Meet the 2015-16 Fellows

Yssavo Camacho

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RiSE/ NSF REU in Physics and Astronomy Scholar: Summer 13

Undergraduate Studies:  Lehigh University

Program: Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Saurabh Jha

Ph.D. Research Topic: Researching the diversity of white dwarf supernovae (WD SN) via spectroscopic analysis of an extreme subgroup called Iax supernovae. 

Support post Super Grad Award, other notable Awards, fellowships, publications or accomplishments: *pending

Current status in graduate program/Expected graduation: May 2022

Advice for prospective graduate students: Working with kind and intelligent people has a big impact on your academic, professional and even social life. Seek out and nurture these collaborations whenever you have the opportunity. 

 

Kevin Dillon

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RiSE Scholar: Summer 13, and co-participant in the National Science Foundation REU, Biogeography of Biotransformations for Halogenated Organic Compounds: a Comparison of the Tropics, Temperate and sub-Arctic Environments

Undergraduate Studies:   Monmouth University

Program: Ph.D. in Microbial Biology

Thesis Advisor:  Professor Donna Fennell

Ph.D. Research Topic: The diversity and activity of microorganisms in the atmosphere. This work spans projects looking at the activities of microorganisms suspended in gas-phase bioreactors in the lab to examining the diversity of microorganisms in clouds in France.

Support post Super Grad Award, other notable Awards, fellowships, publications or accomplishments: Kevin has been funded as a STEM Chateaubriand Fellow working in the BioMETA team at the French National Scientific Research Center and the Chemistry Institute of Clermont-Ferrand led by Dr. Anne-Marie Delort, a pioneer in atmospheric microbiology. Additionally, he was an Air Pollution Education Research Grant Fellow of the Mid-Atlantic States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association for two years.

Current status in graduate program/Expected graduation: Defended in May 2021 (October 2021 graduation)

Advice for prospective graduate students: The most important part of graduate school is taking care of yourself: physically, emotionally, and mentally.

 

Steven Jones

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RiSE Scholar: Summer 14

Undergraduate Studies:  University of the District of Columbia

Program: Ph.D. in Social Psychology

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Chapman

Ph.D. Research Topic: *pending

Support post Super Grad Award, other notable Awards, fellowships, publications or accomplishments: *pending

Current status in graduate program/Expected graduation: *pending

Advice for prospective graduate students: *pending

 

Talia M. Planas-Fontánez

Talia M. Planas-Fontánez

Graduate Program: Toxicology

RiSE Scholar: Summer 14

Undergraduate Studies:  University of Puerto Rico–Rio Piedras

Program: Ph.D. in  Toxicology

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Cheryl F. Dreyfus

Ph.D. Research Topic: My project aimed to elucidate the effects of the small molecule agonist of the metabotropic glutamate receptor, (RS)-2-chloro-5-hydroxy-phenylglycine (CHPG), on a progressive demyelinating disease using mice models. The overall goal of this research is to characterize the effects of CHPG on glial cell signaling and neurotrophin responses in the experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. These findings could lead to novel approaches to intervene in neurodegenerative diseases in which myelin is lost or damaged, such in Multiple Sclerosis.

Support post Super Grad Award, other notable Awards, fellowships, publications or accomplishments:

AWARDS

2021            American Society of Neurochemistry (ASN) Neuro Award

2019                Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience

2019-2020     Scholar, Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP) 2019

2019            International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN) Travel Award 2019

 FELLOWSHIP

2021-pres.      School of Graduate Studies Acceleration and Completion Fellowship, Rutgers University

2020-2021      Bristol Myers Squibb Fellow in the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology

2017-2020      NIH R01 36647: Administrative Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health- Related Research Program

2016-2017      Graduate Fellow, NIH Training Grant T32ES007148, Rutgers University

PUBLICATIONS

Planas-Fontánez, T.; Sainato, D.; Sharma, I.; Dreyfus, CF. (2021) Roles of astrocytes in response to aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Brain Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2021.147464.

Planas-Fontánez, T.; Dreyfus, CF.; Saitta, K. (2020) Reactive astrocytes as therapeutic targets for brain degenerative diseases: Roles played by metabotropic glutamate receptors. Neurochem Res 45, 541–550. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11064-020-02968-6.

Current status in graduate program/Expected graduation: December 2021 (expected defense)

Advice for prospective graduate students: Find your friends and your support group! Aim to find balance between research and social life. You will probably feel better if you grab coffee or lunch with someone and complain about the struggles and celebrate the victories.