Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Doran
Mirae Dong was appointed as a MARC fellow September 2014. Her major is Cell and Molecular Biology, and she is conducting research under the direction of Dr. Kelly Doran at the Viral Pathogenesis Lab. Mirae will be working with the coxsackievirus and their effects on cardiac progenitor cells. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to enter a doctoral program in microbiology or stem cell biology.
PROJECT TITLE: Characterization of Bacterial Intracellular Survival in the Brain Endothelium
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Cooksy
Babgen Manookian was appointed as a MARC fellow July 2014. His major is Chemistry with a minor in Physics. He is currently conducting research in Dr. Andrew Cooksy’s Computational Chemistry Lab. focusing on the use of computational methods to analyze vibrational dynamics of molecular systems and observe change in molecular structure. Babgen plans to apply to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry. He also wants to start a career in a place where he can teach and conduct research. One of his goals is to share what he has learned with people from different parts of the world.
PROJECT TITLE: Molecular Modeling and Vibrational Analysis of the Alkyne-Vinylidene Isomerization on a Heterocyclic Ruthenium Catalyst
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Gilbert
Charles Moreno was appointed as a MARC fellow June 2014. He is a former Marine and his major is Psychology with a minor in Statistics. He is conducting research under the direction of Dr. Paul Gilbert at the Center for Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Research. His project is designed to assess differences in cognitive abilities based on sexual orientation. Individuals identifying as gay, lesbian and straight will complete a battery of standardized neuropsychological tests to assess various cognitive domains. In addition, he is a mentor for the SDSU Psychology Mentoring Outreach and Education (PsyMORE) Program designed to help students progress through college via mentorship, guidance and education. Charles also volunteers as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate (DVVA) at the Center of Community Solutions, a non-profit organization and resource for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ultimately, he will be applying to Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology focused on human sexuality and/or neuropsychology.
PROJECT TITLE: Assessing Cognitive Differences Based on Sexuality
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tom Huxford
Carlos Nowotney was appointed as a MARC fellow September 2014. His major is Biochemistry with a minor in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is currently conducting research in Dr. Tom Huxford’s Structural Biochemistry lab. Carlos participated in the NIH funded Creating Scientists to Address Cancer Disparities program at UCSD, where in Dr. Percy Russell’s lab, he researched the inhibitory properties of the glycolytic protein Phosphofructokinase-1. Also for two summers he participated in the UT Southwestern SURF program where he researched periodic paralysis in the Electrophysiology lab of Dr. Stephen C. Cannon. Carlos is a proud alumnus of SDSU’s Bridges to the Future Program and plans to apply to M.D./Ph.D. programs with the goal of treating and researching neurodegenerative diseases.
PROJECT TITLE: The Relationship between NF-kB and its Inhibitor IkB-zeta Studied via Site Specific Chemoenzymatic Biojunjugation of IkB-zeta and GFP
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fridolin Weber
Alexis Romero was appointed as a MARC fellow June 2014. Her major is Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She is currently conducting research in the Computational Physics Research Lab, under the direction of Dr. Fridolin Weber. Her most recent research project is focused on the study of non-spherical stellar models of compact stars. Alexis plans to continue her scientific career by pursuing a Ph.D. in physics with an emphasis in astrophysics. Her future research includes theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. Alexis is also interested in computational physics. She plans to continue developing her skills as a physicist, a mathematician, and as a computer programmer, and to successfully combine them in her future research projects.
PROJECT TITLE: Non-Spherical Models of Compact Stars