2016 Honor Society inductees D-G

A-C  D-G  H-I  K-L  M-R  S  T-Z 

Lucinda DassLucinda Dass, Rochester Institute of Technology 
Lucinda has always been drawn to the field of science. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to become a physician, but she was also very interested in research. During her time at Rochester Institute of Technology, she explored different fields of research including environmental and hydrogen fuel cell. The lab that she is currently in is the protein lab of Dr. Suzanne O’Handley. Her project is to characterize NagD, a protein from Yersina pestis, which is the cause of the plague. Currently, there is no known function and it is thought to be a novel antibiotic target due to its mechanism of action. It is exciting for her to be the first person in the lab to work with this protein. Besides focusing on academics and research, Lucinda spends her time at RIT involved in many clubs on campus. She is the vice president of Global Union where she works to spread cultural awareness on campus. She is also the treasurer and local philanthropy co-chair of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Furthermore, she was also president of RIT UNICEF in her first two years at RIT. These organizations, as well as her research experiences, have all helped her to grow as a person and as a leader. She is currently in the process of applying to medical school and her dream is to become a primary care physician.

Christian DohringChristian Dohring, Rochester Institute of Technology
Christian has always been one to ask questions. The broad subject of science allowed him to organize and understand the world surrounding him. He conducted research at Rochester Institute of Technology with Dr. Suzanne O’Handley during his sophomore year. He aided in the discovery and characterization of Nudix hydrolases from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The summer following his sophomore year he conducted research with Dr. Maciej Goniewicz through an internship program coordinated by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. During his time there, he tested the hypothesis that long-term electronic cigarette users take up similar amounts of nicotine as long term cigarette smokers. The following summer, Christian continued his research in the pharmaceutical science department at the University at Buffalo with Dr. Marilyn Morris. Christian tested the effects of two novel drugs in the inhibition of monocarboxylate transporters in the pursuit of a triple negative breast cancer treatment.

After meeting others with similar scientific interests, Christian joined the professional chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma. He has also been an emergency department volunteer at Rochester General Hospital since 2015 and aspires to go on to medical school to become a surgeon. 

Joshua FlothJoshua Floth, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Joshua is a senior biochemistry major at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and he hopes to pursue a PhD in the same discipline. He first became extremely interested in science during his high school chemistry course, and from there he knew that it was the path he wanted to take in college and beyond. Outside of the lab and the classroom, Joshua is involved in both the biochemistry club as well as an organization that hosts an annual one-day event with over 3,000 student volunteers around Lincoln. Outside of all collegiate activities, he really enjoys roasting coffee as well as exploring the parks and trails around town. Being a part of the ASBMB Student Chapters has allowed him to stay informed as an undergraduate. He is honored to be a member of the ASBMB Honor Society and he looks forward to staying in touch with the Student Chapters.

Michaela GoldMichaela Gold, Tufts University
Michaela is a junior at Tufts University majoring in biology and biotechnology. She first got the biology bug while visiting Biogen’s Community Lab in eighth grade. Since then, she has been focused on research. Michaela has worked in the Freudenreich Lab at Tufts for the past two years studying the mechanism of trinucleotide repeat instability in yeast. She will be working in the Church Lab at Harvard this summer before returning to the Freudenreich Lab to complete her senior honors thesis. Michaela plans to attend graduate school and conduct synthetic biology research after graduating from Tufts. She is eager to enter the biotechnology industry after receiving her Ph.D.

As the president of the Tufts ASBMB Student Chapter, Michaela has gained valuable leadership skills and experience. Besides research and the chapter, Michaela is also a member of Tufts Synthetic Biology, where she serves as the Education Director. She has participated in the iGEM competition twice with this team so far. Michaela is also a competitive climber on the Tufts Climbing Team.

Jennifer GrossmanJennifer (Sima) Grossman, Yeshiva University
Jennifer (Sima) Grossman is a senior and S. Daniel Abraham Distinguished Honors Scholar at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. She is majoring in biology with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology. She was first inspired to pursue a career in science when she decided to teach herself astronomy after reading about the Hubble telescope in fourth grade. Although her specific scientific interests have shifted since then, she continues to be fascinated by the complexities of the world and is grateful for the opportunities that she has been given to contribute to the realm of science. She spent the summer of 2015 studying Parkinson’s disease as a research assistant in Dr. Harry Ischiropoulos’ laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as part of the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program. She is currently a Henry Kressel Research Scholar working in Dr. Marina Holz’s laboratory at Yeshiva University where she investigates how hormone receptors contribute to breast cancer development.

Jennifer volunteers for Project START!, an organization that helps elementary school students conduct scientific experiments at various public schools in New York City.  She also loves writing, and has served as an editor for various student publications at Yeshiva University. She is excited to begin medical school in the fall, and hopes to continue her foray into scientific research and to use her discoveries to improve patients’ lives while pursuing a career in academic medicine.

Irena GushterovaIrena Gushterova, University of Tampa
Irena comes from the Republic of Macedonia and is a senior at the University of Tampa. She will graduate this May with a degree in biochemistry. She realized her passion for molecular-based research when she joined her adviser, Dr. L. Michael Carastro, in his oncology research lab as a junior. Irena’s research currently focuses on the p73 protein isoforms. Working in the oncology lab has been both enjoyable and vital to her laboratory training. It has also played a critical role in helping her discover her interests, leading to her decision to pursue a graduate degree in biotechnology. Irena is applying to graduate programs in biotechnology. 

In her free time she likes to play tennis, go biking, and spend time with family and friends. She also likes to travel and has an interest in foreign languages. Being a member of the ASBMB Student Chapters has allowed her to connect with people with similar science interests as well as giving her the opportunity to be involved in her local community. Her goal is to invest in education and in the building of a well-equipped medical facility in her home country of Macedonia.