Please Join us for the 2017 Delaware Governor’s Bioscience Fellowship Awards Luncheon in October, 2017
Congratulations to our 2016 award winners
University of Delaware
Maria is a junior with a near perfect GPA at the University of Delaware. Her research was carried out in the laboratory of Fidelma Boyd, Ph.D. in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her project explores seafood borne bacteria found in warm water environments such as the Chesapeake Bay and how it interacts with the human immune system after consumption. Maria plans on furthering her education on biology through graduate school and is currently exploring various courses of study for her future.
Delaware Technical and Community College
Mara Baker is in her final year at Delaware Technical Community College where she is pursuing her Associates in Biological Science. She is currently engaged in undergraduate research under the advisement of John McDowell, Ph.D. Her research project involves collecting ticks from the local population and screening them for Lyme disease to determine the percentage of ticks in the area capable of transmitting the disease. Mara plans on becoming a microbiologist and possibly working for the Center for Disease Control.
Delaware State University
Erika Gabrielle Mendoza’s passion for science began in elementary school. Her scholarly achievements earned her a full academic scholarship to Delaware State University where she is majoring in Biological Sciences with additional minors in Chemistry and Criminal Justice. She is conducting cancer research under the direction of Karl Miletti, Ph.D. to analyze via Binary Technology (NanoBiT) a transcriptional regulatory function of the CD44 antigen. CD44 participates in a wide variety of cellular functions including lymphocyte activation, recirculation and homing, hematopoiesis, and tumor metastasis and has proven therapeutic potential. Following graduation, Erika hopes to work in a police or FBI forensics laboratory and solve crimes to help victims and their families.