Meet biology's Top Graduates of 2015-2016

Celia Patnelli

Celia Patnelli

Hometown - Miami, FL
Major(s) - Pre-professional Biology
Minor(s) - Chemistry
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List - Spring 2015, Fall 2015
  • President's List - Fall 2016
  • CPR/AED & Emergency Medical Responder Certification
  • Dominican Leadership Scholarship Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
  • Barry University Award, tuition scholarship Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
  • Florida Resident Access Grant Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
  • Florida Medallion Scholarship Fall 2014 - Spring 2017
  • GOIZUETA MINORITY SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Clubs and Organizations

  • Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society
  • AMSA club
  • Chemistry club

Work experience

  • Biology Tutor, Spring 2016-Spring 2017
  • Chemistry Teaching Assistant and Tutor, Spring 2015-Spring 2017
  • Chemistry Lab Assistant, Summer 2016
  • Frame Specialist at MyEyelab
  • Retail Associate with Justice of Ascena Retail Group

Research experience

  • Fall 2016- Studying effects of GIRK-3 protein on neuron growth, with Dr. Laura Mudd
  • Spring 2017- Studying human response to vibrotactile stimulation to observe recognition rate and latency using frequency-based tactors, with Dr. Ana M Jimenez

Volunteer activities

  • Volunteer at Pines Nursing Home, Miami, FL
  • Participation in Miami's Heart walk, with Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society

Fabio Frech

Fabio Frech

Hometown: Miami, FL
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Chemistry
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Barry University President’s List (4.0 GPA) 2013-2017
  • Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student 2016
  • POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry 2016
  • Second Place Winner at the American Society for Cell Biology Conference 2016
  • Barry University STEM Symposium Winner 2017

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Medical Student Association (Vice-President 2015, President 2016) Membership 2013-2017
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Secretary 2015, President 2016)
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society 2013-Present
  • Chemistry Club 2015-2017
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success 2015-Present
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society 2016-Present
  • Sigma XI Scientific Research Society 2016-Present

Abstract presentations and other publications

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research Symposium 2014 "Are vocalizations by male house crickets an honest signal of genetic quality?"
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2014 "Are vocalizations by male house crickets an honest signal of genetic quality?"
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research Symposium 2015 "The expression of Igf2, Yap1, and phosphorylated-Yap1 proteins in zebrafish proliferating cardiomyocytes"
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research Symposium 2016 "Investigation of a new hypoxia model to induce cardiomyocyte proliferation in zebrafish"
  • American Society for Cell Biology Conference 2016 "Investigation of a new hypoxia model to induce cardiomyocyte proliferation in zebrafish" Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research Symposium 2017

Work experience

  • The Department of Biology Tutor 2015-2017 Human anatomy, cell biology, botany, zoology, biological foundations, physiology.

Shadowing experience

  • Aventura Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness, Dr. Alan Ackermann Summer 2015

Research experience

  • ROADS, Dr. Michael Robinson 2013-2014 
  • Research with Dr. Brenda Schoffstall 2014-2017

Volunteer activities

  • Mount Sinai Hospital Summer 2014
  • TriBeta Easter Basket Drive Spring 2014
  • TriBeta Greenhouse Milkweed Planting 2014 & 2015
  • Little Haiti Optimist Club Fall 2015
  • Go-Green Event Fall 2015
  • Earth Day Spring 2016
  • MAPS Kickball Tournament 2015 & 2016
  • Heart Walk 2015 & 2016
  • Biology Department Tours 2017

Jennyvette Trinidad Piñeiro

Jennyvette Trinidad Piñeiro

Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Major: Biology (Pre- Med)
Minor: Chemistry
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Biology Major (05/2017)
  • Volleyball Team’s Award at Barry University Athletic Banquet (04/2017)
  • Barry University Dean’s List (Fall 2013- Spring 2017)
  • Barry University Full Athletic Scholarship (08/2013- 05/2017)
  • Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2013- Fall 2016)
  • Barry University Athlete of the Month (09/2014)
  • Barry University Freshman Athlete of the Year Nominee (Spring 2014)
  • Most Valuable Player at Ram Rumble Volleyball Tournament Shepherd University (09/2013)

Clubs and Organizations:

  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (04/2017- Present)
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society (04/2017- Present)
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society (04/2017- Present)
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society (02/2017- Present)
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi (08/2015- Present)
  • Chemistry Club (08/2015- Present)
  • Barry University Volleyball Team (08/2013- 05/2017)
  • American Medical Student Association (08/2015- 12/2016)

Abstract presentations and other publications

  • Bingham, S., Flores, A., Trinidad, J.: An RNA Sequencing Approach to Studying Gene Expression Changes Following Embryonic Ethanol Exposure. 9th Annual STEM Barry University Symposium. Miami, FL. Spring 2017 (Poster)
  • Bingham, S., Crooks, V., Flores, A., Trinidad, J.: Undergraduate Provide Support for Science Education at the K-12 Level. Community Engagement Barry University Symposium. Spring 2017 (Poster)

Shadowing experience

  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. John C. Chaloupka, Endovascular Neurosurgery (08/2016- 03/2017)
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Todd Lasner, Neurosurgery (08/2016- 03/2017)
  • San Pablo Hima Hospital, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Internal Medicine (07/2016-08/2016)
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Multiple Doctors, Multiple Specialties (06/2016- 07/2016)
  • San Pablo Hima Hospital, Dr. Carmen Cortes Morales, Oncology (08/2012- 05/2013)

Research experience

  • Research Assistant, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Studied how gene networks control cell behavior in homeostasis and human disease. Mentor: Dr. Joaquin Espinosa (05/2017- 08/2017)
  • Research Assistant, Barry University, Studied the potential paternal role in fetal alcoholic syndrome onset. Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Bingham (05/2016-06/2016)
  • Research Assistant, Barry University, Studied the effect of ethanol on developmental gene expression using RNA sequencing. Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Bingham (08/2016- 05/2017)
  • Research Assistant, Barry University, Studied the basic functions of the yeast’s telomeres. Mentor: Dr. Leticia Vega (01/2016- 05/2016)

Volunteer activities

  • Miami Health Center Division Seasons and Hospice, Miami, FL. (06/2016- Present)
  • North Miami Elementary School, Miami, FL. (08/2016- 05/2017)
  • North Miami Parks Clean Up, Miami, FL. (01/2017- 05/2017)
  • Physics and Chemistry High School Tournament, Miami, FL. (04/2017)
  • Projects Abroad-Public Health, Accra, Ghana. (03/2017-04/2017)
  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Miami, FL. (02/2015- 02/2017)
  • Shark Valley Clean-up, Miami, FL. (01/2017)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Expo, Miami, FL. (02/2017)
  • Volleyball Clinics, Miami, FL. (08/2013- 12/2016)
  • Glide Memorial Church, San Francisco, CA, (09/2016)
  • Foster Adoptive Parent Field Day, Miami, FL. (12/2015)
  • Everglades National Park, Miami, FL. (01/2014- 01/2015)
  • Barry University 5K, Miami, FL. (11/ 2014)
  • Special Olympics, Miami, FL. (04/2014)
  • Feeding South Florida, Miami, FL. (03/2014)
  • Shake a Leg, Miami, FL. (08/2013)
  • Relay for Life, Cayey, PR (08/2010- 05/2013)
  • Volunteer Trip, Neiba, Dominican Republic. (02/2012)

Van Williams

Van Williams

Hometown: Framingham, MA
Major(s): Finance and Biology (Pre-med)
Minor(s): Chemistry
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Goizueta Foundation Scholarship
  • Goizueta Minority Science Scholarship
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society Honor Society
  • Financial Management Association International Honor Society
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society
  • Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society
  • Dean’s List (Multiple)
  • 1st Place at Barry University’s STEM Research Symposium
  • Finalist at St. Thomas University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Biomedical Science Careers Program Scholarship Recipient

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Medical Student Association – Member
  • Chemistry Club
  • Student Ambassador – Head of Program
  • Student Managed Investment Fund – Healthcare Sector Head

Abstract presentations and other publications

  • Effects of Th17 cell derived cytokines on expression of extracellular matrix components by fibroblasts (Turley et. al.)
  • Cell-Enriched Fat Graft’s Effect on Adipose Volume Retention (Ruben et. al.)
  • Prevalence of CVD and disparity among deaths in African American Women in Massachusetts
  • A knockdown approach to studying Pc1 gene function (Petrino-Lin et. al.)

