Rodriguez: Ph.D. Chemistry, Scripps Research institute
Year Completed MARC: 2006
MARC Mentor: Dr. Shelli McAlpine
Current Status: Research Investigator, Medicinal Chemist at GNF-Novartis

Rodney Gabriel: M.D., UCSF
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Mikael Bergdan, Dr. Jacques Perrault, Dr. Eng Tan & Dr. Michael Pollard
Summer Research Experience:  Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Resident Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Yessenia Ibarra: Ph.D. Neurosciences – Neurobiology, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ann Feeney, Dr. Peter Schultz & Dr. Marc Mercola
Summer Research Experience: The MIT  Whitehead Institute
Current Status:  Laboratory Subject Matter Expert, Centers for Disease Control

Cheryl Olonan: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC:
2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. John Love
Current Status: Medical Student, UC Irvine

Patricia Castillo: Ph.D. Immunology, UC Davis
Year Completed MARC:
2004
MARC Mentor: Dr. Chris Glembotski & Dr. Kathleen McGuire
Current Status: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medical Microbiology & Immunology Department, UC Davis

Rosette Fernandez: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC: 2004
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Current Status: Researcher, Centers for Disease Control

Krystal Smelter: M.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 2004
MARC Mentor: Dr. Constantine Tsoukas & Dr. Ann Feeney
Summer Research Experience: The Scripps Research Institute
Current Status: Research Assistant, Pharmaceutical Research &Development, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla, CA

Mahasin Abdullah: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC:
2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Current Status: Medical Student, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Mexico

Amparo Sembrano: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC:
2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Frey

Khanichi Tape: Ph.D. Biology Sciences in Public Health, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC:
2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Skaidrite Krisans
Summer Research Experience: Ghana, Africa through the MIRT Program
Current Status: Science Instructor, Marlborough School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA

Shawna Caudillo: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC:
2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Current Status: Training Supervisor & Compliance Officer, National Genetics Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Brenda Salumbides: M.S. Biotechnology, John Hopkins University
Year Completed MARC:
2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Skaidrite Krisans & Juan Pozos
Summer Research Experience: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill & UCSD
Current Status: Research Associate, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Lateefah Spires: Ed.M., UCSD
Year Completed MARC:
2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Pamina Gorbach & Dr. Colmar Figueroa-Moseley
Current Status: Science Instructor, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Orange County, CA

Timothy Thompson: B.S. Biology
Year Completed MARC: 2002
MARC Mentor: Ana Navarro
Current Status: Manager, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Felizza Quinones: Ph.D. Biological Sciences, UCSD
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul Paolini & Dr. Anca Segall
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Francisco
Current Status: Technical Application Scientist, Illumina, San Diego, CA

Joaquin Valenzuela: 
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ann Feeny

Samantha Blessing:
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini & Dr. Judith Zynskind

Kristian Brown: M.D., UCSD; Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini & Greg Harris
Summer Research Experience: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Current Status: Transplant surgeon, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA

Alan Martinez: M.D., UCLA
Year Completed MARC:
2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ed Riley
Summer Research Experience: The Scripps Research Institute
Current Status: Medical Associate, Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, Princeton, NJ

Alina Montalbano: Ph.D. Immunology, UT Southwestern
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Summer Research Experience: The Scripps Research Institute
Current Status: Postdoctoral Researcher, Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Suzanne Graham: Ph.D. Evolutionary Genetics, University of Washington
Year Completed MARC: 1999
MARC Mentor: Dr. Susan Williams
Summer Research Experience: Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole Research Center, MA
Current Status: Marine Biologist, Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, CA

Victoria Love: Ph.D. Immunology, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 1999
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ann Feeney
Current Status: Medical Writer, ScienceMedia, LLC, San Diego, CA

Daniel Robledo: B.S. Biology – Ecology
Year Completed MARC:
1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. Michael Allen
Current Status: Quality Assurance & Regulatory Assurance Manager, Diazyme Labs, San Diego, CA

Geanncarlo Lugo: Ph.D. Immunology, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 1997
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ann Feeney
Current Status: First Grade Researcher, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale (IPBS), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Universite de Toulouse, France

Monica Peterson: M.D. Psychiatry, St. Louis University
Year Completed MARC: 1997
MARC Mentor: Dr. Judith Zyskind & Dr. Phil Langlias
Summer Research Experience: Stanford University & Uganda, East Africa through the MIRT CUNY Program
Current Status: Staff Psychologist, Riverside County Department of Mental Health

