Meet biology’s Top Graduates of 2013-2014

Federico Lin

Federico Lin

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Major: Biology (Pre- Dental)
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s list: Fall 2005; 2013 
  • Tri-beta Biology Honors Society Member of the Year Award, April 20, 2011
  • Tri-beta Biology Honors Society  Chapter Induction Full Membership, April 20, 2011
  • STEM Symposium presentation – Honorable Mention April 4, 2012

Clubs and Organizations

  • Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, member: 2005-present 
  • Pre-dental Club, member: 2005-present

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (poster): March 29-31, 2012
  • STEM Symposium presentation (poster): April 4, 2012

Work Experience

  • Student Researcher, Barry University: Fall 2010-present
  • Teacher Assistant for Summer Science Research Program (SSRP), Barry University: June 2010 and 2012

Shadowing Experience

  • Integrated Regional Laboratories (IRL) Internship
  • Science Enrichment Program (SEP) Dental shadowing Chapel Hill, NC: Summer 2011

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Detection of Microorganisms in unpurified water/methods for total kill of microorganisms in water: September 2010 – April 2012

Volunteer Activities 

  • Barry Univ. Collegiate Shadow day Mentor Friday, February 1 and March 22, 2013 
  • FIU Heart Walk October 6, 2012 
  • Miami Dade Coastal Cleanup September 25, 2010 and 2011 
  • Alternative Spring Break 2009 
  • Barry University Science Summer Camp Counselor May – June, 2006 and 2007
  • Barry Univ. planting and gardening for the School of Natural and Health Sciences, Nov. 2005

Precious A. De Verteuil

Precious A. De Verteuil

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Biology
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Summer Finalist Oral Presenter for CLIMB-UP Summer Research Program- 2013
  • Minority Access to Research Careers, Barry University- 2012
  • 1st Place in Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) Poster Presentation American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)-2011
  • MBRS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), Barry University- 2010
  • Dean’s List: Fall 2009-Spring2010, Spring 2012- Fall 2012, Fall 2010 –Spring 2013 

Clubs and Organizations

  • Kiwanis Organization of Pine Crest and Palmetto Bay, 2009- present
  • Health/Fitness Marketing Manager for VitaLove Nutrition, 2012-2014
  • Sigma Xi Member, 2011-2014

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • de Verteuil, P., Santiago, D., Benson, C., Spreur, V., Cheli, V., Paez, P., Voltage-Operated
  • Clacium Channeles (VOCC’s) in Astrocyte Activation. ASCB, New Orleans, LA. December 14-17, 2013, (poster-accepted
  • de Verteuil, P., Yufenueny E., Aiken C. , The Identification of Novel 2nd Site Supressor Mutations in the HIV-1 Capsid. ABRCMS, San Jose, Ca. November 7-10, 2012, (poster E166) C.D
  • de Verteuil, P., Jean, M., Lopez, N., Tapia, J., Schoffstall, B., The Regenerative Response of Zebrafish to Long-Term Induced exercise Stress. ASCB, Denver, CO. December 3-7, 2011(poster 35C) C.D.
  • de Verteuil, P., Victor, B.,Schoffstall, B., The Contractile Effects of Increased Intracellular [Taurine] in ex-vivo Whole Heart Preparations. AAAS, Washington, D.C. February 17-21, 2011 (poster 175D) C.D.
  • de Verteuil, P., Victor, B., 2010. Changes in Cardiac Contractility of ex-vivo Whole Heart Preparations in Response to Increased Intracellular [Taurine] and [Caffeine]. NCUR, Ithaca, N.Y., March 30-April 2, 2010. (poster E22) C.D.
  • Maxime Jean, Precious deVerteuil, Joshua Tapia, Nicole Lopez, Brenda Schoffstall. Adult Zebrafish Hearts Efficiently Compensate for Excessive Forced Overload Cardiac Stress with Hyperplastic Cardiomegaly. BioResearch Open Access 2012. Volume 1, No. 2, pg. 88-91.
  • Summer 2013 Voltage- operated calcium channels in astrocyte activation, University at Buffalo, CLIMB-Up summer program (oral)
  • Summer 2011 The Genetic analysis of circadian rhythms (clock genes) in relation to major depression, Vanderbilt University, Vascular Biology Training Program (oral)
  • Fal1 2010 The Effects of [caffeine] and [taurine] on ex-vivo whole heart zebrafish Culture, Barry University, Seminar Series Presentation (poster)
  • Summer 2010 Restriction mapping and PCR techniques, Barry University, Research Beginnings Workshop (oral)