Work experience

  • Lead Student Ambassador
  • Chemistry Teaching assistant
  • Tutor (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry)
  • Macroeconomics Tutor

Shadowing experience

  • Over 50 Surgeries at University of Pittsburgh Medical School (Dr. Ruben, Dr. Simmons, Dr. Little, etc.)
  • Over 100 hours in the ICU and ER at Duke Medical School
  • Shadowed in the Gastrointestinal Suit at UMASS Medical School

Research experience

  • Immunology research at Harvard Medical School (Turley et. Al.)
  • Fat Grafting research at University of Pittsburgh Medical School (Ruben et.al.)
  • Nerve Regeneration research at University of Pittsburgh Medical School (Ruben et.al.)
  • Cardiovascular Disease disparity research at UMASS Medical School
  • Food desert prevalence disparity research at Duke Medical School
  • Polycomb research at Barry University (Petrino-Lin et. Al.)

Outstanding Biology Majors 2016

Mariana Ruiz-Velez

Mariana Ruiz-Velez

Home town: Miami, FL
Major: Biology(Pre-Med)
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE): May 2013-Present
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Shadowing Scholarship: March 17-19th, 2014
  • Dean’s List: Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • STEM Honorable Mention: March 23, 2016

Clubs and Organizations

  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society: Spring 2016 - Present
  • Chemistry Club Member: Fall 2015-Present
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society: Spring 2015-Present
  • Tri-Beta Honor Society: Spring 2015-Present
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi): Spring 2014-Present
  • Minority Association for Pre-Health Students: Spring 2013-Fall 2014
  • NCAA Varsity Volley
  • ball: Fall 2012-Spring 2014

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • STEM Symposium (poster): March 23, 2016
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (poster): February 26-27, 2016
  • STEM Symposium (2 posters): April 1, 2015
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (poster): November 12-15, 2014
  • STEM Symposium (poster): March 16, 2014
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (poster): February 27-28, 2015
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (poster): February 21-22, 2014

Work Experience

  • RISE Research Assistant, Barry University: May 2013-Present
  • Assistant Volleyball Coach, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School: Fall 2014

Shadowing Experience

  • Florida Museum of Natural History, Shadowing different scientists in the University of Florida: March 17-19, 2014

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Developmental Biology: May 2013-Present
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neuroscience: Summer 2015
  • University of Georgia, Microbiology and Bioinformatics: Summer 2014
  • Barry University, Physiology: Summer 2013

Volunteer Activities

  • National Girls Sports Day, mentor for sporting events: Fall 2012
  • World Beach Clean-up, cleaned South Beach: September 2012
  • Christmas Party for the Less Fortunate Children, arts and crafts: December 2012
  • Feeding South Florida, sorting and packaging food: March 2013-Present
  • Volunteer Softball Coach, assisted head coach: March 2013-Present
  • Volunteer Boys Volleyball Coach, assisted head coach: Spring 2013-Spring 2015
  • Special Olympics, arts and crafts with special needs athletes: April 2014
  • Stronger Together (feeding the needy), packaging food items: September 2014
  • Volunteer at North Miami Elementary School, help students with science fair projects: Fall 2015-Spring 2016
  • Brain Fair, educating kids about the brain: March 2016

Alice Nakasone

Alice Nakasone

Hometown: Olympia, WA
Major: Biology (Pre-Vet)
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List: Spring and Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015 - Present
  • Runner up for STEM symposium
  • Minority Travel Awards Fellowship from the Society of Toxicology
  • Vice Presidents Award: Spring 2011-2013
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement May 2013- Present

Clubs and Organizations

  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society: April 2016 – Present
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society: Fall 2013 – Present
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society: April 2016 – Present
  • Sigma Alpha Pi: The National Society of Leadership and Success: December 2015
  • American Association for Cancer Research: March 2015 – Present
  • Paws 4 Pals: Spring 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Ping Pong Club, Secretary: Fall 2014 – Present
  • Chemistry Club: Spring 2014 - Present

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • STEM symposium (poster): March 24, 2016
  • A Simple and Efficient Method for Preparing Cell Slides and Staining without Using Cytocentrifuge and Cytoclips. International Journal of Cell Biology (Refereed Publication) November 4, 2015
  • American Association for Cancer Research (poster): April 20, 2015
  • STEM symposium (poster): April 1, 2015
  • Experimental Biology meeting (poster): March 30, 2015
  • Society of Microbiology (poster): May 18, 2014
  • National Conference of Undergraduate Research (poster): April 4, 2014
  • Seminar Series (oral): September 2014
  • STEM Symposium: April 2014
  • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (poster): February 2014
  • Seminar Series (oral): September 2013
  • Seminar Series (oral): May 2013

