Microbiology EducatioN, Training and OutReach at ASU” (MENTOR@ASU)

This is a student-centered Inquiry-Base Learning effort developed by Prof Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz (cadillo lab) aiming to increase the participation in microbiology research and high order thinking and learning by bridging education and research.

Students engage in full semester projects of varying nature defined on the previous semester as a group effort. Most projects involved learning about microbial diversity and novel groups of microorganisms. The research is student-centered where senior members train new members. Students are invited to remain in program for two semesters so they can act as trainee and trainer. A common effect is that after one year training students move on to professional jobs or other scientific laboratories where their progress will be further advanced.

Students can join this effort in a for credit basis (MIC 494 MENTOR)

​See our current and past team members

Spring 2019 Team

Name: Samer Aouad  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2020). Marine Team Leader

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Fall 2018 Team


Class entered in sabattical reces but following continuing students completed amazing work:

Name: Samer Aouad  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2020) 

Name:Bhargav Munukutla Major: Microbiology (Class 2018)

Spring 2018 Team

Name: Amanda Richardson  Position: Lab Coordinator - Mentor Lab

Major: Microbiology (Class 2018)

Research Interests: I am a Senior at Arizona State University, majoring in microbiology. Of my many experiences at ASU, MENTOR has been incomparable to all others. MENTOR provides rewarding research experiences with fellow science enthusiasts. The teamwork, knowledge, and techniques obtained in lab will endlessly benefit me in all my future aspirations within the scientific community. As lab coordinator this semester, MENTOR enabled me to grow in the field of microbiology and share my passion with others.

Name: Luis Gutierrez Current Position: Characterization Team Leader - Mentor Lab

Major: Microbiology (Class 2019)

Research Interests: I’m a Junior at ASU majoring in Microbiology and this is my first semester in MENTOR. I joined MENTOR lab to learn techniques utilized in microbiology labs and to have experience working in a Microbiology lab. I plan to use what I learned here once I graduate from ASU and go on to graduate school.

Name: Alexandra Kassis  Current Position: Communications officer - Mentor Lab

Major: Biomedical Informatics (Class of 2018)

Research Interests: Currently in my second year at Arizona State University, I am pursuing an education in biology and computer science to solve problems in our health care system. I am passionate about biomedical science, specifically in the research field of genomics and precision medicine. This semester I am leading the experiments for salinity testing hoping to find unique characteristics in our novel Amazonian species. I plan to use the skills and knowledge I gained in MENTOR in future research opportunities.

Name: Sana Lodhi Major: Biomedical Sciences (Class 2020)

Research Interests: I am currently a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in biomedical sciences with an expected minor in Spanish. After undergrad, my goal is to get into dental school so that I can begin making a difference with people's teeth. As for MENTOR, I joined so that I could gain microbial lab experience with different types of bacteria. I am eager to learn new lab techniques so that I can utilize them in future science classes and

Name: Janeth Flores Major: Microbiology (Class of 2018) 

Research Interests: I am a senior pursuing a degree in what I am most passionate about, Microbiology. It is my second semester with MENTOR lab and I am the lead of the Marine Team's 96 Well Project. This lab has allowed me to put my skills and knowledge to the test by coming up with hypothesis' and generating experiments. Along the process, I've been able apply my lab skills, gain knowledge over other techniques/ materials and learn how to problem solve/ critically think. In the near future, I aspire to work in a field where I can continue to learn and apply my knowledge in the diverse field of microbiology.

Name:Steven Rojo Major: Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry (Class of 2019)

Research Interests: Currently in my third year here at Arizona State University, where I am striving for a bachelor degree of science in biomedical engineering and a minor in biochemistry. I’m interested in direct point of care and the research involved in finding solutions to medical conundrums. Being my first research opportunity, the MENTOR lab grants me the ability to have some hands-on experience and learn from my fellow undergrads through typical lab procedures. The work I perform here and the various skills that I learn will aid me in my future endeavors.

Name:Bhargav Munukutla Major: Microbiology (Class 2018)

Research Interests: I'm a senior at the Arizona State University Tempe campus and and pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. I work with the MENTOR Undergraduate Program on determining optimal growth rates of our isolates at different pH's under the New Species Team. I'm am interested in microbial interactions, infectious diseases, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. I hope to either pursue an M.S. or work for a biotechnology company.

