IPREP Fellows

IPREP 2018 Fellows
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Queenisha Crichlow
B.S., Psychology
Florida Memorial University
Class of 2018
Research Interests & Expertise
Clinical Psychology
Applied Social & Organizational Psychology

Graduate School Attending:
University of Alabama (Birmingham) Medical/Clinical Psychology PhD program
Queen’s interest in Clinical Psychology began after noticing a rapid increase and escalation of her younger brother’s disciplinary referrals from school. She is interested in the effects that impulsivity, poor decision making, and oppositional behaviors, relative to his diagnosis of ADHD, had on his academic and social outcomes. She’s certain that a number of environmental factors exacerbate troublesome behaviors. She plans to matriculate into a doctoral program in clinical psychology so that she can assess, diagnose, and treat children with behavioral disorders, both ethically and proficiently.
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Joselyn Perez
B.S., Psychology
California State University San Marcos
Class of 2018
Research Interests & Expertise
Human Performance
Addiction Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
University of Connecticut in the Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation PhD program
Joselyn’s goal is to earn a PhD in quantitative psychology and to conduct research in her own laboratory. She read about Dr. Zimbardo’s prison study and was intrigued not just on the results of the study, but the idea of conducting experiments and discovering why certain events occur.
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Nicole Ramos-Solis
B.S., Microbiology
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Microbiology
Musculoskeletal & Cell Biology

Graduate School Attending:
IUPUI IBMG
Nicole comes to us from Puerto Rico. She selected this discipline because she is interested in learning and understanding the fundamental aspects of microorganisms, particularly pathogens microorganisms and how they functionally adapt based on genes expression and evolution.
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Rebecca Revilla
B.S., Psychology
University of Incarnate Word Alamo Colleges
University of Texas at San Antonio

Class of 2018
Research Interests & Expertise
Clinical Psychology
Addiction Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinical Psychology PhD Program (child concentration)
The research experience that Rebecca gained while participating in the NIH-funded MARC-U*STAR Program furthered her drive to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and conduct research as a university professor. In her future research, she plans to integrate clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and neuroscience to study how externalizing psychopathology develops in children and adolescents who have experienced adversity and poverty. Ultimately, she would like her research findings to inform prevention and early intervention methods utilized in the fields of mental health and education.
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Eduardo Salgado
B.S., Neuroscience
Duke University
Class of 2018
Research Interests & Expertise
Clinical Psychology
Medical Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
IUPUI Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Men in Latinx culture embrace a “machismo” philosophy that leaves no room for weakness, which many times ended up being synonymous with mental health issues, among other things. Eduardo learned the effects of his father’s unchecked depression on his family. His goals for future research include investigating early biomarkers of depression, in an effort to advise prevention therapies, as well as improve the current state of treatment, which is only efficacious for a select few. His long term goals are to become an independent researcher with a laboratory studying depression.
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Ebony Hargrove-Wiley
B.S., Biology
Tuskegee University
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology
Reproductive Biology

Graduate School Attending:
Vanderbilt University interdisciplinary graduate program
Ebony's interest in reproductive biology ignited when her close cousin suffered labor complications that resulted in her newborn undergoing life-altering surgery. She is interested in the prevention and treatment of reproductive tract disorders that lead to infertility and adverse health outcomes for both mother and child. She plans to matriculate into an interdisciplinary doctoral program in biomedical sciences with a concentration in cell and molecular biology. As part of the doctoral program, Ebony hopes to discover translational scientific advances for clinical implementation.

IPREP 2017 Fellows
Azeez Aremu
Azeez Aremu
B.S. in Biology
Chicago State University
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Microbiology

Graduate School Attending:
TBD
Azeez grew up in an economically disadvantaged community in Nigeria, West Africa. He is a now naturalized citizen of the United States. He learned a lot at Chicago State University (CSU) about microbes and their interactions and fell in love with Cell Biology and Molecular Microbiology. At CSU, he worked in Dr. Swier’s laboratory via the RISE program where they focused on Dictyostelium discoideum and its phagocytotic process and relevancy to the immune response. He also participated in RISE at University of Cincinnati where he worked on photoremovable protecting groups for efficient photorelease. Azeez plans to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology.
Moses Darkey
Moses Darkey
B.S. in Biology
Governor’s State University (Chicago State University)
Cert. EMT, Malcolm X College

B.S. in Wildlife and Entomology
University of Cape Coast (Ghana)
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Microbiology

Graduate School Attending:
IUPUI GCND, NIH supplement awarded to continue working in Dr. Arrizabalaga’s lab
Moses spent most of his adolescent life in Ghana in the West coast of Africa. He witnessed and experienced various illnesses that have occurred as a result of microbial or genetic causes. He is hoping to become a Molecular Biologist or Geneticist to address the microbial origins of these illnesses.
Britney Hudson
Britney Hudson
B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Mercer University
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Biomedical Engineering