Research Experience

  • MARC Trainee, Barry University-2012-present.
  • MBRS RISE Research Assistant, Barry University -2010-2012.
  • Summer Intern (CLIMB-UP Summer Program), University at Buffalo- Summer 2013 
  • Summer Intern (Short-Term Vascular Biology Summer Training Program), Vanderbilt University-Summer 2012
  • Summer Intern (Short-Term Vascular Biology Summer Training Program), Vanderbilt University-Summer 2011
  • MBRS RISE Research Participant, Barry University-Summer 2010

Colette Eule

Colette Eule

Hometown: Lutz, Florida
Major: Biology (Pre- Med)
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Capital One South Region Academic All-American: 2013-2014
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Nominee: 2014
  • Barry University Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient: 2014
  • Dean’s List: 2011-present
  • Barry University Female Student-Athlete of the Year Nominee: 2013
  • Sunshine State Commissioner’s Honor Roll: 2013
  • Barry University women’s basketball team co-Most Valuable Player: 2013
  • Barry University Female Athlete of the Year Nominee: 2013
  • Barry University women’s basketball team leading scorer: 2012-2013
  • President’s List: 2012
  • Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award: 2012
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics’ Honor List: 2010
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Commandant’s Honor List: 2010

Clubs and Organizations

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society: 2014
  • Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society: 2014
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society: 2012-present
  • NCAA DII Barry University Women’s Basketball Team (Captain): 2011-present
  • Barry University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: 2011-present
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society: 2011-present
  • NCAA DI United States Air Force Academy Women’s Basketball Team: 2010-2011

Work Experience

  • Certified Nurse Assistant: Certified as of 2012
  • Basketball Tournament Gym Manager, Three Point Hoops: 2012-2013
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Tutor, Walker Middle School Odessa, FL: Spring 2011
  • United States Air Force Academy Cadet: 2010-2011

Shadowing Experience

  • Dr. Stephen R. Woods – Orthopedic Surgery Largo, FL: Summer 2012
  • Ashley Armstrong, PA – Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery All Children’s Hospital St. Petersburg, FL: Summer 2013
  • University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Emergency Department Aurora, CO: Summer 2013

Volunteer Activities 

  • Fun, Fit Friday: 2014
  • Miami Rescue Mission, prepared food and served over 100 lunches to the homeless: 2014
  • Sinai Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, visited with residents: 2013
  • Miami Shores Street Fair, supervised a block and led various games and activities: 2013
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, fundraising: 2011-present
  • Hygiene for the Homeless, collected toiletry items: 2011-present
  • Barry University Founders’ Day, women’s basketball station: 2011-2013
  • Layups for Leukemia: 2011, 2012
  • NBA Youth Basketball Clinic: 2011

Victoria Gonzalez

Victoria Gonzalez

Hometown: Miami Beach, Florida
Major: Biology (Pre- Dental)
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List Fall 2010, 2013 
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society 
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society

Clubs and Organizations

  • Pre-Dental Club, member 2011-present & current Co-President
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, member 2012-present 
  • Chemistry Club, member 2013-present

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • Barry University, CAK May Play an Important Role in PMA-induced Differentiation of TF-1a Leukemia Cells: April 2014

Work Experience

  • Dr. Idalia Lastra D.M.D: Summer 2007-present

Shadowing Experience

  • Dr. Idalia Lastra D.M.D
  • UF Dental Impressions Program, July 2013

Research Experience

  • Barry University, CAK May Play an Important Role in PMA-induced Differentiation of TF-1a Leukemia Cells: January 2014 - April 2014 

Volunteer Activities 

  • Camillus House, served food: 2010 
  • Beach Clean-up: 2014
  • Dentistry From Our Hearts: registered patients, sterilized dental instruments, and processed x-rays (2013 & 2014)

Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Biology
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Second Place; 2nd Annual Life Sciences South Florida STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium; 2014 
  • Dean’s List; 2011; 2013
  • First Place; Barry University 5th Annual STEM Symposium; 2013
  • Runner Up; 7th Annual Southeast Cell Science Undergraduate Research Symposium; 2012
  • First Place; Barry University 4th Annual STEM Symposium; 2012
  • Barry University Scholarship; 2010-2014
  • Florida Merit Scholarship; 2010-2014
  • CAP Grant; 2010-2012

Clubs and Organizations

  • Sigma XI Honor Society, Member: 2013
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, President: 2012-2014; Secretary: Fall 2011, SOC Rep: 2010-2011
  • American Medical Student Association, Treasurer: 2011-2013, Member: 2010-present
  • Research Opportunities and Directions in Science, Participant: 2010-present
  • Arts in Motion Dance Team, Assistant Production Manager: 2011, Secretary: 2011
  • Chemistry Club, Member: 2011-2012
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Member: 2011-present

