Alumni Profiles

Maxime Jean

Odaine Gordon

RISE Dates of Support:

August 2008 – May 2011

Current Status:

MD/PhD Student – University of Rochester, NY

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


Talia Guardia

Talia Guardia

RISE Dates of Support:

May 2011 – May 2014

Current Status:

MD/PhD student, 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

Bertina Telusma

Bertina Telusma

RISE dates of Support:
January 2014 – May 2017

Current Status:
PhD Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA

Degrees Earned:

  • BS Biology, Barry University, 2017

BFoRe On-campus Research:
Polycomb 2 expression patterns during zebrafish development: in situ hybridization study

Summer Research Experience:

  • Inhibition of helicase loading by an Alpaca nanobody, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2016, 2017
  • Identification of binding partners of the STRA8 protein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2015
  • Multiple fluorescent labelling of proteins involved in meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD). University of Missouri, MO, 2014

Invited Research Student:

  • Inhibition of helicase loading by an Alpaca nanobody, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Spring 2017

ROADS Club Research:
Does fluctuating asymmetry predict immune function in male house crickets, Acheta domesticus?

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, FL, November 9-12, 2016
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, WA, November 11-14, 2015
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), San Antonio, TX, November 12-15, 2014.

Awards Received:

  • Dean's Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Barry University, 2017
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities program Awardee, 2016, 2017
  • American Chemical Society Polymer Education Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry, 2015
  • Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student, Barry University, 2015

Diana Dumit

Diana Dumit

RISE dates of Support:
August 2014 – December 2017

Current Status:
PhD Geochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA

Degrees Earned:

  • BS Biology/Chemistry with Biochemistry Specialization, Barry University, 2017

BFoRe On-campus Research:
Mechanochemical synthesis of biologically relevant porphyrin targets

Summer Research Experience:

  • Long-chain diols as a paleoenvironmental proxy in lake sediments, Brown University, RI, 2017
  • Calibrating tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (TRIS) buffers for pH measurements in natural seawater, University of Miami, FL, 2016
  • Naturally-occurring DMSP analogs as potential precursors of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and methanethiol (MeSH) in coastal seawater, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, AL, 2015

ROADS Club Research:
Are vocalizations by male house crickets (Acheta domesticus) an honest signal of genetic quality?

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, AZ, November 1-5, 2017
  • 253rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA, April 2-6, 2017
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, New Orleans, LA, February 21-26, 2015

Awards Received:

  • Dean's Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Barry University, 2018
  • Dean of Science Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP)
  • South Florida American Chemical Society Outstanding Graduating Senior
  • Dr. Leonard Keller Service Award
  • Barry University Recognition for Academic Excellence, Inspirational Leadership, and Outstanding Service
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon DeCap-Holcomb Scholarship