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2021 SURF Students


2021 SURF Students













Champa Danappanavar (Alan Lab) 

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I am a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Pharmacology & Toxicology. I have had a bit of research mentoring in the PharmTox department, but this will be my first experience in a traditional laboratory. On campus I’m involved in Pre-Pharmacy Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and CIUS. Outside of school I work as a Pharmacy Technician at Meijer, volunteer regularly at local food banks, and tutor for general chemistry. I hope to carry all these experiences into graduate school when pursuing a PharmD and becoming a Clinical Pharmacist. 

Matt Granzotto (Liby Lab) 

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I am a rising senior from Northville, Michigan, and attend Hillsdale College where I study Biochemistry. I played Division II baseball during my Freshman year before deciding to focus more on my studies and involve myself in campus opportunities. Education and clinical volunteering make up my passions: I served as an Organic Chemistry TA, lead a Special Education Assistance Program in the Hillsdale School District, and volunteer at local hospitals. In addition, I am president of Hillsdale College’s club tennis team and serve as a pre-professional society officer. Among my favorite hobbies are tennis, hockey, gardening, and hiking in National Parks. 

Anna Monson (Tewari-Singh Lab) 

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I am a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh and grew up in Bartlett, Illinois. I plan to graduate with a PharmD in 2025 from Pitt’s School of Pharmacy. In addition to starting pharmacy school in the fall, I hold a minor in Political Science and a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy giving tours of Pitt’s campus to prospective students and going on long runs. 

Alex Roy (Neubig Lab) 

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I am a B.S./M.S. student at MSU in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. I’ve worked in the Neubig lab since Fall of 2018 studying mouse models of GNAO1 Encephalopathy. This rare genetic disorder affects about 200 patients worldwide, who develop movement disorders and/or epilepsy as infants. In my project, I aim to characterize the neuroanatomy of mutant mice and expand our knowledge of this cryptic disorder. In the future, I want to study gene therapy for neurologic disorders. Outside of the lab, I am a bass drum section leader in the Spartan Drumline and an active member of the MSU Ballroom Dance Team.

Maria Rollinger (Lauver Lab) 

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My name is Maria, and I am from Macomb, Michigan where I attended high school at the International Academy of Macomb. I am a rising senior at MSU studying human biology with minors in pharmacology and epidemiology on a pre-medical track. I am a current resident assistant on campus, and I work at Sparrow’s Level 1 trauma center as a medical scribe. This summer I am working under the joint mentorship of Dr. Anne Dorrance and Dr. Adam Lauver to investigate the anti-coagulate effects of Clopidogrel (Plavix). 

Yolanda Simpson (Copple Lab) 

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Hi! My name is Yolanda Simpson, a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I am double majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. I am from Hillsborough, North Carolina, a town just outside of the triangle and pretty close to my school. At UNC I am a Distinguished Chancellor’s Science Scholar, a scholarship program inspired from the Meyer-Hoff program at UMBC. I am also an Eve Carson Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nations oldest and most prestigious honors society. Outside of research, I am committed to fostering a passion for STEM in underrepresented minority students, volunteering with multiple groups dedicated to this goal, and finding ways to use my own mentorship to form connections with students from different backgrounds and offering myself as a resource. I have a passion for drug discovery and drug metabolism, and I am hoping my research this summer fuels my curiosity even more and gives me a foundation to build on as I continue my education. 

Martina Yen (Dorrance Lab) 

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My name is Martina Yen and I am currently a junior at MSU studying biomedical laboratory sciences. I found my passion for research in high school and have been working in the Dorrance lab since my senior year. This summer I will be conducting research on hypertension. 

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