AWIS-SD 2021 Honorable Mention Recipients

Is a second year doctoral student in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is specializing her studies in behavioral medicine and focuses on researching psychosocial issues faced by patients living with chronic illnesses. She is particularly interested in studying how coping and cultural factors are related to biopsychosocial outcomes (e.g., quality of life) in underserved populations (e.g., marginalized groups, rare diseases).

Alyssa
Choi, Ph.D.

Is a second-year Ph.D. student at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute advised by Dr. Alexandre Colas. She is working to understand the genetic barriers of cardiac regeneration utilizing high-throughput screening technology. She is very passionate about her research and excited to discover novel regulatory pathways that can one day help to improve heart function post-injury. At the start of her career, she was honored with the Award for Excellence in Biochemistry by the American Institutes for Chemistry at Simmons University, a women-focused undergraduate university. Michaela was trained by Dr. John Glass at the J. Craig Venter Institute using synthetic biology techniques and contributed to her first published research article on the essential metabolism for a minimal cell. To gain industry experience, she joined the CB Therapeutics team to help grow the research and company. Outside of research, she enjoys volunteering with the BE WiSE program at the Fleet Science Center to mentor and inspire the next generation of female scientists. In her spare time, you can find her at the golf course working on her swing or at home trying a new plant-based recipe. She is pleased to accept Honorable Mention for the 2021 AWIS-SD Scholarship.

Michaela
Lynott, Ph.D.

Is a senior at the University Of San Diego (USD) studying Mathematics. She is balancing her  studies while working full-time in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at USD, part-time in a  restaurant, being a mother to a two and a half year old girl, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a  valuable member of the community. Laura is passionate about exploring the connection of  Mathematics and social justice causes. Her Albanian roots have a strong tie to her personality, the  way that she fights for injustice, and of course, her love for Mathematics.

Diane
Castellanos, BS/MS

Is a third-year undergraduate studying molecular and cell biology at UC San Diego. A proud daughter of two immigrant parents, her love for oncology began when she became a lab assistant at Pfizer oncology her freshman year. In addition to contributing to small-molecule drug-discovery projects at Pfizer, she is also an intern at Palomar Medical Center, where she cares for cancer patients alongside doctors and nurses. Upon graduation, Amy hopes to pursue an MD-PhD degree and work towards becoming a clinician-researcher in the field of oncology. In her free time, Amy likes to sing, draw, rock climb, or go on road trips.

Amy
Parampil, BS/MS

Is a 4th year Molecular and Cell Biology Major at UCSD. She is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Daugherty's Virology lab. She is currently working on writing a literature review about viral proteases and their host protein targets. Bindhu also uses bioinformatics and coding in python to look for human polymorphisms in viral cleavage sites. Bindhu is planning to pursue a molecular biology master’s degree in Dr. Daugherty's lab starting in the Fall of 2021. In her free time, Bindhu enjoys singing, cooking, and playing with her cousins.

Bindhu
Hosuru, BS/MS

Is a senior Biochemistry and Cell Biology undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. She is passionate about conducting and leading projects on health disparities as the Director of Intersectional Health Project, participating in community health outreach efforts as a member of Chicanx/Latinx for Community Medicine, and hosting conferences focused on careers in health for underserved high school students throughout California. Anamaria believes in providing for her South San Diego community by conducting science outreach for K - 12 students with the Association of Women for Science in San Diego and serving as a mentor on the Tia’s Committee for MANA de San Diego. She is currently preparing for the MCAT and completing her food insecurity research project as a Triton Research Experimental Learning Scholar, titled "Analyzing the Impact of CalFresh acceptance at Farmers Markets in San Diego

Anamaria
Ancheta, BS/MS
Katy Willweber
Grossmont College