Scholars currently participating in the IQBP are studying in STEM fields across three schools and colleges.
Physiology & Biophysics, Lead Student of IQBP
Tristan Carmeci is a first year PhD student in the Biomedical Science Training Program and the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. He received his bachelors at the University of Portland in Oregon studying chemistry and a masters at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studying Bioengineering. He has worked in a cardiovascular epigenetics lab at the Oregon Health & Science University while he was an undergraduate student under Dr. Fredrick Tibayan and a RNA Cryo-EM lab under Dr. Jeffery Kieft while working on his Masters. During his free time he plays guitar, goes fly fishing, travels and enjoys hiking.
Raquel Lopez de Boer
Raquel Lopez de Boer is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Philippidou lab in the Neuroscience department. Raquel is originally from Spain but moved to the states to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has previously worked in multiple labs that range from Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, and Neuroscience/Neurobiology. She is interested in the molecular mechanism of synapse formation and maintenance in both the central and peripheral nervous systems with a focus on different disease conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Currently, she is working on furthering our understanding of how ALS pathology affects the neurons that form the respiratory circuitry and their connectivity.
Ayesha Gonzales is a Physics PhD Candidate at Case Western Reserve University. Her research lies in theoretical and computational biophysics, in which she uses machine learning methods to investigate cellular interactions in vitro. Ayesha spends her free time practicing music for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, volunteering her time to tutor elementary and middle school students, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Ghazaal Tahmasebi is a PhD student at DANA lab in the neuroscience department of Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her research focuses on epilepsy and large scale recording and manipulation of neurons in the living brain. The research she conducts is multidisciplinary in its nature and is a combination of cellular and molecular biology, engineering, optics and neurosciences. Ghazaal received her bachelor’s degree from Amirkabir University of Technology in her home town, Tehran – Iran, and moved to the states to pursue her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
Kathryn Wilcox is a 3rd year PhD student in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University in Chemical Engineering. In Dr. Svetlana Morozova's lab, she investigates the elasticity of biomacromolecular assemblies. She currently serves as the Co-President of the Macromolecular Student Organization, President of the Science and Human Rights Coalition, and on the Steering Committee of CWRU's chapter of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Kathryn is passionate about research, science communication, and outreach as marked by her organization of 3MT and Sciencepalooza!, a reverse science fair to local high school students.
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