2011 Graduates

2011 Graduates

Gabrielle Armijo

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: UC San Diego, Human Development
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Antonio De Maio
  • Project Title: How Acute Phase Proteins Affect the Outcome of Sepsis

Soumaya Bader

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: Baylor University, Biology
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Hemal Patel
  • Project Title: Role of Caveolin Isoforms in C. Elegans Mitochondrial Function and Membrane Fluidity

Allegra Condiotte

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: Dartmouth College, Projected- Biology Modified with Anthropology
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Antonio De Maio
  • Project Title: Scavenger Receptors and the Outcome of Sepsis

Victoria Diaz

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: University of Texas at San Antonio, Biology
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Toshitaka Yajima
  • Project Title: Generation of the Plasmid that Can Express Replication-Defective, Double Stranded Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) RNA in Cultured Cells

Daisy Irra

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Biology and Chemistry with tracks in Biomedical Emphasis
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Ju Chen
  • Project Title: Understanding the Role of Nesprin 1 and Nesprin 2 in the Heart

Lauren McHenry

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: UCSD, Physiology and Neurosciene
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Rolf Bodmer
  • Project Title: Nitric Oxide Signaling in the Drosophila Heart

Malcolm Moise

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: Xavier University of Louisiana, Biology 
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Neil Chi
  • Project Title: Localization and Potential Role of UBIAD1 in Human Heart Tissue

Edson Mwakyanjala

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: Florida State University, Biological Science
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Chris Glass
  • Project Title: IncRNA Regulation of Inflammatory Responses 

Javier Otero

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Pre-Med
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Farah Sheikh
  • Project Title: A Novel Desmoplakin-CSN6 Interaction: Possible Role in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy

Laura Padilla-Carrasquillo

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Biology
  • Research Mentor: Dr. David Roth
  • Project Title: Inhibitory G-Protein Stimulation Enhances the Formation of Caveolae

Alexander Rand

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: Dartmouth College, Biology & English
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Ross
  • Project Title: The Effect of Altered Caveolin-3 Levels on Integrin β1 Expression in the Murine Cardiomyocyte

Eliseo Rivas

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: UCSD, Biochemistry
  • Research Mentor: Dr. JoAnn Trejo
  • Project Title:The Role of Rab11b in PAR1 Trafficking

Amy Taylor

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: UCSD, Biology: Physiology & Neuroscience
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Nicole Purcell
  • Project Title: Inhibition of PHLPP and the Effects on Akt Phosphorylation

Alejandro Vargas

  • Undergraduate Institution & Major: University of Notre Dame, Biological Science  
  • Research Mentor: Dr. Francisco Villarreal
  • Project Title: Inhibition of MMPs with Pro-Drug Hydroxypyridinone Inhibitor in Ex Vivo Physiological Model Confers Cardio-Protection Upon Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury