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).

2019

Kiana Bynum PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Denisha Robinson PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nicholas Clark PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Mauricio Flores PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Obe Joseph PhD student in the Industrial Enginneering porgram
Destiny Diaz PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Adam Brinkman PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Alexander Caradori PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Amanda Anderson PhD student in the Nursing program
Caitlin Nolan PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Haley Parker PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christopher Handelmann PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
James Cooper MD/PhD student in the Neuroscience program
Dietta Chihade PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Emily Carroll PhD student in the Biological Sciences program
Emily Ivey PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Jonathan Perri PhD student in the Pharmacuetical Sciences program
Katherine Crawford PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kimberly Adams PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program
Molly Martin PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Morgan Redington PhD student in the Chemistry program
Roopa Ravichandar PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Shaina Rosenblum PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Tatiane da Silva Fernandes PhD student in the the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Essi Tchalla PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Megan Conrow MD/PhD student in the Neuroscience program

2018

Gloria Aidoo-Fimpong A PhD student in the Community Health & Behavior program
Roy Cineus A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Sophia Tchir A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Melanie Garcia A PhD student in the the Cancer Prevention program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Katie Sortino A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Lauren Mabe Wishnie A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Nadine Husami A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Natalie Anselmi A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Sydney Herring A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Haley Parker A PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Lorin Miller A PhD student in the Biostatistics program
Lars Paulson A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Kelsey Sommer A PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program
Brandon Salazar A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Brandon Breeman A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Christina Kasprzak A PhD student in the Community Health & Behavior program
Jaclyn Masci A PhD student in the Community Health & Behavior program
Paige Sheridan A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Prerna Pant A PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program
Sankar Narayanasamy A PhD student in the Chemistry department
Natalie Smith A PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program

2017

Elise Glickert PhD student in Dr. Steven Diver's lab in the Chemistry Department
Nahyr Lopez Dauphin PhD student in Dr. Luis Colon's lab in the Chemistry Department
Juliany Marrero Vega Quality Assurance Specialist at Care/of
Joseph Lucas PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program
Jamal Williams PhD student in Dr. Zhen Yan's lab in the Neuroscience program
Ty Santiago PhD student in Dr, Luis Velarde's lab in the Chemistry Department
Thomas Straubinger PhD student in Dr. Robert Bies's lab in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program
Lauren Shepard PhD student in Dr. Ciprian Ionita's lab in the Biomedical Engineering program
Mathew Wysocki PhD student in Dr. Jack Tseng's lab in the Pathology & Anatomical Sciences Departmenr
Abigail Cornwell PhD student in Dr. Michael Feigin's lab in the Molecular Pharmacology & Cancer Therapeutics program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sarah Chamberlain PhD student in Dr. Gal Shafirstein's lab the Biophysics program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ashley Stenzel PhD student in Dr. Kirsten Moysich's lab in the Cancer Prevention and Control program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Natalie Jay PhD student in Dr. Fernado Estrada's lab in the Biochemistry program
Brittany Taylor In the job market
Bowen Dong PhD student in the Cancer Sciences program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

2016

John Davis

MS in Cancer Molecular pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics (2019)

Laboratory Technician at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Martin Garnero

MS in Chemistry (2019)

Quality Control Chemist at Kelly Services

Steven Lewis PhD student in Dr. Scott Doyle's lab in the Pathology & Anatomical Sciences Department
Rasheen Powell PhD student in Dr. Arin Bhattacharjee's lab in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Department
Shuhang Dai PhD student in Dr. Arthur Edelman's lab in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Department
Misol Kwon PhD student in Dr. Suzanne S Dickerson's lab in the Nursing program
Xiao Xiao Zhang PhD student in Dr. Ding Xu's lab in the Oral Biology program
Sailee Rasam PhD student in Dr. Xiuqan Mu's lab in the Oral Biology program
Roksana Azad  PhD student in Biochemistry at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Jun Hui Yeoh

MS in Chemistry (2018)

