Ms. Soeung graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology in 2011. As an undergraduate, Melinda published a thesis, Structure-Activity Relationship of Novel Low Nanomolar Thiosemicarbazone Inhibitors of Cruzain. Her undergraduate research focused on testing synthetic compounds as potential inhibitors of cruzain, a vital enzyme in the lifecycle of the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi that is responsible for Chagas’ Disease, with the goal of finding a more effective cure for the disease. After graduating, Melinda worked as a research technician at CESI Chemical, a Flotek Company R&D lab that specializes in developing oilfield specialty chemicals. Her work contributed to a patent and an “Honorable Mention” special meritorious award for engineering innovation in 2013 for CESI Chemical. From her myriad of research experiences, Melinda gained an appreciation for the research involved in developing technology aimed to enhance the quality of life of humans. As a graduate student in the BHP program at Rice, she hopes to obtain a solid understanding of the policies that govern biomedical research in healthcare with the intent of contributing to the advancement of medical technology and making it accessible to all people. Melinda finished her internship with "Doctors for Change"; she continues her education at UT Health/MD Anderson pursuing a PhD in Clinical Translational Science/Therapeutics.
Mr. Nkama graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice in May, 2013. While at Rice, he focused on biochemistry and molecular biology while also pursuing interests in anthropology and sociology. During this time he realized the deficiencies within healthcare policy on a local and international level. At Rice, he focused largely on research, working in a bioengineering lab that made aptamers used in detecting cardiac inflammatory markers and working in a breast cancer brain metastasis lab at Baylor College of Medicine. These experiences led him to the Bioscience and Health Policy Master’s program. He hopes to gain a better understanding of current domestic health care reforms and to impact the medicinal and sociological side of healthcare. Agha succeed in gaining an internship with K&S Health Consultants and has accepted employment with them after graduation. In 2017, Agha moved to Chicago to work for Aarete Consulting.
Ms. Lu graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China with a B.S. in biotechnology. She focused on formation mechanism of vacuolated cells in suspension culture and natural products extraction in the lab, and also gained internship experience from AXA in Hongkong. Shiqiu was awarded a patent for her development in dental floss in China. Now she is pursuing a master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University. Shiqiu conducted an internship with Rosellini Scientific, and returned to China after completing her degree.
Ms. Lau graduated from Rice in 2013 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Policy Studies. During her undergraduate career at Rice, she researched wound and defense responses of Arabidopsis Thaliana. She also researched the effects of drugs on heart cell repair after myocardial infarction at Baylor College of Medicine. During the summers, she worked at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, analyzing different phosphopeptide enrichment techniques via mass spectrometry in proteomics. She is now enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy program to gain more in-depth knowledge on making health policy. This will allow her to use her extensive scientific and health management and policy-making background to embark in a career in science and health policy. Krystal secured a fellowship with OFUR/RICE in London and conducted her internship at the Imperial College of London. After completion of her degree at Rice, she decided to pursue a PhD at the Imperial College.
Ms. Junchaya received her B.Sc. with Second Class Honors in Applied Chemistry, majoring in Industrial Chemistry and Management from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests are at the intersection of medtech, the effects of the ACA on healthcare industry, and innovative business management strategies. Before arriving to Houston, she participated in the Stanford Summer Session where she lead efforts in launching a successful French e-commerce startup. Prior to that, she completed an R&D internship with Unilever Thailand where she recommended rectification strategies for a problematic personal care product, and developed a process capability database for use in future SEAA process standard and optimization procedures. She was also the Managing Director and partner of Mekra International, a consulting company specializing in turnkey spa projects. In addition to her graduate studies, she is an active member of the Rice Graduate Student Association and is involved in several organizations focusing on professional development and international liaisons. With an interdisciplinary background in the sciences, service industry and consulting, and a passion for entrepreneurship, she aims to pursue a career in Regulatory Affairs or Health Care Consulting. Ornsiree secured an internship with MD Anderson and is now working for Dorsata, a health informatics company.
Ms. Gomez graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2011 from the Saint Peter’s University. During her undergraduate studies , she assisted in research studying the many morphological changes undifferentiated adult stem cell can undergo. This research had a huge impact in Telma’s decision to become more involve the decision making process when it comes to advancements in research and Health Policy. She is currently enrolled in the the PSM program in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice to learn more of the policy and research decision-making process needed to achieve her goals. Telma did an internship with Rosellini Scientific. Telma accepted employment as a Clinical Research Associate at ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, and is now working for UTMB, Galveston, TX.
Ms. Foo graduated from Rice University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in Cognitive Sciences and Policy Studies. As an undergraduate student, she co-founded the Children’s Defense Fund Student Health Outreach chapter at Rice University. After graduation, she continued her work in the community, becoming a developer for HealthAnn. In the summer of 2012, she served as a development intern at San José Clinic. Connie believes the knowledge and skills she will gain from the Bioscience and Health Policy program will better equip her to advocate on the behalf of individuals and families who face health disparities and inequities. Ultimately, she hopes to become a liaison between the community and the health care institutions that serve them. Connie was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and conducted her internship with M.D. Anderson, and is working for HealthAnn.
Ms. Yin received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in 2014. While an undergraduate, Alexandra accrued significant experience as a research assistant at MD Anderson in the Melanoma Oncology department, working on mass spectrometric analysis of glycosphingolipid antigens known to play a part in Melanoma. She also interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the Genitourinary department working on data analysis for clinical trials for prostate cancer and the development of a Zebrafish metastasis assay. She completed her education at Rice University in Bioscience and Health Policy and accepted employment with Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.
Ms. Wright graduated from Rice University in May 2015 with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted independent research under the guidance of Dr. James Tour at Rice University and Dr. Frederick Pereira at Baylor College of Medicine. She was a participant in the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program, an Honors program focused on independent research and scientific writing. She decided to pursue a PSM in Bioscience and Health Policy to expand her knowledge of public health, healthcare decision-making, and healthcare policy before entering a Doctorate of Pharmacy program. Abigail secured an internship with UTMB in Galveston during the summer of 2015. She has accepted a Pharmacy School offer from the University of Houston and will begin her Pharm.D. studies in the Fall of 2016.
Ms. Vats completed her undergrad degree in Biotechnology from India in spring of 2013. During her degree, she completed several internships at premier Indian research institutes including Delhi University and the Indian Defense organization, focusing on gaining research experience on kidney stones. After graduation, she worked as a Research Analyst on several biotech and pharmaceutical projects for a year with global clients like Unilever. This experience made her aware of the impactful role she could play in management and policy shaping roles in science-related industries. Her eagerness to increase her knowledge base has landed her in graduate studies in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University to help her gain the skill-set necessary to enter the healthcare field. During her masters, she completed her internships at Gene by Gene, Baker Ins. of Public Policy and Phyllis Healthcare. She is currently working as a Program Manager at UT Southwest Medical Center, Dallas.