Current Ambassadors


Angelina Baltazar
  • Angelina Baltazar '24
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Research Focus: Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Engineering, Neuroscience
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: A&M Consolidated High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Dulin
  • Project(s): Baltazar A. 2022. Analysis of Acute and Chronic Timepoints of Transplanted Neural Progenitor Cells in a Model of Spinal Cord Injury. Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis. Advisor: Jennifer Dulin. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Connor Bowerman
  • Connor Bowerman '24
  • Major: Physics
  • Minor: Philosophy, Math
  • Research Focus: Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Memory, Lasers
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Westlake High School
  • Advisor: Alexey Akimov, Sumana Datta
  • Project(s): Khurana, Mohit, Sina Baghbani Kordmahale, Connor Bowerman, Xiaohan Liu, and Alexey V. Akimov. "3D nano-printing coupler for silicon nitride suspended waveguide." In Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics XV, vol. 12012, pp. 55-57. SPIE, 2022.

    I am currently working to make a functional system of all-optical quantum memory for use in a quantum repeater.
Joseph Chen
  • Joseph Chen '23
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Computer Science
  • Research Focus: Neuroscience, Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Elkins High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Dulin
Swapnil Dash
  • Swapnil Dash '25
  • Major: Business Honors
  • Minor: Pre-Medicine
  • Research Focus: Spinal-Cord Injury, Experimental Therapeutics, Business of Healthcare
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Westwood High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Michelle Hook, Dr. Len Berry
  • Project(s): Depression, cognitive decline, and development of Alzheimer's Disease following spinal-cord injury. Effects of opiates on recovery of motor function after spinal injury.
Johnathan Ellard
  • Johnathan Ellard '23
  • Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • Minor: Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Research Focus: Alligator Gar, Movement Ecology, Habitat Usage and Association, Resource Conservation
  • Years of Research Experience: 2+
  • High School: Caldwell High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Joshuah Perkin
  • Project(s): J.K. Ellard, H.C. Roberts, J.S. Perkin , D.J. Daugherty, P.B. Fleming, 2022. Multiscale Movement and Habitat Associations for Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula). In preparation, Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 

    J.S. Perkin, M.R. Acre, J.K. Ellard, A.W. Rodger, J. Trungale, K.O. Winemiller, L.E. Yancy, 2022. Flow-recruitment Relationships for Shoal Chub (Macrhybopsis hyostoma) and Implications for Managing Environmental Flows. Under Review, North American Journals of Fisheries Management. 
Emily Ha
  • Emily Ha '23
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Research Focus: Y Chromosomes, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatic, Genome Assembly
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Cypress Ranch High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Heath Blackmon
Marissa Henley
  • Marissa Henley '22
  • Major: Public Health
  • Research Focus: Medical Physiology, Lymphangiogenesis, Renal Lymphatics, Hypertension
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Manor New Technology High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
  • Project(s): Wilcox BK, Henley MR, Navaneethabalakrishnan S, Martinez KA, Pournouri A, Goodlett BL, Lopez AH, Allbee ML, Pickup EJ, Bayless KJ, Chakraborty S, Mitchell BM. Hypertensive Stimuli Indirectly Stimulate Lymphangiogenesis through Immune Cell Secreted Factors. Cells. 2022; 11(14):2139. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells11142139

    Sims BM, Goodlett BL, Allbee ML, Pickup EJ, Chiasson VL, Arenaz CM, Henley MR, Navaneethabalakrishnan S, Mitchell BM. Time restricted feeding decreases renal innate immune cells and blood pressure in hypertensive mice, Journal of Hypertension: July 12, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.1097/HJH.0000000000003200 doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000003200
Aisha Jalal
  • Aisha Jalal '24
  • Major: Public Health
  • Research Focus: Psychosocial Health, Nature-Based Interventions, Maternal Health
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: St. Agnes Academy
  • Advisor: Dr. Ping Ma
Sangji "David" Lee
  • Sangji "David" Lee '22
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Focus: Neuroscience, Attention
  • Years of Research Experience: 4
  • Project(s): Kim, A. J., Lee, D. S., & Anderson, B. A. (2021). The influence of threat on the efficiency of goal-directed attentional control. Psychological Research, 85, 980-986.
Yilin	Li
  • Yilin Li '24
  • Major: Economics, Mathematics
  • Minor: Women and Gender Studies
  • Research Focus: Global Development, Global Economic Growth, Gender Based Violence, Gender Discrimination
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Dulles High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Samuel Cohn
  • Project(s):