Research Associate at Rang Technologies, Inc   

Bharani Muppavarapu PhD student in Molecular pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics program
Sanam Sahjram Dharma PhD student in Molecular pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics program

2015

Jerry Cartagena PhD student in Dr. Luis Verlade's lab in the Chemistry Department
Mohamed Shariff PhD student in Dr. Yungi Park's lab in the Biomedical Sciences program
Skyler Resendez PhD student in Dr. Omer Gokcumen's lab in the Biological Sciences Department
Norma Zamora PhD in Pharmacology (2019)
Kyle Delgado PhD student in Dr. Steve Diver's lab in the Chemistry Department
Carolina Rojas Pion PhD student in Dr. Lois Weis' group in Educational Leadership & Policy Department
Ogechi Ogoke PhD student in Dr. Gang Wu's lab in Chemical & Biological Engineering Department
Lauren Rodriguez PhD student in Dr. Jennifer Read's lab in the Psychology Department
Paige Daniels PhD student in Dr. Jay Bangs' lab in the Biomedical Sciences program
Taylor Glausen PhD student in Dr. Ira Blader's lab in the Biomedical Sciences program
Lauren Johengen

MS in Biochemistry (2017)

Laboratory Technician at UES, Inc

Elise Martin PhD student in Dr. Mark Ehrensberger's lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department
Emily Sekera PhD student in Dr. Troy Woods' lab in the Chemistry Department
Margaret Doerzbacher PhD student in Dr. Deborah Raines' group in the Nursing program
Abigail Snyder PhD student in Dr. Joseph Gardella's lab in the Chemistry Department
Yichen Li PhD student in Dr. Y. Eugene Yu's research group in the Cellular-Molecular Biology Program at Roswell Park Comphrehensive Cancer Center
Jena Walcyzk PhD student in Dr. Beth Pflug's research group in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Cancer Therapeutics at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

2014

Femi Adesina

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2015)

Staff Pharmacist at ABC Drugs

Rohan Bhimani Neuroscience PhD students in Dr. Jinwoo Park's lab group
Taylor Ferguson

MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2015)

Product Development Engineer at Fisher Price

Grant Glatfelter

PhD in Pharmacology (2019)

Postdoctroal Fellow at National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Joshua Gordon

MD/PhD in Epidemiology

M4 year of Medical School at University at Buffalo

Marion Grant
Chemistry Department
John Huck PhD student in Dr. Dan Gewirth's lab group in the Department of Structural Biology
Richard Jin

MD/PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

M4 year of Medical School at University at Buffalo

Natalie Lamb
PhD student in Dr. Jennifer Surtee's lab group in the Department of Biochemistry
Keisha Lewter

PhD in Neuroscience (2019)  

Postdoctoral Fellow at Duquesne University

Jennifer Martin

PhD in Pharmacology (2019) 

Postdoctoral Fellow at University at Buffalo 

Kylie Molinaro

PhD Student in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Human Factors Engineer at Johns Hopkins University  

Akinsola Oyelakin
PhD student in Dr. Rose-Anne Romano's lab group in the Department of Oral Biology
Jessie Polanco Garcia Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Fraser Sim's lab group
Vivian Rodriguez Cruz
PhD student in Dr. Marilyn Morris's lab group in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
Spencer Rosario
PhD student in Leigh Ellis's research group in the Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics Department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
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Randall Shearer

Student in Pharmacy Program 

University at Buffalo

George Techiryan

MD/PhD in Pharmacology

M3 year of Medical School at University at Buffalo

Ali Trujillo

PhD in Pharmacology (2019)

Empire State Fellow

Raquel Velazquez

PhD in Epidemiology (2017)

Predoctoral Fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Nadav Weinstock

MD/PhD in Neuroscience

M3 year of Medical School at University at Buffalo

2013

Photo of 2013 CLIMB PhD student.

