IMSD@UB Students

Current Students

Nahyr Lopez

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor:  Luis Colón, PhD, Professor

Elise Glickert

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, Cedarville University

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Steven Diver

Joseph Lucas

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biochemistry, Western Illinois University

Graduate Degree: MS in Biology, Western Illinois University

Degree Program: PhD student (Biomedical Sciences)

Juliany Marrero Vega

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Industrial Chemistry, minor in Forensic Sciences, Internation American University of Peurto Rico

Graduate Degree: Pharmacology and Toxicology, University at Buffalo

Degree Program: PhD student (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

John Davis

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Washington University

Graduate Degree: MS in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control, University of the District of Columbia

Degree Program:  PhD student (Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

Research Interests:  Imaging techniques, nanoparticles, drug delivery

Martin Garnero

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Chemistry, University of North Florida

Degree Program:  PhD Student (Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor: Luis Colón, PhD, Professor

Steven Lewis

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Biochemistry and Sociology, Nazareth College

Degree Program:  PhD student (Biomedical Sciences)

Research Interests:  Psychopharmacology

Rasheen Powell

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Pharmacology and Toxicology and BA in Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Degree Program:  PhD student (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Skyler Resendez

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, SUNY Plattsburgh

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

Faculty Mentor: Omer Gokcumen, PhD, Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: Evolutionary Biology

Thesis project title: TBD

Mohamed Sharif

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

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

Faculty Mentor: Yungki Park, PhD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Biochemistry

Thesis project title: TBD

Norma Zamora

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino

Degree Program: PhD student (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Faculty Mentor: Pablo Paez, PhD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Ion channel kinetics and structure regulation on glial cells

Thesis project title: Voltage-dated Calcium Entry Regulation on Astrocyte Function and Glial-Glial/Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Myelin Repair

Lakeisha Lewter

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, Morgan State University

Degree Program: PhD student  (Neuroscience)

Faculty Mentor: Jun-Xu Li, PhD,  Associate Professor

Research Interest: Behavioral pharmacology: pain and addiction research

Thesis project title: Behavioral effects of subtype-selective GABAA receptor positive allosteric modulators

Jennifer Martin

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, St. John Fisher College

Degree Program: PhD student (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Faculty Mentor: David Dietz, PhD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Neuro-pharmacology and behavioral pharmacology

Thesis project title: Drug Induced Plasticity

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

Jessie Polanco Garcia

Undergraduate Degree: BSc in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Neuroscience)

Faculty Mentor: Fraser Sim, PhD, Associate Professor

Thesis project title: Muscarinic Receptor Modulation of Human Myelination.

Spencer Rosario

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Psychology and Zoology, Miami University

Graduate Degree: MS in Tumor Biology, Georgetown University

Degree Program: PhD student (Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

Faculty Mentor: Dominic Smiraglia, PhD, Associate Professor

Thesis project title: Emerging Compensatory Pathways for Resistance to Dual Metabolic Pathway Inhibitors in Prostate Cancer

Memberships/Organizations: AACR, CLIMB, HENAAC

Amaris C. Borges Muñoz

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

Degree Program: PhD candidate (Department of Chemistry)

Faculty Mentor: Luis Colón, PhD, A. Conger Goodyear Chair Professor

Research Interests: Stationary phase separation techniques

Thesis project title: Development and Evaluation of New Stationary Phases for Chromatographic Separations

Melissa Medina Rivera

Undergraduate Degree: BS in General Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

Degree Program: PhD candidate (Department of Biochemistry)

Faculty Mentor(s): Mark Sutton, PhD, ProfessorJennifer Surtees, PhD, Associate Professor

Thesis project title: Regulation of Mismatch Repair Proteins on Pathways Containing 5’ Flap DNA Intermediates

Kerri Pryce

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biological Science, CUNY Medgar Evers College

Degree Program: PhD candidate (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Faculty Mentor: Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD, Associate Professor

Thesis project title: The Regulation of the Sodium Activated Potassium Channels Slick (Kcnt 2) and Slack By MAGI-1 (Kcnt 1)

Anthony Jones

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biological Sciences, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Graduate Degree: MS in Pharmacology, The State University of New York at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division

Degree Program: PhD candidate (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Faculty Mentor(s): Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished ProfessorRajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: The role of possible environmental modulators that may target melatonin receptors

Thesis project title: Testing the ability of Carbaryl to alter melatonin receptor mediated processes

Emmanuel Yawson

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Biochemistry, Rowan University

Degree Program: PhD candidate (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Faculty Mentor: Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, Assistant Professor

Thesis project title: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) inhibitors as novel anticancer cancer agents to combat triple negative breast cancer cells

Alumni

Tommy Corrielus

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, Northeastern University

Graduate Degree: MA in Microbiology and Immunology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current position:PharmD student candidate, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health

Pharmacy Technician, CVS

Nicholas Ramos

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Chemistry, College of Mount Saint Vincent

Thesis Project Title: Chalcogen substituted porphyrins

Current Position: Lab Technician, Pepsico

Guizella Rocabado

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology and Chemistry, Southern Utah University

Graduate Degree: MA in Chemistry, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Thesis Project Title: Stabilization of G-quadruplex Structures by Tetraurea Macrocycles

Current Position: PhD student, Chemical Education, University of South Florida

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of South Florida

Glen Walton

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, San Francisco State University

Thesis Project Title: Examination of ATF3 function & isoforms in macrophages

Current Position: Customer Service Specialist, Genentech