The following is a list and profiles for the recent BRASS Scholars.

Wanderson Cabral Rezende

Wanderson Cabral Rezende, 2015-2016 BRASS Scholar

Wanderson Rezende was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from the University of São Paulo in 2007 with a degree in environmental chemistry. He started his career working on manufacturing vaccines in a large Brazilian biotech company. In 2010 he moved to the United States to further develop his career in biopharmaceutical research. After several years in industry, he decided to pursue his own research in drug discovery.

Wanderson joined the Department of Pharmacology where he is a first year student. He wishes to study antibiotic resistant opportunistic infections that can afflict immunocompromised persons, such as those living with the HIV virus.

He is an avid supporter of theater and musical theater companies in Houston, and an occasional photographer. Wanderson is honored to be part of the BRASS family and to have the opportunity to be an advocate for scientific research in Houston.

Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell, 2015-2016 BRASS Scholar

Elizabeth Campbell is a native Texan raised in Carrollton, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University in College Station where she graduated suma cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry as well as minors in biochemistry and mathematics. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in a lab developing novel therapies against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Elizabeth is a first year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program and is interested in researching the manipulation of basic cell processes in cancer. She hopes that her thesis work furthers the study of cancer biology as well as impacts the treatments of patients in the clinic.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys watching Texas A&M football and baking various desserts. Elizabeth is honored to be a member of the BRASS family and excited to see the best of what Houston has to offer. She is looking forward to volunteering at Squirrel Creek Ranch and sharing her enthusiasm for biomedical research with members of the community.

Carli Domenico

Carli Domenico, 2015-2016 BRASS Scholar

Carli Domenico grew up in Boerne, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with an interdisciplinary degree studying neuroscience with a Bachelor of Science in University Studies: Honors and minors in Psychology and Philosophy. She began research her sophomore year in an affective neuroscience lab studying mechanisms of pain in humans. She also spent two summers interning at NASA Johnson Space Center in the Behavioral Health and Performance division, where she spent time investigating the effects of spaceflight on sleep and cognitive performance in astronauts. 

Carli is now a first year graduate student in the neuroscience program. She is interested in studying mechanisms involved with neurogenesis and degeneration to better understand how neural connections are formed and consequently how they can be preserved. 

In her free time, Carli enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time outdoors. She also plays sports like soccer and golf. She is honored to be a BRASS scholar. Her future goals are to excite the public about science endeavors and applications, and she is very enthusiastic that this opportunity with the BRASS community will be a strong start to this journey.

Joanne Hsu

Joanne Hsu, 2015-2016 BRASS Scholar

Joanne Hsu was born in the Pacific Northwest, and was lucky to grow up with an evergreen forest backyard, where she enjoyed observing critters and collecting wild berries. Joanne continued to explore her interest in the life sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology. During that time, she worked in a proteomics lab, studying the evolution of protein phosphorylation in different yeast species using mass spectrometry.   

After graduation, Joanne joined the M.D./Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine. So far, she has completed the first two years of medical school, which include clinical clerkships in general surgery, neurology, and internal medicine. She is very excited about training in the environment of Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center, where she has had the opportunity to see a wide variety of medical cases, including diseases that are rarely seen outside of textbooks.

She is currently a first year graduate student in the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine graduate program. At this moment, she is doing first year research laboratory rotations and exploring her interests in the role of epigenetics in cancer development and stem cell differentiation, as well as applications of advanced MRI technologies in disease diagnosis and treatment. 

In her spare time, Joanne is continuing her lifelong hobby of swimming and has joined the Rice Aquatics Masters. She also enjoys twisting balloon animals and playing a couple of melodies on the violin. On Saturday nights, you’ll probably find her tuning into college football games and cheering on the Pac-12 teams. 

Joanne is looking forward to exploring Houston and interacting with the local community in the coming years. She is very honored to join the BRASS family, and is excited about volunteering at future BRASS events, especially Squirrel Creek Ranch and the Brain Lab.

Previous BRASS Scholars

2014-2015
Zachary Criss
Paul Fahey
Larissa Nitschke
Jarey Wang

2013-2014
Derrick Chu
Amanda Koire
Michael Gundry
Lin Zhu

2012-2013
Charlene Emerson
Kathleen Manning
Emily Packard
Amy Pohodich

2011-2012
Meagan Barry, Ph.D.
Mark Hamilton
Rob Seilheimer

2010-2011
Erol Bakkalbasi, M.S.
Sarah Bourdon

2009-2010
Philip Boone, Ph.D.
Cathryn Hughes
Nya Nelson, Ph.D.

2008-2009
Mathew Burstein, Ph.D.
Minhtran Ngo, Ph.D.
Beatriz A. Santillan, Ph.D.

2007-2008
Chris McGraw, Ph.D.
Shelly Buffington, Ph.D.
Matthew Bainbridge, Ph.D.

2006-2007
Heather Franco, Ph.D.
Geoff Preidis, Ph.D.
Molly Schroeder, Ph.D.

2005-2006
Chris Bland, Ph.D.
Mark Edson, Ph.D.
Misha Koshelev, Ph.D.

2004-2005
Hsia-Tuan Chao, Ph.D.
Shannon Griswold, Ph.D.
Ankur Nagaraja, Ph.D.

2003-2004
Eric Hyun, Ph.D.
Verena Kallhoff-Munoz, Ph.D.

2002-2003
Matthew Rose, M.D., Ph.D.

2001-2002
Brenda Bohnsack, M.D., Ph.D.
Michiya Nishino, Ph.D.
Sara Copeland Shalin, Ph.D.

2000-2001
Michael Greenbaum, Ph.D.
Stacy Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

1999-2000
Lynnette Burks Nance, Ph.D.
Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.

1998-1999
Vincent Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

1997-1998
Isaac Brownell, M.D., Ph.D.
Sergy Lemeshko, M.D., Ph.D.

1996-1997
Matthew Baker, Ph.D.
Laura Mackey Lorentzen, Ph.D.

1995-1996
Julia Elvin, M.D., Ph.D.