Current Fellows

Vincent Alford
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Pharmocology

Vinnie is originally from Coral Springs, FL. He obtained his bachelor degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate student, he worked on a research projects examining pKr, an RNA-dependent protein kinase, and how the microflora content of the GI tract modulates Type I Diabetes outcome and severity. Currently, his graduate research focuses on cancer metastasis and the role of membrane matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) in cancer migration and invasion. His goal is to develop anti-metastatic therapeutics against MMP complex formation and function. Outside of his student life, some of his hobbies include swimming and herpetology. He also takes part in many volunteer activities pertaining to the American Cancer Society.

Camillia Monestime
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Neurobiology



Camillia Monestime graduated from City University of New York, Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Biology; the research she did as an undergraduate focused on the seasonal hormonal effects, specifically estrogen, on the catecholaminergic pathway of the auditory system in the plainfin midshipman.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in neurobiology and is interested in studying systems and behavior. 




Coreyn Goddard 
M.S. Student in the Department of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Coreyn studied Geology, with a minor in Mathematics, at the City University of New York, York College and was awarded the LSAMP scholarship during her time there. Her research at York College involved arsenic contamination in sea water, ground water, and sediments. She has presented her research at various conferences and has won several awards. Currently, she works with Dr. Henry Bokuniewicz, examining the impact of compost facilities and landfills as a source of contaminants in ground water. Coreyn plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, continuing to focus on the effects of contaminants in ground water.



Moises Guardado
M.S. Student in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology



Moises received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University. He works with Drs. Paul Bingham and Zuzana Zachar, conducting research that focuses on cancer chemotherapy. Currently, they are working with Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals to test a drug that was developed in the Bingham/Zachar Lab. The drug is a lipoate analog derivative that hijacks the metabolism in cancer cells, effectively killing them without affecting noncancerous cells. Moises is considering various doctoral programs to continue his studies after obtaining his M.S. 



Adairé T. Heady
M.S. Student in the Department of Geosciences

Adairé T. Heady is a native Delawarean.  She received her B.S. in Physics/Engineering Emphasis from Delaware State University.  Her interactions in undergraduate research internships, specifically at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), motivated her to join Stony Brook University’s Geosciences M.S. program.  Currently, she is developing a new design for an internal resistively heated diamond anvil cell for diffraction studies at simultaneous high pressure and temperature, which will be utilized at synchrotron radiation facilities such as the National Synchrotron Light Source II at BNL and PETRA III at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron.


Stephan E. Jean
M.S. Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering



Stephan is originally from Brooklyn, NY. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University in May 2013.  He also has an Associate in Science in Physics from Kingsborough Community College. Stephan has conducted research for the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) on Digital Hydraulics Designs and Microcontrollers, and for the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering of Purdue University on Design of High-Speed High Flow Valve Enabled by Kinetic Energy. He is current research focuses on Analysis of Hypersonic Flight Propulsion Using Scramjet. 

I. Nii Mensah
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Pharmacology
Nii is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. He studied Neuroscience, Nutrition, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate research focused on circadian rhythms and olfactory deficits in the elderly. After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked as a research coordinator at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, focusing on epigenetic modifications and neuropharmacology in drug addiction. His current research merges his previous research interests, examining the molecular biology of neurodegenerative diseases to develop therapeutic interventions. His interests outside of science include photography, modeling, snowboarding, and electronic music festivals.


Daphne Meza
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Daphne Meza is originally from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She did her undergraduate studies in University of New Orleans, where she obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree. Before coming to Stony Brook, she worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the past three summers. Her ultimate goal was to conduct research in Biomedical Engineering, which is what she is currently focusing on at Stony Brook. Currently, she is working on designing a miniature microscope for point-of-care pathology at the Molecular Biophotonics Lab.



Christian F. Ruiz
Ph.D. Student in the Graduate Program in Genetics



Christian is originally from Pereira, Colombia. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Bio-medical Engineering at The City College of New York. He did research in nanotechnology for the department if Bio-medical Engineering at Stony Brook University as a part of an REU internship. Other previous research include characterizing the mechanistic relationship of arsenic contamination and UVB exposure in human skin cells and the designing surgery simulators for Memorial Sloan Kettering. His current research is focused on cancer metastasis.


Melissa Sims
M.S. Student in the Department of Geosciences

Melissa has bachelor’s degrees in Physics from the College of Charleston and Geophysics from the University of South Carolina. She is part of a group that is writing software modules to be collected in a code repository and used for the data acquisition and analysis software package at the X-ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline at NSLS-II. She researches high pressure mineral physics using synchrotron facilities worldwide.   


Steve R. Tsotras
M.S. Student in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology



Steve is local from here on Long Island. He received his B.S. from Cornell University, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. Steve is currently in Dr. Benjamin Martin’s lab. The lab focuses on developmental biology, using zebrafish as model organisms. Steve’s current project involves shedding light on the mechanism by which the transcription factor Sox2 represses Wnt-induced signaling in certain embryonic stem cells to ensure their proper differentiation into neural cells rather than a mesodermal fate. Steve is presently applying to a number of doctoral programs, but plans to remain here at Stony Brook to pursue his PhD.


Jinelle Wint
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Jinelle is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  She received her B.S. in Biology and Studio Art from the University of Miami.  She works with Dr. J. Peter Gergen conducting research that focuses on gene transcription in Drosophila embryogenesis.  Currently the lab is working on the Runt transcription factor which is responsible for sex determination, segmentation and neurogenesis.  The human homolog of the gene is Acute Myeloid Leukemia 1 (AML1) and misregulation of AML1 protein causes leukemia.  Jinelle plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography and ceramics.


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