Name:Elias Rodriguez Major: Biochemistry (Class 2019)

Research Interests: I am a junior biochemistry major here at ASU. I have always been keenly interested in the life sciences with emphasis on molecular and microbial interactions. This semester is my first in the MENTOR lab as well as my first real research experience. I am hoping to study infectious disease in the future and am already learning vital skills through MENTOR that can help me reach that end goal. As part of the marine team, I also see first hand just how rich our oceans are with microbial life. Through my research I hope to add to the worlds knowledge of marine bacteria so they can one day be used in medicine, environmental science, or anything else that can be dreamt up.

Name:Vanessa Trujillo Major: Medicinal Chemistry (Class of 2019)

Research Interests: I am currently a Junior at Arizona State University in Biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry. As for my research experience, the MENTOR lab is my first research position. This lab is unique in that I get to learn not only from a graduate student and alongside a professor, but I also have the opportunity to learn from other undergraduates. This lab will help prepare me for future research positions by mastering standard lab procedures. I love working in a microbiology lab because of how different it is from what I am constantly learning in my major.

Name:Marrisol Sanchez Major: Biochemistry, Math, Spanish (Class of 2020)

Research Interest: I am a Sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in both Math and Spanish. Following undergrad, I hope to attend medical school to be able to help people. This is my first year in research and in the MENTOR program. From this opportunity, I hope to learn more about microbiology and the lab techniques that go along with it as well as the many things that I learn from the others around me. I look forward to see how this program expands my knowledge and interests in this field.

Name: Samer Aouad  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2020) 

Research Interests:   I am a Sophomore at Arizona State University, majoring in microbiology. This is my first semester working in the MENTOR lab, and I’ve been loving the research experience I’ve been getting so far. I hope to further my knowledge and technical skills in microbiology to help further my future career in pharmacology and the scientific community as a whole.

 

Fall 2017 Team

Name: Kendra Yin  Current Position: Lab coordinator - Mentor Lab

Major: Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (Class of 2017, Fall) 

Research Interests: I am a senior at Arizona State University. After I graduate I will begin the process to apply to Physician's Assistant School (PA). This is my second year in undergraduate research and my third semester being in the MENTOR lab program. I have enjoyed learning about the conceptualities behind microbiology and applying them through lab work. I love my experience thus far in MENTOR, as it has allowed me to further my research capabilities as well as prepare me for my future endeavors.

Name: Alexandra Kassis  Current Position: Communications officer - Mentor Lab

Major: Biomedical Informatics (Class of 2020)

Research Interests: Currently in my second year at Arizona State University, I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical informatics. I am passionate about biomedical science, specifically in the research field of genomics and precision medicine. I aspire to gain practical skills and techniques through MENTOR to become a better scientist and generate my own hypothesis for my senior year project. By combining my knowledge of programming, health care delivery and biology, I hope to one day be part of the movement to improve health care.

Name: Sonia Sabrowsky  Major: Biochemistry (Class of 2019) 

Research Interests:  I am a junior at ASU majoring in biochemistry and psychology. The MENTOR lab is my first research opportunity, and I am continually excited that I get to learn from other undergraduates who are passionate about science. I enjoy gaining experience practicing microbiology techniques while familiarizing myself with standard lab procedures that will prepare me for future research opportunities. I love that MENTOR allows me to explore my research interests while actively contributing to the microbial work conducted here.

Name: Andy Martinez  MajorBiological Sciences, Conservation and Ecology (Class of 2019) 

Research Interests: This is my second semester as a member of MENTOR. Currently I am leading temperature and antibiotic testing to help characterize novel microbial species. MENTOR's research has given me confidence in the field of microbiology; an indispensable part of every ecosystem. In my free time I volunteer for field ecology excursions with various labs, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Post graduation I plan on applying for field research/ lab positions and/or looking into grad-school. 

Name: Luis Gutierrez  Major: Microbiology (Class 2019)

Research Interests: I’m a Junior at ASU majoring in Microbiology and this is my first semester in MENTOR. I joined MENTOR lab to learn techniques utilized in microbiology labs and to have experience working in a Microbiology lab. I plan to use what I learned here once I graduate from ASU and go on to graduate school.