John Tolli: Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/MIT
Year Completed MARC: 1997
MARC Mentor: Dr. Greg Harris
Summer Research Experience: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/MIT & Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Current Status: Professor, School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

Barbara Crisostomo: B.S. Biology – Environmental Health
Year Completed MARC:
1996
MARC Mentor: Dr. Ann Feeny

John Molina: M.B.A. Business Administration, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 1995
MARC Mentor: Dr. Greg Harris
Summer Research Experience: University of Pennsylvania
MARC Experience: The University of Pennsylvania

Carlo Quinonez: Ph.D. Biology, California Institute of Technology
Year Completed MARC: 1995
MARC Mentor: Dr. Claire Murphy
Current Status: Director of Research, FATHOM, Oakland/Seattle

Claudia Figueroa: Ph.D. Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan
Year Completed MARC: 1994
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini, Dr. Greg Harris & Dr. Steve Barlow
Current Status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan

Apollo Baytan: B.S. Biology – Cellular & Molecular
Year Completed MARC:
1993
MARC Mentor: Dr. S. Clouse, Dr. K. Johnson & Dr. Kathleen McGuire
Summer Research Experience: The University of Rochester
Current Status: Scientist, Research & Development Analytical Group, Quidel Corp., San Diego, CA

Maurice Bell: M.D., UCSF
Year Completed MARC: 1992
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Current Status: Internal Medicine, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA

Terry Hall: M.S. Nursing
Year Completed MARC: 1992
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul J. Paolini
Current Status: Nurse Practitioner, Sutherland Cardiology Clinic, Germantown, TN

Raphael Allende: M.D., Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 1991
MARC Mentor: Dr. Chris Glembotski & Dr. Carol Barnett
Summer Research Experience: Harvard University
Current Status: Neurological Surgery, The Neurohealth Sciences Center, Sanford, FL

Maria Avilez: M.D., University of Iowa
Year Completed MARC:
1991
MARC Mentor: Dr. Carol Barnett & Chris Glembotski
Summer Research Experience:  University of California, San Francisco
Current Status: Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

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Chemistry/Biochemistry

Babgen Manookian: B.S. Chemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2016
MARC Mentor: Dr. Andrew Cooksy & Thomas Cole
Summer Research Experience: Collaborative Undergraduate Research in Energy (CURE) REU Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Physical Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Carlos Nowotny: B.S. Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2016
MARC Mentor: Dr. Tom Huxford
Summer Research Experience: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP), The Heart, Lung & Blood Pre-MSTP
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Tetrad program, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Gerardo Soriano: B.S. Chemical Physics
Year Completed MARC: 2015
MARC Mentor: Dr. Andrew Cooksy
Summer Research Experience: Duke University, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, UCSD

Linda Honaker: B.S. Chemistry – Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. William Tong & Dr. T0m Huxford
Summer Research Experience: Harvard University Molecular & Cell Biology Department
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Molecules, Cells & Organisms, Harvard University

Mercedes Quintana: B.S. Chemistry – Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Mark Sussman & Dr. Peter van der Geer
Summer Research Experience: University of Texas Southwestern
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Basic Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern

Greg Solis: B.S. Chemistry – Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Christopher Harrison
MARC Experience: University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Chemical Physiology, Kellog School of Science and Technology, Scripps Research Institute

Octavio Romo Fewell: B.S. Chemistry – Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Mikael Bergdahl & Dr. John Love
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Director of Research and Development, MEDEVISE, Tijuana, BCN, Mexico

Olivia Osher: B.S. Chemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. William Tong

Maricela Puga: B.S. Chemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor:  Dr. Diane Smith
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) Program

Roberto Tostado: B.S. Chemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Charles Perrin
Summer Research Experience: California Institute of Technology Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) Program
Current Status: High School Teacher

Juan Galvan: M.B.A. Business Administration, National University
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Shelli McAlpine & Dr. Hong-Chang Liang
Current Status: Vice President of Commercial Services, North Island Credit Union, San Diego, CA

Jose Guillen: D.D.S., University of the Pacific
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Shelli McAlpine
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Private practice, Las Vegas, NV

Cesar Contreras: Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Florida
Year Completed MARC: 2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Andrew Cooksy
Current Status: Teaching chemistry, Miramar College, San Diego, CA

Genaro Hernandez: M.S. Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University
Year Completed MARC: 2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. Doug Grotjhan & Dr. John Love
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Computational Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Michelle Inzunza: B.S. Chemistry – Biochemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Karen May-Newman
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Clinical Educator, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

Michael Davis: Ph.D. Biochemistry  & Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia and J.D., University of Maryland
Year Completed MARC: 1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. Tom Cole & Dr. Stephen Dahms
Current Status: Technology Development Specialist, NIH National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), Office of Technology Transfer and Development

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Engineering

Kent Kurashima: B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Year Completed MARC: 2015
MARC Mentor: Dr. Fletcher Miller
Summer Research Experience: University of Colorado, Boulder, Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Francisco Candido: B.S. Aerospace Engineering
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Satchi Venkataraman
Summer Research Experience: Harvard University Joint REU programs in Bioengineering, Scientific Computing and Materials and Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

Jose Navarro: M.S. Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr, Nagy Nosseir & Dr. Fletcher Miller
Summer Research Experience: Cornell University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Program (CU LSAMP-R)
Current Status: M.S. Student, Computational Science, SDSU

Ismael Reveles: M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Nagy Nosseir & Dr. Karen May-Newman
Summer Research Experience: Cornell University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Program (CU LSAMP-R)
Current Status: Mechanical Engineer, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Phoenix, Arizona

Matthew San Pedro: M.S. Aerospace Engineering, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dean Stanley Maloy, Dr. Gerardo Perez & Dr. Chris Glembotski
Summer Research Experience: UCSD, Amgen Scholars Program

Cecilia Larrosa: Ph.D. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Satchi Venkataraman & Dr. Mark Sussman
Summer Research Experience: NASA Langley Aerospace Center
Current Status: Adjunct Professor, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, & Associate Consultant, Exponent Inc., Menlo Park, CA

Sonia Arteaga: Ph.D. Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
Year Completed MARC: 2006
MARC Mentor: Dr. Marie Roch
Summer Research Experience: University of California, Berkeley & University of Central Florida Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Current Status: Tenured track Computer Science Faculty, Hartnell Community College

Samuel Jimenez: B.S. Bioengineering
Year Completed MARC: 2006
MARC Mentor: Dr. Kay May-Newman

Roberto Gonzalez:
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Roberto Pozos

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Public Health

Sarah Fredrickson: B.S. Health Science – Public Health
Year Completed MARC: 2010
MARC Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Brodine
Summer Research Experience: Summer Clinical & Translational Research Program (SCTRP)
Current Status: M.P.H. student, SDSU

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Mathematics/Computer Science

Ismael Perez: M.S. Electrical Engineering, CSU Los Angeles
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Peter Saloman
Summer Research Experience: The Sandia National Laboratory
Current Status: Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Annalinda Arroyo: M.S. Mathematics, Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Peter Salamon
Current Status: Mathematics Instructor, School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

Edward Steven Jimenez: Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona
Year Completed MARC: 2004
MARC Mentor: Dr. Peter Salamon
Current Status: Principal Research & Development Scientist, Software Systems Research & Development, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Sam Polk: B.S. Applied Mathematics
Year Completed MARC: 1995
MARC Mentor: Dr. Joseph Mahaffy
Current Status: On Site Consultant, Hewlett-Packard, San Diego, CA

Sirintorn Clay: M.S. Computer Science, University of Colorado
Year Completed MARC: 1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. Robert Pozos & Dr. Roman Swiniarski
Summer Research Experience: University of Minnesota
Current Status: Software Developer, Northrop Grumman Corp., Colorado

Silvia Kimura-Yabuta: B.S. Computer Science
Year Completed MARC: 1994
MARC Mentor: Dr. Robert Pozos

 

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Psychology

Charles Moreno: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2016
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul Gilbert
Summer Research Experience: NIH Training in Gerontechnology Focused Summer Undergraduate Research (GSUR), Washington State University
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida

Carl Bolano: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. V. Robin Weersing
Summer Research Experience: Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Public Health Associate, Centers of Disease Control, Los Angeles, CA

Cecilia Bess: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2013
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Summer Research Experience: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Alejandra Morlett: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2012
MARC Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff
Summer Research Experience: Yale Medical School & National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Health Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Nancy Calderon: M.P.H., UCLA
Year Completed MARC: 2010
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan &  Dr. Joe Price
Summer Research Experience: University of Michigan
Current Status: Program Manager, NIH Diversity Program Consortium, Los Angeles, CA

