IMSD@UB Students

Current Students

2022 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Deanna Williams

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biology, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC 

Master's Degree: M.S. in Biology, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL 

Degree Program: PhD student in Biological Sciences 

Faculty Mentor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

Jazmin Corral

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

Degree Program: PhD student in Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

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Jonathan Navarro

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Environmental Technology, University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, PR 

Degree Program: PhD student in Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

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Kamila Nixon

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 

Master's Degree: M.A. in Psychology, LIU Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 

Degree Program: PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience-Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

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Michael Atwater

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, Howard University, Washington D.C 

Degree Program: PhD student in Cancer Sciences, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Faculty Mentor: Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

2021 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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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: Satrajit Sinha, PhD

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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: Katarzyna Kordas, PhD

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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: Gabriela Popescu, PhD

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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: Janet Morrow, PhD and Martin Trebbin, PhD 

    

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Donald Petit

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: Gabriela Popescu, PhD

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

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

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

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: Michelle Visser, PhD

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

Alumni

2017 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Juliany Marrero Vega

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

Graduate Degree: MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Qualiaty Assurance Specialist, Care/of

2016 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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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

MS in Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Laboratory Supervisor, Georgetown University Medical Center

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Rasheen Powell

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

Graduate Degree:  PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston Children's Hospital

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Martin Garnero

Undergraduate Degree:  BS in Chemistry, University of North Florida

Gradaute Degree: MS in Chemistry, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Quality Control Chemist at Kelly Services, Suffolk, VA

2015 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Norma Zamora

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

Graduate Degree: PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Laboratory Assistant, San Bernardino County Public Health Laboratory

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Skyler Resendez

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, SUNY Plattsburgh

Degree Program: PhD  in Biological Sciences, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests: Evolutionary Biology

 

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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

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

 

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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

Research Interests: Biochemistry

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

2014 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Jennifer Martin

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

Graduate Degree: PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests: Neuropharmacology and behavioral pharmacology

Current Position: Scientist III, Cell Biology R&D, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Jessie Polanco Garcia

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

Degree Program: PhD in Pharamcology and Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests: Neuropharmacology and behavioral pharmacology

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Spencer Rosario

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Psychology and Zoology, Miami University

Graduate Degree: PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, The State University of New York at Buffalo

MS in Tumor Biology, Georgetown University

Research Interests: Biomedical Infromatics and Data Science

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Lakeisha Lewter

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, Morgan State University

Graduate Degree: PhD in Neuroscience, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interest: Behavioral pharmacology: pain and addiction research

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duquesne University

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Akinsola Oyelakin

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

Degree Program: PhD student (Department of Oral Biology)

Faculty Mentor: Rose-Anne Romano, PhD

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

2013 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Melisa Medina Rivera

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

Graduate Degree: PhD in Biochemistry, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Amaris Borges-Munoz.

Amaris C. Borges Muñoz

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

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

Current Position: Research Investigator II, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Kerri Pryce

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

Graduate Degree: PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai Health System

IMSD Student.

Glen Walton

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, San Francisco State University

Current Position: Customer Service Specialist, Genentech

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Nicholas Ramos

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

Current Position: Radiochemist, NYU Langone Health

2012 Cohort of IMSD Scholars

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Anthony Jones

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

Graduate Degrees: PhD in Nueroscience, The State University of New York at Buffalo

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

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University at Buffalo

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Emmanuel Yawson

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Biochemistry, Rowan University

Gradaute Degree: PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, The State University of New York at Buffalo 

Current Position: Clinical Research Associate, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

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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

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

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of South Florida

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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