IRACDA Scholars and Alumni

For information on the IRACDA scholars, please see below:

First-Year IRACDA Scholars

Lori Horton, Ph.D.
Education:
Baylor College of Medicine (2011)
Research Interests: Microbiology, Molecular Interactions, Biochemistry
Current Laboratory:  Joseph Hyser, Ph.D.

Louis McLane, Ph.D.
Education: 
Georgia Institute of Technology (2013)
Research Interests:
Physics, Biophysics, Molecular Biology
Current Laboratory:
Ido Golding, Ph.D

Davita McTush-Camp, Ph.D.
Education:
Georgia State (2015)
Research Interests:
Introductory Chemistry course, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry
Current Laboratory:
Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Ryan Pace, Ph.D.
Education:
University of Arizona (2015)
Research Interests:
Development, Epigenetics, and Genomics
Current Laboratory:
Kjersti Aagaard, M.D.

Second-Year IRACDA Scholars

Deanna Acosta, Ph.D.
Education:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2013)
Research Interests: C
ancer, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology
Current Laboratory:
Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.

Pablo Gonzales, Ph.D.
Education:
Loma Linda University (2014)
Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biochemistry
Current Laboratory: Kjersti Aagaard, M.D.

Amber Miller, Ph.D.
Education: Baylor College of Medicine (2013)
Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Immunology
Current Laboratory: Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

Diana Monsivais, Ph.D.
Education
: Northwestern University (2013)
Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Endocrinology
Current Laboratory: Martin Matzuk, Ph.D.

Evelyn Young, Ph.D.
Education:
Baylor College of Medicine (2014)
Research Interests: Protein Quality Control, Protein Transport, Alternative
Splicing
Current Laboratory: Richard Sifers, Ph.D.

Third-Year IRACDA Scholars

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

Nina Poole, Ph.D.
Education: 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.

IRACDA Alumni

2015 Alumni:

Ginny Morriss, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

Denae Nash, Ph.D.
Current Position: Completed IRACDA fellowship

Debra Ritter, Ph.D.
Current Position: Staff Scientist, Baylor College of Medicine

Luz Vela, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

Sara Wright, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

2014 Alumni:

Marco Giles, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure track Assistant Professor PVAMU

Edward Nam, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure track Assistant Professor University of St. Thomas

Elizabeth Salisbury, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure track Assistant Professor UTMB Galveston

Michael Toneff, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral associate, Baylor College of Medicine

2013 Alumni:

Michael Grider, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor High Point University

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

Timothy Mahoney, Ph.D.
Current Position: Completed IRACDA fellowship, MBA Program, Rice University

Naxhiely Martinez Ramon, Ph.D.
Current Position: Completed IRACDA, accelerated Nursing Program, Registered nurse, Texas Children's Hospital

Freddy Reyes, Ph.D.
Current Position: Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Mt. Sinai Hospital

Gabriel Villares, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, Rice University, Tenure-track Assistant Professor, University of Saint Thomas

Adriana Visbal, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, University of Houston-Downtown

2012 Alumni:

Shivas Amin, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, University of Saint Thomas

Audrea Burns, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Human Immunology, Texas Children’s Hospital/BCM

Maria Fadri-Moskwik, Ph.D.
Current Position: Biology Instructor, Wake Technical Community College

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

Ryan Udan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Missouri State University

2011 Alumni:

Charletha Irwin-Wilson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Alliant Group

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

Hector Sandoval, Ph.D.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine

Melissa Suter, Ph.D.
Current Position: NIH K99/00 Grantee Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

2010 Alumni:

Gregory Dement, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director, The Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence, University of Houston Downtown