Past Beckman Scholars
The 2012 Beckman Scholars will graduate in May 2014.
| Alex Valentine, a Biomedical Engineering major, is working with Dr. Joyce Wong in the Biomedical Engineering Department on the development of a drug delivery technique for the treatment of allergic asthma and atopy. The project seeks to develop an ultrasound-facilitated transdermal antibody delivery method that can be validated in mouse models. This project has potential medical implications in that the specific antibody being used has shown therapeutic benefits for over half of asthma patients who have a particular allergen imbalance.
|Zach Ariki, a Chemistry major, is doing research in the laboratory of Dr. John Porco (Chemistry). The general area of his research is the organic synthesis of natural product-based compounds that may have medical benefits. Specifically, Zach is investigating the synthesis of a class of compounds called microsphaerins, which have been demonstrated to have antimicrobial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is now a common hospital pathogen for which there are limited therapeutic options. Thus, the development of methods to synthesize microsphaerins could have important benefits for the treatment of patients with MRSA.
The 2011 Beckman Scholars graduated in May 2013.
|Claire Schenkel, who double majored in Biology (Specialization in Cell Biology,Molecular Biolgy & Genetics) and Speech, Language & Hearing Science, performed research with Dr. Kim McCall (Biology). Claire research focussed on the role of programmed cell death in the ovary using the model organism the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. This work has relevance to understanding reproductive physiology, development and certain disease processes.
Claire is currently a PhD student in a joint MIT/Harvard Program in Speech & Hearing Science Bioscience and Technology.
|Rishikesh Kulkarni majored in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and performed research with Dr. Sean Elliott in the Chemistry Department. His research conducted biochemical research to understand the role of iron-sulfur clusters in a novel class of proteins called CDGSH proteins. Using computational protein similarity network analysis, Rishi sought to understand the functional and evolutionary relationship between this new class of proteins, some of which appear to play a role in human diabetes.
Rishi is currently a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
The 2010 Beckman Scholars graduated in May 2012.
| Colleen Drapek, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major,
performed research with Dr. Frank Naya (Biology) on the
characterization of the regulatory mechanism of the transcription
factor MEF2A by the gene BMP2. This work will have relevance
to our understanding of cardiovascular development and disease.
Colleen is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at
Angela Xie, a Biomedical Engineering major, performed research with Dr. Joyce Wong (Biomedical Engineering) on characterizing the mechanical properties of mesenchymal stem cell sheets for tissue engineered vascular patches. This work will have applicability to the development of artificial tissues, such as blood vessels.
Angie is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The 2009 Beckman Scholars graduated in May 2011.
|Meredith Duffy, a Biomedical Engineering major, performed research with Dr. Joyce Wong (Biomedical Engineering) and is using tissue engineering approaches to develop a small-diameter artery replacement by combining cell sheet engineering with microtexturing techniques. Meredith is currently in a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University.
|Arthur Su, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major, performed research with Dr. John Porco (Chemistry) on the organic synthesis of natural product derivatives that may have anti-bacterial and anti-cancer cell growth properties. Arthur is currently a research technician at Harvard Medical School, working on immunology.
The 2008 Beckman Scholars graduated in May 2010.
Florencia Rago, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major, peroformed research with Dr. Dean Tolan (Biology) on enzyme protein structure and function. Florencia graduated in May, 2010, and in the fall of 2010, she began a PhD program in Biology at MIT.
Tyler Ford, who was a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, worked with Dr. Tom Gilmore (Biology) performing research on the molecular basis of lymphoma. Tyler graduated in May, 2010, and entered the PhD program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School in the fall of 2010.
The previous Beckman Program Award supported six students.
The 2006 Beckman Scholars performed research in the Biology Department with Dr. Tom Gilmore (Melissa Chin, currently a research technician at the Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA), Dr. Dean Tolan (Michael Coyle, currently in a PhD program in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. William Eldred (James Flannery, currently President of American Relight (an LED refit company for commercial buildings in San Diego, CA). These scholars graduated in May of 2008.
The 2005 Beckman Scholars were Beth Cimini, who is attending graduate school at the University of California, San Francisco; Daniel Bruggemeyer, who received his Masters in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently working in an organ transplant donor center in San Francisco; and Roy Arjoon, who is completing his studies at the Boston University School of Medicine. These scholars graduated in May, 2007.