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Jul 14, 2021 05:36 PM

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Lailatou Bambaraa
Incoming First Year Ph.D Student - Microbial Biology @Rutgers University New Brunswick; Garden State LSAMP
Aaron West
Graduate Student @University of Kentucky; ILSAMP Alumnus
Aaron joined the ILSAMP in September of 2019. Although his tenure was short tenure as an LS-AMP scholar, thanks to ILSAMP he has had the opportunity to present independent undergraduate research, assist inside of Dr. Grey-Avis’s aquatic environmental-DNA (eDNA) lab, and was the reigning champion of the 2020 LSAMP Symposium karaoke contest. He attributes his successful undergraduate experience to goal-setting and facing his fears. Currently, Aaron is a Bridge to the Doctorate fellow at the University of Kentucky within the Department of Biology. He enjoys remaining healthy in all instances of the word, biking, the outdoors, mentoring, reading, and art. His biological research interests as a life-long scholar are paleobotany (the study of plant fossils), environmental science, and most recently, social epidemiology. https://lsmrce.org/lsamp/lsamp-alumni-profile/alumni-profile.aspx?Profile_ID=5429748858677124
Lizeth Tamayo
Ph.D. Candidate @University of Illinois at Chicago; IINSPIRE Alumnus
Lizeth Tamayo is a doctoral student in genetic epidemiology at the University of Chicago and is funded by the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate studies at Augustana College in Biochemistry and French and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is interested in addressing health disparities through the interweaving of genetic epidemiology with socio-behavioral research. Her research focuses on identifying inherited genetic variation that impacts an individual’s ability to metabolize and excrete arsenic in urine and assessing the impact of returning information on genetic susceptibility to participants in a rural area of Bangladesh with substantial exposure to arsenic through naturally contaminated drinking water. She also assesses the impact of high-risk genetic risk variants on breast cancer risk in Peruvian women.
Cammi Valdez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry @Northeastern State University; OK-LSAMP Alumnus
Dr. Cammi Valdez is a vascular biologist, faculty member, and champion of making STEM accessible. As a Latina woman scientist, she is a strong advocate for empowering and advancing women, first generation students, and people of color in STEM. Dr. Valdez is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Northeastern State University and the immediate Past President of the national McNair Association of Professionals (MAP). In addition, she serves as a member of the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council and a trustee for the SWOSU Foundation. Dr. Valdez received a B.S. Professional in Chemistry and a B.S. in Mathematics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), where she was an ACS Scholar and OK-LSAMP Scholar and earned her PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Harvard University.