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Fifth Cohort 2012 - 2014

Alana Sampson

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Undergrad & Major:  Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech, Biomedical Engineering

Lab Name & Department:  Tissue engineering, Nanotechnology and Cancer Research (TENCR) Lab, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES)

IMSD Mentor: Dr. Nichole Rylander

Current Status: Research Associate II at ReAlta Life Sciences, Inc.

Sarah Hargis

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

Undergrad & Major: Murray State University (applied mathematics in biology, chemistry), Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

Lab Name & Department: Dr. David Mittelman at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (first rotation)

IMSD Advisor: Dr. Liwu Li

Current Research: The project I am currently working on involves tandem repeats in DNA, which present problems in replication and are often loci for neurological diseases. Eventually, I want to work with cancer-related genomics.

Roberto Padilla

Hometown: Manzanola, Co

Undergrad & Major:  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, BS in Chemistry and BA in Mathematics

Lab Name & Department: Brewer Group at the Department of Chemistry

IMSD Advisor: Dr.  Karen J. Brewer

Current Status: Senior Scientist at AbbVie

Nina Lauharatanahirun

Hometown: Woodland Hills, Ca

Undergrad & Major: California State University, Northridge, Developmental and Biological Psychology

Lab Name & Department: Interpersonal Decision Neuroscience Laboratory (King-Casas Lab), Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute/Psychology

IMSD Advisor: Dr. Brooks King-Casas

Current Status: Graduate student in the Department of Psychology in Virginia Tech's College of Science