Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship award winners

Congratulations to our 2018 winners!

  • Rachael Adams – The Ohio State University
  • Shannon Esswein – California Institute of Technology
  • Veeraj Shah – University of Maryland
  • Christopher Thang – University of Houston
  • Jeffrey Zhou – Yale University
  • Name withheld due to NCAA rules

Fall 2017 scholarship recipient biographies

Nathaniel Deimler
Nathaniel Deimler, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major: Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences

Nathaniel is a freshman at Nova Southeastern University with a double major in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and a minor in Research. His plans include continuing his education beyond an undergraduate degree and aspires to a career in coral reef restoration and conducting his own research projects.

Ana Beatriz Enriquez, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Ana Enriquez is a rising second year graduate student at Emory University with a keen research interest in infectious diseases, specifically host-pathogen interactions. Ana’s current research in the lab of Dr. Jyothi Rengarajan involves Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and the host immune system. Her ultimate goal is to contribute research towards a more efficacious vaccine or treatment option for Mtb, one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Ana Beatriz Enriquez
Micheal Munson
Micheal Munson, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Major: Biochemistry and Statistics

Micheal Munson is a sophomore in Baylor University’s highly selective University Scholars Program concentrating in Biochemistry and Statistics. Micheal’s research focuses on the biophysical tendencies of Superoxide Dismutase I aggregates and how they lead to the onset of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Shaw.

Kritika Singh, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Major: Bioengineering

Kritika is a sophomore at Northeastern University majoring in Bioengineering with a focus in cell and tissue engineering, chemistry, and global health. At the Mazitschek Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, Kritika is currently working to establish an assay platform to allow the simultaneous profiling of the specificity of epigenetic modulators and their small molecule inhibitors in the context of a diverse set of histone modifications. Outside of class, Kritika gives back to the society as the CEO of the non-profit, Malaria Free World Inc.

Kritika Singh
Emily Xu
Emily Xu, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Emily is an incoming freshman at Yale University majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In the past, she investigated the interactions of oncogenes in hepatocellular carcinoma in the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Satdarshan Monga, co-authoring several papers. Now performing research in a lab at Duke University headed by Dr. Jen-Tsan Chi, Emily is working on elucidating the role of the MESH1 protein in the stress response of cancer cells. She hopes to be part of the generation that finally ends cancer.

Joshua Y.C. Yang, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Major: MD/PhD Candidate

As an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego and a master’s student at the University of California, San Francisco, Josh studied the mechanistic role and diagnostic utility of cell-free DNA in autoimmune diseases in Dr. Maripat Corr’s lab and in transplant rejection in Dr. Minnie Sarwal’s lab. Now a Johns Hopkins MD/PhD student, Josh’s research is focused on the use of biophysical methods to understand epigenetic phenomena such as DNA and histone modifications in the lab of Dr. Taekjip Ha.

Joshua Y.C. Yang
Oscar Hernandez Murillo, University of Pennsylvania—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Major: Biology (concentration in Computational Biology)

Oscar is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biology with a concentration in computational biology and a minor in chemistry. His current research at Dr. James Shorter’s laboratory focuses on engineering substrate-specific variants of Hsp104, a yeast disaggregase, as a potential therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. Oscar is planning to pursue a PhD in biological sciences and hopes to, one day, become a university professor. During his free time, Oscar enjoys practicing his French, reading manga, and sharing fun facts about Ecuador, his home.

Oscar Hernandez Murillo
Vanja Tolj
Fall, 2016: Vanja Tolj, Ohio State University–Columbus, Ohio

Vanja Tolj is a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Global Public Health. As an aspiring physician, she hopes to incorporate translational research in her practice to improve the lives of her patients. Her current research focuses on determining how forced displacement contributes to the onset of dementia in the Serbian population. In her free time, Vanja contributes her time to TEDxOhioStateUniversity as a speaker coach and leading the GlobeMed chapter at OSU.

Spring, 2016: Jessica Ong, UCLA–Los Angeles, California

Jessica is an aspiring physician scientist in the MD/PhD program at UCLA.  Jessica completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees concurrently in UCLA’s rigorous Departmental Scholars Program, and she is now pursuing her PhD in the laboratory of Karen Reue.  Jessica’s research focuses on lipid metabolism, studying the role of a novel gene Diet1 in bile acid homeostasis as well as kidney proximal tubule function. 