Ellesse Akre: M.A. Women’s Health, Suffolk University
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Audrey Hokoda & Dr. Emilio Ulloa
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Francisco
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Health Services, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Lacy Olson: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, Tellahassee
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Guido Frank
Summer Research Experience: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign & the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis
Current Status: Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego Veteran Administration Hospital, La Jolla, CA

Isabel Altarejos: M.P.H., Behavioral Science & Health Promotion, University of Illinois, Chicago
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff & Dr. Hope Landrine
MARC Experience: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Current Status: Fullbright English Teaching Assistant, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan, Morocco

Trinh Luu: M.A. Psychology, New York University
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul Gilbert
Current Status: Research Coordinator, Brentwood Biomedical Research Institute/VA, Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Systems, Los Angeles, CA

Jaden Kasthuri: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Masters in Public Health student, SDSU

Allissa Marquez: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Jean Twenge
Current Status: Sex Offender Psychologist, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Marion, Illinois

Yavette Vaden: M.Ed., Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 2007
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan & Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff
Summer Research Experience: Purdue University
Current Status: Research Analyst, Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C

Marc Emerson: M.P.H. – Epidemiology, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 2006
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne & Dr. Georgia Sadler
Summer Research Experience: John Hopkins University
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Betty Joe Crawford: M.A., Atheletic Counseling, Springfield College
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Dennis Saccuzzo & Dr. Scott Roesch
Current Status: Ed.D. student, Counseling Psychology, Argosy University

Connie Meza: M.A., Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
Year Completed MARC: 2005
MARC Mentor: Dr. Roberto Velazquez & Dr. Maria Andujo-Harager
Summer Research Experience: University of Arizona
Current Status: Quality Improvement Manager, Magellan Health Services, San Diego, CA

Jose Cruz: EdM, Risk & Prevention Adolescence, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 2004
MARC Mentor: Dr. Thierry Devos
Current Status: Executive Director, Barrio Logan College Institute, San Diego, CA

Jason Daniel: Ph.D., Public Health – Behavioral Science, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Mel Hovell
Current Status: Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Assistant Research Scientist/Adjunct Lecturer, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Principal Investigator for a study on occupational health advisors using community-based participatory research approach, and Co-Investigator for a study on evaluation of four sites utilizing empirically based programs to reduce STD and HIV infection among African American and Latino communities

James A. Martinez: Ed.D., Health & Behavioral Studies, Columbia University
Year Completed MARC: 2003
MARC Mentor: Dr. Colmar Figueroa-Moseley & Dr. Claire Murphy
Summer Research Experience: University of California, Irvine
Current Status: Health Analytics Specialist, Center for Strategy and Innovation, Community Health Development, Loma Linda, CA; Epidemiologist, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program, Alhambra, CA

Lavonda Mickens: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, Mercy
Year Completed MARC: 2002
MARC Mentor: Dr. John Elder
Current Status: Assistant Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus, Los Angeles, CA; Therapist Consultant at Avalon Malibu, Malibu, CA

Keyondria Bunch: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, USC
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Current Status: Clinical Psychologist, Department of Mental Health, Greater Los Angeles, CA

Tricia Hall: M.P.H., Behavioral Science & Health Education, Emory University
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Cindy Corey
Summer Research Experience: University of Michigan, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Current Status: Project Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, Atlanta, GA

Valita Jones: Ed.D., Educational Leadership, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Roberto Velazquez
Current Status: Adjunct Professor, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA; Program Manager, Center for Investigations of Health and Education Disparities (CIHED), University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Shameika Logan: M.S.W., Mental Health, USC & Ed.M., Risk and Prevention, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne & Dr. Jeff Bryson
Summer Research Experience: University of Michigan and Harvard
Current Status: Clinical Director, The Ark Family Counseling Center, Inc., Decatur, GA

Kelly Silva: Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Alliant International University
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Claire Murphy
Current Status: Sr. Organization Development Specialist, Starwood Vacation Group

Sinead Younge: Ph.D., Community Psychology & Urban Affairs, Michigan State University
Year Completed MARC: 2000
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan, Dr. Claire Murphy, Dr. Roberto Velazquez, Dr. JoAnn Cornwell & Dr. Desiree Byrd
Summer Research Experience: Prague, Czech Republic through a MIRT Predoctoral Fellowship
Current Status: Associate Professor of Psychology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Senaida Fernandez: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program
Year Completed MARC: 1999
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Current Status: Program Officer, Community Initiatives and Public Health Sciences, California Breast Cancer Research Program, University of California, Office of the President, Oakland, CA

