Current Scholars

2019 Scholars Summer Projects


The selection of 2020 Scholars is currently in process.


SDSU Scholars

Evan Acosta

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Nicholas Webster, Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Examining the mechanism in the p53 pathway that triggers carcinogenesis due to loss of slicing factor SRSF3 expression through DNA Damage

Nalani Coleman

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Validation of a macaque-specific splicing modulation assay

Carly DaCosta

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Jesse Nodora, Dr.P.H., Dept. Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Project FACtS: Federally Qualified Health Centers Assessing Colorectal
Cancer Screening

Victoria Davis

Major: Psychology
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Vanessa Malcarne, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, SDSU
Project Title: Cancer Survivors’ Experiences with Self-Disclosure to College Staff Members

Antonio Delgado

Major: Kinesiology
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Jason Sicklick, M.D., Dept. of Surgery, UCSD
Project Title: Characterize Cancer Associated Fibroblasts (CAFs) from Gastrointestinal

Ryan Doyle

Major: Bioengineering
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Roland Wolkowicz, Ph.D., Dept. of Biology, SDSU
Project Title: DNA cloning of Myc-tagged, crimson-barcoded MMP plasmids in pBMN vector

Sabrina Ephrem

Major: Kinesiology
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine and Family Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Understanding How Breaking Up Sedentary Behavior Affects Glucoregulatory Levels in Postmenopausal Women (P2 Study)

Jessica Gutierrez

Major: Biology
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Peter Zage, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Inhibition of RET Via Blu-667 in an in Vitro Model of Neuroblastoma

Roni Johnson

Major: Biology
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Silvio Gutkind, Ph.D., Dept. of Pharmacology, UCSD
Project Title: Investigating the underlying mechanism by which BAP1 drives metastasis in uveal melanoma

Miriam Maldonado

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Elva Arredondo, Ph.D., Dept. of Public Health, SDSU
Project Title: “Promotora Project” and JUNTOS Contra el Cancer

Alejandra Najera

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Fall 2020
Mentor: Andrew Lowy, M.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: inhibitor X displays a potential novel therapeutic approach for pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Mambu Nsuangani

Major: Microbiology- Chemical Laboratory Science
Exp. Grad. Date: Fall 2020
Mentor: Sandip Patel, M.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: Analyzing the oral microbiome of tobacco users, marijuana users, vape users, and nonsmokers to determine differences and susceptibility to disease

Paris Offor

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Caroline Thompson, Ph.D., Dept. of Public Health, SDSU
Project Title: Lung Cancer Screening Efficacy amongst Whites and Blacks

Jan Ray Ortiz

Major: Nursing
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Heather Corliss, Ph.D., M.P.H., Dept. of Public Health, SDSU
Project Title: Research and Education on Supportive and Protective Environments for LGBTQ Teens

Diego Ramirez

Major: Bioengineering
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Hatim Husain, M.D. Dept of Medicine, UCSD
Project Title: BRAF mutation in Non-small cell lung cancer

Harvey Vu

Major: Nursing
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2020
Mentor: Maria E. Martinez, Ph.D., Dept. of Health Sciences, UCSD
Project Title: Medical mistrust of racial and ethnic minorities in San Diego

UCSD Scholars

Melissa Lopez

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Kristen Wells, Ph.D., M.P.H., Dept. of Psychology, SDSU
Project Title: Multi-level Intervention to improve follow-up to an abnormal cancer screening test for lung cancer

Marlenne Velazquez-Cortes

Major: Public Health
Exp. Grad. Date: Spring 2021
Mentor: Eyal Oren, Ph.D., Dept of Public Health, SDSU
Project Title: E-cigarette usage among adolescents

2019 Scholars Group Photo

About the Program

The Partnership Scholars Program (PSP) accepts applications in the Winter Season. We are looking for academically talented undergraduate students from SDSU and UCSD. Please check this link to see if you are eligible to apply.