    1. Leontief Multipliers: Wassily Leontief created multipliers that can describe the economics of a nation from matrices describing the flow of goods and services. Our team is expanding the research previously done by analyzing 60+ nations with their industry specific multipliers. We are comparing the size of the multipliers from country to country and throughout time, analyzing which patterns emerge and how they are related to other indicators of economic growth. 

    2. Personally, I have started a project in my Econometrics class focused on the determinants of sexual assault reporting and other measures of survivor resources. I studied the Texas' Crime Victim Compensation program for 2019 and hope to expand to other years and other states to understand how to improve resources available to survivors. I would love to expand this research to analyzing the laws and court precedents in the US effect on reporting assault and resources for survivors.

Amira Mazzawy
  • Amira Mazzawy '23
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Research Focus: History, Culture, Mythology, Creative Writing
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Onteora High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Lowell Mick White
  • Project(s): https://www.theeckleburgproject.com/staff-content-1/2022/3/8/doughy-cookies-are-never-enough-by-amira-mazzawy
    Mazzawy, Amira. "Reaching" The English Aggie, Feb. 2020.

    My senior capstone project, where I will be completing my creative artifact from my URS Thesis Project and trying to get it published by the time I graduate.

     
Ruth Holt
  • Ruth Holt '23
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Focus: Clinical Research, Longevity, Nutrition, Exercise
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Pecos High School
  • Advisor: Marielle P.K.J. Engelen PhD; Laura Ruebush PhD
  • Project(s): Ongoing translational clinical research on nutrition, exercise, and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population.
Jordan Moore
  • Jordan Moore '25
  • Major: Genetics
  • Minor: Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Focus: Genetics, Oncology, Biology, Entomology
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Klein Oak High School
  • Advisor: Hojun Song; Irtisha Singh/Akhilesh Gaharwar
  • Project(s): I have worked on two projects. Last year, I worked with the Song lab, which is a genetics entomology lab. We have discovered two new species of gregarine within the gut of the common field cricket found on our very own campus of Texas A&M University. I focused on the molecular aspect of this lab, aiming to describe the morphology and genetic makeup of these new species of gregarine. Currently, I am working in the Singh lab (partnered with the Gaharwar lab.) Here, we are working on developing a bioprinted glioblastoma model in order to understand the relationship between brain endothelial cells (EC) and glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSC.)
Keerthana Prayaga
  • Keerthana Prayaga '24
  • Major: Public Health
  • Research Focus: Public Health, Medicine
  • Years of Research Experience: 1.5
  • High School: Westwood High School
  • Advisor: Dr.Natalie Johnson; Dr.Ashok Shetty
  • Project(s): Research project investigating the presence of SFN metabolites in human breastmilk and their effectiveness in combatting respiratory infections in nursing infants.

    Gulf War Illness Project.
Sofia Quintero
  • Sofia Quintero '23
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Research Focus: Health Inequities, Minority Empowerment, Spatial Cognition
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Tompkins High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Idia Thurston
Emily  Read
  • Emily Read '24
  • Major: Animal Science
  • Research Focus: Whole Body Vibration, Quantifying Vibration, Equine Physiology
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Memorial High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Chelsie Huseman
  • Project(s): I am currently working under Dr. Chelsie Huseman of the Animal Science Department on her project pertaining to the quantification of vibration across the equine body. This project serves to quantify vibration from commonly utilized whole body vibration platforms at different anatomical locations. Furthermore, it represents a collaboration between the Mechanical Engineering and Animal Science departments. 
Katelyn Sanchez
  • Katelyn Sanchez '23
  • Major: Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Research Focus: Wildlife Ecology, Ornithology (Avian Malaria), Mammalogy (Bat Relatedness)
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Seven Lakes High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Jessica Light; Dr. Gary Voelker
  • Project(s): Sanchez, K., Voelker, G., Weesner, R. Prevalence of Avian Malaria in the Caucasus region of Armenia. Poster presented at: Texas A&M University Ecological Integration Symposium. 2022 Apr 7-8; College Station, TX.

