People

PenningsLab2015Summer_2

Current Lab Members

Dwayne Evans

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  • Major: Microbiology MS
  • Year: Graduate Student
  • About me: Born and raised in the Bay Area. When not catching up on sleep, I really enjoy running, football, practicing guitar and filming and editing YouTube Videos.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: The effect of Prep (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) on HIV drug resistance mutations

Dasha O Fedorova

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  • Major: Physiology minor of Chemistry
  • Year: Senior
  • About me: I was born in Ukraine and speak Russian.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: I recently went to Peru to volunteer and set up free clinics in poor communities all around Lima. I have always been very passionate about improving and providing healthcare in developing countries and poor communities in general, as well as improving the actual education about healthcare. If I had unlimited resources, I would dedicate my time and money to traveling and helping the development of poor communities all over the world. I believe that change first needs to happen locally, and then hopefully it will spread globally. I would work on establishing clinics and hospitals, as well as providing free healthcare and medicine to patients.

Farheen Ghiasuddin

Farheen

  • Major: Physiology
  • Year: Senior
  • About me: I’m a social person who enjoys a challenge as well as helping others. I recently went to Nicaragua to participate in a medical brigade.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: Cancer prevention and control in children.

Patricia Kabeja

Patricia

  • Major: Physiology
  • Year: Senior
  • About me: I enjoy playing volleyball when I’m free and going on spontaneous adventures. After I graduate I  plan to travel the world!
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: the effects of stress on prenatal development.

Melissa Luk

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  • Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Year: 5th
  • About me: I like music and play guitar and the piano.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: genetics. I really enjoy this field and would like to study many topics in that field!

Olivia Pham

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  • Major: Biology
  • Year: Post-Bachelor
  • About me: I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes!
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: new drug therapies for different diseases. Since the development of new drugs and improved versions takes a lot of time and money and sometimes don’t pass the clinical stage, that’s why I would like to find new methods and techniques to cut the cost and time to deliver new drug therapies to different patients.

Julia Pyko

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  • Major: Biology & Psychology
  • Year: Post-Bachelor
  • About me: I used to be a national level figure skater and I speak Polish!
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: the biological basis of autism, and search for early markers both genetically and behaviorally. I am also interested in topics within neuroscience such as the functions of dreaming, & how making memories or learning changes as we age.

Austin Shi-Kai Lim

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  • Major: Microbiology
  • Year: Graduated
  • About me: I used to be a swimmer in high-school.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: viruses and immunology. How viruses interact with our immune systems and eventually create new diseases.

Kristof Theys

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  • Major: Studied Biology, Biochemistry, & Bioinformatics
  • Year: Post-doctoral from Leuven, Belgium.
  • About me: As a computational biologist, I have a strong passion for science, technology, and innovation. Current projects study the molecular epidemiology and adaptive evolution of viral pathogens, using a multidisciplinary approach of large-scale data analysis, statics, and population and evolutionary genetics. I am also involved in the management of EC H2020 research projects and teaching activities.
  • If you I had unlimited resources I would research: If I had to research other topics I would look into space exploration.

Sidra Tufon

Sidra

  • Major: Physiology and Chemistry minor
  • Year: Super Senior
  • About me: I like to travel a lot. I was recently in New York and travel outside the country often to places like Cameroon.
  • If you I had unlimited resources I would research: I would like to research dermatitis, cystic acne, and other skin conditions.

Kadie Ann Williams

Kadie

  • Major: Microbiology
  • Year: Graduate Student 2nd year.
  • About me: I was born and raised in Jamaica.  I spent 6 years in the US Navy where I got to travel all over the world.  My favorite places to visit were Hong Kong because of the hotels and the food and Dubai because of the shopping and the food.  I love to try different food.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: improving drugs that are being administered for autism.

Alumni

Catherine Borror (Spring 2015)

Rosana Callejas (Spring 2015)

Christopher Condry (Spring 2015)

Jia Qi Jacky Fang (Spring 2015)

Lizette Guzman-Zaragoza (Spring 2015)

Brendan Kusuma (Summer 2014)

Brendan

  • Major: Microbiology
  • Year: 5th
  • About me: I like to travel, particularly to Japan. I also like to watch movies and enjoy writing fan fiction.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: parasitology. I would like to study how they work in the body, what side effects they have in different organisms.

Devan Shah (Spring 2015)

Pedro H. Zorzanelli da Vitoria (Summer 2015)

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  • Major: Biotechnology
  • Year: Senior
  • About me: I like to meet new people from other countries and cultures.
  • If I had unlimited resources I would research: and search for new drugs on natural products/extracts for HIV, cancer, and other diseases.

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