Ms. Yunyi Wang graduated from The Peking University with a B.S in Life Science in 2017. During her studies, she participated in a Stanford Science Internship Training Program focused on tissue-engineering, genetics and nano-technology. She also conducted research on the influence of MG53 Protein on Type 2 Diabetes. In addition, Yunyi added work experience by participating in an internship with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), Shenzhen, where she further researched diabetes using genomics and big data. She joined the Bioscience and Health Policy program to expand her education on how policies are developed with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
Ms. Irene Varghese graduated with a B.tech Biotechnology degree from VIT University in India. During her undergraduate degree, she completed several internships at LifePharma FZE, Armats Biotek and Azyme Biosciences, gaining research experience in various avenues of Biotechnology. These experiences made her curious of the implementation of scientific research in health and biotech policy. She decided to join the Biosciences and Health Policy Program at Rice University, where she hopes to gain professional and technical skills to build a career in Healthcare Consulting.
Mr. Chris Boucher graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a B.S. In Microbiology. During his undergraduate studies, he assisted in research concerning the sporulation patterns of Clostridium Difficile bacteria and how they are affected by different concentrations of bile acids found within the gastrointestinal tract. During his senior year he also participated in field research in Costa Rica where he observed the interactions between the venoms of rain forest predators and their prey, while also researching how these venoms affect the human body on a biochemical level. Starting in August 2017, he is pursuing a professional master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University in order to combine his experience and interests in research with the practical and impactful applications of health policy.
Ms. Adaure Amuzie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Anthropology. As an undergraduate student, she developed an interest in medical anthropology and public health. After graduating from UCLA, she further developed an interest not only in public health but also health policy. She interned for the Iris Cantor Women’s Education and Resource Center, an outreach and research group that focused on women’s health in under-served communities. Most recently, she worked for the Palo Alto Eye Group, an ophthalmology private practice where she operated various testing machinery for diagnosing Glaucoma. Her work in this practice also developed her growing interest in policy making as she helped patients navigate through their health care coverage. Ms. Amuzie decided to join the Bioscience and Health Policy Program where she plans to further establish a holistic view of health care.
Ms Priyanka Ashok completed her B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from SRM University, India in 2016. During her studies, she completed internships at LifeLine Hospitals and at PerkinElmer Health Sciences. She has also been enlisted as Summer Research Fellow under the IISc-INSA-NASI Program in 2015 and interned at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), India. Through the Professional Science Masters in Bioscience and Health Policy degree, she wishes to redirect her career from biotechnology towards policy design and healthcare management.
Mr. Lee graduated from Rice University in May 2016 with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. During his undergraduate years, he worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center focusing in mouse model studies in skin cancer research. He decided to pursue PSM in Bioscience in Health Policy after experiencing the importance of having an excellent health policy background in the medical field during his trip to Austin for healthcare-related legislative advocacy. Woojin secured an internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center to study both the clinical and policy impacts of immunotherapy in cancer research. He is graduating this spring and is seeking employment.
Mr. Brannan graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. While a student, he conducted research on molecular cell signaling. Having presented at numerous conferences and garnering multiple research grants, he found a passion in research. After graduation, he completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Genome Architecture, where he assisted in genome assembly. He acquired knowledge on the growing field of genomics and discovered the ethical and social implications of genomic research. Mr. Brannan then enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy graduate program at Rice University, where he pairs his research experience with principles acquired by the program to focus on bioethics and health policy. Recently, he was offered an internship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Mr. Brannan’s goal is to conduct multidisciplinary research and influence policy on today’s most urgent issues in healthcare and biomedical research.
Ms. Soares graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University. She participated in a public service internship in the pediatric unit at Waco¹s Providence Hospital during her undergrad program. After graduation. she taught chemistry, physics, biology and environmental science to low-income, at-risk students. Both of these work experiences alerted her to the clash between economic and environmental issues which sparked her interest in environmental issues faced by the healthcare industry. She is the first student in the new Bioscience Research and Health Policy program. Robin secured an internship with UTMB in Galveston and continued as Research Intern with M.D. Anderson. She is now working at Texas Children's Hospital as Grants & Contracts Specialist.
Ms. Omondo graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya with a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology. While a student, she interned at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) collecting and analyzing tissue samples relating to communicable diseases. She also assisted in providing HIV/AIDS education for her school and the surrounding community. After graduation, she worked for Barclays Bank (a multinational corporation) and for a law firm in Houston. However, when Rice’s new program track in Bioscience Research and Health Policy became available, Dorine decided to continue her education related to health and environmental policy with a special focus on developing countries. She plans to study how research practices and scientific knowledge is applied in public health policies. A graduate degree from Rice University will provide her the training she needs to pursue a career at the intersections between biosciences, research and policy. Dorine interned with UT School of Public Health and followed her husband to Savannah, GA after graduation.