Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 2016

Congratulations to QCC winners at ABRCMS 2016

It is with great pride we present this year’s ABRCMS winners, Adolfo Coyotl (Mentor Dr. Petersen) and Erick Subillaga (Mentor Dr. Javdan) as well as all the 14 presenters who showed a big Queensborough Community College presence at the prestigious and largest underrepresented, undergraduate research conference in the country.

It was attended by nearly 4000 students, faculty, administrators from over 800 colleges and universities.

Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Chair of the Biological Sciences and Geology Department at QCC flanked by MSEIP students and ABRCMS winners Adolfo Coyotl (right) and Erick Subillaga (left)
Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Chair of the Biological Sciences and Geology Department at QCC flanked by MSEIP students and ABRCMS winners Adolfo Coyotl (right) and Erick Subillaga (left)

Winner in Microbiology Category

Adolfo Coyotl
Isolation and Identification of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from New York City Soil Samples
Mentor: Joan Petersen, PhD. (QCC)
Adolfo was supported by QCC MSEIP

Winner in Neurobiology Category

Erick Subillaga
Pesticides and Alzheimer’s Disease: High Mobility Group Box1 Protein (Hmgb1) Pathway and Microglia Dysfunction
Mentor: Mohammad Javdan, PhD and Maria Entezari, PhD (QCC and LaGuardia Community College)
Erick was supported by QCC MSEIP program

Oscar J. Zagalo
Identification of Plankton Species in the Hempstead Harbor Region Using DNA Barcoding
Mentor: Nidhi Gadura, PhD (QCC)
Oscar was supported by BioPREP and QCC MSEIP program

Harpreet Singh
Using Co1 Vs. 16s rRNA DNA Barcoding for Taxon Clustering and Phylogenetic Resolution in Vertebrates
Mentor: Nidhi Gadura, PhD. and Julian Stark, PhD. (QCC)
Harpreet was supported by QCC MSEIP program and CUNY Research Scholar Program

Francisco I. Caban
Investigating Sex Differences in the Autophagy Response to Fasting in Mice
Mentor: Maricedes Acosta Martinez, PhD and Kelly Warren, PhD. Stony Brook University
Francisco was supported by BioPREP and QCC MSEIP program and CUNY Research Scholar

Margaret De Los Santos
Role of Loop 6 in Cyclic-di-GMP Specific Phosphodiesterase in Shewanella woodyi
Mentor: Dominique E. Williams, PhD. (Stony Brook University)
Margaret was supported by the BioPREP and QCC MSEIP program and CUNY Research Scholar

Nicholas Carrero and Rawlric Sumner
Synthesis of Ruthenium Nanoparticle-Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites for the Degradation of Congo Red Dye
Mentor: Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Ph.D.
Nicholas and Rawlric were supported by the Bridges/RIMS program

Rashida R. Farokhi
Neuronal Cell Death and Fluoro-Jade C Staining in Rat Model of Alzheimer Disease
Mentor: Francisco Villegas, PhD. (York College)
Rashida was supported by the Bridges/RIMS program

Nataly Jara
Functional Characterization of the Actin-Binding Domain of the Drosophila Protein Dunc115
Mentors: Dr. Christopher Roblodowski and Dr. Qi He (Brooklyn College)
Nataly was supported by the Bridges/RIMS program

Mathiu Perez Rodriguez
Antibacterial Activity and Temporal Resistance of Different Cultivars of Solanum Tuberosum Wound-Healing Extracts in E. coli & E. carotovora Bacterial Strains
Mentor: Ruth E. Stark, PhD., City College
Mathiu was supported by the Bridges/RIMS program

Raquel Romaine
Memory Impairments during Cognitive Tasks in a Streptozotocin Induced Rat Model of Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease
Mentor: Francisco Villegas, PhD. (York College)
Raquel was supported by the Bridges/RIMS program

Yafit Muladjanov
Green Fluorescent Protein- Rhomboid Protease Fusion. Wilson Nieves, Rakhi Agarwal Ph.D, Naydu Carmona Ph.D., Monica Trujillo Ph.D
Yafit was supported by NSF RUI

Liliana Lara
Fusing a Green Fluorescent Protein to SCO2139, a Streptomyces coelicolor Rhomboid Protease, Rakhi Agarwal Ph.D, Naydu Carmona Ph.D., Monica Trujillo Ph.D.
Liliana was supported by CUNY Scholars, QCC MSEIP and NSF RUI

Joangela J. Nouel, Edward Nouel
Microbiomes Associated to Plant Roots in NYC Soil by, R. Alvarez, J. Petersen, A. Kawamura and M. Trujillo
Joangela was supported by CUNY Scholars, CUNY Joint Seed Program

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.