Current RMI Scholars

Sara Amirkiai

2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Project Title: Identification and characterization of long noncoding RNAs during inflammation.

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Susan Carpenter 

Research Mentor: Elektra Robinson

Lab: Carpenter Lab

Carlos Arevalo

2018 – 2019, 2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Project Title: Pan-cancer analysis of driver mutations and modules.

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Angela Brooks 

Research Mentor: John Akutagawa

Lab: Brooks Lab

Laya Ashley

2020 – 2021

Major: Chemistry

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Vicki Auerbuch Stone

Lab: Auerbuch-Stone lab

Melica Baboldashtian

2020 – 2021

Major: Human Biology

Project Title: Validating mutation calls in RNA-sequencing data

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Holly Beale

Research Mentor: Holly Beale

Lab: Treehouse

Marco Chamorro

2020 – 2021

Major: Bioinformatics

Project Title: Structure-based modeling of peptide-MHC I complexes

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sofie Salama

Research Mentor: Santrupti Nerli

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab

Eduardo Del Rio

2020 – 2021

Major: Bioinformatics

Project Title: Examining mutations in RNA-sequencing data using Cyverse

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Holly Beale

Research Mentor: Holly Beale

Lab: Treehouse

Darhien Gaddis

2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

Faculty/Staff mentor: Sofie Salama

Research Mentor: Ryan Hoffman

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab

Gifti Gemeda

2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021

Major: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

Project Title: Using a Notch-reporter assay to understand the ability of specific NOTCH2NL alleles to activate Notch signaling

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sofie Salama

Research Mentor: Gary Mantalas

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab

Ruby Guevara

2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

Project Title: The Expression of the Human LL-37 Antimicrobial Peptide Impairs the Detrimental Effect of Beta-amyloid in a Drosophila Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jeremy Lee

Research Mentor: Shannon Twardy

Lab: Lee Lab

Juliana Limon

2020 – 2021

Major: Marine Biology/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title: The Complete mitogenome of Dascyllus trimaculatus

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Giacomo Bernardi

Research Mentor: May Roberts/Darrin Schultz

Lab: Bernardi Lab

Daniel Lozano

2020 – 2021

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Project Title: Identifying novel regulators of cancer stem cells in breast cancer

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Shaheen Sikandar

Research Mentor: Veronica Haro-Acosta

Lab: Sikandar Lab

Duyen Nguyen

2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

Project Title: The Expression of the Human LL-37 Antimicrobial Peptide Impairs the Detrimental Effect of Beta-amyloid in a Drosophila Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jeremy Lee

Research Mentor: Shannon Twardy

Lab: Lee Lab

Linh Thuy Nguyen

2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021

Major: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Project Title: Characterization of a Genetic Suppressor of a Histone H3 Mutations That Perturbs Transcription Elongation in Budding Yeast

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Grant Hartzog

Research Mentor: Michael Doody

Lab: Hartzog Lab

Serafina Nieves

2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021

Major: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

Project Title: Functional consequences of horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to arthropods

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Russ Corbett-Detig 

Research Mentor: Russ Corbett-Detig

Lab: Corbett-Detig Lab

Claudia Paz Flores

2020 – 2021

Major: Neuroscience

Project Title: Identifying the functional consequences of human-specific genes on neural networks using organoid models of brain development

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sofie Salama 

Research Mentor: Jess Sevetson

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab

Diana Reyna

2020 – 2021

Major: Biochemistry/Chemistry

Project Title: Understanding the role of ZNF257, ZNF534, & HERV-H in early human development

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sofie Salama

Research Mentor: Paola Angulo

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab

Milagros Rivera

2020 – 2021

Major: Marine Biology

Project Title: Environmental DNA based bioinventory of Palmyra Atoll

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Beth Shapiro

Research Mentor: Rachel Meyer

Lab: Shapiro Lab

Shamari Waller

2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021

Major: Neuroscience

Project Title: Generation of biomaterials for third generation sequencing and assembly methods

Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sofie Salama

Research Mentor: Kristof Tigyi

Lab: Haussler/Salama Lab