    My current ornithology project consists of studying the effects of climatic factors on the prevalence of Avian Malaria in the Caucasus region of Armenia. I am also studying the relatedness among seasonal roosts of Townsend's Big-eared Bat in Nevada.
Sameeksha Sharma
  • Sameeksha Sharma '24
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Focus: Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Chelmsford High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Feng Zhao
  • Project(s): Optimizing protocols to maximize thickness of extracellular matrix derived scaffold to better facilitate cell interaction and integration in a regenerative cardiac patch.
Hannah Smith
  • Hannah Smith '23
  • Major: Biomedical Science
  • Minor: Public Health
  • Research Focus: Regenerative Biology, Bone Healing, Digit Regeneration
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Smithson Valley High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Lindsay A. Dawson
  • Project(s): Dolan, C.P., Imholt, F., Yan, M., Yang, T. J., Gregory, J., Quresi, O., Zimmel, K., Sherman, K., Smith, H.M., Falck, A., Leininger, E., Yu, L., Brunauer, R., Suva, L. J., Gaddy, D., Dawson, L. A., & Muneoka, K. (2022) "Digit Specific Denervation does not Inhibit Mouse Digit Tip Regeneration." Developmental Biology. (Accepted)    
Miriam Stein
  • Miriam Stein '24
  • Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Minor: Bioinformatics
  • Research Focus: Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Copper Metabolism
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: BASIS San Antonio - Shavano Campus
  • Advisor: Dr. Vishal Gohil
  • Project(s): Investigating elesclomol as a potential therapeutic for genetic disorders of copper deficiency.
Hannah Thomas
  • Hannah Thomas '25
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Focus: Neuroscience, Stem Cell Transplantation, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Elkins High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Dulin
Jeremy Thomas
  • Jeremy Thomas '23
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Minor: Chemistry
  • Research Focus: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, 3D Bioprinting
  • Years of Research Experience: 1.5
  • High School: Marcus High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar
  • Project(s): D. Chimene, K. Deo, J. Thomas, A.K. Gahawar (2021) Open Source Bioprinter Construction Through Conversion of Commercial 3D Printers. Manuscript in Preparation.
Meera Trikur
  • Meera Trikur '23
  • Major: Materials Science & Engineering
  • Minor: Engineering Project Management
  • Research Focus: Climate Change, Criminal Justice, Public Policy
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Reedy High School
  • Advisor: Dr. J. Carlee Purdum
Brandon Watanabe
  • Brandon Watanabe '23
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Research Focus: Cognitive Control, Perspective Taking, Cognitive Science
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Bethesda Christian School
  • Advisor: Dr. Annmarie MacNamara; Dr. Joseph Orr
  • Project(s): Park, S., Watanabe, B. K., & Burte, H. (2022). Perspective taking and reference frames for spatial and social cognition. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 44. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6wq5x6nn

    Impact of working memory load on error-monitoring
Kayla Wilhoit
  • Kayla Wilhoit '23
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Minor: Genetics, Japanese
  • Research Focus: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Chromosome Rearrangement
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Homeschool
  • Advisor: Dr. Heath Blackmon
Jacob Wolff
  • Jacob Wolff '23
  • Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • Minor: Geographic Information Science and Technology, Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Research Focus: Guadalupe Bass, Conservation, Movement Ecology, Stream Fish Metacommunties
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: La Grange High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Joshuah Perkin
  • Project(s): Guadalupe Bass (Micropterus treculii) Movement is Predictable: Implications for Conservation, White Creek Long-Term Fish Metacommunity Analysis