Scholar Profiles

2019 Research Scholars

Emma DiPasquo
DiPasquo was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently she is seeking a Bachelor’s degree focusing on focused in neuroscience. She is working under the mentorship of Dr. Maureen Rutherford and attempting to repurpose N-acetylcysteine for anxiolytic purposes. After she graduates she plans to further her education in neuroscience and psychology in graduate school.
Nicholas Olchawa
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
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.
Rosemary Elmalh
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.

2018 Research Scholars

William Carey
Carey was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar for 2018. Currently, he is pursuing a BS degree in Chemistry with an ACS certification and a minor in Physics. He works as a Teacher Assistant for the Chemistry and Physics Department. After graduation, he plans to attend Medical School to be a Emergency Medical Physician and Trauma Surgeon. 
Donnai Casillas
Casillas was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she 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.
Eva Elmalh
E. Elmalh was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is working with Dr. Jenny Fisher to test and analyze the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the Northwest Indiana region. She is also Biology and Chemistry tutor at Indiana University Northwest and is a co-founder of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Fellowship club on campus. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in medicine. 
Alero Jackson
Jackson was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Pre-Medicine. She is working with Dr. Jenny Fisher to engineer a CRISPR/Cas-9 plasmid specific for antibiotic resistance, with the goal of treating antibiotic resistant bacteria present in sewage. In addition, she works to improve campus recruitment efforts as the Treasurer of the IU Northwest Student Ambassadors. She is also involved with the IU Northwest Student Government Association as the Head of Communications, where she strives to improve student life.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a Doctor in Medicine, with the hopes of practicing anesthesiology.