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PREP Scholars

Graduate Studies

The 2018 PREP Scholars

Current Scholars

Victoria Alers

Victoria Alers

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina–Columbia
PREP year: 2017-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Dr. Steven Carroll MD, PhD
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Research topic: Global analysis of receptor tyrosine kinase action in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors to identify therapeutic targets

Luis Aponte-Cofresi

Luis Aponte Cofresi

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico-San Juan
PREP year: 2018-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Heather Boger, PhD
Department: Neuroscience

Research Topic: Examining the efficacy of Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in a mouse model of Parkinson Disease

Alexis Erasta Carey

Alexis Erasta Carey

Undergraduate: Clark Atlanta University
PREP year: 2018-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Besim Ogretmen, PhD
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research topic: Role of Sphingosine 1-phoshate(S1P) in histone modification and regulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cell function

Nicolas Gray Shealy (Nic)

Nicolas Gray Shealy (Nic)

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
PREP year: 2018-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Amy Bradshaw, PhD
Department: Cardiology, Medicine

Research Topic: Investigating the role of seratonylation in the cardiac micro-environment

Victoria Delenn Solis

Victoria Delenn Solis

Undergraduate: Reed College
PREP year: 2018-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Jane Joseph, PhD
Department: Neuroscience

Research Topic: Social skills enhancement using neurostimulation in autism (SSENSA)

Darian Thomas

Darian Thomas

Undergraduate: Clemson University
PREP year: 2018-19
MUSC Lab Mentor: Amanda LaRue, PhD
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Research Topic: Role of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in breast cancer and the obesity-associated inflammatory state

 

Past Scholars

Roger Ian Grant

Roger Ian Grant

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
PREP Year: 2017-18
MUSC Lab Mentor: Andrew Shih, PhD
Department: Neuroscience
Research Topic: Multiphoton imaging of the Organizational hierarchy and structural diversity of microvascular pericytes in adult mouse cortex, published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 2017 Jan 1:271678, J Neurosci 2017 Jan 4;37(1):129-140 and Cell Rep. 2018 Jan 2;22(1):8-16.
Current position: PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Lonzie Hedgepeth

Lonzie Hedgepeth

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
PREP year: 2017-18
MUSC Mentor: Elizabeth Yeh, PhD
Department: Pharmacology
Research Topic: Investigation of a protein kinase called HUNK and its implication in breast cancer, published in Oncotarget. 2018 Nov 13;9(89):35962-35973
Current position: Research scientist employed at ScitoVation, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Shelia Johnson

Sheila Johnson

Undergraduate: Austin Peay State University
PREP year: 2017-18
MUSC Mentor: Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, MSN, RD,LD, FAAN
Department: Nursing
Research Topic: community based participatory research on stroke recovery education, published in PLoS One. 2018 Nov 16;13(11):e0206548
Current position: Employed at Greenwood Genetics Center in North Charleston, SC.

Valeria Montalvo-Calero

Valeria Montalvo Calero

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
PREP year: 2017-18
MUSC Mentor: Carl Atkinson, PhD
Department: Immunology
Research Topic: Antibody-associated injury during transplantation, published in Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2018 Dec 20.
Current position: Associate Scientist at Sakura Finetek USA, Inc.

Daniel Salas

Daniel Salas

Undergraduate: University of Guam
PREP year: 2017-18
MUSC Mentor: Chrystal Paulos, PhD
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Topic: T Cell differentiation using PI3K inhibition in the development of cancer
Current position: PhD student at the University of Michigan –Ann Arbor. Daniel has a Rackman Merit Fellowship.

Erica Iris Williams

Erica Iris Williams

Undergraduate: Furman University
PREP year: 2017-18
MUSC Mentor: Paula Traktman, PhD
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Topic: Inhibition of pox virus replication
Current position: PhD student in Pharmacology at the University of Arizona.

Thibaut Pardo-Garcia

Thibaut Pardo Garcia

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico-San Juan
PREP year: 2016-17
MUSC Mentor: Peter Kalivas, PhD
Department: Neuroscience
Research Topic: Endocannabinoid system of the brain within the nucleus accumbens, published in Neuroscience 2018 Sep 12 and J Neurosci 2019 Jan 8
Current position: PhD student at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Danielle Chappell

Danielle Chappell

Undergraduate: Ohio State University
PREP year: 2016-17
MUSC Mentor: Eric Bartee, PhD
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Topic: Potential of enhancement of T-cell co-stimulation by myxoma virus in cancer treatment
Current position: PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, Royster Fellowship recipient.

Korey Smith

Korey Smith

Undergraduate: Johnson C. Smith University
PREP year: 2016-17
MUSC Mentor: Jamie Peters, PhD
Department: Neuroscience
Research Topic: Reward-seeking behavior in rodents when exposed to drugs of abuse
Current position: At this time, Korey is pursuing non-science related interests.

Melina Acosta

Melina Acosta

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
PREP year: 2016-17
MUSC Mentor: Carmela Reichel, PhD
Department: Neuroscience
Research Topic: gender-related differences in the effects of oxytocin on reinstatement following heroin self-administration
Current position: PhD student in Neuroscience at the University of California in Riverside, Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship awardee.

Luis Cardenas

Luis Cardenas

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
PREP year: 2016-17
MUSC Mentor: Mark Rubinstein, MD and John Wrangle, PhD
Department: Medicine
Research Topic: investigation of the role of IFN-γ during combinational therapy with IL-15/Il-15 Rα complexes and anti-DP-1 mAb in a preclinical model of lung cancer.
Current position. Research specialist at MUSC in the laboratory of Dr. Carsten Krieg.

Aissatou T. Ba

Aissatou Ba

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
PREP year: 2015-16
MUSC Mentor: Kristin Wallace, PhD
Department: Public Health Sciences
Research Topic: Platelet to lymphocyte ration, race and overall survival in Patients with colorectal cancer, published in Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2017 Sep;16(3):178-186.
Current position: PhD student in Epidemiology at MUSC

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Austin Gray

Undergraduate: The Citadel
PREP year: 2015-16
MUSC Mentor: John Pearce, PhD
Department: Public Health Sciences
Research Topic: Air Pollution patterns within Communities of Charleston, South Carolina
Current position: PhD candidate in environmental sciences at UNC-Greensboro. Congratulations to our first PREP scholar to achieve candidacy!

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Undergraduate: Clemson University
PREP year: 2015-16
MUSC Mentor: Antonieta Lavin, PhD
Department: Neuroscience
Research Topic: Testing the effect of fingolimod as a treatment to alleviate social and cognitive deficits in a mouse model of schizophrenia
Current position: At this time, Jessica is pursuing non-science related interests.

Jada Suber

Jada Suber

Undergraduate: Presbyterian College of Clinton
PREP year: 2015-16
MUSC Mentor: Chenthamarakshan Vasu, PhD
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Topic: The effects of Beta-glucans on beneficial bacteria, published in Clin Exp Allergy. 2018 Nov 1.
Current position: PhD student in immunology at UNC-Chapel Hill.