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- UROP Associate Director Catalina Ormsby Receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
- UROP Welcomes New Director: Dr. Michelle Ferrez
- Thirty Years of UROP: Explore More
- 30th Anniversary of UROP Program
- A two-way street: UROP Peer Facilitators support first-year, second-year, and transfer students in their research and academics — and learn from them in the process
- UROP adapts to COVID crisis
- Corey J. Schiffman, MD
- Brent Frey, DDS
- Jane Brown, PhD Candidate
- Yaera Spraggins, Recently Published UROP Alumni
- Scott Koenigbauer, PhD Candidate
- Olivia Negris, Doctoral Candidate
- Michael DiDonato, UROP Alumni
- Vivian Kurtz UROP Alumni
- Geoffrey Jenkins, UROP Alumni
- Rhonda Fields, MSW - UROP Alumni
- Trey Thomas UROP Alumni
- Elizabeth Schill UROP Alumni
- Ryan Shami UROP Alumni
- Melissa Manley, PhD Candidate
- Tejash Patel, PhD
- Hayley Hoffman UROP Alumni
- GradeCraft helps UROP students become more curious and better researchers
- Lamira Ray, MPH
- Joshua Hurlburt, DDS
- Megan Wampler - UROP Alumni
- UROP Student Spotlight - Yasmeen Berry
- Celina Romano, JD, PhD Candidate
- Mikel Haggadone, PhD Candidate
- Colby Hanley, UROP Alumni
- Ian Waters, PhD
- Yannah Melle UROP Alumni
- Nida Ali, MPH
- Julia Wang, MD-PhD
- Ryan McWay, Research Area Specialist Associate
- Aracely Marroquin, CCSFP Researcher Awarded Grant
- Undergraduate student research spring symposium goes virtual
- Shannon Shaughnessy UROP Alumni
- Asa Smith, PhD, RN
- Lisa Barrett, PhD
- Kartik Bhatt, MPH
- Sari Grossman UROP Alumni
- Erin Ealba Bumann, DDS, PhD, MS
- Michael Marzano, UROP Alumni
- Connie Truong, MD
- Dan Hearsch, MBA
- Alexis Mulski, PhD Candidate
- Kristin Fischer, MPH
- Sujay Shetty, UROP Alumni
- Shao Wei Chia - UROP Alumni
- Courtney Whitcher, BS
- Arjune Dhanekula, MD
- Thomas Talhelm, PhD
- Gretchen Chidester, PhD
- Smita Bhattacharya, MS
- Sydney Foy - UROP Alumni
- Dr. Peter Scott - Alzheimer's Research
- Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes Research Project Feature
- Dr. Teresa Satterfield Research Project Feature
- Dr. Lindsay Bornheimer Research Project Feature
- Dr. Lisa Wexler Research Project Feature
- Dream of Detroit UROP Community Partner
- Rodrigo Ramirez Lescano, Masters Candidate
- Community Development Advocates of Detroit - UROP Community Partner
- Detroit Food Academy - UROP Community Partner
- Dr. Stephanie H. Cook Research Project Feature
- Josh Katzenstein - UROP Alumni
- Dr. Bethany Hughes Research Project Feature
- Dr. Lorenzo García-Amaya Research Project Feature
- Andrea Pesch, PhD Candidate
- Cindy A. Schipani, JD Research Project Feature
- UROP Research Project Feature: Human Rights and Indigenous Rights in Africa
- Nortown Community Development Corporation - UROP Community Partner
- Cyrus Najarian, MD/PhD Candidate
- UROP Featured Alumni Maggi Li
- Dr. Mehboob Hussain - Research Project Feature
- Research Project Feature: TrialNet Type 1 Diabetes: Pathway to Prevention
- Dr. Nikhil Parekh - Research Project Feature
- Vincent Pinti - Neubacher Award Winner
- UROP Alumni John Soukar, PhD Student
- UROP Alumni Hannah Levy
- UROP Alumni Collin Beavan
- UROP Alumni Julie Felberg
- UROP Featured Alumni Austin Basley
- Emily Guo - Community Health Fellow
- Harsh Jhaveri, BSE
- Dr. Kathryn Swanson, DDS
- UROP Featured Alumni Michael Falbo
- Allyson Eastman, JD
- UROP Alumni Aida Mandić
- UROP Alumni Accolades
- Brooke Bacigal, MSt Diplomatic Studies
- Research Mentor Feature: Dr. Alvaro Rojas-Peña
- Research Feature: Andre Monteiro Da Rocha, PhD
- Research Feature: Nancy Harmon R.D.H.
