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Astronomy/Physics

Grant Varnau: B.S. Physics
Year Completed MARC: 2017
MARC Mentor:William Tong
Summer Research Experience: Texas A&M and Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Chemical Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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, Irvine, CA

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

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: M.S. Student, Physics, SDSU & 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, Chicago, IL

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. student, Environmental Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

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, Dallas, TX

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, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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, Cambridge, MA

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, Irvine, CA

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, San Diego, CA

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, La Jolla, CA

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

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, Tucson, AZ

Gloria Felix: M.D., American University of the Caribbean
Year Completed MARC: 2009
MARC Mentor: Dr. Jaques Perrault
Current Status: Resident Physician, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA

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
Current Status: Fido’s Following, Owner, San Diego, CA

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, San Diego, CA

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, La Jolla, CA

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, Nashville, TN

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, Winston-Salem, NC

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, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), San Diego, CA

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: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

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: Public Health Advisor/Project Officer, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

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: Senior Research Associate, 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, Riverside, CA

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, Philadelphia, PA

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, CA

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, Ann Arbor, MI

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 Surgeon, 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, AZ

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Chemistry/Biochemistry

Eric Gonzalez: B.S. Chemistry
Year Completed MARC: 2017
MARC Mentor: Dr. Christal Sohl
Summer Research Experience: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

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, Amherst, MA

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, Minneapolis, MN
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Tetrad program, UCSF, 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, La Jolla, CA

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, Cambridge, MA

Mercedes Quintana: M.S. Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology)
Year Completed MARC: 2014
MARC Mentor: Dr. Mark Sussman & Dr. Peter van der Geer
Summer Research Experience: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

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, La Jolla, CA

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: Chemistry Teacher, Social Justice Humanitas Academy, San Fernando Valley, CA

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: Dentistry 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: Chemistry Lecturer, 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

Alexandra Mallory: B.S. Aerospace Engineering
Year Completed MARC: 2017
MARC Mentor: Dr. Satchi Venkataraman
Summer Research Experience: SURF Program, Purdue University
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

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
Current Status: Advanced Mechanical Engineer, Achates Power, Inc.

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, and 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, and Engineering Computer Science, 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: Staff Psychologist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – Telemental Health Clinic

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: Behavioral Health Researcher, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA

Trinh Luu: M.A. Psychology, New York University
Year Completed MARC: 2008
MARC Mentor: Dr. Paul Gilbert
Current Status: Project Coordinator, Children’s Hospital, 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

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 and 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: Associate Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus, Los Angeles, CA and Psychologist, Private Practice, Los Angeles, CA

Keyondria Bunch: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, USC
Year Completed MARC: 2001
MARC Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Malcarne
Current Status: Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Institute, 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 and 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: Senior 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: Chair, Office of Health Sciences, Morehouse College, and 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 Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor, 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, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA

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 Neurology & Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University

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: Senior Research Scientist at the School of Interactive Computing, and Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 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: UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Current Status: San Diego Women’s Psychological Services, Private Practice, 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, Berkeley, CA
Current Status: Founder/Health Services Specialist, Healthy Aims for Little Ones and Families (HALO for Families), Fleming Island, FL; Scientific Section Administrator, National Medical Association, Internal Medicine Section; Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Washington, D.C.; Adjunct Faculty, College of Health, Human Services, and Science, Ashford Online University, San Diego, CA, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Science, Nova Southeastern Online University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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: UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Current Status: Law Clerk,  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, Riverside, CA

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 and Adjunct Instructor, Mesa and Miramar Colleges, 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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