Meet our PREP Scholars Skip Menu PREP Home Applying Course Descriptions Choose a Lab Integrity Training Meet our PREP Scholars Current PREP Scholars PREP: Scholars Raodatullah Abodunrin 2023-2024 Close Raodatullah Abodunrin Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University, 2023 (Ohio)Area of Research: Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyPREP Mentor: Michelle Ward, PhD / Assistant Professor / Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyFun Fact: “I prefer the cold to the heat; I love the snow!” Carmen Lopez-Alvarenga 2023-2024 Close Carmen Lopez-Alvarenga Undergraduate Institution: Houston Christian University, 2023 (Texas)Area of Research: Pharmacology and ToxicologyPREP Mentor: Katheryn Cunningham, PhD / Professor and Vice Chair / Dept of Pharmacology and ToxicologyFun Fact: My favorite Movie is: The Holiday Jaid Perez 2023-2024 Close Jaid Perez Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 2023 (Texas)Area of Research: Microbiology and ImmunologyPREP Mentor: Janice Endsley, PhD / Professor / Dept of Microbiology & Immunology and PathologyFun Fact: I love to hang out with my two dogs (Adaline and Miinaa) and cat (Bruno) Ashley Viveros 2023-2024 Close Ashley Viveros Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at El Paso. 2023 (Texas)Area of Research: Microbiology and ImmunologyPREP Mentor: Scott Weaver, MS PhD/ Professor / Dept of Microbiology and ImmunologyFun Fact: My favorite is: The Barbie Movie Past PREP Scholars PREP: Scholars Jose Menjivar 2021-2022 Close Jose Menjivar Undergraduate Institution: Hunter College, 2021 (New York)Area of Research: Population Health Sciences - Health disparities sciences, Affective Bias and Illness Identity on Depressive SymptomsPREP Mentor: John D. Prochaska DrPH, MPH / Associate Professor / Population Health SciencesFun Fact: I make flowers using Polymer Clay Florence Onyoni 2021-2022 Close Florence Onyoni Undergraduate Institution: Sam Houston State University, 2021 (Texas)Area of Research: Infectious Disease: Innate and adaptive immune responses against Leishmania parasitesPREP Mentor: Lynn Soong, MD, PhD / Professor Depts Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology; Program Director NIAID T35 Infectious Diseases Training Program Fun Fact: My current hobby is taking long walks on the beach and writing poetry Reina Paez 2021-2022 Close Reina Paez Undergraduate Institution: Oregon State University, 2021 (Oregon)Area of Research: Infectious Diseases: Mechanisms of cell mediated immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosisPREP Mentor: Janice Endsley, PhD, Professor, Depts of Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology; Galveston National LabFun Fact: When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy playing tabletop games with friends Zaniqua Bullock 2020-2021 Close Zaniqua Bullock Undergraduate Institution: Jackson State University (Mississippi)Area of Research: Neurobiology - High-throughput screening of small compounds via LCA to modulate sodium channel functionMentor: Fernanda Laezza, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program Victoria Flores 2020-2021 Close Victoria Flores Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Dallas (Texas)Area of Research: Cancer biology - Role of H2S and its effects on IL-8 in tumor angiogenesisMentor: Katalin Modis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Anesthesiology Rodney Williams 2020-2021 Close Rodney Williams Undergraduate Institution: Jackson State University (Mississippi)Area of Research: Infectious Diseases - The Neurological Pathogenesis of Viral Infections, Related Pathological Dysfunctions, and Possible Treatment Options Mentor: Alexander Freiberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology, Galveston National lab Karl Valerdi 2020-2021 Close Karl Valerdi Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (Texas)Area of Research: Infectious Diseases - The role of Ubiquitination in SARS-COV-2 infectionMentor: Ricardo Rasjbaum, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology and Galveston National Lab Kiana Herod 2022-2023 Close Kiana Herod Undergraduate Institution: University of Houston - University Park, 2022 (Texas)Area of Research: Disparities in Diabetes (Public Health)PREP Mentor: Dan Jupiter, PhD / Associate Professor / Dept of Biostatistics & Data ScienceFun Fact: I love to read and hang out with my two pit bulls, Sassy and Emy! Tehya Littleton 2022-2023 Close Tehya Littleton Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University New Orleans, 2022 (Louisiana)Area of Research: NeurosciencePREP Mentor: Shelly Buffington, PhD / Assistant Professor / Dept of NeurobiologyFun Fact: I really enjoy taking long drives. Tina Nguyen 2022-2023 Close Tina Nguyen Undergraduate Institution: California State University Long Beach. 2022 (California)Area of Research: Microbiology and ImmunologyPREP Mentor: Scott Weaver, MS PhD/ Professor / Dept of Microbiology and ImmunologyFun Fact: My favorite anime is My Hero Academia. Dominique Ocampo 2022-2023 Close Dominique Ocampo Undergraduate Institution: Texas State University, 2021 (Texas)Area of Research: Pharmacology and Toxicology (PharmTox)PREP Mentor: Fernanda Laezza, MD PhD/Co-Director of PREP/Dept of Pharmacology and ToxicologyFun Fact: My favorite thing to do outside the lab is read and practice hot yoga!