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses. 2nd Annual Life Sciences South Florida STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium, Florida International University, Miami, FL (Poster): Spring 2014
  • Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. Florida International University, Miami, FL (Poster): Spring 2014
  • Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses. 2013 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Poster): Fall 2013
  • Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses. 26th Annual MSRIP Summer Research Symposium, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA (Poster): Summer 2013
  • Investigation of potential cardiomyocyte proliferation genes. 5th Annual STEM Symposium, Barry University, Miami, FL (Poster): Spring 2013
  • A genetic screen of zebrafish cardiomyocyte proliferation. 77th Florida Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Barry University Miami, FL (Poster): Spring 2013
  • Effect of cigarette smoke on the number of ciliated cells in human tracheal epithelium. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), San Jose, CA (Poster): Fall 2012
  • Gene Transcription and Protein Expression Controlling the Regenerative Remodeling of Zebrafish Hearts. 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, UT (Poster): Spring 2012
  • Using Assessing Evolutionary Relatedness of Skeletal Muscle Protein Expression Profiles in Aquatic Species. 3rd Annual STEM Symposium, Barry University, Miami, FL (Poster): Spring 2011
  • Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses. Biomedical Seminar Series, Barry University, Miami, FL (oral): Fall 2013
  • Effect of cigarette smoke on the number of ciliated cells in human tracheal epithelium. Biomedical Seminar Series, Barry University, Miami, FL (oral): Fall 2012
  • Gene transcription and protein expression in the regenerative remodeling of zebrafish hearts. Biomedical Seminar Series, Barry University, Miami, FL (oral): Fall 2011
  • MBRS RISE Research Beginning Workshop Participant Barry University, Miami Shores, FL (oral): Spring 2011
  • Maxime Jean, Precious deVerteuil, Nicole Lopez, Joshua Tapia, Brenda Schoffstall. Adult Zebrafish Hearts Efficiently Compensate for Excessive Forced Overload Cardiac Stress with Hyperplastic Cardiomegaly. BioResearch Open Access, 2012 Vol I, No. 2, page 88-91.

Work Experience

  • MARC U* STAR Trainee, Barry University: 2012-present
  • RISE Research Assistant, Barry University: 2011-2012 
  • Research Assistant, University of California: Summer 2013
  • Research Assistant, University of Miami: Summer 2012

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Investigation of potential cardiomyocyte proliferation genes; Fall 2012-Present 
  • University of California, Potential plant host and whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses; Summer 2013
  • University of Miami, Effect of cigarette smoke on the number of ciliated cells in the human tracheal epithelium; Summer 2012
  • Barry University, Gene transcription and protein expression in the regenerative remodeling of zebrafish hearts; May 2011-2012 
  • Barry University, A survey of normal gut microbial flora in harvestmen (Order Opiliones, Class Arachnida); Fall 2011
  • Barry University, Exercised induced cardiac overload in adult Danio rerio: A model for cardiac muscle regeneration; Spring 2011

Volunteer Activities 

  • Prideline: 2014 
  • Tri-Beta Honor Society Annual Thanksgiving Baskets: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Miami Shores “Go Green” Event: 2013 
  • Miami-Dade Heart Walk: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Tri-Beta Kick Ball Tournament for Miami-Dade Heart Walk: 2012, 2013
  • Brain Fair at Miami Science Museum: 2012, 2013 
  • Moderator for Florida Junior Academy of Science: 2013
  • Barry Collegiate Shadow Days: 2013
  • Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Science for National Chemistry Week: 2012
  • Miami Dade College Special Olympics: 2012
  • Jack and Jill Health Fair: 2012
  • Tri-Beta Honor Society Toy Drive: 2011
  • Miami-Dade Coastal Clean-Up: 2010, 2011
  • Camelot Festival: 2010

Lliana Palenzuela

Lliana Palenzuela

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Major: Biology
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List: Fall 2013

Clubs and Organizations

  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, member: 2013-present
  • Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership Society, member: 2014-present

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • STEM symposium (poster): April 16, 2014

Work Experience

  • Tutor, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas Venezuela: 2009-2011

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Leukemia cells: Spring 2014 

Volunteer Activities 

  • Service learning experiences at Barry University
  • Service learning experiences at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas Venezuela 

Talia Guardia

Talia Guardia

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Major: Biology (Pre- Med)
Minor: Chemistry and Mathematics
Status: Senior