Blanca Canez: M.P.H., Health Promotion, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan & Dr. James Sallis
Summer Research Experience: Family & Preventive Medicine, UCSD
Current Status: Family Treehouse Project, a family resource center

Rene Carreno: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. James Sallis

LaShanda Jones: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Virginia Commonwealth
Year Completed MARC: 1998
MARC Mentor: Dr. James Sallis
Current Status: Instructor and Clinical Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and has her Private Practice, Lancaster, CA

Daphne Dionisio: Ph.D., Biological Psychopathology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Year Completed MARC: 1997
MARC Mentor: Dr. Al Hillix & Dr. Greg Harris
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Assistant Professor, tenured track, Glendale Community College

Gustavo Martinez: M.S., Counseling, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 1997
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan

Leticia Acosta:
Year Completed MARC: 1994
MARC Mentor: Dr. Claire Murphy

Trenekia Denson: M.S., Counseling, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 1996
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan & Dr. Claire Murphy
Current Status: Travel Agent

La Shon Fralin: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 1996
MARC Mentor: Dr. Donna Thal
Summer Research Experience: Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Office Assistant, SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership, La Jolla, CA

Silvia Bigatti: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, SDSU/UCSD
Year Completed MARC: 1995
MARC Mentor: Dr. Joe Price, Dr. Jerome Sattler & Dr. Terry Cronan
Current Status: Associate Professor, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN

Lottie Chase: M.S.W., UC Berkeley
Year Completed MARC: 1995
MARC Mentor: Dr. Judy Reilly & Dr. Jose Price
Summer Research Experience: Vanderbilt University & UC Riverside

Desiree Byrd: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program
Year Completed MARC: 1994
MARC Mentor: Dr. Robert McGivern
Summer Research Experience: UCSD & the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Current Status: Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York

Patricia Cantero: Ph.D., Preventive Medicine, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program
Year Completed MARC: 1994
MARC Mentor: Dr. Georg Matt
Summer Research Experience: UCSD & Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Director of Evaluation, Latino Health Access (a non-profit organization serving the Latino community), Santa Ana, CA

Rosa Arriaga: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Harvard University
Year Completed MARC: 1993
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan & Dr. L. Fenson
Summer Research Experience: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current Status: Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist, and Director of Pediatrics Research, Health Systems Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Idalia Canez: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program
Year Completed MARC: 1993
MARC Mentor: Dr. D. Saccuzzo, Dr. A. Litrownik & Dr. Robert McGivern
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Owner, San Diego Women’s Psychological Services, La Mesa, CA

Alicia Garcia: M.A., Education Counseling, SDSU
Year Completed MARC: 1993
MARC Mentor: Dr. Claire Murphy & Dr. Robert McGivern
Summer Research Experience: The University of Rochester

Chanda Mobley: DrPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of Alabama Birmingham
Year Completed MARC: 1993
MARC Mentor: Dr. Terry Cronan & Dr. Joe Price
Summer Research Experience: University of California, Berkeley
Current Status: Scientific Section Administrator, National Medical Association, Internal Medicine Section, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Washington, D.C.; Founder and Maternal & Child Health Specialist at Health Aims for Little Ones (HALO) and Families, San Diego, CA; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (on line courses), and Associate Faculty, Ashford University, Clinton, IA (on line courses)

Barbara McPherson: M.S.W., UC Berkeley; J.D., University of Pacific McGeorge Law School
Year Completed MARC: 1992
MARC Mentor: Dr. A. Litrownik
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Diego
Current Status: Working for a non-profit organization, Stockton, CA

Christi Cervantes: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
Year Completed MARC: 1991
MARC Mentor: Dr. Georg Matt & Dr. J. Reilly
Current Status: Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Child Development, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Cheryl Cheeks: B.A. Psychology
Year Completed MARC: 1991
MARC Mentor: Dr. Judy Reilly & Dr. Claire Murphy
Summer Research Experience: University of California, Riverside

Roger Gallegos: Ph.D., Neuroscience, Princeton University
Year Completed MARC: 1990
MARC Mentor: Dr. S. Barron & Dr. Ed Riley
Summer Research Experience: National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS)
Current Status: Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA; Adjunct Instructor, Mesa and Miramar College, San Diego, CA

Suzanne Mendoza: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, UCSD
Year Completed MARC: 1990
MARC Mentor: Dr. Judy Reilly
Current Status: Manager, Marketing Research – Statistician, the Automobile Club of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA

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