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Marissa Balagtas

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Tom Huxford

Marissa Balagtas was appointed to the MARC Program in September 2021. Her major is biochemistry. She recently began conducting research under Dr. Tom Huxford in his structural biochemistry laboratory. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to seek a Ph.D. but as a new research scholar she is still researching areas of interest.
 
 
 
 
 

Kaylin Borders

Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ping Lu

Kaylin was appointed to the MARC program in September 2021. Her major is Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. This fall Kaylin will conduct research in developing the method and algorithms for integrated optimal entry, descent, and landing (EDL) guidance for human Mars missions under Dr. Ping Lu. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and become a research engineer at a government or industry laboratory. 


Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher Harrison

Karen Campos was appointed to the MARC Program in June 2021. Her major is Chemistry with a minor in General Biology. She recently began conducting research in Dr. Harrison’s Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Karen plans to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on toxicology. 

Project Title: Exploring novel solvent mixtures for capillary electrophoresis separation buffers

 


Nalani Coleman

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor:Dr. Christal Sohl

Nalani Coleman was appointed to the MARC Program in June 2020. Her major is Biochemistry. She is currently conducting research in the Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Laboratory under Dr. Christal Sohl. Her project focuses on analyzing the catalytic efficiency of WT IDH1 and mutant IDH1 to understand the effect of point mutations on IDH1, an enzyme commonly mutated in aggressive brain cancer. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Nalani plans to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on cancer stem cells.

Project Title: Catalytic Activity of tumor relevant mutant Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1)

2021 Summer Research Program
Harvard University SROH


Marisa Krauter

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Emily Kappenman

Marisa was appointed to the MARC program in June 2020. Her major is Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She is currently conducting research under Dr. Emily Kappenman. Their work broadly focuses on emotional and cognitive differences between populations using EEG and ERP methods.
 
Marisa hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and have a career as both a researcher and clinician. She aims to conduct research that assists minority populations and is applicable in a clinical setting.
 
 
 

Avi Martin

Astronomy
Faculty Mentor: Kate Rubin

Avi was appointed to the MARC program in June 2021. His major is Astronomy with minors in Mathematics and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently conducting galactic evolution research under Dr. Kate Rubin.

After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. His career goals include conducting cosmology research and becoming a tenured professor at a university.

 

Rebecca Mendoza

 

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Aaron Blashill

Rebecca was appointed to the MARC program in June 2021. Her major is Psychology with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Dance Studies. This fall, Rebecca will conduct research in the Body Image, Sexuality, and Health Lab under Dr. Aaron Blashill and graduate student Lexie Convertino. Their research focuses on body image and the role it plays in health behaviors across multiple populations, including sexual minorities and adolescents. Once completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph. D. in Adolescent Clinical Psychology. Her career goals are to further research adolescent eating disorders and provide treatment for adolescent mental illnesses.


Jenny O’Connor*

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Ksenija Marinkovic

Jenny O’Connor was appointed to the MARC program in June 2020. Her major is psychology with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Jenny is conducting research in the Spatio-Temporal Brain Imaging Lab under Dr. Ksenija Marinkovic. Once completing her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph. D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology. Her career goal is to further research alcohol use disorders in populations of those diagnosed with schizophrenia.
 
*Not federally funded
 
 

 

Sara Rodrigue

Public Health

Faculty Mentor: Jerel Calzo

Sara was appointed to the MARC program in September of 2021. Her major is Public Health. She is currently conducting research in the Action Research on Community Health Equity and Stigma Lab under Dr. Jerel Calzo. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to seek a Ph.D. in a Public Health field. Her career goals are to conduct public health research, train young researchers, and become a professor at a university.