- Research Feature: Mothering Justice
- UROP Research Feature: Kimberley Heinrich, Ph.D.
- Research Feature, Audrey G. Bennett MFA
- UROP Alumni Justin Gordon
- UROP Alumni Emily Yerington, MAT; MEd
- UROP Alumni Maya Millette
- UROP Alumni Jacob Blanksvard
- UROP Alumni Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig
- UROP Alumni Andrew Arche
- UROP Alumni Savannah Jelneck
- Congratulations Virgil Watkins
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What years did you participate in UROP?
What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?
Traditional UROP Life Sciences Discipline
What made you choose UROP?
I applied to UROP because, coming to campus as a freshman, I knew I was interested in scientific research. This program made the process of finding a lab that matched my interests less daunting, given all the other adjustments of beginning at a large university. Having a structured program was beneficial for the interview process and receiving a peer-mentor helped me gain familiarity with the ins-and-outs of research specific to U-M programs and departments.
What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?
My UROP experience helped shape my academic and professional interests. I began on a clinical project that aimed to evaluate epidemiological health outcomes in prediabetic patients. I really admired the translational nature of this work, yet it taught me that I was more passionate about basic science. I learned what strong mentorship looked like and I sharpened my data analysis skills. I also gained valuable experience creating and presenting a poster at the UROP symposium, for which I was awarded a blue-ribbon. Communicating data to a variety of audiences is an invaluable skill that I have applied in other, more recent, research experiences.
What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?
I have been in touch with my research mentor over the years, sharing of my recent research experiences and accomplishments, and receiving updates on the project that I contributed to through UROP. It’s exciting for her to see how my foundational work on the Diabetes Prevention Project sparked my interests, and it’s rewarding for me to see progress of her project all these years later.
How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?
UROP shaped my academic experience at U-M. By partaking in research at such an early stage in my college career– beginning first semester freshman year– I was able to choose a major that would appropriately set me up for a career in biological research, and it motivated me to join a laboratory for independent studies. Beyond U-M, my UROP mentor helped connect me to a summer internship where I worked alongside physician-scientists in Boston.
What advice would you give to a current UROP student?
I would encourage UROP students to take advantage of the research environment that they join by asking questions, reading up on the field, and seeking out additional opportunities such as symposiums, seminars, or conferences. In addition to familiarizing yourself with your assigned project, attending weekly lab meetings is a great way to understand the general research goals of the lab. Utilize your principal investigator, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and peers in the lab: they can provide academic advice, professional guidance, and, of course, research mentorship.
What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?
While at U-M, I joined the chemical engineering laboratory of Dr. Greg Thurber. I investigated the physiochemical properties of peptides designed to target cancer mechanisms. My contributions led to a paper that is currently submitted. Upon graduating, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Loren Walensky at Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where I helped design and express a series of mutants of the pro-apoptotic protein BAX. This structure-function analysis revealed residues essential for the conformational regulation of BAX and was recently published as a co-authored study in Nature Communications. I have also worked to characterize clinically relevant mutations of VLCAD through my work in the Walensky laboratory, elucidating how such changes impact structure and function. This study also resulted in a co-authored paper, currently submitted. I look forward to continuing my work as an independent scientist, eventually at the PhD level of study.
Is there any other advice you would like to impart to current or future UROP students?
UROP is a great way to identify your interests and a perfect door to all the research opportunities at U-M and beyond. Remember to have fun (: