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2021 VERTICES

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Alex Contreras

Alex Contreras, born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Westfield, Indiana. Alex earned his Bachelors in Chemistry 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

    Scott Dawson was born, raised, and educated in rural Southwest Georgia. He is an avid card and video game player. His research interests are in areas relating to organic and biological chemistry. As such, his ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD in Chemistry in order to educate the next generation of research and healthcare scientists.


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      Alexander Martinez Lopez

      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

        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.