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Name: Marrisol Sanchez  Major: Biochemistry, Math (Class of 2020) 

Research Interest: I am a Sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in both Math and Spanish. Following undergrad, I hope to attend medical school to be able to help people. This is my first year in research and in the MENTOR program. From this opportunity, I hope to learn more about microbiology and the lab techniques that go along with it. I look forward to see how this program expands my knowledge and interests in this field. 

Name: Sarita Layton  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2019) 

Research Interests:  I am a junior at ASU, pursuing a degree in microbiology. I am interested in studying the diversity and pathology of microorganisms and how this relates back to immunology. I also have an interest in genetic engineering and how it can be applied to bacteria to create biofuels. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and receive my Master's so I can be a researcher in these subjects. This is my first semester in the MENTOR lab and I am excited to explore my interests and become familiar with laboratory techniques.

Name: Amanda Richardson  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2018)

Research Interests: I am an undergraduate senior, majoring in Microbiology at ASU. This semester in MENTOR will be my first research lab experience. In this lab, I hope to learn experimental development and implementation, as well as improve my laboratory techniques. After completing my degree, I aspire to get a job in the exciting field of microbiology.    

Name: Sana Lodhi  Major: Biomedical Sciences, Spanish (Class of 2020)

Research Interest: I am currently a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in biomedical sciences with an expected minor in Spanish.  After undergrad, my goal is to get into dental school so that I can begin making a difference with people's teeth. As for MENTOR, I joined so that I could gain microbial lab experience with different types of bacteria. I am eager to learn new lab techniques so that I can utilize them in future science classes and labs.

Name: Janeth Flores  Major: Microbiology (Class of 2018)

Research Interests: Being a transfer student from a small town did not present many opportunities to gain experience and this is what the MENTOR research lab has done for me so far.  Not only have I had the privilege of gaining research experience, I have learned new techniques that are applicable to other labs, I am learning how to be a better presenter and a team player overall. I am excited to be here and continue to learn as much as I can about the microbes surrounding our environments.

SPRING 2017 Team

Name: Chelsea Smith,  Current Position: Lab coordinator - Mentor Lab

Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am majoring in biochemistry at Arizona State University. This is my first semester working with the MENTOR program, and I have already learned many invaluable research techniques and skills within the microbiology field. I hope to use these techniques to complete my honors thesis within the next two semesters. I'm not yet sure what my plans are after graduation, but I know the MENTOR program will help me choose the best course!

Name: Kendra Yin,  Current Position: Lab coordinator - Mentor Lab

Major: Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am a Junior at Arizona State University. After my undergrad, I want to go to Physician's Assistant School (PA) and begin making an impact not long after graduating. This is my first year in undergraduate research and my first time being in the MENTOR lab program. Through this research program I hope to expand my knowledge of microbial sciences as well as get a hands-on experience in working in a lab.

Name: Sonia Sabrowsky ,  Major: Biochemistry (Class of 2019) 

Research Interests: I am a sophomore at ASU majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. The MENTOR lab is my first research opportunity, and I am excited to learn from other undergraduates who are passionate about science. I hope to gain experience practicing microbiology techniques alongside familiarizing myself with standard lab procedures that will prepare me for future research opportunities. I look forward to exploring my interests in the MENTOR lab while actively contributing to the microbial work conducted here.

Name: Andrew Martinez ,  Major: Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) Class 2019

Research Interests: After graduation I plan to be involved in field research relating to conservation and ecology. I joined MENTOR to gain lab environment experience and become proficient in microbiology processes. I plan to utilize the knowledge & expertise I gain through MENTOR in future biological research opportunities.

Name: Jana Djokic ,  Major: Biological Sciences (class 2017) 

Research Interests: I am a senior at ASU. I am majoring biological sciences however my interests are in microbiology specifically. I want to do research and work in a lab after graduation and plan on obtaining a masters as well. This is my first semester in the MENTOR lab and I am eager to learn more about microbiology in general as well as lab/research skills that will be applicable in the future.

Name: Emily Angeles  Major: Microbiology (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am Junior majoring in Microbiology with an emphasis in medicine. After I complete my bachelors program, I aim to go to medical school at the University of Arizona. Currently my work in Cadillo's mentor lab deals with the identification of general heterotrophs.

