Current Ambassadors


Rithika Adavikolanu
  • Rithika Adavikolanu '22
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Focus: Tissue Engineering, Stem Cell Biology, Bone Regeneration
  • Years of Research Experience: 3
  • High School: Moreau Catholic High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Roland Kaunas
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
Johnathan Ellard
  • Johnathan Ellard '23
  • Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • Research Focus: Alligator Gar, Movement Ecology, Diel Activity, Habitat Usage and Association
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Caldwell High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Joshuah Perkin
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 '23
  • Major: Public Health
  • Minor: Pre-Medicine
  • Research Focus: Medical Physiology, Lymphangiogenesis, Renal Lymphatics, Hypertension
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Manor New Technology High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Brett Mitchell
James "J.D." Leaverton
  • James "J.D." Leaverton '22
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Minor: Economics (focus in econometrics)
  • Research Focus: Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Hypersonics
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Lutheran South Academy
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas Lacy
  • Project(s): Jacob Rogers, Paul T. Mead, Khari Harrison, Kalyan Raj Kota, James D. Leaverton, Gavin Lukasik, Waruna D. Kulatilaka, Justin W. Wilkerson and Thomas E. Lacy. "Hypervelocity Impact Response of Polyethylene Plates," AIAA 2021-0887. AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum. January 2021.
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.
Alex S. Peters
  • Alex S. Peters '21
  • Major: Statistics
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • Research Focus: Statistical Modeling and Inference, Food Insecurity, Data Compression
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • Advisor: Alan Dabney
Michael Pitonak
  • Michael Pitonak '22
  • Major: Biology
  • Research Focus: Neuroscience, Stem Cell Transplantation, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • Advisor: Jennifer Dulin
Sofia Quintero
  • Sofia Quintero '23
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Research Focus: Spatial Cognition, Directional Navigation
  • Years of Research Experience: 1
  • High School: Tompkins High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Heather Burte
Ryan Rahman
  • Ryan Rahman '22
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Neuroscience, Bioinformatics
  • Research Focus: Molecular Biology, Translational Immunology
  • Years of Research Experience: 3
  • High School: Lubbock Monterey High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Richard Gomer
  • Project(s): Rahman R. 2021. The polyphosphate signaling pathway hints at potential therapeutics for tuberculosis. Undergraduate Research Scholar thesis. Advisor: Richard Gomer. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Vinesh Ravuri
  • Vinesh Ravuri '23
  • Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Research Focus: Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Well-Being
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • Advisor: Dr. Theodora Chaspari
  • Project(s): Ravuri, Vinesh, et al. "Investigating Group-Specific Models of Hospital Workers' Well-Being: Implications for Algorithmic Bias." International Journal of Semantic Computing 14.04 (2020): 477-499.

    Ravuri, Vinesh, et al. "Group-specific models of healthcare workers' well-being using iterative participant clustering." 2020 Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary AI (TransAI). IEEE, 2020.
Noah Reed
  • Noah Reed '21
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Research Focus: Social-Personality Psychology, Emotion, Motivation, Perception
  • Years of Research Experience: 4
  • High School: The Banff School
  • Advisor: Dr. Gerianne Alexander
Sarah Rutherford
  • Sarah Rutherford '22
  • Major: University Studies - Religious Thought, Practices, and Cultures Concentration
  • Minor: French, Sociology
  • Research Focus: Religious Studies, Sociology, Women Clergy, Food Insecurity
  • Years of Research Experience: 2
  • High School: Plano West Senior High School
  • Advisor: Dr. Robin Veldman
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
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