Internship History

2017 JJ Vance Interns

Our 2017 interns worked 8 hours a day for 8 weeks on various research projects. They were required to complete a final research project, which culminated into a final presentation in front of faculty members, research scientists, staff, parents, and friends.

Our program believes it is important for students to gain experience in creating media to effectively display their work and in public speaking by presenting their research findings to a large audience. This year, students presented for 5 minutes each before 80 audience members and were asked questions by faculty members and research scientists after their presentations.
Our interns and their interests are showcased below.

James Acosta
MAST Academy
Computational Intern
Drs. Beecham and Rajabli.

James focused on analysis of data from the PRADI study.
He is interested in a career in engineering.

Gabriela Blandino
Archimedean Conservatory
Computational Intern
Drs. Martin and Kunkle.

Gabriela focused on sex-stratified analysis of the APOE gene.
She is interested in a career in molecular biology and biomedical sciences.

Evan Costa
MAST Academy
iPSC/Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Dykxhoorn.

Evan focused on Derivation of Glutamatergic neurons from Induced pluripotent stem cells.
He is interested in a translational career in scientific research and business/entrepreneurship.

Nicole Fernandez
McArthur High School
Molecular Intern
Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance, Natalia Hoffmann, Sophie Rolati, and Patrice Whitehead.

Nicole focused on genotyping of APOE and ABCA7 in Puerto Rican DNA samples and APOE-4 potential protective alleles in African Americans.
She is interested in a career in medicine or the social sciences, with a focus in pediatrics or psychology.

Celeste Hall
Lincoln Park Academy
Molecular Intern
Drs. Tekin and Bademci.

Celeste focused on identification of a pathogenic variant in SOS1 gene within a family with non-syndromic hearing loss.
She is interested in a career in medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon and medical researcher.

Ryan Melchiorre
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Molecular Intern
Dr. Wang.

Ryan focused on using CRISPR/Cas9 to create cell models.
He is interested in a career in medicine or engineering, with a focus on biomedical engineering.

Maria Meneses
Ft. Lauderdale High School
Bioinformatics Intern
Mentor: Dr. Griswold.

Maria focused on using massively parallel sequencing data to identify genetic risk variants in ALS and Autism.
She is interested in following in her mentor’s footsteps with a career in bioinformatics.

Christel Mera
College Academy
at Broward College
Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Karen Nuytemans.

Christel focused on cloning and luciferase assay of Parkinson’s Disease associated single nucleotide polymorphisms.
She is interested in the biological sciences, with a career focused on research and publications.

Adriana Isabella Moffat
Riviera Preparatory School
Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Katherina Walz.

Isabella focused on behavioral characterization in ASXL1 mutated mice.
She is interested in a career in medicine with an M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry.

Jaylon Rosamilia
Ft. Lauderdale High School
Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Vance.

Jaylon focused on analysis of APOE-4 and comparisons of sequence differences between African and non-Hispanic white populations.
He is interested in a career in medicine as a neurosurgeon.

Sydney Sariol
Carrollton School
of the Sacred Heart
Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Juan Young.

Sydney focused on the staining of mice brains using X-gal staining technique and the genetics of Bohring-Opitz syndrome.
She is interested in a career in biochemistry, with a focus on laboratory research.

Elena Sotolongo
MAST Academy
Computational Intern
Mentor: Dr. Michael Schmidt.

Elena focused on the comparison of bioinformatics pipelines in whole genome data.
She is interested in a career in bio-engineering, biochemical engineering, or biomedical engineering.

Zoe Wynne
Ft. Lauderdale High School
IPSC/Molecular Intern
Mentor: Dr. Holly Cukier.

Zoe focused on using stem cells to model Alzheimer’s Disease.
She is interested in a career in medicine or engineering, with a focus on biomedical engineering or environmental engineering.