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Alumni Profiles

Luciana Aenasoaie
Doctoral Candidate
Joint Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History  
University of Michigan

Luciana received her BA in History with high honors in 2006 and her Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies in 2011, both from U-M. Her research interests are centered around the history of race formation, urban planning, and economic transformation in pre- and post- socialist Romania.

Arthur Brannon III
Doctoral Candidate
Medical Scientist Training Program in Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Michigan

Arthur completed his undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. During his first year at the University he participated in UROP which connected Arthur with Dr. Benedict R. Lucchesi, professor of Pharmacology. Arthur studied Cardiovascular Pharmacology in Dr. Lucchesi's laboratory for four years. Currently he is studying cytokine and Kras effector signaling pathways in a model of mouse pancreatic cancer in Dr. Marina Pasca di Magliano's laboratory.

Kristina Capiak
Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Regulatory Operations and Safety for Retrophin, Inc.

Kristina is responsible for regulatory operations, compliance, as well as oversight of the regulatory aspects of Pharmacovigilance across all Retrophin’s development projects, and ultimately commercial programs.  She advises on regulatory aspects of tactical regulatory operations, CGCP compliance, and company policy and procedure.

“UROP has had a direct impact on my career as my first exposure to bench research occurred through my project with Dr. David Kurnit who was a professor of pediatrics.  He was instrumental in recommending me for my first Clinical Research role at Columbia University in New York."

Adrienne Simoes Correa
Faculty Lecturer
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
Rice University 

“As a faculty member in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Rice University, I teach a variety of undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses and conduct research in coral reef ecology. My research examines whether certain microbial symbionts can increase the tolerance of coral colonies to stress, buying time for coral animals to adapt to increasing ocean temperatures and acidity.

My undergraduate research experience opened the door for me to pursue a career in science; you have to be committed enough to push through periods of tedious information gathering or data collection and analysis that will ultimately produce exciting moments of discovery.”