Work Experience

  • Research Assistant, Barry University: Summer 2013 - Present
  • Private Tutor: November 2015 - Present

Shadowing Experience

  • Dr. Amgad Basta, Kind Animal Hospital; North Miami Beach, FL: Spring 2016
  • Dr. Renata Schneider, South Florida Wildlife Center; Fort Lauderdale, FL: February 2015 – July 2015
  • Dr. Octavio Romo, Exotic Pet Veterinary Services; Hollywood, FL: February 2015
  • Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Veterinaria Farro; Guadalupe, Peru: August 2012 – December 2012

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Characterization of the viability of wild-type and cdc13-1 in log and stationary phase: August 2015 – May 2016
  • Barry University, Role of cdc2 in PMA-induced leukemia cell differentiation: August 2014 – June 2015
  • University of Florida, Stereotaxic Coordinates of the Brain of Guinea Pigs: May 2014 – August 2014
  • Barry University, Genetic interactions of telomere binding proteins in yeast: August 2013- May 2014
  • DARPA Grant, Barry University, Quanitative and Qualitative Analysis of Biofilm with Staphylococcus aureus: June 2013 – August 2013

Volunteer Activities

  • South Florida Wildlife Center; Assisted in the nursery, animal care, raccoon enrichment, house cleaning and with cage cleaning: February 2015 – July 2015
  • Feeding South Florida; Food sorter in a warehouse: September 2013 – December 2013
  • Quipunet; Celebrated Christmas with children in elementary schools located in rural communities around northern Peru: December 2008 – Present
  • Four Square Christian Church; Picked up trash with youth group around the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington: June 2007

Peter Nwokoye

Peter Nwokoye

Hometown: Anambra, Nigeria.
Major: Biology and Chemistry (Double major)
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • President’s List of Academic Honors (10-time honoree)
  • Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student
  • 2013 Theology Essay Contest Winner
  • Barry University Alumni Retention Scholarship Award
  • Department of Physical Sciences Honor Scholarship (record 5-time winner)
  • COACH Program Community Service Award (2-time winner)
  • American Chemical Society Chemistry Ambassador
  • First Place in Chemistry Poster, 7th Annual STEM Symposium
  • Honorable Mention Biology Poster, 7th Annual STEM Symposium
  • De-Lap Holcomb Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry
  • South Florida ACS Travel Grant Awardee
  • 2016 St. Catherine’s Medal Senior Recipient for Outstanding Leadership and Service
  • Honorable Mention Chemistry Poster, 8th Annual STEM Symposium
  • 2016 Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry
  • South Florida ACS Outstanding Graduating Student

Clubs and Organizations

  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society 2013
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society 2016
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society 2014
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honors Society 2014
  • Phi Beta Delta International Honors Society 2014
  • Barry University Alternative Spring Break 2014-2015
  • Sigma Xi National Research Honors Society 2015
  • Sigma Alpha Pi National Leadership Honors Society 2015
  • Barry University Ethics Bowl Team (Interschool Ethics Debate) 2015
  • Kappa Gamma Pi Honors Society 2016
  • Alpha Chi Honors Society 2016
  • Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society 2016
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Member
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Barry University
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), Barry University
  • Chemistry Club, Barry University
  • Honors Program, Barry University

