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.
Ms. Dia received her bachelor's in dental surgery from India in 2010. She also volunteered in dental camps through a non-governmental organization for the dental treatment awareness amongst the rural sector in India. Based on this experience and given the difficulties faced by international dentists in USA, she decided to pursue health policy. She is presently enrolled in the Professional Master’s in Bioscience Research and Health Policy at Rice University and hopes to extend her knowledge from the field of dental health to broader public health and policy issues with the goal to build a career in the health science sector. Neha had to withdraw from our program due to a family emergency.
Ms. Moore graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas with a B.S. in biology. Through the UTeach Program, she earned her teaching certificate in composite sciences, grades 8-12. Laura taught biology and chemistry in high school for a year. Being a teacher helped her to cement the basic concepts of biology and chemistry in her mind, enhance presentation and public speaking skills, develop key management skills, and inspire high school students to not only go to college but major in science related courses. After continuously persuading her students of the need for scientists and engineers, she was motivated herself to earn a higher level of training. She is specifically interested in bioscience research and health policy because she believes that in order to make informed policy decisions you must have a firm understanding of the related field. Her goal is to become a consultant for emerging pharmaceuticals or research technologies. Laura completed her internship at Baylor's National School of Tropical Medicine under Dr. Hotez. She accepted employment at Baylor Children at Risk, Policy department. Laura and her husband moved to Boston in 2014 and she accepted a new position as Research Coordinator at Massachusett's General Hospital in Boston.
Mr. McTigue graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor of science degree in molecular-and microbiology. During his undergraduate studies he pursued cardiovascular stem cell research and worked as a teaching assistant for human anatomy. After graduation he worked as a high school chemistry teacher at a Title 1 school, working with an underserved student population. During this time he had the opportunity to mentor students and coach varsity baseball. He also worked to establish a new program at the school which allowed students to participate in the school district science fair. After serving his local community, he decided to continue his studies at Rice University in Bioscience Research and Health Policy. His focus includes biotech policy, regulatory affairs and health policy and he intends to bridging the gap between scientists and decisions makers. Kevin completed his internship on the White House campus with the Office of Science & Technology Policy in Washington D.C. He secured employment in Washington and is working as a professional science policy analyst at the National Cancer Institute, part of NIH.
Ms. Javaid graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in psychology in 2007 from the University of Houston. Soon after she pursued her interest in research by joining the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, where she gained valuable experience working with cutting-edge sequencing technologies. It was here she developed a strong interest in the implications of these innovative technologies. Her focus at Rice is to pair her research expertise with management and policy-making fundamentals to further prepare her to create impactful ideas and policies in the realm of bioscience research and public health. Mehwish completed her internship with M.D. Anderson's Office of Health Policy, and is now working at M.D. Anderson Health Policy department.
Ms. Lopez graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Tolima in Colombia. During her undergraduate studies she joined the Hormones and Cancer Research Group in the National University located in Bogotá. There she developed studies to help the understanding of cancer and improve the early detection of cervical cancer. After graduation she pursued her interests in research and project management by joining the International Park of Creativity where she gained experience by outsourcing projects for the food industry, using biosynthetic methods to produce vitamin E from raw palm material. During that time she realized the importance and responsibility of being an excellent bioscience leader with the potential to make a world impact. For this reason she decided to join the Bioscience Research and Health Policy Master's at Rice University. Melissa completed her internship with Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, and is now working at M.D.Anderson, Cancer Prevention.