Honors and Awards

  • Sigma Xi Research Honors Society: Inducted Member 2013-2014
  • Chemistry Honors Society: Inducted Member 2013-2014
  • Delta Epsilon Iota: Inducted Member 2013-2014
  • Dean’s List: 2010-present 
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society: Inducted Member 2012-present
  • STEM Poster Presentation Award, Barry University: 2013

Clubs and Organizations

  • Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biology Honor Society: Member 2010-present
  • Inducted Member (2013-2014) and Secretary (2011-2012) 
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA): Member 2011-present
  • Secretary (2012-2013) and President (2013-2014) 
  • American Association for Cancer Research: Member 2013-2014

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • Alejandra Toro, Daria Vasilyeva, Talia Guardia, Tamara Guardia, Jazmine Duran, Xiaotang Hu. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ)-mediated growth inhibition of human myeloid leukemia cells is CAK-independent but links to cdc25c-CDK1 pathway. American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2014, April 5-9, 2014. San Diego, CA. (poster)
  • Talia Guardia, Vasilena Gocheva, Tyler Jacks. 2013. Determining the role of hyaluronic acid synthase 2 (Has2) on metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 13-16, 2013. Nashville, TN. CD B38 (poster).
  • Talia Guardia, Reshma Badaloo, Valentina Serrano, Alejandra Toro, Xiaotang Hu. 2013. Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGFβ) inhibits growth of human myeloid leukemia cells and downregulates the expression of CDK inhibitor, p18. American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2013, April 6-10,2013. Washington, DC. Abstract #576 (poster).
  • Talia Guardia, Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Faranak Fattahi, and Shuibing Chen. 2012. Analyzing the mutation in the TBX5 gene in patient with Holt-Oram Syndrome. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 7-10, 2012. San Jose, CA, CD E137 (poster).
  • Talia Guardia, Alejandra Toro, Reshma Baddaloo, Shakima St. Clair, Graham Shaw, and Xiaotang Hu.  2012.  A puzzle in TGF-mediated cdk activity in human myeloid leukemia cells.  Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Deland, FL, March 17, 2012.  #A27 (poster).
  • Talia Guardia, Troy Kemp, and Ligia Pinto. 2011Validation and Optimization of Multiplex Bead Assays for Measurement of Cytokines in Human Samples. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 9-12,2011. St. Louis, MO, CD G100 (poster).
  • American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2014 (poster): April 5-9, 2014 
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2013, (poster): November 13-16, 2013 
  • Biomedical Seminar Series 2013, Barry University (oral): September 19, 2013
  • American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2013 (poster): April 6-10,2013
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2012, (poster): November 7-10, 2012 
  • Biomedical Seminar Series 2012, Barry University (oral): September 21, 2012
  • The Leadership Alliance National Symposium 2012 (oral): July 27-29, 2012
  • The Leadership Alliance National Symposium 2012 (oral): July 27-29, 2012
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (poster): March 17, 2012
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2011, (poster): November 9-12, 2011
  • Biomedical Seminar Series 2011, Barry University (oral): September 9, 2011

Work Experience

  • Physics II Tutor, Barry University: Spring 2013 
  • General Chemistry Tutor, Barry University: February 2011-June 2011
  • MBRS RISE Research Assistant, Barry University: Fall 2011-present

Shadowing Experience

  • Ronald Rakowski, M.D.-Emergency Medicine, Frederick Memorial Hospital, MD: May 13-June 28, 2013 
  • Michael G. Kaplitt, M.D.,Ph.D.-Neurosurgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, NY:
  • Summer 2012 

Research Experience

  • MBRS RISE Research Assistant, Barry University, Dr. Xiaotang Hu, TGF-β mediating cell cycle control in human myeloid leukemia cells: Fall 2011-Spring 2014
  • MIT Summer Research Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Tyler Jacks, Determining the role of hyaluronic acid synthase 2 (Has2) on metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma: Summer 2013
  • Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan- Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, Dr. Shuibing Chen, Analyzing the mutation in the TBX5 gene in a patient with Holt-Oram Syndrome: Summer 2012
  • Summer Internship Program In Biomedical Research (SIP), National Cancer Institute, Dr. Ligia A. Pinto, Validation and Optimization of Multiplex Bead Assays for Measurement of Cytokines in Human Samples: Summer 2011

Volunteer Activities 

  • Thanksgiving Basket Donations, AMSA and Tri-Beta Event: 2011-2014
  • Brides Walk, Barry University: 2013-2014
  • Miami Beach Clean-Up Event, AMSA and Tri-Beta: 2011-2013
  • Heart Walk, American Heart Association: 2012-2013
  • Toy Drive, Tri-Beta: 2011-2012