2010 SOLAR Alumni

Name Undergraduate Institution Host lab at UNC Project Title Where are they now?

Mayrim Bernard-Vega


University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. J Victor Garcia Nef Oligomerizaiton A year after her summer in the SOLAR program, Mayrim transferred to UNC to study Biology.  She plans to graduate in May 2013.

Leonardo Del Valle Rodriguez


University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. Virginia Miller The role of the Myf fimbriae in Yersinia enterocolitica pathogenesis

Fredmarie Oyola Perez


University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena A recent non-synonymous change has a deleterious effect on male fertility

Carlos Pagan


University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. Terry Magnuson Reactivation of the Inactive X-Chromosome occurs in the Presence of Xist Coating Carlos is in his last semester at UPR-Cayey and will be graduating in May 2012. He was admitted into the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Cambus-School of Medicine, and will be starting medical school in August.

Raisa Jones


Morgan State University
Kristi Richards, PhD, MD Determing the Methylation Status of ASNS Gene in Human Lymphoma Raisa is a postbac trainee in the Theraputics for Rare and Neglected Disease (TRND) Biology Lab, which is a part of the National Human Genome Research Institute.  She will soon be applying to MD/PhD programs.

Jessica Bradford


Morgan State University
Dr. P. Kay Lund Imaging of Intestinal Tumor and Inflammation lesions by Activatable Molecular Probes

Clea Moore


Oakwood University
Dr. Eric Donaldson Characterizing Viral Genomes in Bats: The Possible Reservoir Species for Human Pathogens

Kelcie Alexander


Oakwood University
Ron Swanstrom Validation of a real-time PCR assay to determine prevalence of a new retrovirus in the human population Kelcie is a Junior in 2011-2012 studying Biomedical Science at Oakwood University. In summer 2012 she plans on taking the MCAT as well as applying to medical school.

Greximar Mercado


Fayetteville State University
Dr. Ryan Miller siRNA-mediated Inhibition of GAPDH and Cyclophilin B Protein Expression in a Genetically-engineered Mouse Cell line

Shante Hinton


Elizabeth City State University
Dr. Donita Robinson The Effects of Keppra (levetiracetam) on Dopamine Translents int he Nucleus Accumbens of Awake Rats Shante graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Currently, she is a first-semester graduate student for the M.S. program in Chemistry at North Caroina Central University with a concentration in biochemistry. She will train at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC during the summer of 2012 for the USDA Kannapolis Scholar Fellowship Program.

Glasher Shealey


Elizabeth City State University
Bill Coleman Model for Studying Epigenetic Memory of Hypermethylator Breast Cancer Cell Lines Glasher graduated from Elizabeth City State University in December 2011 with honors. She is currently living in Winston-Salem and working as a science teacher at the Middle College at GTCC High Point. She will attend graduate school starting in  summer 2012 to pursue a Master's Degree in Science Education.

Sanlin Robinson


University of Virgin Islands
Matt Redinbo Kingella kingae PilC2 May Contain Two Functionally relevant Calcium-Binding Sites Sanlin is a first year PhD candidate in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, working under Professor Lynden Archer. She graduated with honors from the University of the Virgin Islands, in May 2011, with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Since becoming a Cornellian, she has been interested in developing highly conductive thin film polymer electrolytes for use in Li-ion batteries.

Nicole Fleming


University of Virgin Islands
Jacobsen Fungipod Formation by Dendritic Cells Depends on Ligand Particle Size