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Current VT-PREP Scholars

Current VT-PREP Scholars

Current VT-PREP Scholars, VT-PREP  19

Shuristeen Joubert: BS, Biology, University of New Mexico       

Lab RotationsDrs. Rafael DavalosDavid Popham, and Daniela Cimini                                                                                   

Lab SelectionDr. Daniela Cimini's Lab                                              

Aspirations in pursuing a PhD: I would like to pursue a PhD to be in an environment full of people with different backgrounds and experiences who can come together over a shared passion. After my PhD I wish to use my platform to help bridge the gab of understanding science as a subject vs. a career field for young underprivileged children.                         

Fun Fact: I had to listen to Queen's "Don't stop me now" to give me the courage to jump out of a plane.                                   

Hobbies/ activities beyond research in Blacksburg: In my spare time I like to hike around Blacksburg, roller skate, and snowboard when the weather is right. 

Cameron Tate

Cameron Tate: BS, Washington University in St. Louis, Psychological and Brain Sciences                               

Rotation LabsDrs. Roseanne FotiCharles Calderwood, and  Rosanna Breaux                                                                              

Reasearch Interests: Racial stereotypes impact leadership perceptions                                                                                             

Lab SlectionDr. Roseanne Foti's Lab                                                 

Fun Fact: I've seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy so many times I can recall the majority of the script word for word. 

Alana Smith

Alana Smith: BS, Wake Forset University, Psychology/Neuroscience                                                               

Lab RotationsDrs. Daniel EnglishMichelle Olsen, and Julia Basso.

Lab SelectionDrs. Daniel English and Julia Basso's Lab

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Food Intake, Obesity

Fun Fact: I love to knit, crochet, and cross-stitch!

 Gabriel Maldonado Rivera

Gabriel Maldonado: BS, University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo 

Lab RotationsDrs. Nisha DuggalZhaoming Yang, and Amy Pruden                                                                                             

Lab SelectionDr. Amy Pruden's Lab                                                  

Fun fact: I have re-watched New Girl seven times and I am going for the eight.


Jacobi McGrew: Undergrad University of Alabama at Birmingham.                                                                                 

Rotation LabsDrs. Timothy JaromeElizabeth Gilbert, and Susan Campbell                                                                               

Research Interets: Addictive Behaviros and Addiction Recovery, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Behavioral Psychology

Lab Selection: Dr. Campbell's Lab               

Fun Fact: I am the only person in my immediate family who likes dogs


Tiffany Thorn: BS, Biology, Oakwood University                           

Lab RotationsDrs. Bryan HsuCoy Allen, and David Popham    

Lab SelectionDr. Bryan Hsu's Lab                                                 

Fun Fact: My favorite trilogy is the Hunger Games

Fernando Gutierrez Garcia: BS, James Madison University, Biotechnology

Lab RotationsRaj GajiIrving Coy Allen, and Xin Luo

Research Interests: Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Pathology.

Lab Selection: Dr. Xin Luo's Lab

Aspirations in pursuing a PhD: I want to get further education and training in immunology to ultimately do research in the biotech industry. 

Fun Fact: I was in the top 5% of players in Call Of Duty: Modern warfare. 

Hobbies/activates: Go to amusement parks, video games, cooking and fishing. 

VT-PREP 19 Group Photo