2017 Honor Society inductees M-R

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Bethany Mancuso, Stockton UniversityBethany Mancuso
Bethany Mancuso is currently a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Stockton University. She is conducting research with Dr. David W. Burleigh at the institution analyzing Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). AGEs are proteins glycated when exposed to sugars, and they have been shown to be involved in the aging of skin and scar tissue. Bethany is involved on campus as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and member of her school’s ASBMB Student Chapter. She also has acted as an organic chemistry teaching assistant. After graduating she plans to attend medical school to become an emergency physician.

Cassandra Martin, Rochester Institute of Technology 
Cassandra Martin is a senior majoring in biochemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is conducting research in Dr. Suzanne O’Handley’s lab on enzymes from the NUDIX and HAD superfamilies. After graduation, she plans to take some time to explore her career interests. Her main interests include gene regulation mechanisms, autoimmune disease treatments, and environmental chemistry and sustainability.

Alec Perrera, University of Arizona Alec Perrera
Alec Perrera is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in neuroscience and cognitive science, molecular and cellular biology with a minor in biochemistry. He works in a developmental biology research lab. His interests include science, medicine, reading fiction, playing with animals, video games and music. After graduating, Alec plans to attend medical school with the intention of becoming a pediatrician specialized in infectious disease.



Brodie Ranzau, Otterbein University Brodie Ranzau
Brodie Ranzau is a senior at Otterbein University majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. Since freshman year, he has been conducting research on the perilipin 5, a lipid droplet protein, in Dr. Tansey’s lab and recently completed a senior honors thesis based on that research. After graduating he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry. His goal is to study and develop treatments for genetic diseases. On campus, Brodie has been a percussionist in several ensembles on campus and the treasurer of his fraternity for two years. In his free time, he enjoys playing the vibraphone and board games with friends. The ASBMB student chapter at Otterbein has allowed him to connect with other students in my major and to get involved in science outreach.

Julianne Riggs, Wesleyan University Julianne Riggs
Julianne Riggs has worked in Dr. Scott Holmes’ lab since sophomore year. Her research project involves studying mechanisms of genome organization in budding yeast. Last spring, she performed research on the role of immune cells in inflammatory bowel disease in Zurich, Switzerland through the EuroScholars Research Abroad program. Julianne plans to pursue research focused on the intersection of immunology and microbiology within the human gut. On campus, she is a member of Wesleyan’s club rock climbing team and a veteran of the cross country team. She enjoys hiking, baking, playing the piano and spending time with friends and family. 


Abdias Rodriguez, Purdue University Abdias Rodriguez
Abdias Rodriguez is currently working in Dr. Clint Chapple’s lab characterizing mutants in the phenylalanine metabolic pathway of Arabidopsis thaliana. He is actively involved in the school’s ASBMB Student Chapter and biochemistry club as an outreach coordinator. He organizes outreach events at local elementary schools and science fairs. Through the club, he has learned the importance and challenges of communicating scientific information to a non-scientific community. He also is involved in Timmy Global Health, a non-profit organization based out of Indianapolis dedicated to improving health care domestically and abroad. He plans to become a physician after graduating.

Colton Roessner, University of Nebraska–Lincoln