Jessica Ong
Kekoa Taparra
Fall, 2015: Kekoa Taparra, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–Baltimore, Maryland

A doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine PhD Program, Kekoa’s current work focuses on cancer gene transcription programs associated with the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) and how they modulate cancer metabolism. In the future, Kekoa plans to pursue his Medical Degree upon completion of his PhD; ultimately his goal is to return home to Hawai‘i as a physician-scientist prepared to advance medical discoveries that will impact the health of his Native Hawaiian communities.

Spring, 2015: Peter Cabeceiras, Rice University–Houston, Texas

Peter Cabeceiras is a junior at Rice University, majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Peter holds a college student researcher position in the laboratory of Dr. Lynda Chin in the Department of Genomic Medicine at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) with a focus on cancer research.

Peter Cabeceiras
Kristin Qian
Fall, 2014: Kristin Qian, Princeton University–Princeton, New Jersey

A High School graduate at 16, Kristin Qian began her research work at the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute in Dr. Brian Druker’s Laboratory and is now attending Princeton University as a pre-med major.

Spring, 2014: Casey Miller, Indiana University/Purdue University–Indianapolis, Indiana

Casey is currently working toward a degree in biology at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is deeply intrigued by the unknown in the world, and looks forward to learning about diseases and conditions that have yet to be cured.

Casey Miller

Full list of winners
  • Rachael Adams – The Ohio State University
  • Shannon Esswein – California Institute of Technology
  • Veeraj Shah – University of Maryland
  • Christopher Thang – University of Houston
  • Jeffrey Zhou – Yale University
  • Name withheld due to NCAA rules
Fall 2017
  • Nathaniel Deimler of Nova Southeastern University
  • Ana Enriquez of Emory University
  • Micheal Munson of Baylor University
  • Kritika Singh of Northeastern University
  • Emily Xu of Yale University
  • Joshua Yang of Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2017
  • Joyce Kang of Stanford University
  • Oscar Hernandez Murillo of University of Pennsylvania
  • Danielle Mzyk of North Carolina State University
  • Nicholas Page of Rutgers University
  • John Pluvinage of Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Lillian Xu of Princeton University
Fall 2016
  • Brad Foster of Duke University 
  • Pranati Pillutla of Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • Christina Tan of Rice University
  • Vanja Tolj of The Ohio State University
  • Anthony J. Treichel of Winona State University
  • Jason Cheng-ting Tsai of Stanford University
Spring 2016
  • Aswin Bikkani of University of Cincinnati
  • Akhil Garg of Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Madeline Keleher of Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jessica Ong of University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pia Sen of University of Texas at Dallas
  • Mohamed Soliman of Cornell University
Fall 2015
  • Fatima Nizamuddin of University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yeshwant Chillakuru of The George Washington University
  • Yuyan Cheryl Mai of Yale University
  • Louis “Bobby” Hollingsworth of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Marisa Egan of Saint Joseph’s University
  • Kekoa Taparra of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Spring 2015
  • Michael Zhu Chen of Stanford University
  • Claire Liu of University of Chicago
  • Peter Cabeceiras of Rice University
  • Christina Rudolph of Siena College
  • Jean-Nicholas Gallant of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Adrienne Snyder of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fall 2014
  • Kristin Qian of Princeton University
  • Alexandra Tamerius of University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ryan Lindeborg of Harvard College
  • Adriano Bellotti of North Carolina State University
  • Nicole Olson of University of California-San Francisco
  • Graham Walmsley of Stanford University
Spring 2014
  • Wen Chyan of University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Matthew Jeffreys of Stanford University
  • Rachel Marty of University of California, San Diego
  • Casey Miller of Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Catherine Norman of Trinity University
  • Max Wallack of Boston University
Fall 2013
  • Chandler Burke of Rice University
  • Melissa Dang of University of Oklahoma
  • Michael Neiger of Ohio State University
  • Lauren Nowacki of Texas A&M University
  • Lindsey Rogers of Yale University
  • Kelly Wallin of University of Wisconsin, Madison
Spring 2013
  • Jeanette Wat of Rice University
  • Jack Huang of Harvard University
  • Brandon Fennell of Stanford University
  • Nrithya Sundararaman of University of Miami
  • Douglas Bennion of University of Florida
  • David Han of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fall 2012
  • Nigel Reuel of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Erik Schieda of Duke University
  • Jonathan Tsai of Stanford University
  • Shannamar Dewey of University of California, Davis
  • Priya Pathak of University of Wisconsin, Madison

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