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2011 UAN Honor Society Inductees A - F

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Laura Anthony   

Laura.AnthonyLaura grew up in Shoemakersville, a small town in Penn.  She is a senior at Marymount Manhattan College double majoring in Biology and Dance.  In addition to attending classes and conducting research, Laura performs in a student run show called Dancers at Work.  She also enjoys reading and photography.   

Next year, Laura will be attending Boston University Medical School for a M.A. in Pathology.  Laura is fascinated by bacteria and viruses.  Her favorite class in college was microbiology.  One day, she wants to conduct infectious disease research and help develop the next generation of vaccines, antivirals, and antibiotics.  

Laura’s undergraduate research examines the effects of laundry bleach on cotton fabrics. It has been shown that bleach can react with the organic surfactants and fragrances in laundry detergents to produce harmful organochlorine compounds, such as carbon tetra chloride and chloroform. So far, no published studies have looked at possible organochloirine formation between bleach and cotton fabric.    

Laura’s favorite science pun is: If you're not part of the solution you're part of the precipitate.  

Jack Bulat     

Jack.BulatEvgeny (Jack) Bulat was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and moved to the United States when he was nine. Coming from a bustling city environment, Jack was stunned by the calm and quiet atmosphere of suburban Rochester, N.Y. where hardly anyone actually walked down sidewalks and most places were at least ten minutes away by car! However, Rochester’s vibrant art and music scenes, as well as a sizable Russian community, made fairly easy for Jack and his family to adjust to the new lifestyle. Jack attends Vassar College where he is studying chemistry with a minor in math. His favorite class by far has been Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics. As Jack explains, “thermodynamics was born out of a practical need to understand steam engines, yet it has provided answers to some of the most fundamental questions about what makes physical and chemical processes occur. I see it as a beautiful marriage of science and philosophy, really.”  

Jack’s research focuses on the biochemistry of membrane lipid metabolism. Next fall, Jack will begin graduate studies in molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Jack has a wide range of research interests, and the MCB department at Berkeley offers considerable flexibility in both finding a field of specialization and conducting interdisciplinary research. Down the road, Jack wants to be involved in science at the chemistry/biology interface, possibly in the area of host-pathogen interactions. He also dreams of someday giving a TED talk!   

Outside of research, Jack tutors general chemistry as well as sing in an a cappella group called Matthew’s Minstrels. In his free time, Jack likes to exercise, read, take power naps, and, yes, watch TED talks!  

Being a member of ASBMB’s UAN has helped Jack stay informed about the current state of life sciences research.  Also, receiving a competitive travel award from ASBMB has given him an invaluable opportunity to visit the 2011 Experimental Biology conference in Washington, D.C. to present his research.     

Yi Cao    

Yi.CaoYi Cao was born in China but grew up in Rhode Island.  She is a senior Biology and Math double major at Providence College.  Yi’s favorite class is microbial physiology which gave her a glimpse into the research world through reading papers and learning common lab techniques. In addition to classes, Yi tutors math on campus.  Her career goal is to be an internal medicine physician. Her current research deals with apoptosis in yeast and she presented her work at this year’s ASBMB Annual Meeting.    


Zachary Curry   

Zach.CurryZachary Curry wanted to have a career in molecular biosciences while he was just a junior in high school.  For Zach, an aspiring counselor, the idea was revolutionary.  For the first time, he realized that his passion to help people could be married with his love for the sciences.  Soon after, Zach found himself at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina pursuing a degree in Biochemistry.  Currently, Zach is finishing his junior year of college, and has completed research projects at Winthrop University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  His research at Winthrop focused on protein structure, while his work at St. Jude has allowed him to hone research skills while also interacting with patients.  Zach won a competitive research award while at St. Jude and is returning again this summer.  He hopes to one day obtain an MD/PhD degree in biomedical research.  

Zach was born almost three months premature, a death sentence at the time, and has always been motivated to use his second chance at life to help others.  He grew up in a small suburban town in New Jersey.  It was there that he used to tinker with old electronics (even burning holes in his bedroom carpet) and read avidly on history and science.  His curiosity for the natural world, combined with his love for helping people, is what motivates Zach’s current work.  

When not on campus, Zach can usually be found having fun with family and friends, watching movies, and playing with his dog.  As an ASBMB UAN member, Zach particularly enjoys bonding with other members on the Winthrop campus.  He is also looking forward to attending the 2012 ASBMB annual meeting.   

Amy Deng   

Amy.DengAmy Deng is a junior Biochemistry and Biology double major at Winthrop University.  Amy conducts research on a group of nonhistone chromatin-binding oncogenic proteins called High Mobility Group A1 (HMGA1) under the mentorship of Dr. Takita Sumter.  Her interest in biochemistry has blossomed through her research experience.   Amy plans to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree and conduct translational research focusing on cancer treatment.  Ultimately, she hopes to obtain a position at a research hospital that will allow her to perform medical research in addition to doing clinical work.    

Outside of the classroom, Amy is heavily involved in many student organizations and activities on campus, such as UAN, Student Affiliate of American Chemical Society, National Biological Honor Society, and National Leadership Honor Society.   The UAN has given Amy access to numerous resources and many networking opportunities, including a competitive travel award to present her research at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.    

On campus, Amy tutors chemistry, biology and physics, and mentors international students, which have helped develop her communication skills.  Amy also volunteers at a local hospital and for the American Red Cross.  In 2008, she received an opportunity to volunteer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a translator.   

When not doing research or in school, Amy enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and yoga.