2018 Summer Research Scholars

Justin Alexander
Mr. Alexander was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Informatics. He is working with Dr. Patrick Shih in the development of a technological approach in connecting HIV positive people to health professionals to receive the proper treatment. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration.
Peter Amezcua
Mr. Amezcua was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar for 2018. He is currently pursuing a BS degree in Human Biology. He is working with Dr. Peter Hollenhorst, testing ETS transcription factors and their association to prostate cancer and Ewing’s Sarcoma. In doing so, he is interested in determining rank order of transcription factor activity in given physiological pathways, thus potentially being able to control the oncogenic and/or tumor suppressant effects of individual ETS transcription factors. Upon graduating, he plans to pursue a Masters in Medical Science at IUPUI.
Mykal Ammons
Ms. Ammons was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Human Biology. She is working in Professor Farrah Bashey's lab, where she is experimenting with how different species of nematodes react to certain environmental factors. Once she graduates, she plans to further her education in medical school.
Amanda Ellison
Ms. Ellison was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology. She is a Groups STEM Scholar, 21st Century Scholar, and a LSAMP Scholar. Previously, she conducted research in the psychological and brain sciences department studying handwriting and letter recognition in early education with Mrs.Sophia Vinci Booher. Amanda currently works with Dr. S. Newman studying cannabis effects on neurotransmitter glutamate. She is an active volunteer in the community with Bloomington’s Wonder Lab, which is a local kids’ museum. In the future, she plans to further her education by earning a MD to become an OBGYN.
Jamon Gaines
Mr. Gaines was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in informatics with a minor in business. As an LSAMP Scholar, he has worked with Lantao Liu and Malintha Fernando on programming with robotics. When he graduates, he hopes to return to IU and pursue a Masters degree in Business.
Naim Johnson
Mr. Johnson was selected as an LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in biology. As an LSAMP scholar he is working with Dr. Allison Gruber in her Biomechanics lab studying mechanisms of running injuries. Mr. Johnson is also involved in Minority Association for Pre-medical students at Indiana University. When he graduates, he hopes to go to medical school to study sports medicine.
Michael Lopez
Mr. Lopez was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. As an LSAMP Scholar, he has worked with Dr. Hocevar and Dr. Kamendulis on whether PFOA's promote and enhance the development of pancreatic cancer. He is a Herbert Presidential Scholar as well as a Hudson & Holland Scholar at IU Bloomington. He is involved in STEM Outreach, a club that does STEM based projects with Elementary School students. He is also involved in MAPS, a pre-medical based club that aims to give opportunities to students that are underrepresented minorities. When he graduates, he hopes to attend Medical School and eventually work as an Emergency Room Physician. 
Chenesairmwy Marimirofa
Ms. Marimirofa was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. As a LSAMP scholar, she has worked in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Center with Dr. W. Hetrick on studying healthy individuals' brain activity, performing a verbal fluency task while in an MRI scanner. She is involved in Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students at Indiana University and volunteers at Hoosier Hills in her free time. When she graduates, she hopes to go on to medical school and become a physician.
Xandria McDowell
Ms. McDowell was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She is currently seeking a BS in Intelligent Systems Engineering. Working with Dr. Martin Swayn in the Wild-land Fire Data Logistics Network research that aims to create a faster and more reliable method of transmitting wildfire data. Within this research she aims to gain enough information to be able to understand feature recognition within python. After she graduates, she plans to find a career using what she has learned from her time spent at Indiana University.
Diavian Miller
Diavian Miller was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Physics. She is working with Dr. Beggs and Dr. Klein researching rodent's brains after exposure to high radiation. When she graduates, she plans to attend dental school to receive her DDS/DMD, or continue on with research to earn her PhD in her chosen physics field.
Deanna Molina
Ms. Molina was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. As a LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. S. Newman on brain activation while engaging in video games varying in skill sets and its correlation with memory. She is also involved with Timmy Global Health at Indiana University Bloomington, an organization that strives to expand access to quality healthcare for everyone, both domestic and abroad. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education into graduate school towards her career in neuropsychology. 
Kiarra Pratchett
Ms. Pratchett was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She is currently a junior majoring in informatics with a focus in public health. She is working with Dr. Dana Habeeb and Dr. James Clawson to examine how individuals experience extreme heat in urban environments. She is also a Hudson & Holland and 21st Century Scholar. She aspires to work in industry after graduation and later pursue doctoral studies in health informatics.
Emmanuel Scaife
Mr. Scaife was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently he is seeking a BS degree in Neuroscience and a BA in Biochemistry. As an LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. Kenkel on the analysis of Ultra Sonic Vocalizations of the Prairie Vole Rodent. Mr. Scaife is also an Advocate for Community Engagement with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at IUB. This organization aims to mutually benefit community non-profits and service-learning classes to offer valuable service and real life experience. After graduation he hopes to pursue an MD/PhD in Neuroscience.