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MARC Scholars

Criselda Dillague
(Second-year scholar)

Works with the genes controlled by the ExoS/ChvI two-component signal pathway of the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti in the laboratory of Dr. Esther Chen, Department of Biological Sciences. Constructing S. meliloti mutants and examining their phenotypes to investigate function of these genes.

Mansour Dughbaj
(Second-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Sacco in the Department of Biological Science investigating potential proteins that interact with the Polerovirus P0 protein in Nicotiana benthamiana and Nicotiana glutinosa using a yeast two hybrid system.

Amanda Iglesias
(Second-year scholar)

Works with Dr. Jennifer Trevitt in the Department of Psychology on how high-fat diets, high-sucrose diets, and physical activity impact decision making and anxiety in an animal model.

N. Carolina Mendoza
(Second-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Esther Chen in the Department of Biological Science studying how the ExoS/ChvI signaling pathway controls gene expression in Sinorhizobium meliloti, a nitrogen-fixing bacterium able to develop a symbiotic relationship with certain legumes.

Maedeh Mousavi
(Second-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Jessie Peissig in the Department of Psychology on the effects of eyelash fullness and length on the perception of facial attractiveness mediated by hormone levels.

Robert Jordan Ontiveros
(Second-year scholar)

Identification and characterization of the minimal functional form of the splicing regulator polypyrimidine tract binding protein 1 (PTBP1)in the laboratory of Dr. Niroshika Keppetipola, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Deshawn Sambrano
(Second-year scholar)

Studies the interactions between emotion and cognition in the laboratory of Dr. Iris Blandon-Gitlin in the Department of Psychology. More specifically, he looks at the effects of angry, sad, happy, neutral moods on information processing style, judgments, and decision-making.

Jessica Barragan
(First-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Iris Blandon-Gitlin in the Department of Psychology investigating how face recognition of previously-seen disguised faces is affected by identification procedure. 

Alexis Drain
(First-year scholar)

Works  in the laboratory of Dr. Jessie Peissig in the Department of Psychology studying the impact of eyebrows on facial recognition of unfamiliar faces.

Julia Ngo
(First-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Hope Johnson in the Department of Biological Science investigating how bacterial manganese (Mn) oxidizing proteins can oxidize Mn(II) to Mn(III)/Mn(IV), forming strong oxidants that can be potentially used for bioremediation.

Trini Nguyen
(First-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Professor Charles H. Lee in the Department of Mathematics developing a mathematical model that will help to detect dry-eye diseases.  The idea is to develop and implement computer codes that will validate the model with actual laboratory data that is gathered after rapidly bouncing light into the eye at different wavelengths and measure the reflectance.

Janice Reynaga
(First-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Niroshika Keppetipola in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to determine whether post-translational modifications affect the different splicing activities of the paralogous RNA binding proteins, Polypyrimidine Tract Binding Protein 1 and 2.

Isabel Serrano
(First-year scholar)

Works in the laboratory of Dr. Anael Verdugo in the Department of Mathematics analyzing and modeling evolutionary processes of macro elements through differential equations. Ideally, the algorithms identified can describe the long-term behavior of such processes and be generalized to explain the evolution of micro populations.

Past MARC Scholars

Graduating Class of 2016:

Nicholas Armada will enter a PhD program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2016. His MARC thesis research was competed in the laboratory of Dr. Peter de Lijser in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on intramolecular reactions of oxime and oxime ether radical cations with alkenes as nucleophiles.

Alyssa Bormann will begin her doctoral appointment in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2016. During her two-year appointment in the MARC Program, Alyssa worked in the laboratory of Dr. Math Cuajungco in the Department of Biological Science creating TRPML1 and TMEM163 knockout cell lines using CRISPR-Cas9 technology in order to study these proteins in relation to the cellular pathology observed in Mucolipidosis type IV disease.

Jacqueline Castro will enter a PhD program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall of 2016. While in the MARC Program, Jackie worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jessie Peissig in the Department of Psychology investigating how the race of the perceiver and those being perceived impacts the recognition of disguised faces.

Aneta Jelowicki will begin her doctoral appointment in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UC Santa Barbara in fall 2016. Her MARC thesis research was competed in the laboratory of Dr. Peter de Lijser in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with Dr. Nilay Patel in the Department of Biological Science. Aneta synthesized small organic molecules that were used in biochemical and biological assays to determine how the structure of the molecules affects cancer cell lines.

Miranda Petty will enter a PhD program in Cognition and Perception at the University of Washington in the fall of 2016. During her tenure in the MARC Program, Miranda worked with Dr. Iris Blandon-Gitlin in the Department of Psychology on the influence of moods and discrete emotions on the cognitive processes involved in evaluating deceptive messages.

Bianca Ruiz will begin her doctoral work in Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in the fall of 2016. While in the MARC Program, Bianca worked with Dr. Hope Johnson in the Department of Biological Science on the role of microbial Mn oxidation in Pseudomonas putida GB-1 through competition experiments with a microbe with a bacteriolytic secretion system.

Graduating Class of 2015:

Michael Ko entered the PhD program in the Department of Chemistry at Dartmouth College in the fall of 2015. He is completing his doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Katherine Mirica. There Michael studies the design and synthesis of conductive, responsive materials that will enable home-based, patient-centered electron wireless monitoring of small molecule biomarkers for chronic diseases. His MARC thesis research was competed in the laboratory of Dr. Peter de Lijser in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on mechanistic studies of reactive intermediates derived from o-alkenylaryl oximes and oxime ethers under photochemical conditions.

Sean Page has taken a leave of absence from academia in order to explore his future research career goals. While at Cal State Fullerton, Sean worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Trevitt in the Department of Psychology examining the benefits of vitamin D and physical exercise on cognitive and immunologic factors in an animal model of depression.

Carissa Romero began her doctoral appointment in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology at the University Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2015. She chose to do her dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Jacqueline Snow in the Department of Psychology and study object perception and decision making; specifically the analysis of the valuation of consumer goods based on caloric content and the presence of real life exemplars versus images. During her two-year appointment in the MARC Program, Carissa worked in the laboratory of Dr. Eriko Self in the Department of Psychology examining visual search performance in relation to competitiveness.

Joshua Silva entered the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP - -BD) Program at California State University, Los Angeles in September of 2015. He is working on his Master’s thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Nathan Lanning in the Department of Molecular and Developmental Biology. There Joshua studies regulatory targets of the cell growth trigger, mTOR, in both glioma and non-cancerous cell lines. As a MARC scholar, Josh worked in the laboratory of Dr. Math Cuajungco in the Department of Biological Science analyzing how point mutations in the Transient Receptor Potential Mucolipin-1 (TRPM-1) protein affected its ability to bind with a membrane protein interaction partner.

Jennifer Spencer entered a PhD program in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in August of 2015. She chose to do her dissertation under the co-mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Rico-Hesse and Dr. Jason Kimata in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology. Jennifer is studying the sexual transmission of Zika virus, including the urogenital tract tropism, viral pathogenesis mechanisms and entry receptors. During her tenure in the MARC Program, Jennifer worked in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Sacco in the Department of Biological Science investigating the defense responses of Nicotiana benthamiana to the 14-3-3 gene family using virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS).

Rebecca Vargas entered the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP - -BD) Program at California State University, Los Angeles in September of 2015. She chose to do her Master’s research in the laboratory of Dr. Xin Wen in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and investigate the influence of antifreeze proteins from cold-adapted beetles on the thermal inhibition of enzymes. Her MARC thesis research was completed in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Linder in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the identification and characterization of an additional copper uptake transporter in the membrane of cells that do not possess a copper transporter.

Graduating Class of 2014:

Katherina Chua
entered a PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics at UC San Francisco in the fall of 2014. After finishing several rotations, she chose to complete her dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Deanna Kroetz in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. There Kat is studying the genetic variation in an F-actin binding protein during neuronal development and response to injury. While in the MARC Program, Kat worked with Dr. Michael Bridges in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on structural studies of stathmin oligomerization and measurements of interspin distances using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

Leonila Lagunes is currently a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Mathematical and Computational Biology at UC Irvine. Her current research is being conducted in the laboratories of Dr. German Enciso (Math) and Dr. Lee Bardwell (Developmental and Cellular Biology). Leo is using a combination of mathematical modeling and experimental analysis to better understand (1) the interaction of MAP kinase with Gli1 and (2) the function and mechanism of multi-site phosphorylation. For her MARC research, Leo worked with Dr. Charles Lee in the Department of Mathematics on the use of biomimetic algorithms in detecting different types of cancers using DNA microarray data.

Jaime Muñoz entered a PhD program in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2014. For his doctoral thesis, Jaime is working in the Translational and Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Chris Monk where he investigates adolescent brain development in the context of poverty.  During his tenure in the MARC Program, Jaime worked with Dr. Nancy Segal in the Department of Psychology on a twin study that qualitatively judged the presence of creativity traits expressed by reared-apart fraternal and identical twins.

Eric Yik has remained at Cal State Fullerton, working toward a Master’s in Biochemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Meyer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Eric plans to apply to PhD programs with a biomedical emphasis upon completion of his Master’s. As a MARC scholar Eric worked with Dr. Meyer on structure-function studies of the diverse ADPGlucose Pyrophosphorylase from Thermodesufovibrio yellowstonii.

Aspen Yoo is third-year doctoral candidate in the Psychology - Cognition and Perception PhD Program at New York University. She currently works in the laboratory of Dr. Wei Ji Ma in the Center for Neural Science within the Department of Psychology on how top-down cognitive processes affect visual perception and memory. While a MARC scholar, Aspen worked with Dr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin in the Department of Psychology to test a short cognitive load interview approach to detect deception.

Graduating Class of 2013:

Christina Adams
entered the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UC San Francisco in the fall of 2013. For her doctoral thesis, Christina works in the laboratory of Dr. Rushika Perera in the Department of Pathology on the trafficking and regulation of oncogenic signaling in pancreatic cancer. During her tenure in the MARC Program, Christina worked on the development of C. elegans as a model system for studies on the action of antisense oligonucleotides on expression of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria in the laboratories of Dr. Chandra Srinivasan in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky in the Department of Biological Science.

Jorly Chatouphonexay began her graduate (PhD) appointment in September 2013 in the Applied Mathematics Program at Arizona State University. She is currently working with Dr. Eric Kostelich in the School of Math & Statistical Sciences, applying an algorithm called the Kalman Filter (KF) to predict a patient’s prostate specific antigen (PSA) level. While in the MARC Program, Jorly studied the maximum likelihood estimation of the fat fraction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the laboratory of Dr. Angel Pineda in the Department of Mathematics.

Reinalyn Echon is participating in the Psychology PhD Program at Idaho State University. She is working in the laboratory of Dr. Kandi Turley-Ames, investigating whether the ability to lie is related to working memory span (i.e., the cognitive ability to both process and maintain relevant information to solve the problem/task at hand). Reinalyn specifically uses an eye tracker to see whether working memory span relates to different magnitudes of eye movement when lying or telling the truth. For her MARC research, Reinalyn examined the effect of cognitive load on improving deception detection in the laboratory of Dr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin, Department of Psychology.

Jessica Morgan is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program at UC Santa Cruz, completing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Victoria Auerbuch Stone in the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology. Jessica studies several aspects of the type-three secretion system, a pathogenic bacterial virulence factor, focusing on the development of high throughput screening techniques that can be used to identify type-three secretion system inhibitors. While a MARC scholar, Jessica worked to determine the participation of the membrane proteins, DMT1 and Zip8, in the release of ferrous iron from the lysosome in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Linder, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Brayan Ortiz is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Washington in the Department of Biostatistics. He is currently investigating with Dr. Noah Simon the properties of high-dimensional inference methods in small to large sample sizes. Brayan is specifically comparing “state-of-the-art methodology and classical methods for sparse problems.” For his MARC thesis project, which was completed in the laboratory of Dr. Mori Jamshidian in the Department of Mathematics, Brayan evaluated the statistical modeling and application to the cognitive aspects of Multiple Sclerosis.

Graduating Class of 2012:

Macarena Aloi
participated in a one-year post baccalaureate research program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill during the 2012-2013 academic year. In the fall of 2013 she entered the Pathology and Molecular Basis of Disease Graduate Program at the University of Washington, Seattle to pursue a PhD. After several rotations, she chose to complete her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Gwenn Garden in the Department of Neurology. Macarena is currently studying the role of micro-RNAs in the microglia-mediated immune response to central nervous system injury and neurodegenerative disease. While a MARC scholar, Macarena worked on identifying a putative phytochrome-like photoreceptor which regulates the expression of red light-induced psbA RNA binding protein genes in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in the laboratory of Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Department of Biological Science.

Eric Starr is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He is working in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Margiotta on understanding which factors are associated with changes in synaptic plasticity within the autonomic nervous system. As a MARC scholar Eric completed his thesis research on the effect of unilateral 6-OHDA lesions of the pars compacta (SNc) and adenosine on effort-based decision making in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Trevitt, Department of Psychology.

Erin Steelman chose not to enter a PhD program after receiving her B.A. in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. Instead, she pursued a Masters in Psychology for MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) at Chapman University. She worked as a paraeducator in the Torrance Unified School District before deciding become a Realtor. While in the MARC Program, Erin worked in the laboratory of Dr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin (Department of Psychology) evaluating the role that the hormone Oxytocin plays in face recognition.

Graduating Class of 2011:

Adrienne Conant
entered a PhD program in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2011. Her thesis research was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa. Adrienne received her PhD in June of 2016, which focused on “how emotions, and the way that we regulate them, influence the effects of stereotype threat, mostly in terms of academic motivation.” Adrienne is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Whittier College in California. During her tenure in the MARC Program, Adrienne examined how the adenosine antagonist caffeine hinders effort-based decision making in a rodent model in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Trevitt, Department of Psychology.

Ashley Watson entered the Family and Human Development PhD Program at Arizona State University (ASU) in fall of 2011. After one year, she took a leave of absence. Ashley permanently left ASU in the fall of 2013 and entered the International College of Christian Ministries to work toward a Bachelor's in Ministry. While in the MARC Program, Ashley investigated the misbinding of visual features size using psychophysical methods; specifically, color, shape, and motion in the laboratory of Dr. Eriko Self, Department of Psychology.

Joshua Pando remained at Cal State Fullerton after graduating with his B.A. in Psychology. He was working toward his Master’s in the Psychology Department. He recently left the program to explore other career goals. While completing his MARC thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Trevitt, Department of Psychology, Josh addressed how caffeine attenuates tacrine-induced c-Fos expression in the dorsal and ventrolateral striatum of the rat brain.

Graduating Class of 2010:

Amanda Cook-Sneathen
completed her doctorate in Organic Chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2015. She worked in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Sanford investigating arene/methane functionalization. Amanda is currently completing a postdoctoral appointment at Applied Biosciences ETH in Zürich, Switzerland. While in the MARC Program, Amanda investigated “Asymmetric Aziridination of Alkenes using N-Heterocyclic Carbenes” in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Hyland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Harold Pimentel entered a PhD program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2010. He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Lior Pachter developing RNA-Seq analysis methods. Harold defended his doctoral thesis in May of 2016 and accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Stanford University. During his tenure in the MARC Program, Harold evaluated “High-performance computing methods for speedup of Crystallographic applications” in the laboratory of Dr. Spiros H. Courellis, Department of Computer Science.

Diana Rigueur entered the UCLA ACCESS Graduate Program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Life Sciences in September 2010, and defended her doctoral thesis in the May of 2016. At UCLA, Diana worked in the laboratory of Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto on the TOR and Hippo signaling pathways in Drosophila melanogaster brain development. She accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Southern California, and now conducts research in the laboratory of Dr. Amy E. Merrill, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. For her MARC project, Diana studied “MAGP-2 expression on ovarian carcinoma cell lines” in the laboratory of Dr. Alison Miyamoto, Department of Biological Science.

Rolando Ruiz participated in a Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program at Tufts University during 2010-2011. After being accepted into several PhD programs across the US, he decided to return to southern California. He entered the Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program at UC Irvine in the fall of 2011 and works in the laboratory of Anand Ganesan, MD, PhD. Rolando conducted his MARC thesis research on the “Localization of protein kinase C in Ascidia ceratodes sperm cells” in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Koch, Department of Biological Science.

Graduating Class of 2009:

Gary Gallego
received his PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in December of 2013. He is currently a Senior Scientist in Oncology at Pfizer in San Diego, CA. While a MARC scholar, Gary worked on "Cyclopropenes: highly strained building blocks for organic synthesis" in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Hyland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Vanessa Harris received her PhD from the Department of Cognitive Development at the University of Miami, Ohio in the spring of 2014. Her doctoral thesis examined the parenting challenges experienced by previously incarcerated mothers. She is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor at Indiana University- Kokomo. While in the MARC Program, Vanessa examined the effects of losing a twin: the bereavement-related behaviors of identical and fraternal twins, as well as the consequences of losing a twin versus a non-twin. Her MARC research was carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Segal, Department of Psychology.

Graduating Class of 2008:

Jose Corleto
entered the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. He received his PhD in 2015 for work he completed in the Neuroregeneration Laboratory of Dr. Martin Marsala, where translational, cell-based approaches are used to study Huntington’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in rat and mouse models. Jose is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. While in the MARC Program, Jose completed his thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Koch, Department of Biological Science, on “The Role of the RhoGTPases and their Effector Proteins on myosin II activation in the Sperm of Ascidia ceratodes.”

Jacob Gonzalez received his PhD from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Yale University in 2014. He just completed a year-long appointment as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of David Cheresh at the University of California, San Diego. While a MARC scholar, Jacob worked on the structure and function relationships of ADP-Glucose Pyrophosphorylase from Thermus thermophilus in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Meyer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Graduating Class of 2007:

Kevin Chavarria
is currently a Senior Producer at EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. His MARC research evaluated the social relationships in twins and their families in the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Segal, Department of Psychology.

Anita Nosratieh received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis in February 2014. She worked in the laboratory of Dr. John Boone, in the Department of Radiology, designing instruments for improved breast cancer screening. Anita currently works at the FDA in the Division of Radiological Health. While a MARC scholar, Anita worked on the development and characterization of novel substrates for the Bcr-Abl kinase in the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Albritton, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine.

Eric Nunes obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Connecticut. For his doctoral thesis, Eric investigated effort-related impairments, including the psychomotor slowing and fatigue that is seen in depression, with a focus on Nucleus Accumbens dopamine in the laboratory of Dr. John Salamone. Eric is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Nii Antie Addy in the Psychiatry Department at Yale University. During his MARC tenure, Eric investigated the relationship between adenosine and dopamine in the brain and its relation to Parkinson's disease in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Trevitt, Department of Psychology.

T. Richard Parenteau is completing his seventh year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed an MD/PhD PREP program at the Mayo Clinic in 2009, before heading to UCSF. While in the MARC Program, Richard worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky, Department of Biological Science, using real time PCR to determine the half-life of the antibiotics resistance encoding AAC(6')-lb mRNA.

Graduating Class of 2006:

Diego Miranda
received his PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in December of 2011. He completed his first postdoctoral research appointment in the laboratory of Dr. David Silver at Duke University's international campus in Singapore, and is now a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, San Francisco. While in the MARC Program, Diego worked on the identification of peptide inhibitors of aminoglycoside modifying enzyme 6’-N-acetyl transferase type lb in the laboratory of Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky, Department of Biological Science.

Paul Gerard completed the UC Irvine PREP Program before moving into the laboratory of Dr. Larry Marsh for his PhD work. He is currently a molecular biologist - manager at a biotech company in Orange County, CA. As a MARC scholar, Paul investigated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a viable bioreactor for formation of three single-chain variable antibody fragments against botulinum neurotoxin in the laboratory of Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Department of Biological Science.

Graduating Class of 2005:

Richard Ancheta
received his MD from UCLA Medical School in 2010. He currently practices medicine and is completing a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, CA. While in the MARC Program, Richard conducted loss of function studies of the zig-6 gene in C. elegans in the laboratory of Dr. Oscar Aurelio, Department of Biological Science.

Ronald Coleman received his PhD from The Scripps Research Institute (TSIR) in May of 2014. He has remained in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanne Loring at the TSIR for his first postdoctoral appointment. His MARC research focused on the design, construction and assembly of a single chain antibody variable region cocktail against botulinum neurotoxin for expression in the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in the laboratory of Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Department of Biological Science.

Lawrence Gray received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in June of 2013, under the direction of Dr. Svetlana Lutsenko. He currently works at the National institute of Health in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Center for Biotechnology. His MARC research was conducted in laboratory of Dr. Maria Linder, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and focused on ceruloplasmin and non-ceruloplasmin ferroxidases in mouse and rat sera.