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2021 VERTICES

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Alex Contreras, B.S.

Alex Contreras, born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Westfield, Indiana.  Alex earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and minored in Molecular Biology at Ball State University in May 2021.  He is interested in chemistry, pharmacology, and seeks to earn his PhD.  At the moment, he is leaning towards a future in industry but is considering academia.  Some of his pastimes include playing piano, cooking, and going to the gym.


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    Scott Dawson, B.S.

    Scott Dawson was born and raised in Albany, a small rural town located in Southwestern Georgia. He is an avid video and card game player.  Scott is a 2021 graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  His research interests are in Organic and Biological Chemistry.  His goal is to obtain a PhD in Chemistry which will allow him to educate the next generation of healthcare and research scientists.


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      Alexander Martinez Lopez, B.S.

      Alexander M. Martinez Lopez was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico where he studied Biomedical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He aspires to become a physician-scientist, researching engineering and computational modalities that can have a profound impact on cardiac treatments. Outside the laboratory, Alexander enjoys cooking, playing basketball and spending time with his family.


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        Sierra Williams-McLeod, B.S.

        Sierra Williams-McLeod is a 2021 graduate of Hampton University and is originally from Charlotte, NC.  In the future, Sierra plans to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience in order to fulfill her aspiration of pursuing a career in academia or in the neuropharmaceutical industry. Her research interests include cellular and molecular neuroscience and understanding the mechanisms that drive neurodegenerative disease. In her free time, Sierra enjoys traveling, baking, and doing community service.