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • Boulos J., Nwokoye, P., Dao, H., Jakubik, J., Randakova, A. Thiophene N-substituted Tetra Hydro Pyridinium Salts as Functionally Selective Muscarinic Partial Agonists Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2015 (Submitted).
  • Peter Nwokoye (2015): How Heavy is a Protein?. In Tang Hu and Laura Mudd (Ed.). The world of biological molecules through the eyes and hands of undergraduate students. Green Ivy Publishing, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Boulos J., Nwokoye, P.N, Dao, H., Jakubik, J., Randakova, A. Thiophene N-substituted Tetra Hydro Pyridinium Salts as Functionally Selective Muscarinic Partial Agonists. American Chemical Society. Denver, CO. Paper I.D. #2145400. (Poster)
  • Bingham, S., Mandy, C., Peter, N., A Report on the Effects of Embryonic Ethanol Exposure on Cardiac Function. 6th Annual Barry University STEM Symposium. Miami, FL. (Poster)
  • Bingham, S., Mandy, C., Peter, N., A Report on the Effects of Embryonic Ethanol Exposure on Cardiac Function. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. Miami, FL. (Poster)
  • Bingham, S., Nwokoye, P., Conley J., Examining the Effects of Paternal Ethanol Exposure on Zebrafish Development. 7th Annual Barry University STEM Symposium. Miami, FL (Poster)
  • Bingham, S., Nwokoye, P., Ruiz, M., Is There a Paternal Role in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. Tampa, FL (Poster)
  • Nwokoye, P.N., Boulos, J., Synthesis of functionally M2-selective muscarinic agonists for the potential treatment of cardiovascular diseases. 8th Annual Barry University STEM Symposium. Miami, FL (poster).

Work Experience

  • Tutor, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Intro to Biochemistry-Barry University, Department of Physical Sciences
  • Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemistry II Lab- Barry University, Department of Physical Sciences
  • Peer Tutor for Barry University Student-Athletes, Chemistry and Physics- Barry University, Department of Athletics
  • RISE Tutor. General Chemistry (I &II), Organic Chemistry (I &II), Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (I &II), University Physics (I &II), Calculus II.-Barry University, Department of Biology

Shadowing Experience

  • Gateway Regional Medical Center Granite City, IL Young-Adult Volunteer (Nursing Unit), (Summer 2011)
  • Gateway Regional Medical Center Granite City, IL ER Shadowing Experience (Summer2012, Summer 2013)
  • Multicare Hospital Onitsha, Nigeria Physician Shadowing (Summer 2015)

Research Experience

  • Barry University, Department of Biology. The Effects of Embryonic Alcohol Exposure on Zebrafish Cardiac Development (2013-2015)
  • Barry University, Department of Physical Sciences. Synthesis of Novel Bitopic Muscarinic Agonists and Antagonists for Alzheimer, Schizophrenia, Parkinsons, Substance Abuse, and Over-reactive Bladder Syndrome. (2014-present)
  • Barry University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Optimization and Multiset Theory. (Fall 2015)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA. Undergraduate Participant, Quantitative Biology Workshop. (January 2014)

Volunteer Activities

  • Participant, Dr. Martin Luther King Day of service, Barry University
  • Hospitality Minister, Cor Jesu Chapel, Barry University
  • Miami Dream Center (Against) Human-Trafficking, worked with the Miami Dream Center in finding leads on missing girls who might have been sex-trafficked.
  • Assisted with chemistry magic shows for underprivileged elementary students to help these students develop a greater appreciation of the principles of chemistry
  • Beach Clean-up, led the chemistry club members in the annual coastal clean-up at Miami Beach
  • COACH Program, led a science experiment in a local under-resourced high school.
  • Feeding South Florida, volunteered with M.A.P.S in packaging canned foods for distribution during the holiday season
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers, helped the coalition prepare for their big action in St. Petersburg, FL
  • RCMA, performed chemistry demonstrations and taught students about healthy eating (Charter School for the children of migrant farm workers)
  • Shelter for Abused Women and Children, helped the shelter with their new library inventory
  • UM-Docs Liberty City Health Fair, helped University of Miami medical students in providing free healthcare in an underserved community; also helped in packaging food for the out-patients.

Wesam Azaizeh

Wesam Azaizeh

Hometown: Daburriya, Israel (near Nazareth)
Major: Biology (Minors: Physics, Math, Chemistry)
Status: Senior

Honors and Awards

  • Barry University President’s List: Fall 2011
  • Barry University Dean’s list: Spring 2012 – Spring 2015
  • Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society: Spring 2013
  • Outstanding Physics Student: Spring 2013
  • Outstanding Physics Teacher Assistant: Fall 2013
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society: Spring 2014
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Scholastic Honor Society: Spring 2014
  • 6th Annual STEM Research Symposium Presentation Award: Spring 2014
  • 7th Annual STEM Research Symposium Presentation Award: Spring 2015
  • 8th Annual STEM Research Symposium Honorable Mention: Spring 2016
  • LSSF 2016 STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium Oral Presentation Award: Spring 2016
  • 80th Annual Florida Academy of Sciences Meeting Outstanding Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation & Barry University Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Presentation: Spring 2016
  • Outstanding Graduating Student of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • (Mathematics/Sciences) Dean’s Award: Spring 2016

