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CLIMB-HI Scholars

The CLIMB Program at UB works closely with many exceptional students that conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines. Find out more about the CLIMB Scholars below (organized by the year they entered the program).

2014

Femi Adesina
Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
Rohan Bhimani A Neuroscience PhD students in Dr. Jinwoo Park's lab group
Taylor Ferguson
A member of Dr. Kemper Lewis's group in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Grant Glatfelter A PhD student in Dr. Margarita Dubocovich's lab group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Joshua Gordon A MD/PhD student in Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende's research group
Marion Grant
Chemistry Department
John Huck A PhD student in Dr. Dan Gewirth's lab group in the Department of Structural Biology
Richard Jin
A MD/PhD student in Dr. Elizabeth Wohlfert's research group in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Natalie Lamb
A PhD student in Dr. Jennifer Surtee's lab group in the Department of Biochemistry
Keisha Lewter A Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Jun-Xu Li's lab group
Jennifer Martin A PhD student in Dr. David Dietz's lab group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Kylie Molinaro A PhD student in Dr. Matthew Bolton's research group in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department
Akinsola Oyelakin
A PhD student in Dr. Rose-Anne Romano's lab group in the Department of Oral Biology
Jessie Polanco Garcia A Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Fraser Sim's lab group
Vivian Rodriguez Cruz
A PhD student in Dr. Marilyn Morris's lab group in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
Spencer Rosario
A PhD student in Leigh Ellis's research group in the Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics Department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elizabeth Schiavoni A PhD student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department
Randall Shearer A PhD student in the Biochemistry Department
George Techiryan
A MD/PhD student in Dr. John Canty's research group.
Ali Trujillo A PhD student in Dr. Caroline Bass's lab group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Raquel Velazquez
A PhD student in Dr. Matthew Bonner's research group in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
Nadav Weinstock
A MD/PhD student in Dr. Laura Feltri's lab group

2013

2013 CLIMB PhD students. From left to right (front row): Laurie Grieshober, Emily Brooks, Angela Ruscitto, Efrem Kifle; (back row) Glen Walton, Kerri Pryce, and Nick Ramos.

Amaris Borges-Munoz
A PhD student in Luis Colon's lab group in the Department of Chemistry
Tom Duignan A PhD student in the Department of Chemistry
Angela Gocher A PhD student in Art Edelman's group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Laurie Grieshober

A PhD student in Dr. Heather Ochs-Balcom's research group in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Sushmitha Gururaj
A student in Arin Bhattacharjee's lab group in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department
Efrem Kifle A PhD student in Zhen Yan's lab group in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Melisa Medina Rivera A PhD student working with Mark Sutton and Jennifer Surtees in the Department of Biochemistry
Kerri Pryce A student in Arin Bhattacharjee's lab group in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department
Nicholas Ramos A PhD student in the Medicinal Chemistry program
Angela Ruscitto A PhD student in Dr. Ashu Sharma's lab group in the Oral Biology Department
Danielle Tomasello A PhD student in the Neuroscience Program working in Arin Bhattacharjee's lab group
Gail Travis A PhD student in Paras Prasad's group in the Department of Chemistry
Glen Walton Employed at Genentech

2012

The 2012 CLIMB PhD Students: (Left to Right) Anthony Jones, Diara Santiago Gonzalez, Guizella Rocabado, Luis De Jesus Baez, Tommy Corrielus, and Emmanuel Yawson.

Tommy Corrielus A student in the PharmD program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
 
Luis De Jesus Baez A member of Sarbajit Banerjee's lab group (now at Texas A&M University)  
Anthony Jones A PhD student in Margarita Dubocovich's lab group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
 
Guizella Rocabado Earned a MS degree from the Department of Chemistry  
Diara Santiago Gonzalez A member of Pablo Paez's lab group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
 
Kevin Shen A member of Jun Qu's lab group in the Department of Biochemistry  
Emmanuel Yawson A PhD student in Dr. Raj Rajnarayanan's lab group in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department
 

2011

Kirstie Cummings PhD Student, Biochemistry, UB  
Dorothy Kamina PhD Student, Microbiology and Immunology, UB
 
Xiaomeng Shen PhD Student, Biochemistry, UB  
Han Yu Biostatistics, UB  
Yunyi Zhou    

2010

Jia Cheng Postdoctoral Associate at Rockefeller University
 
Robert Costa Molecular Biologist at ZeptoMetrix Corporation
 
Lara Duffney Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University Medical Center  
Hong Guo M.S. Student in Computer Science at Columbia University
 
Changyi Ji PhD Student, Biomedical Science, UB
 
Tadeusz Kaczynski Neuroscience, UB
 
Jiabei Liu
PhD Student, Pharmacology and Toxicology, UB
 
Benjamin Orlando PhD Student, Structural Biology, UB
 
David Thorn
Staff Fellow at Federal Drug Administration (FDA)  
Jing Wang Received PhD, Pharmacology and Toxicology, UB  
Xue Yuan PhD Student, Oral Biology
 
Jessica Zourelias    

2009

Ekue Bright Adamah-Biassi

PhD in Pharmacology (2014)
Regulatory Advisor at SI Group, Schenectady, NY

Katelyn Carr Rappold

PhD, Neuroscience Program

Advisor: Dr. Leonard H. Epstein, Division of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Shannon Clough

 PhD, Neuroscience (2015)

Advisor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Alice Crane

MD/PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2012)
Urology Resident at Cleveland Clinic

Jay Garaycochea PhD in Neuroscience (2014)
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Rochester Medical Center
Wei Luo PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (2014)
Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Pittsburgh
Alexander Morrison-Nozik PhD in Pharmacology (2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University
Bethany Rankin Asare PhD in Pharmacology (2015)
Bo Zhou PhD in Biochemistry (2015)
Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine