Juan Carlos Martinez Cervantes
University: Instituto Politecnico Nacional
Major: Biotechnological Engineering
Hometown: Leon, Mexico
I was born and raised in Gomez Palacio, a city in the North of Mexico and moved to Leon for college. I enjoy hiking, playing basketball and traveling. I have been interested in neuroscience since I participated in a science club organized by Mexicans at Harvard . I have attended to summer research internships at UC San Diego and UT Austin in the past two years. Currently I am working on my undergraduate thesis in biophotonics at the Optical Research Center optimizing mounting mediums.
Research interests: Biochemistry, Neuroscience.
Lab: Prof. Yun Zhang
University: University of Chicago
Major: Mathematics and Biology
Hometown: Clinton Township Michigan
I was born and raised in the Detroit metro area. I enjoy writing poetry. I love flowers, and like spending time outside reading. My research interests are currently somewhere between mathematics and biology. I am interested in using mathematical methods to describe biological systems. My goal this summer is to narrow that interest.
Lab: Prof. Ben de Bivort
University: Gettysburg College
Hometown: Hampstead, MD
My research interests primarily lie within the field of organic chemistry. I am particularly fascinated by the application of synthetic strategies in developing small molecules as therapeutics for human diseases. When I’m not in the classroom or the lab, I enjoy leisure reading, baking, painting, and watching movies, Netflix, or sports. I also devote a good bit of my free time to volunteering within my campus community. I am a member of several clubs and organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and my college’s Campus Activities Board. I am beyond excited to spend the summer refining my research interests and learning a lot of captivating science, while being able to explore a new city alongside new friends!
Lab: Prof. Matthew Shair
University: Boston University
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Outside of academics, I enjoy painting and I am also an avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy novels. I have been fascinated with science for as long as I can remember. During my junior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. and to become involved in scientific research. My previous research experience includes studying vertebrate Wnt gradient development and the pathobiology of neuroimmune disorders. I am currently interested in exploring research fields that combine biochemical, biophysical, and molecular biological methods.
University: Boston College
Major: Biology and Theology
Hometown: Galloway, NJ
Born and raised near the shore in southern New Jersey, I have always loved going to the beach with friends and family. I spend my free time looking for new trails to run and trying to keep with the latest New York Times Best Sellers list. Moving to Boston for college has been incredible, and has fostered the interests I have had in genetics since high school. I also enjoy working in a mentorship capacity because to me science is about the discovery and exchange of information. I am currently doing work in evolutionary origins and pressures surrounding RNA regulators in bacteria, but look forward to exploring other areas of genetics and biology more broadly.
University: Florida International University
Hometown: Miami, FL
I come from sunny South Florida and, from my Cuban heritage, inherited a love of coffee, palm trees, and delicious food. Outside of my lab work and studies, you can find me playing the piano or my ukulele, testing out new restaurants, and sometimes even longboarding on Miami Beach! An aspiring chemist, I discovered my passion for medicinal science at a young age, and through the American Chemical Society Scholars program, I continue to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical science and work towards a career in biomedical research and production.
My previous research experience is in organic synthesis of nucleoside analogues for development of anti-cancer medicine. My main research interest is in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry and extends to include biochemistry, chemical biology, and cancer research. This summer, I look forward to working with and learning from my peers and faculty members to expand my knowledge and skills set.
Lab: Prof. Christina Woo