Graduate School Attending:
NC ST
Britney enjoys math, which has led her to tutor other students from Algebra to Differential Equation and Calculus. She travelled to South Korea and taught North Korean refugees English and how to build and program Lego Robots. She also participated in the University of Kentucky REU where she researched regenerative therapies. She also worked with Sinjae Hyun at Mercer in the Aerosol Inhalation Lab. She was able to present her work at the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Annual Meeting, 2013 Sothern Reginal Honors Conference, MUSE 2013 Engineering EXPO. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
Maribel Hernandez
Maribel Hernandez
B.S. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
St. Edward’s University
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Addiction Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D. IUPUI Psychology
As a first-generation, Mexican-American student, Maribel developed an independent vision of what role education would play in her life. She sees education as an outlet for exploration, understanding, and innovation of solutions for the environment around her. She was a research assistant to Dr. Kelly Green, a psychologist who focuses on chemical dependency. She studied the efficacy of biofeedback training with participants who suffer from impulse control deficits, and/or urges and cravings in those struggling with addiction. Maribel desires to research the cultural implications associated with the biology of drug addiction, such as how cultural customs influence a person’s impulses, self-control, and desires that lead to addiction, and how behavioral characteristics enervate or catalyze said impulses.
Alexis Pulliam
Alexis Pulliam
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Tuskegee University
Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Biomedical Engineering

Graduate School Attending:
Georgia Tech, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Alexis had an internship with the South Central Climate Science Center researching climate variability. In Lubbock, TX she researched the contamination in the local bodies of water. She found that the water was more contaminated by the hospital because of the radioactive waste. In Louisiana, she tested the salinity of river water. She participated in the The Pennsylvania State University REU working under Tony Huang on a surface acoustic waves (SAW) microfluidic device to pattern cells and particles into lines. The purpose of the research was to investigate interactions between tumor cell and endothelial cells, and signal transportation between mouse neuron cells. She also participated in PARAdiGM at the University of Alabama under Farah Lubin. Her research project was targeting DNA methylation at Bdnf exonIV using a CRISPR to improve memory loss in epileptic rats. She plans to enter a MD-PhD dual degree program, and become a physician scientist.
Zoe Talman
Zoe Talman
B.S. in Neuroscience
Lake Forest College
Carleton College
College of Lake County

Class of 2017
Research Interests & Expertise
Pharmacology

Graduate School Attending:
LSU PhD in Pharmacology
Zoe has overcome many obstacles as she has dealt with hearing loss during her academic career. She would like to investigate how serotonergic receptor agonists distort perception, cognition, and behavior. After obtaining her Ph.D., she desires to become neuroscience researcher.

IPREP 2016 Fellows
Robert Altamirano
Robert Altamirano
B.A. in Psychology
Green Mountain College
Class of 2016
Research Interests & Expertise
Neurobiological and Molecular Mechanisms

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern
Robert Altamirano is a dedicated brain and behavioral researcher interested in the neurobiological and molecular mechanisms underpinning motivated behaviors as well as addiction. He graduated from California State University, San Marcos Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Currently he works under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Boehm II investigating genetic influences on reward from drugs of abuse. Robert is currently applying to biomedical graduate programs with an emphasis in neuroscience.
Jasmyn Sanders
Jasmyn Sanders
B.S. in Psychology
Florida A&M University
Class of 2014
Research Interests & Expertise
Clinical Psychology

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Miami
Jasmyn Sanders earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida A&M University in 2014. Through iPREP, she was appointed a position in the Impulsivity Neuroscience laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Cyders. Sanders recently first-authored an invited chapter, highlighting the role of the UPPS-P model of impulsivity in risky sexual behaviors (Sanders et al., in press). She is also preparing another first-author manuscript assessing the relationship between sexual abuse and substance use in detained youth and leading a project studying risks among victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. After iPREP, Sanders plans to enter a clinical psychology doctoral program with an emphasis on sexual health, with the professional goal of becoming a university professor or a psychologist in an academic medical center.
Blake K. Parrish
Blake K. Parrish
B.A. Psychology
Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis
Class of 2016
Research Interests & Expertise
Industrial/Organizational Psychology & Applied Psychology

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational), University of Central Florida
Blake graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) in May of 2016, earning his Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology. He is a research assistant for the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center of Indiana, currently working with Dr. Michelle P. Salyers to address burnout, turnover, and wellbeing among mental health clinicians. A Veteran of the military, his personal research interests include Veterans in the workplace, occupational health, and organizational development. Blake’s most recent research project, The Role of Social Support in Veteran Attainment and Reintegration in Higher Education, closely examines the reintegration of Veterans into their communities from a social perspective. He plans to apply to graduate programs in industrial / organizational psychology as well as applied psychology programs for admittance in fall of 2017.
Shaquitta Dent
Shaquitta Dent
B.S. in Biology
Stillman College
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Human Performance and Kinesiology

Graduate School Attending:
MS, Kinesiology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Shaquitta Dent ’15 graduated from Stillman College in May earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was ranked in the top 5% of her class and held the highest GPA in the Department of Natural Science. She finished her B.S. in only three years as a high honors Summa Cum Laude graduate. She is currently gaining experience in biomechanics of human movement working with Dr. Rafael Bahamonde in the Department of Kinesiology. Shaquitta is currently finishing a research study that evaluates the effects of vibration training on proprioception and spring-leg stiffness. She will start a second study observing comfort, temperature control, and brace migration of popular knee braces. Her future goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in human performance and kinesiology where she dreams of contributing to the advancement of prosthetics.
Mutsa Godza
Mutsa Godza
B.S. in Kinesiology
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Class of 2016
Research Interests & Expertise
Kinesiology

Graduate School Attending:
D.PT./Ph.D., University of Florida
Mutsa Godza ’16 is from Harare, Zimbabwe and graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Her undergraduate research experience in Dr. Kelly Naugle’s Pain and Physical Activity laboratory sparked her interest in researching exercise-induced analgesia. During her time at IUPUI, Mutsa served as a mentor for first year students; a student leader at Camp Brosius, a leadership development camp for students seeking a degree in the Department of Kinesiology at IUPUI; and as the Director for Dancer relations in one of IUPUI’s largest student-run events, Jagathon: IUPUI’s Dance Marathon. As a result of her commitment to the field of kinesiology and campus engagement, Mutsa was selected as the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Exercise Science major of the year 2016, is a recipient of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Undergraduate Scholar award, and was chosen as one of IUPUI’s top 100 students for 2016. After completing the IPREP Program, Mutsa plans on matriculating into a DPT/PhD dual program and pursuing a career as an academic physical therapist.
Vanessa Wilson
Vanessa Wilson
B.S. in Biology
Bennett College for Women
Class of 2016
Research Interests & Expertise
Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
TBD
Vanessa Wilson ‘16 grew up in Guyana and graduated from Bennett College for Women. Vanessa was a biology major with a minor in chemistry. During her tenure at Bennett College, Wilson was recognized for the Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She has worked as a librarian assistant at her alma mater and she has also worked on the executive board for Bennett College’s library, where she helped to develop strategic plans to better the institution’s library. Vanessa has gained ample laboratory experience in the scientific field through her summer internships. Wilson’s first internship was at the University of Missouri in the summer of 2014. With this research Wilson explored the effects of pace breathing on cardiovascular activities. Wilson’s second internship during the summer of 2015 was undertaken at Indiana University. Here, Wilson investigated how changes in the activity of serotonin neurons in different parts of the dorsal raphe nucleus fluctuated with changes in the social behavior of mice. Vanessa plans to apply to a MD‐PhD program with a concentration in neuroscience in the near future.

IPREP 2015 Fellows
Corey Calhoun
Corey Calhoun
B.A. in Psychology
Green Mountain College
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Addiction Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
University of Massachusetts
Joshua Hayes
Joshua Hayes
B.S. in Biology
Winston-Salem State University
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Medical Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
Wake Forest University
Elaine Kouame
Elaine Kouame
B.S. Biology
Temple University
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Medical Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
University of Chicago
Cynthya Morales
Cynthya Morales
B.A. in Psychology
California State University North Ridge
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Addotop Meirpscoemce

Graduate School Attending:
California State University North Ridge
Jared Smith
Jared Smith
B.S. in Neuroscience
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Class of 2015
Research Interests & Expertise
Medical Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
Indiana University School of Medicine

IPREP 2014 Fellows
Sage Morgan Bates
Sage Morgan Bates
Ph.D. Student
Illinois Institute of Technology
Class of 2014
Research Interests & Expertise
Clinical Psychology

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology
Michel Anthony Companion
Michel Anthony Companion
Ph.D. Student
University North Carolina
Class of 2014
Research Interests & Expertise
Addiction Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ross Michael Nelson
Ross Michael Nelson
Ph.D. Student
University of Oklahoma
Class of 2014
Research Interests & Expertise
Medical Neuroscience

Graduate School Attending:
MS, Biochemistry, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Alan B. Tyson II
Alan B. Tyson II
Ph.D. Student
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Class of 2014
Research Interests & Expertise
Music Technology

Graduate School Attending:
MS/Ph.D., Music Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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