Continuing Students from Fall 2016 (Senior researchers)

 Patrick Sochor,  Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018) ; Sophia Le,  Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018); Elyse Curl ,  Major: Biomedical Sciences (Class 2017); Sarita, Layton  Major: Microbiology (Class 2019)

FALL 2016 Team

Name: Zeni Ramirez,  Current Position: Lab coordinator - Mentor Lab

Major: Microbiology (Class 2018)   Email: zeramire(at)asu.edu

Research Interests:I am currently a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in Biology where my thesis will be following the hypothesis that methanogens change their metabolic rate in response to bacterial partners. I am interested in biomedical science, specifically in the research field of the human microbiome and the interaction with pathogens and other foreign microbes. My ambition is to gain the practical skills to become a better scientist and learn the techniques and foresight needed to develop a good research project as the Cadillo/MENTOR lab has challenged me to do so. I have found great joy working within a laboratory setting and am extremely excited to see what opportunities and challenges await me as this will be my second semester within the MENTOR program. 

Name: Brittany Kaminsky ,  Major: double-majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and English Literature (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am very enthusiastic about the field of Microbiology and have joined the MENTOR lab in the hopes of learning more about it, especially in regards to cultivating and understanding difficult-to grow species. I am also a student worker for the Department of Animal Care Technologies (DACT), and will be applying to veterinary school in the coming year.

Name: Chelsea Smith,  Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am majoring in biochemistry at Arizona State University. This is my first semester working with the MENTOR program, and I have already learned many invaluable research techniques and skills within the microbiology field. I hope to use these techniques to complete my honors thesis within the next two semesters. I'm not yet sure what my plans are after graduation, but I know the MENTOR program will help me choose the best course!

Name: Kendra Yin,  Major: Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am a Junior at Arizona State University. After my undergrad, I want to go to Physician's Assistant School (PA) and begin making an impact not long after graduating. This is my first year in undergraduate research and my first time being in the MENTOR lab program. Through this research program I hope to expand my knowledge of microbial sciences as well as get a hands-on experience in working in a lab.

Name: Patrick Kwon,  Major: Biomedical Informatics (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am pursuing a major in Biomedical Informatics. I have two research interests, bioinformatics and clinical informatics. The MENTOR lab is a great place to further pursue my interest in bioinformatics as it allows the flexibility to pursue ones interests, in this case being DNA sequencing. I am also concurrently doing research under a professor dealing with diabetic patients, exploring whether or not patients are complying with the compensation techniques as well as reporting if these compensation techniques are helpful in controlling blood glucose levels. I hope to further explore these two sides of informatics research to further develop my knowledge on the uses of informatics.

Name: Patrick Sochor,  Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am a non-traditional Biochemistry student, interested in pursuing a career in microbial research and more generally interested in the intersection between microbes as participants in and creators of their environments as well as microbes as technology. He hopes to gain experience in various research techniques including DoE, DNA extraction and analysis, proper biological research procedure and biosafety experience. He would like to be able to contribute to original research in the field. 

Name: Sophia Le,  Major: Biochemistry (Class 2018) 

Research Interests: I am studying biochemistry with a focus in pre-med. After receiving my bachelor's, I plan on attending medical school to become an M.D. Eventually, I would like to get involved with cancer or cancer research in my career. Once I gain more knowledge and experience in medicine, I want to volunteer in developing countries around the world and offer my services in local healthcare facilities. Being involved with the MENTOR lab at ASU will help me gain experience and learn new skills and techniques that will help me consolidate my future career choice. 

Name: Elyse Curl ,  Major: Biomedical Sciences (Class 2017)

Research Interests: I am a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I hope to pursue a medical career, either through a traditional medical school and or through the Air Force. Joining the Cadillo/MENTOR lab has exposed me to research for the first time, and has opened my mind to the many aspects of research. I expect to gain knowledge of microbial/ecological systems within the Amazon rainforest, and to learn the proper guidelines of completing a research project. I plan to carry my newfound knowledge into future programs, internships, etc. and to improve myself as a better student, scientist, and future doctor.

Name: Sarita, Layton  Major: Microbiology (Class 2019)

Research Interests:  I am a sophomore at ASU, pursuing a degree in microbiology. I am interested in studying the diversity and pathology of microorganisms and how this relates back to immunology. I also have an interest in genetic engineering and how it can be applied to bacteria to create biofuels. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and receive my Master's so I can be a researcher in these subjects. This is my first semester in the MENTOR lab and I am excited to explore my interests and become familiar with laboratory techniques. .

