IMSD@UB Students

Current Students

2021 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

Portrait of Jennifer Sosa.

Jennifer Sosa  

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, State University of New York at Buffalo 

Master's Degree: M.S. in Neuroscience, State University of New York at Buffalo 

Degree Program: PhD student in Biomedical Sciences 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Margarita Dubocovich, SUNY Distinguished Professor 

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Danelly Rodriguez

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychology, City University at New York, Hunter College

Degree Program: PhD student Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katarzyna Kordas, Assoicate Professor 

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Faye Raymond 

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychological Sciences, California State University, San Marcos 

Master's Degree: M.S. in Neuroscience, Brandeis Univesity 

Degree Program: PhD student Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Margarita Dubocovich, SUNY Distinguished Professor 

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Alec Pitter

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Chemistry, State University at New York at Buffalo

Degree Program: PhD student Chemistry

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Janet Morrow, UB Distinguished Professor and Dr. Martin Trebbin, Assistant Professor 

    

2020 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

Verenice Ascenio Gutierrez.

Verenice Ascenio Gutierrez

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Long Beach

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Behavoiral Neuroscience, Deparment of Psychology)

Faculty Mentor: Ann-Marie Torregrossa, PhD, Assistant Profesor

Jordan Johnson.

Jordan Johnson

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Molecular Genetics, State University of New York at Fredonia

Master's Degree: M.S. in Biology, State University of New York at Fredonia

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering)

Faculty Mentor: Barbara Rita Alevriadou, PhD, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor

Schuyler Lawson.

Schuyler Lawson

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Master's Degree: M.A. in Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Community Health and Health Behavior)

Faculty Mentor: Gregory Homish, PhD, Professor and Chair

Hayron Leyva Rodriguez.

Dayron Leyva Rodriguez

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biology, Niagara University

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

Deschana Washington.

Deschana Washington

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology

Degree Program: PhD student (Cancer Sciences, Roswell Park Comphrehensive Cancer Center)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

 

2019 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

Kiana Bynum.

Kiana Bynum

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biology, Morgan State University

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Jason Kay, PhD, Associate Profesor

Nicholas Clark.

Nicholas Clark

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biotechnology, Florida Gulf Coast University

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Michael Malkowski, PhD, Professor

 

Mauricio Flores.

Mauricio Flores

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, California State University, Riverside

Degree Program: PhD student (Cancer Sciences, Roswell Park Comphrehensive Cancer Center)

Faculty Mentor: David Goodrich, PhD, Professor

Denisha Robinson

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Degree Program: PhD student (Cancer Sciences, Roswell Park Comphrehensive Cancer Center)

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Repasky, PhD, Professor

2018 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

Melany Garcia.

Melany Garcia

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Health Sciences, California State University, Long Beach

Degree Program: PhD student (Cancer Sciences, Roswell Park Comphrehensive Cancer Center)

Faculty Mentor: Elisa Rodriguez, PhD, Assistant Professor

Sofia Tchir.

Sophia Tchir

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biological Sciences, Florida International Univeristy

Degree Program: PhD student (Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Gabriela Popescu, PhD, Professor

 

Roy Cineus.

Roy Cineus

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor: Janet Morrow, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor

Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong.

Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Communications, African University College of Communications, Ghana

Graduate Degrees: M.A. in Communication and Development, Ohio University and MPH, Ohio University

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Community and Health Behavior)

Faculty Mentor: Heather Orom, PhD, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor

2017 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Nahyr Lopez

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor:  Luis Colón, PhD, Professor

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Elise Glickert

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, Cedarville University

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor:  Steven Diver, PhD, Professor

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Joseph Lucas

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biochemistry, Western Illinois University

Graduate Degree: MS in Biology, Western Illinois University

Degree Program: PhD student (Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Wohlfert, PhD, Assistant Professor

2016 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Steven Lewis

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Biochemistry and Sociology, Nazareth College

Degree Program:  PhD student (Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Scott Doyle, PhD, Assistant Professor 

Thesis Project: Development of automated segmentation and machine learning algorithms with CT for human variation, pathological, therapeutic analytics and AR technology applications for the improvement of gross anatomy education/understanding

2015 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Mohamed Sharif

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology & Chemistry, D’Youville College

Degree Program: PhD student (PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: James Bangs, PhD, Grant T. Fisher Professor and Chair

Research Interests: Biochemistry

Thesis project title: Elucidating the Role of COPII Machinery in the Early Secretory Pathway of African Trypanosomes

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Jerry Cartagena Brigantty

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Degree Program: PhD student (Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor: Luis Velarde, PhD, Assistant Professor

Thesis Project: Interaction of Carbamate Insecticides with Silica using Surface-Selective Spectroscopy

 

2014 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

Portrait of Akinsola Oyelakin.

Akinsola Oyelakin

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biochemistry, Babcock University (Nigeria)

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Oral Biology)

Faculty Mentor: Rose-Anne Romano, PhD, Assistant Professor

Thesis project title: Determining The Role of p63 in the Development and progression of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma