2019 Cell Biology Research Scholars Program (CRSP) Scholars
Yuanyun "Rose" Huang - Liao Lab
I'm a junior studying general biology in Cornell University. I am from Beijing, China. I have great interests in tackling biological problem with quantitative and mathematics approaches, and my long-term goal is to pursue Ph.D. in biophysics that contains both theoretical study and bench work. I'm currently working in a crystallography lab studying the structure of macromolecular using varies physical methods. Outside of classes, I participate in the Chinese drama club doing backstage work and work as a biology student advisor helping with freshman in their first-year transition. I also like to try out new outdoor sports such as tree climbing.
Morgan Martin - Puigserver Lab
My name is Morgan Martin. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and, currently, I am a junior at Hampton University, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I have had a passion for science since elementary school, and my undergraduate experiences have increased my desire to explore the biological sciences at the graduate level. My research interests include microbiology and immunology, particularly infectious diseases. Outside of the laboratory, I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading, and volunteering through various community service organizations. I would love to eventually share my passion for biomedical research with the next generation of aspiring biologists.
Kendall Oliver - Liberles Lab
I am rising junior at Yale University where I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I am originally from Orlando, FL. In my free time, I love to travel, spend time with friends and family, and go camping and kayaking. I also spend much of my free time volunteering at the CT Hospice. My current research in the Breslow Lab involves the use of functional genomic tools to dissect ciliogensis of the mammalian primary cilium. After graduation, I would like to attend a MD/PhD program and ultimately work as a physician scientist. Through the CRSP program, I hope to expand my knowledge of biological research science and gain the scientific skills necessary for my success.
Rhea Sahu - Moazed Lab
I was born in India, and moved to Switzerland when I was twelve years old. I am currently a third year Honors international student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, with a minor in Biomedical Research. My passion for research and molecular biology, especially epigenetics, led me to join the Jacobsen Lab at UCLA. My present project involves identifying DNAJ1 domains for transcriptional activation and SUVH1 recruitment function in a methylation-directed transcriptional activator complex in Arabidopsis. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school in order to obtain a PhD and continue my research career. Some of my interests outside of lab include dancing and performing, mentoring undergraduates who want to get involved in research, volunteering at soup kitchens and food banks, hiking, and reading.
Asjah Wallace - Haigis Lab
My name is Asjah Wallace and I am junior Cellular Molecular Biology major at Hampton University. I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a member of the MARC Program as well as Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society. At my home institution, I have worked in 2 labs over the past two years as an intramural research opportunity. I am interested in pursuing my PhD in Cancer Biology with the intent of research Tumor Angiogenesis. I want to make an impact on the world with what I can discover through my research. Outside of research, I would love to travel the world and experience different cultures and their cuisines.
Lianjie "Jerry" Wei - Shao Lab
I was born and grew up in Beijing, China, and I came to the U.S. at the age of 15 for high school. I am now a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring biochemistry and biology. At UNC, I engage in research focusing on the structure-function-inhibition relationship of a class of gut microbial enzymes critical in enterohepatic recirculation and gut toxicity of drugs. I would like to do research in cell biology to broaden my views as an aspiring scientist and to add more experimental techniques to my toolbox. I would love to pursue a PhD and a career in life sciences to help developing therapeutics for people suffering from chronic diseases and genetic disorders. In my free time, I love traveling, playing soccer, climbing, reading, and trying all kinds of cuisines.