Ms. Neutzler graduated from St. Edward’s University May 2014 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she assisted in research regarding the effect of cortisol on long-term declarative memories in the Neuroscience lab under Dr. Fidelma O’Leary. Ms. Neutzler was awarded the Brother Daniel Lynch award to carry out this investigation. Additionally, she participated in the McNair Scholars program and conducted her own research with Dr. He Liu regarding TRP channels using C. elegans as a model organism. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University.Vanessa secured several internships working for BioHouston, followed by an internship with NASA's Johnson Space Center, Space Life Sciences Division. After graduation, she secured a full-time position with NASA/Wyle.
Ms. Savrick received her B.S. in Biology from Southwestern University in May 2015. During her time at Southwestern she volunteered at the city animal shelter for three out of four years of college. During her sophomore year, she began an independent research project in molecular ecology focusing on an invasive species of apple snail. This snail poses a threat to human health and her work hopes to give insight to how the invader spreads. Carson participates in an internship with the TMC Health Policy Institute in Houston, TX. After graduation, she decided to contiune her education and persue UTHealth Medical School.
Ms. Saengchanh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Philosophy, and a certificate in Business Foundations. During her time at UT, she served as Vice President - Service for her sorority. In this role, she coordinated service events to raise funds and promote breast cancer awareness in support of her sorority's national philanthropy. She currently works as a Compliance Manager at McKesson Corporation supporting the Specialty Health business, and prior to taking on this role, she supported research operations for clinical trial research as a Contract Specialist. Seeking to build upon her interdisciplinary undergraduate studies and compliment her industry experience, she ipursued a Master's in Bioscience and Health Policy under the Professional Science Master's Program at Rice University to advance her career at McKesson.
Ms. Houston received her B.S. in Health Promotion from University of Houston in 2008. She interned during her senior year at Texas Children’s Hospital where she developed curriculum for the “Keep Fit” program with a target population of overweight children. Since graduating Ms. Houston has worked within the medical field in various avenues of education and patient care. Currently she works at MDAnderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Studies Coordinator in the Endocrinology department managing ongoing clinical trials. After graduation, she has secured a full-time postion with Medical Metrics.
Ms. Roth graduated from Trinity University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and English. During her undergraduate studies, she researched a nitric-oxide inhibitor’s effects on plant tissue optics and acted as the managing editor of the professional literary journal, 1966, which published research-based creative nonfiction. While at Trinity, Paige started and authored the Trinity University Undergraduate Research Blog which chronicled over fifty STEM and humanities research projects and is still actively maintained by the university Marketing Communications department today. Before arriving in Houston in the fall, Paige interned in the Communications and Public Affairs department at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Paige hopes to combine her love of high level science and health communications and policy in Rice’s PSM Bioscience Research and Health Policy program. Paige secured an internship with Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). After graduation, Paige is attending VET school.
Ms. Limtrakul graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society and minors in Global Health and in Inequality Studies. As an undergraduate student, Narinta participated in a field experience with Mahidol Vivax Research Center in Thailand, where she worked with community health workers and researchers in malaria clinics in Northern Thai villages, assisting with diagnosing, treating, and tracking malaria. Additionally, she has gained experience through an internship with Harris County Area Agency on Aging as well as through hospital and clinic volunteer positions. These opportunities have led her to enroll in the Rice University Professional Master’s Program in Bioscience and Health Policy. Narinta aims to improve her understanding of health disparities, barriers to accessing health care, and health care reform in preparation for a career in health policy and medical practice. Narinta secured an internship with a research team at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health at UTMB, Galveston, TX. After graduation, Narinta decided to continue her education and is now at Texas Tech Medical School.
Ms. Hsu received her BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with minor in Business from Rice University in 2013. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she conducted research under the direction of Dr. Jill Schumacher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Using C. elegans as model, she employed site directed mutagenesis to study Tousled kinase’s role in chromosome separation during anaphase. While volunteering at the National Centre for Maternal and Children’s Health in Mongolia, she realized health and science research policy’s impact on public health. After graduation, Frances secured employment with PCORI in Washington DC.
Ms. Hotard graduated from Rhodes College in 2014 with honors with a B.S. in Chemistry, honors research, and a minor in International Studies. She earned the status of Rhodes Fellow through her participation in the St. Jude SummerPlus Program where she conducted research in the Chemical Biology and Therapeutics department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis,TN. While at St. Jude she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Rivas developing methods for the ongoing Natural Products Project including extracting and verifying compounds from terrestrial plants with known medicinal capabilities. Her work with this project contributed to a publication in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Megan came to Rice University in July 2014 as a doctoral student in the Chemistry department to continue her training in synthetic organic chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Tour as an NSF IRISE fellow. There she analyzed various synthetic routes for the Uni-molecular Submersible Nano-machines Project in preparation for upcoming cellular work, however, realizing that research was too narrow-focused for her interest, Megan transferred to the Professional Science Masters program in the Bioscience and Health Policy track at Rice University in August 2015 to pursue her interest in science and health policy. She plans to graduate in May 2017 with the tools to make a tangible impact in the healthcare industry. Megan started an internship with Doctors for Change, and followed it with a second internship at UTMB in Galveston, TX. After graduation, Megan joined DavaOncology in Dallas as a Medical Writer.