Published: Dec. 18, 2017 By

The CU Denver Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program had an amazing 6 students earn travel scholarships to present their scientific research at the 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in October, 2017- Congratulations, Odalis Castro, Daniel Hernandez, Jennifer Jaime, Baris Aydintug, Cristiana Meuret, and Jonté Roberts!

Odalis is a Public Health major working in Clyde Wright's laboratory studying Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) – a chronic lung disease that affects the premature population -approximately 10,000 babies are affected by this disease in the U.S.

Daniel is a Psychology major working in Dr. Amy Wachholtz' laboratory looking into the variations in treatment methods migraineurs utilize across different socioeconomic groups.

Jennifer is a Psychology major working in Benjamin Greenwood's laboratory, focusing on identifying the neural pathways responsible for the acquisition and habituation of voluntary physical activity that could help facilitate exercise behaviors in order to augment current exercise regimes and illness therapies.

Baris is a Chemistry major working in Hai Lin's laboratory presenting a new computational chemistry method that accurately simulates biochemical systems on the quantum level, while also being more efficient than traditional means.

Cristiana is a Chemistry major working in Scott Reed's laboratory studying deuterated analogs of the amino acid, L-serine, for its role as a probe in in identifying different conformations of the amyloid protein. This specific protein is linked to the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

Jonté Roberts is a Biology major working in Erik Oleson's laboratory investigating the role of Lateral Habenula in the avoidance of foot shock, as little is known about its behavioral influence under an aversive context.