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For information on the IRACDA scholars, please see below:

First-Year IRACDA Scholars

Michael Cato, Ph.D.
Jackson State University (2012)
Research Interests: Drug Design, Computational Biology
Current Laboratory:  Dr. Shuxing Zhang, Ph.D.

Valerie Cortez, Ph.D.
UTHSC-San Antonio (2013)
Research Interests:
Cancer Biology, Genetics
Currently Rotating

Nina Poole, Ph.D.
University of Memphis (2013)
Research Interests:  Microbiology, Bacterial Pathogenesis
Current Laboratory: Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Katherine Quast, Ph.D.
Education: Harvard University (2013)
Research Interests: Neuroscience
Current Laboratory: Benjamin Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Second-Year IRACDA Scholars

Ginny Morris, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico (2012)
Research Interests:
Transcriptional Regulation, Developmental Biology
Current Laboratory:
Thomas Cooper, M.D.

Denae Nash, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine (2010)
Research Interests: Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology
Current Laboratory: John Swann, Ph.D.

Deborah Ritter, Ph.D.
Education: Boston College (2010)
Research Interests: Genetics, Whole-Genome Sequencing,
Current Laboratory: David Wheeler, Ph.D.

Luz Vela, Ph.D.
: University of Houston-Central (2012)
Research Interests: Biochemistry, Physiology
Current Laboratory: Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Sarah J. Wright, Ph.D.
 University of California-Riverside (2011)
Research Interests: Biochemistry, Cell Signaling
Current Laboratory: Theodore Wensel, Ph.D.

Third-Year IRACDA Scholars

Marco Giles, Ph.D.
Tulane University (2011)
Research Interests:
Pharmacology, Chemistry
Current Laboratory: Jin Wang, Ph.D.

Edward Nam, Ph.D.
 Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: Genetics, Cancer Biology
Current Laboratory: Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Salisbury
Baylor College of Medicine (2011)
Research Interests:  Gene Therapy, Genetics
Current Laboratory:  Alan Davis, Ph.D.

Michael Toneff, Ph.D.
: Baylor College of Medicine (2011)
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology
Current Laboratory: Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.

Adriana Visbala, Ph.D.
Education: Baylor College of Medicine
Research Interests: Breast Cancer, Cell Signaling
Current Laboratory: Dean Edwards, Ph.D.


2013 Alumni:

Michael H. Grider, Ph.D.
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at Hampshire College

Aaron Lauver, Ph.D. 
Current Position: Instructor, Lone Star College

Timothy Mahoney, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

Gabriel Villares, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, Rice University

2012 Alumni:

Shivas Amin, Ph.D.
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Saint Thomas

Audrea Burns, Ph.D.
Current Position: Asst. Dir. Of Regulatory Affairs for Pediatrics Human Immunology, Texas Children’s Hospital/BCM

Gregory Dement, Ph.D.
Current Position: Interim Director of Student Success Program, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown

Maria Fadri-Moskwik, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, Washington State University

Timothy Montminy, Ph.D.
Current Position: Lecturer, University of New Hampshire

Ryan Udan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine

2011 Alumni:

Charletha Irwin-Wilson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Senior Research Analyst –Dept. of Pediatrics: Hematology: Oncology Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine

Albert Ribes-Zamora, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Saint Thomas

Hector Sandoval, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Melissa Suter, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine