Ms. Ogwumike is an undergraduate senior at Rice University majoring in Health Sciences, Policy Studies, and a certification in Spanish. As a student at Rice University, she has interned with Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Nutritional Research Center where she analyzed Houston-Area nutrition data to develop new education programs and tested these programs that were designed in order to effectively help children learn healthy behaviors. She also had an externship at La Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, where she studied under Spanish physicians about proper patient-doctor care for Spanish-speaking patients. Ms. Ogwumike then enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy graduate program, where she pairs her background in health promotion and education in minority populations with principles acquired by the program to focus on biological mechanisms and health policy. Ms. Ogwumike is also a student athlete at Rice University, for she is a member of the Women’s Basketball team.
Ms. Sydney Sheffield graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and received a B.S.A. in Nutritional Science and certificate in Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. During her undergraduate studies, she assisted in research considering the affects of nutritional intervention on obesity in title one elementary students. Her participation in this study helped her develop an interest in not only research but also health policy, specifically relating to food and nutrition. Starting in August 2018, Ms. Sheffield is pursuing her professional master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University in order to further her education on disease prevention and health policy.
Ms. Rosemary Richard graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She is interested in neuroscience and communication. Ms. Richard is enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy program at Rice University, where she hopes to pair her lifelong interest with practice in research and policy.
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. Yunyi succeeded to place into an internship with Harris County Health and Human Services.
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. For the summer, Irene was able to secure an internship with Careset Systems in the Texas Medical Center.
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. Chris interned with Replete Biotics during the summer.
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. Adaure secured an internship with MD Anderson Office of Health Policy.