Clubs and Organizations

  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society: Spring 2012- Present
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Secretary): Fall 2013- Spring 2014
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (President): Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Treasurer): Fall 2015- Spring 2016
  • American Medical Students Association: Spring 2012 – Fall 2014
  • Math Astronomy and Physics Club (Vise President): Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Math Astronomy and Physics Club (President): Fall 2013 – Spring 2016
  • Pals-4-Paws: Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society: Spring 2014 – Present
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society: Spring 2014 – Spring 2016
  • American Chemical Society: Spring 2014 – Spring 2016
  • Barry Green Team: Fall 2014- Spring 2015

Abstract Publications and Other Presentations

  • Journal publication: Verónica A. Segarra, Michael Birnbaum, Alexandria Ortíz-Rosado, Darlah López- Rodríguez, Victoria Varona, Ji Zha, Shashana Fiedler, Wesam Azaizeh, and Herman Autore. Experiential Posters: Theatrical and Improvisational Tools Aid in Science Museum Outreach. JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOLOGY EDUCATION, December 2014
  • Additional Scholarly Publications: Maurizio Giannotti, Michael Wise, Wesam Azaizeh, Daria Vasilyeva, Sanja Zivanovic (Barry University). MESAPlot. Open-Source Link: http:// http://mesastar.org/tools-utilities/python-based-stuff/mesaplot
  • Chromosome end protection and telomere length maintenance in cdc13-1 strains, The 2014 Annual American Society for Cell Biology, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2014 (Poster)
  • Protecting the end: genetic interactions of telomere binding proteins in yeast, Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. Florida International University, Miami, FL, Spring 2014 (Poster)
  • Identification and characterization of genetic interactions between cdc13-1 and yKU80 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, The Seventh Annual S.T.E.M Research Symposium. Barry University, Miami, FL, Spring 2015 (Poster)
  • MESAPlot: A python graphical interface to study stellar simulation data, The Seventh Annual S.T.E.M Research Symposium. Barry University, Miami, FL, Spring 2015 (Poster)
  • Quantitative analysis of the induced currents in circuits with variable geometry and magnetic fields, The Seventh Annual S.T.E.M Research Symposium. Barry University, Miami, FL, Spring 2015 (Poster)
  • MESAPlot : A python graphical interface to study star simulation data, The 80th Annual Meeting of The Florida Academy of Sciences, Florida South University St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL, Spring 2016 (Oral)
  • A population model of the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades, The 80th Annual Meeting of The Florida Academy of Sciences, Florida South University St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL, Spring 2016 (Oral)
  • A proper probability distribution analysis of manipulated variables of nonlinear models, Life Sciences South Florida 2016 STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium, Broward College, Miami, FL, Spring 2016 (Poster)
  • An Increased Requirement of yKU Function in cdc13-1 Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Life Sciences South Florida 2016 STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium, Broward College, Miami, FL, Spring 2016 (Oral)

Work Experience

  • Student Tutor, Barry University Physical Sciences Department: Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
  • Student Tutor, Barry University Department of Biology: Fall 2014 – Spring 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Barry University Department of Biology: Fall 2014 – Spring 2016
  • Laboratory Assistant, Barry University Physical Sciences Department: Fall 201– Spring 2016

Volunteer Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity, Miami, FL, November 2012
  • TriBeta Easter Baskets Drive, Miami, FL, March 2013& March 2014
  • Miami Brain Fair, Miami, FL, March 2014
  • Heart Walk, Miami, FL, October 2013 & October 2014
  • Go-Green Event, Miami Shores, FL, October 2013, November 2014, October 2015, & October 2016
  • TriBeta Flip Us a Bird – Easter Event, Miami, FL, November 2014
  • Holt’s Children Hospital Volunteering, Miami, FL, November 2014
  • Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Development & Safety, Fort Lauderdale Inc, FL, November 2014
  • Al-Toor Elementary School Science Day, Daburriya, Israel: June 2015
  • Junior & High Schools Science Day, Technion University, Haifa, Israel: June 2015
  • South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, February 2016