 

 

FALL 2015-Spring 2016 Team

Name: Vanessa Hendrix (Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Coordinator, fearless leader), Major:Microbiology (Class 2016)

Research Interests:I am a senior at ASU majoring in microbiology. This is my second semester with the MENTOR program. I have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to advance my techniques and knowledge of the microbial world. After graduation, I plan on earning my Doctorate of Pharmacy from Midwestern University with the intent to become a clinical pharmacist. I am interested in the study of antimicrobial agents, more specifically, developing new, more effective antibiotics I am a wife and mother of two young boys who, along with school, keep me very busy.

Name: Chantal Mahoro,  Major:Biomedical Engineering (Class 2017)

Research Interests: Originally from Rwanda, I am a Biomedical Engineering major at Arizona State University (ASU). I am part of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, a prestigious scholarship awarded to the most talented Sub-Saharan students. I believe in changing the world and changing people for better using scientific innovations. During my time at ASU, I have run the New American Youth Initiative (NAYI), a student organization that aims to empower refugee youth. 

Name: Fatema Kermani,  Major:Biological Sciences (Predental, Class 2016)

Research Interests: I am Fatema Kermani. Currently, am a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Pre-Dental Option, at Arizona State University. I am driven by the passion of becoming a dentist and to be able to serve society by giving them the best dental services. My plans include advancing my studies with a Masters program in Microbiology at the Liberal Art and Science department. It has been a pleasure to have had countable chances to work with various organizations where I had different roles. 

Name: Jenessa Vandenberg,    Major:Microbiology (Class 2015)

I am currently a microbiology undergrad student at Arizona State University. I am working with Amazon soil isolates in the MIC mentor program in the attempts of discovering novel soil isolates. Through the mentor program, I am gaining relevant experience in the field of microbiology. During my time here, I have learned a variety of useful skills. My plans for the future include joining a microbiology laboratory; I hope to join a laboratory focused on the healthcare aspect of microbiology.

Name: Karen Baker,  Major: Forensic Sciences (Class 2016)

Research Interests: The Amazon is home to the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, though little is known about its microbial diversity. As a member of the MENTOR lab, we are interested in identifying novel species from soil samples from this rainforest by isolating and sequencing different isolates. As a Forensics major, this research aligns with my interests in DNA sequencing. I am a Barrett student and a member of the Undergraduate Research Scholars in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Name: Kenneth Barker,  Major:Biological Sciences (Class: 2018)

Research Interests: It is suspected that there are millions of microbial species yet to be discovered, and it is likely that many undiscovered microbial species reside in the Amazonian wetlands. Each microbial species has a unique metabolic pathway. We hope to discover novel species with unique metabolic yields to better understand their ecological impact. The Cadillo lab is unique in that it offers undergraduates real lab experience, and I hope to master the different techniques used to research microbes.

Name: Reena Ygot,  Major: Microbiology (Class 2016) 

Research Interests: I'm majoring in Microbiology and have a desire to practice medicine in the future as a pediatric physician assistant. In the meantime, doing research provides me the comprehension and problem-solving skills I would need to become a successful professional. I have a passion for the hands-on approach executed in laboratories, and with that, I hope to work in a clinical microbiology lab before applying for PA school.

 

Fall 2013 Members

Eric Hummel - Microbiology (Class 2014, Group Coordinator), Heather Carolan -Microbiology (Class 2014), Cynthia Hurtado (Class 2014), Pablo Cruz Ramos (Class 2014),  Zeke Clemmens (Class 2015), Jacob Hrjkal (Class 2016)

Spring 2013 members: Eric Hummel - Microbiology (Class 2014, Group Coordinator), Gracie Parish -Microbiology (Class 2013), Amilia Saunders -Microbiology (Class 2013), Jazmine Mayberry -Biochemistry (Class 2015), Veronia Russian -Microbiology (Class 2013), Pablo Cruz Ramos (Class 2014), Paul Solares (Class 2014)

Fall 2012 members (Founding members): Sean Dunn -Microbiology (Class 2013), Viet Truong -Microbiology (Class 2013), Mayra Buenrostro - Microbiology (Class 2013)