Scholar Profiles

2019 Research Scholars

Donnai Casillas
2018
Casillas is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As a LSAMP scholar, she is working with Dr. Ming Gao to determine what mRNAs bind to me31B protein in Drosophila melanogaster. She is also involved with Harbor Light Hospice, an organization that brings companionship to those in hospice facilities. When she graduates, she hopes to go to Medical School.
Rosemary Elmalh
2019
Elmalh is currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy. She is working with Dr. Fisher to analyze environmental samples for antibiotic resistant bacteria. RoseMary is also very involved in her church and is the co-president of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Fellowship Club on campus. After graduation, she plans to further her studies in research and human health.
Nicholas Olchawa
2018 & 2019
Olchawa was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018 and returned in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As a LSAMP scholar, he works with Dr. Ming Gao on examining the expression of me31B present in ovarian tissues of drosophila. He also serves as a Biology and Chemistry tutor in the STEM lab. After graduation, he hopes to continue his research and apply to graduate school to continue his education.
Patricia Rodriguez-Triana
2019
Rodriguez-Triana was selected as an LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology and Biochemistry as a premed student. She is working with Dr. Avis at Indiana University northwest using quantitative polymerase chain reaction to determine the biomass of a set of fungi in soil samples. She also works as a new student orientation leader and as a proctor with the office of Students Support Services. After graduation she plans to attend medical school to pursue and MD program.