Scholar Profiles

Mohamed Abdirisak
Neuroscience, 2019
Mr. Abdirisak was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. He is seeking a BS in neuroscience. He conducted research in Prof. Murphy's lab. After graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience and/or a biomedical discipline.
Justin Alexander
Mr. Alexander was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Informatics. He works in Dr. Patrick Shih's lab in the development of a technological approach in connecting HIV positive people to health professionals to receive the proper treatment. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration.
Peter Amezcua
Mr. Amezcua was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is 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. Upon graduating, he plans to pursue a Masters in Medical Science at IUPUI.
Mykal Ammons
Ms. Ammons was selected as an IN LSAMP 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.
Jordan Begay
Biology, 2020
Mr. Begay was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. Currently, he is seeking a BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. He works in Prof. Newman’s lab analyzing data to understand how neural networks affects brain morphology by using handedness as a measurement. After graduation, he intends to enroll in an MD/PHD program to pursue his dream of becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon.
Amanda Ellison
Ms. Ellison was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology. She works in Dr. S. Newman's lab studying cannabis effects on neurotransmitter glutamate. After graduation, 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. He worked with Lantao Liu and Malintha Fernando on programming with robotics. After graduation, he plans to 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. He is working with Dr. Allison Gruber in her Biomechanics lab studying mechanisms of running injuries. After graduation, 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. After graduation, he plans 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. 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. After graduation, she hopes to go on to medical school and become a physician.
Xandria McDowell
Ms. McDowell was selected as an IN LSAMP 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 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 Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. 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 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. After graduation, she aspires to work in industry 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. 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.
Regine Vincent
Chemistry, 2019
Ms. Vincent was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. She is pursuing a BS in Chemistry. She works in Dr. Lyuda Bronstein’s research group where she studies the development of more thermally stable novel iron-oxide nanoparticle based vaccines for the HPV-16 virus. Regine is the recipient of the Provost Scholarship, the Hudson-Holland Scholarship, the Raymond Siedle Scholarship, and a member of the Hutton Honors College. Upon graduating she hopes to pursue a PhD in Chemistry.