Alumni Profiles

Maxime Jean

Odaine Gordon

RISE Dates of Support:

August 2008 – May 2011

Current Status:

Research Scientist

Degrees Earned:

  • BS Biology, Barry University, FL, 2011

BFoRe On-campus Research:

Exercise Induced Cardiac Overload in Adult Zebrafish, Danio rerio.

Summer Research Experience:

  • Structural Insights into the Functional Role of Calmodulin in HIV-1 Gag Trafficking and Assembly, University of Alabama-Birmingham, AL, 2009

Other Research Experience:

Laboratory Technician
Dr. Leticia Vega’s Laboratory, Barry University, FL, 2012
Genetic Screen of Ku80 Mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisae

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Ithaca, NY, March 31– April 2, 2011
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, AZ, November 4 – 7, 2009
  • Biophysical Society 53rd Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 28 – March 4, 2009

Refereed Publication:

Maxime J. Jean, Precious deVerteuil, Nicole H. Lopez, Joshua D. Tapia, and Brenda Schoffstall. (2012). Adult Zebrafish Hearts Efficiently Compensate for Excessive Forced Overload Cardiac Stress with Hyperplastic Cardiomegaly. BioResearch Open Access.  2012 June 25; 1(2): 88-91.  doi:10.1089/biores.2012.0201

Awards Received:

  • Outstanding Biology Major, Barry University, 2011
  • Outstanding Physics Student of the Year, Barry University, 2010
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student of the Year, Barry University, 2009
  • ABRCMS Presentation Award in the Microbiological Sciences, 2009
  • University of Alabama – Birmingham Summer Research Award in the Life Sciences II, 2009
  • Dean's List, Barry University, 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011

Odaine Gordon

Odaine Gordon

RISE Dates of Support:

May 2006 – May 2008

Current Status:
Research Scientist

Degrees Earned:

  • PhD Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, TN, 2014
  • BS Chemistry, Barry University, FL, 2008

BFoRe On-campus Research:
The Effects of Beta Amyloid on Caspase -3 Production in Septal Glia from Embryonic Rats.

Summer Research Experience:

  • Molecular Analysis of Developmental Signaling Pathways in Neural and Brain-tumor Derived Stem-like Cells, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI,  2007

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Austin, TX, November 7 – 10, 2007
  • 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), San Rafael, CA, April 12 – 14, 2007

Awards Received:

  • Goizueta Minority Science Scholarship, 2007
  • National Dean's List, 2004; 2005

Ileana Pazos (Class of 2007)

Ileana Pazos

RISE Dates of Support:

August 2004 – December 2005

MARC Dates of Support:

January 2006 – December 2007

Current Status:

Postdoctoral

Degrees Earned:

  • PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, PA, 2015
  • MS Chemistry, University of Chicago, IL, 2010
  • BS Chemistry & Mathematics Barry University, 2007

BFoRe On-campus Research:

Computer simulations of the kinetics of autocatalytic aggregation of 1,1'-diethyl-3,3'bis(sylfopropyl)-5,5'6,6'-tetrachlorobenzimiadcarbocyanine in water.

Summer Research Experience:

  • A Novel Interdigitated Lipid Bilayer Packing Motif: High Pressure Vibrational Infrared Spectroscopic Characterizations. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), MD, 2007
  • Synthesis and characterization of high functionality acrylate polyurethane resins for radiation cure. Bayer MaterialScience LLC, PA, 2006
  • Characterization of self-assembled mecaptan monolayers on a gold substrate for interfacial patterning. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA, 2005
  • Ternary phase diagram of the system Bi2O3-Fe2O3-Nb2O5. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MD, 2004

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • 233rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 22 – 25, 2007.
  • 232nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 10 – 14, 2006
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Atlanta, GA, November 2 – 5, 2005
  • 229th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 13 – 17, 2005

Refereed Publications:

  • I. Struganova, A.S. Wallner, I. Pazos. Two-dimensional 1H NMR spectroscopy of 1,1′-diethyl-2,2′-cyanine iodide in water and methanol. Journal of Molecular Structure, 2008, 875 (1-3): 447-455 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2007.05.016
  • Lufaso, M.W., Vanderah, T.A., Pazos, I.M., Levin, I., Roth, R.S., Nino, J.C., Provenzano, V., Schenck, P.K. Phase formation, crystal chemistry, and properties in the system Bi2O3- Fe2O3- Nb2O5. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2006, 179 (12): 3900-3910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2006.08.036

Awards Received:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2009
  • Graduate Assistantship, 2006
  • Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, 2006
  • Physical Science Honor Scholarship, 2005
  • Outstanding Physics with Calculus Student, Barry University, 2004
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student, Barry University, 2004
  • Society of Toxicology Travel Award to attend 44th Annual Meeting, 2004
  • President's List, Barry University, 2004
  • Dean's List, Barry University, 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006

Talia Guardia

Talia Guardia

RISE Dates of Support:

May 2011 – May 2014

Current Status:

MD/PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD

Degrees Earned:

  • BS Biology, Barry University, 2014

BFoRe On-campus Research:

TGF-β mediating cell cycle control in human myeloid leukemia cells.

Summer Research Experience:

  • Determining the role of hyaluronic acid synthase 2 (Has2) on metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2013Analyzing the mutation in the TBX5 gene in a patient with Holt-Oram Syndrome, Weil Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering, NY, 2012.
  • Validation and Optimization of Multiplex Bead Assays for Measurement of Cytokines in Human Samples, National Cancer Institute, MD, 2011

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2014, April 5-9, 2014. San Diego, CA . Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 13-16, 2013. Nashville, TN American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2013, April 6-10,2013. Washington, DC Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 7-10, 2012. San Jose, CA Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Deland, FL, March 17, 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 9-12, 2011. St. Louis, MO

Awards Received:

  • Deans Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Barry University, 2014
  • Runner-Up STEM Poster Presentation Award, Barry University, 2014
  • STEM Poster Presentation Award, Barry University, 2013

Salihah Dick

Salihah Dick

RISE Dates of Support:

May 2002 – May 2003

MARC Dates of Support:

June 2003 – May 2005

Current Status:

MD, Cornell University, NY

Degrees Earned:

  • PhD, Cornell University, NY. 2015
  • BS Biology, Barry University, 2005

BFoRe On-campus Research:
Investigation of IKBL interacting proteins using bacterial two hybrid system.

Summer Research Experience:

  • New insights from transcriptome and qRT-PCR analyses implicate altered cysteine metabolism in hypertension, heart failure, and aging. National Institute of Aging (NIA), MD, 2004
  • Effect of VEGF and PlGF on wound healing, angiogenesis and barrier function in endothelial cells in vitro. Johns Hopkins University, MD, 2003
  • Do bugs have soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC)? Cornell University, NY, 2002

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Nov 13 – 16, 2003
  • Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA , April 11 – 15, 2003
  • American Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), New Orleans, LA , November 13 – 16, 2002

Refereed Publication:

Awards Received:

  • Dean's Awards for Most Outstanding Graduating Senior, 2005
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student, Barry University, 2003
  • Honors Scholarship, Barry University, 2002
  • Outstanding βββ Student, Barry University, 2001