Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program

Student Profiles

Congratulatons Graduates 2012!

Nii Darku Dodoo Nii Darku Dodoo
Dequan Carreker Nii Dodoo


First Year Scholars

First Year Scholars

Nii Darku Dodoo Nii Darku Dodoo
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Research Mentor: Dr. Ulrica Wilson
Research Topic: Construct a system of codewords from a cyclic division algebra that satisfies the criteria addressing the challenge of transmitting information accurately across noisy channels.
Derwin Gray Derwin Gray
Major: Biology and Spanish
Year: Junior
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Research Mentor: Dr. Alexandra Peister
Research Topic: Measure the efficiency of commercial stem cell growth and differentiation media.
Joshua Jones Joshua Jones
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia
Research Mentor: Dr. Valerie Haftel
Research Topic: Diabetes and its negative effects on the structure and function of sensory neurons.
Christopher Spears Christopher Spears
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology and Mathematics
Year: Junior
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Research Mentors: Dr. Duane Jackson and Dr. Brian Lawrence
Research Topic: Production of resin-bound unnatural amino acids, which serve as intermediates in a variety of reactions.
Nicholas Speller Nicholas Speller
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cartersville, Georgia, USA
Research Mentors: Dr. Gary Bassell and Dr. Claudia Fallini (Emory University)
Research Topic: Association of the Unr-Interacting Protein Unrip with the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Disease Protein SMN in Motor Neuron Axons.


Second Year Scholars

Nii Darku Dodoo

Dequan Carreker
Major:  Biology
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown:  New Brunswick, New Jersey
Research Mentor:  Dr. Mark Shriver
Research Topic:  Genomics/Understand and Map Human Biodiversity

Derwin Gray

Brandon Connor
Major:  Computer Science and Math
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown:  St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Research Mentor:  Dr. Amos Johnson
Research Topic:  Wireless Technology

Joshua Jones

Ricardo Dunmoodie
Major:  Biology
Year:  Freshman
Hometown:  Laurel, Maryland
Research Mentor:  Dr. Lenard Anderson (Morehouse School of Medicine)
Research Topic:  Cardiovascular Disease

Christopher Spears

Theodur Uzamere
Major:  Biology
Year:  Freshman
Hometown:  Atlanta, Georgia
Research Mentor: Dr. Wallace Sharif
Research Topic:  Molecular Biology of Aging

Nicholas Speller

Edward Washington
Major:  Biology
Year:  Junior
Hometown:  Englewood, New Jersey
Research Mentor:  Dr. Michael Powell (Morehouse School of Medicine)
Research Topic:  Proteomics: HIV1 proteins



Third Year Scholars

Top: Peter Kioko, Matthew Ellis (alternate), Devin Hursey
Bottom: Lonnie Sullivan, Adewale Adekoya, David B. Cooke III (Program Director), Chidiadi Wamuo, Elijah Martin
Not pictured: Ja-Mes Watson

Lonnie Sullivan

Lonnie Sullivan
Major: Biology
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Research Mentor: Alexandra Peister
Research Topic: Induced Differentiation of Embryonic and Mesenchymal Stem Cells Into Skeletal Myoblasts

Peter Kioko

Peter Kioko
Major: Biology
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Austell, GA
Research Mentor: Dr. Triscia Hendrickson
Research Topic: Identifying Tubulin Binding Sites of IC 138-IC 140

Adewale Adekoya

Adewale Adekoya
Major: Biology
Hometown: Clarkesville, MD
Research Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Blumer

Chidiadi Wamuo

Chidiadi Wamuo
Major: Biology
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Research Mentor: Dr. Godwin Ananaba
Research Topic: Using Nanoparticles Delivery to Evaluate Prostate Cancer Gene Expression

Devin Hursey

Devin Hursey
Major: Psychology
Minor: Music
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Research Mentor: Dr. David Rice

Ja-Mes Watson

Ja-Mes Watson
Major: Applied Physics/Architectural Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Research Mentor: Dr. Olaytidoye

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis - Alternate
Major: Biology
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
Research Mentor: Dr. Byron Ford
Research Topic: Synchronization of the Circadian System Under Ultra Long Day Length