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

PhD in Analytical Chemistry (2018)

Research Investigator II, Bristol-Myers Squib

Tom Duignan

PhD in Theoretical Chemistry (2019)

Data Scientist at a financial firm

Angela Gocher

PhD in Pharmacology (2017)

Postdoctoral Associate at University of Pittsburgh

Laurie Grieshober

PhD in Epidemiology and Environmental Health (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah

Sushmitha Gururaj

PhD in Pharmacology (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Memory & Aging Center, University of California San Francisco

Efrem Kifle MS student working with Marilyn Morris in the Department of Pharmacuetical Sciences
Melisa Medina Rivera

PhD in Biochemistry (2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University 

Kerri Pryce

PhD in Pharmacology (2018) 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

Nicholas Ramos Radiochemist at NYU Langone Health 
Angela Ruscitto

PhD in Oral Biology (2017)

Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia College of Dental Medicine

Danielle Tomasello

PhD in Neuroscience (2017)

Postdoctoral Researcher at Whitehead Institute

Gail Travis PhD student in Paras Prasad's group in the Department of Chemistry
Glen Walton Customer Service Specialist at Genetech

2012

Photo of 2012 CLIMB PhD students.

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

MS in Microbiology (2014)

Certified Pharmacy Technician at Boston Medical Center

 
Luis De Jesus Baez Member of Sarbajit Banerjee's lab group (now at Texas A&M University)  
Anthony Jones

PhD in Neuroscience (2019)

Postdoctoral Fellow at University at Buffalo 

 
Guizella Rocabado

MS in Chemistry (2014)

PhD student in Chemistry Education, University of South Florida 

 
Diara Santiago Gonzalez

PhD in Pharmacology (2017)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Hunter James Kelly Research Institute

 
Kevin Shen Member of Jun Qu's lab group in the Department of Biochemistry  
Emmanuel Yawson

PhD Student in Pharmacology (2019)

Clinical Research Associate at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

2011

Kirstie Cummings

PhD in Biochemistry (2016)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital

Anyango Kamina

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (2017)

iSEED Scientific Workforce Specialist at the University at Buffalo

Xiaomeng Shen

PhD in Biochemistry (2016)

Senior Scientist at Amgen

Han Yu

PhD in Biostatistics (2018)

Assistant Professor at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

2010

Jia Cheng

PhD in Neuroscience (2015)

Research Associate at Rockefeller University

 
Robert Costa

MS in Pharamology and Toxicology (2012)

Molecular Biologist at ZeptoMetrix Corporation

 
Lara Duffney

PhD in Neuroscience (2014)

Regulatory Scientist, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services

 
Hong Guo

MS in Bioinformatics (2013)

Senior Software Engineer, Facebook

 
Changyi Ji

PhD in Biochemistry (2016)

Postdoctoral fellow, New York University 

 
Tadeusz Kaczynski

PhD in Neuroscience (2016)

Postdoctoral Associate at Opthamology, UB

 
Jiabei Liu

PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2016)

Director US BD and Licensing at Chongqing Pharscin Pharmaceutical 

 
Benjamin Orlando

PhD in Structural Biology (2016)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biology, Harvard Medical School

 
David Thorn

PhD in Pharmacology (2014)

Staff Fellow at Federal Drug Administration (FDA)

 
Jing Wang

PhD in  Pharmacology (2016)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University

 
Xue Yuan

PhD in Oral Biology (2015)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University

 
Jessica Zourelias-Kosanovich

MS in Microbiology and Immunology (2014)

Research Technician, Department of Pharmacy & Therapeutics at University of Pittsburgh

 

2009

Ekue Bright Adamah-Biassi

PhD in Pharmacology (2014)
Lead Toxicologist, Arkema, King of Prussia, PA

Katelyn Carr Rappold

PhD in Neuroscience (2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University at Buffalo

Shannon Clough PhD, Neuroscience (2015)
Alice Crane

MD/PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (2014)
Urology Resident at Cleveland Clinic

Jay Garaycochea PhD in Neuroscience (2014)
Assistant Professor, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Wei Luo PhD in Microbiology and Immunology (2014)
Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University
Alexander Morrison-Nozik PhD in Pharmacology (2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University (2013-2015); MD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (2019); Anesthesiology Resident, University of Michigan (2019 – present)
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