Adriana "Rubi" Avendano Sanchez
Mentor: Dr. Roza Nurieva
Rubi is a senior studying biology with a minor in Spanish at Houston Baptist University. When she is not in class or participating in the UPWARDS program, she serves as an EMT and is active on campus and in her community. This year Rubi is working under the mentorshsip of Dr. Roza Nurieva. Upon completion of her undergraduate program, Rubi would like to pursue an M.D./Ph.D.
Raul Caballero Montes
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Park
Raul is a junior at Texas Wesleyan University studying biology with a minor in chemistry. He is a returning student from the summer UPWARDS program. This fall Raul worked under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Park in the Watowich lab. Once his undergraduate degree has been conferred, would like to work towards an M.D./Ph.D. with a focus on oncology.
Mentor: Dr. Robert Behringer
Daniel is a senior studying biology at Houston Baptist University. He is currently working in Dr. Robert Behringer's lab. Upon graduation, Daniel would like to start a post-baccalaureate before starting graduate school.
Mentor: Dr. Varsha Gandhi
Codi is a junior studying biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of St. Thomas. As part of the UPWARDS program she is working in the Gandhi lab. In addition to the research she conducts as part of the UPWARDS program, she also works in a lab on her college campus. Codi would like to go to medical school upon graduation and later work in family medicine.
Mentor: Dr. Faika Mseeh
Saman is a junior studying biochemistry and molecular biology at Houston Baptist University. As part of the UPWARDS program, he is working under the mentorship of Dr. Faika Mseeh in the Jones lab. Upon completion of his undergraduate program, Saman would like to go to medical school.
Mentor: Dr. Roza Nurieva
Maria is a sophomore at Houston Baptist University studying biochemistry with a minor in molecular biology. This year, as part of the UPWARDS program, she is working under the mentorship of Dr. Roza Nurieva. Maria is interested in clinical research and would like to further her education and get an M.D./Ph.D.
Mentor: Dr. Michael Davies
Jene is currently a sophomore studying biology on the pre-med track at Houston Baptist University. She is currently working in the Davies lab as part of the UPWARDS program. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Jene would like to become a physician scientist.
Mentor: Dr. George Eisenhoffer
Christopher is a junior studying biochemistry with a minor in philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. This fall, Christopher worked in the Eisenhoffer lab. Christopher would like to get his medical degree and focus on health disparities once he finishes his undergraduate program.