Beckman Scholars Profiles


Allison Baker
  • Allison Baker '23
  • Major: Biology
  • Advisor: Dr. Bruce Riley
  • Project(s): Beckman Scholars, Dept of Biology. Regeneration of hair cells and neurons of the zebrafish inner ear.
Ashley Holt
  • Ashley Holt '19
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: How Bacteriophage PhiKT Breaks Free: A New Phage Lysis Protein (Pending Publication)

    Texas A&M University, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics College Station, Texas | Research Technician, January 2020 – August 2020

    MD/PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2020-present

     

Brandon Lookfong
  • Brandon Lookfong '22
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Project(s): Beckman Scholars, Dept of Molecular Medicine. Explore the use of functionalized protein materials to treat peripheral neuropathy.

    Aggies Invent: removing microplastics from the ocean environment 2020
    Aggies Invent: develop portable energy unit for natural disasters 2019
    Aggies Invent: develop indoor navigational technology for hospital patients 2018
Brooke Versaw
  • Brooke Versaw '18
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Minor: Business Administration
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Natural Product-based Engineering Polymers: A Special Emphasis Toward Degradable Polycarbonate Materials from Quinic Acid and Cellulose (Pending Publication)

    PhD Candidate, California Institute of Technology, July 2018–present. Analysis of structure-property relationships in mechanochromic polymers.

Cody Martin
  • Cody Martin '20
  • Major: Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Molecular, Genetic, and Biochemical Analysis of the Phikt Disruptin: A New Class of Lysis Proteins (Pending Publication)
     

Connor Bowerman
  • Connor Bowerman '24
  • Major: Physics
  • Research Focus: Particle physics and the Standard Model, nuclear energy, applied physics, superconductors
  • Advisor: Dr. Alexey Akimov
Emily Chapa
  • Emily Chapa '23
  • Major: Biology
  • Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen
  • Project(s): Beckman Scholars, Dept of Biology. Studying the circadian rhythm control of protein translation.
Gabrielle Lessen
  • Gabrielle Lessen '18
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Determining the Individual Roles of Telomere-Associated Proteins in Telomere Regulation in Arabidopsis 

    Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD Program), University of Texas Southwestern Participant

    MD/PhD at UTSiuthWestern in progress: The Effect of Inflamation on Glycolslation of Intestinal Epithelial Cells.

Jennifer Tran
  • Jennifer Tran '18
  • Major: Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Minor: Biology and Classics
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Genetic Characterization of Single-Stranded RNA Phage Lysis Genes 

    PhD in Microbiology at University of Wisconsin-Madison in process. Using CRISPRi tools to map cell envelope pathways in Acinetobacter baumannii.

Luke Oaks
  • Luke Oaks '19
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Project(s): Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Improving Transformational Teaching and Learning by Advancing Higher Education Feedback-Based Dialogues at Texas A&M University 
    URS advisor: Heather Wilkinson

    Bray International, Inc. | Houston, TX  | July 2019 – Present Controls Engineer
Mikayla Barry
  • Mikayla Barry '17
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Dynamic Whole Blood Study of Silicone Modified with PEO-Silane Amphiphiles

    University of California, Santa Barbara, Materials Research Laboratory graduate program with Dr. Rachel Segalman, 2017-2021. The design and study of hydrated polymer surfaces. 

Miriam Stein
  • Miriam Stein '24
  • Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Research Focus: The role of mitochondrial membrane composition on function.
  • Advisor: Dr. Vishal Gohil
Rachel Porter
  • Rachel Porter '19
  • Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Project(s):

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Thesis: Circadian Regulation of Ribosomal Protein Composition in Neurospora crassa (Pending Publication)

    Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia with Dr. Nina Gunde-Cimerman studying the Greenland ice sheet microbiome.

Ryan Rahman
  • Ryan Rahman '22
  • Major: Biology
  • Project(s): Beckman Scholars, Dept of Biology. Investigation of the signals that regulate bacterial destruction after engulfment by Dictyostelium discoidium.