iCubed

2015 - 2016 Fellows

NSF

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UCF

Ashley Ramirez

Ashley Ramirez

My name is Ashley Ramirez and I am currently involved in bacterial genetics research with Dr. Sean Moore. Our research focuses on the investigation of orphan genes: universally conserved genes of unknown function. This research involves the development of different genetic systems and the incorporation of the orphan genes to reveal their functions. I am a senior in the Biomedical Sciences major (pre-med) and a Hispanic originally from Miami, Florida.

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Erik Ninnermann

Erik Ninnermann

My name is Erik Ninnemann and I am a third year student at UCF. I am majoring in aerospace engineering and I currently do research with a shock tube, with Dr. Subith Vasu. With the shock tube, we are able to determine ignition delay times and intermediate species concentrations of various fuels under a wide range of pressures and temperatures. After graduating, I plan on pursuing an M.S in aerospace engineering. When I am not in the lab I enjoy running, playing basketball, and hiking.

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Jenny Choy

Jenny Choy

Jenny Choy is a third year Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor at UCF. She is working as an undergraduate research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Seth Elsheimer in the department of chemistry. Her research currently focuses on organic chemistry, specifically Fluorine containing natural products and the anomalous reactivity of Fluorobenzene. Her other involvements include being an active member of the Pre-Professional Medical Society, in which she held a director position for 2014-2015. She was one of the 2014-2015 Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (BSBS) peer mentors, and is currently a senior mentor in the program. She was also one of the interns for the spring 2015 BSBS Clinical Internship. Ms. Choy’s goal is to pursue a career in the field of medicine and medical research. She hopes to inspire others to be more involved in STEM fields through the ICubed fellowship, and outside of the fellowship in the future.

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Justin Gray

Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a Biomedical Sciences student who conducts his research at the UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in Lake Nona. Currently his focus is on the protein KLF8 which has been shown to be overexpressed in many types of cancer. He is also writing a review manuscript on a protein associated with KLF8 that is also overexpressed in many types of cancer, and furthermore, important for immune system function. Through his work under Dr. Zhao Justin has gained valuable experiences which will facilitate his goal of going through a Ph.D program geared towards research in the field of immunoncology. Due to the nature of iCubed, all the fellows work and get to convey complex ideas in a way that is understandable to a plethora of people. These interactions have greatly prepared Justin for further academia where such skills will be pivotal in determining his success.

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Brooke Sarley

Brooke Sarley

Brooke Sarley is a senior in Mechanical Engineering and is focusing on material selection and design. As a member of the Raghavan Research Group, Brooke studies in-situ additive manufactured super alloys under extreme conditions. This past summer, she travelled to Argonne National Laboratory with her research group to conduct experiments with the Advanced Photon Source. For her ICubed project, Brooke partners with Professor Ryan Buyssen’s Advanced Sculpture class to make creative connections between engineers and artists.

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Stephanie Lopez

Stephanie Lopez

I am Stephanie Lopez studying Mechanical Engineering. Currently I am working with Dr. Jayanta Kapat in the Center for Advanced. Turbomachinery and. Energy Research. I am part of the team who is currently studying different ways in which internal duct cool could be modified in order to increase the efficiency within turbines. Where we take into account for mass flow rate, pressure and heat transfer. Being part of this research team has open up a new world for me where I have learned valuable information and experiance. I plan on continuing to graduate school and continue down the research path.

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