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Students and Projects

Cynthia Addae Cynthia Addae, Ph.D. Student. Cynthia enrolled in the Environmental Toxicology Program in August 2008. She joined Dr. Martinez-Ceballos group in August 2009. Currently, she is studying the effect of residual pesticides on the neuronal differentiation of hydrogel-encapsulated mouse Embryonic Stem (ES) cells.
Lea Dixon Lea Dixon, Ph.D. student. Lea entered the Environmental Toxicology Ph.D. Program in the Fall of 2005. She has been a member of the Martinez-Ceballos lab since the Summer of 2008. Currently, she is studying the effects of an environmental pollutant, Diepoxybutane, on the induction of Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) characteristics in DU145 Prostate Cancer Cells
Janana Snowden Janana Snowden, Ph.D. Student. Janana enrolled in the Environmental Toxicology Ph.D. program in January, 2006. Under the mentorship of Dr. Eduardo Martinez-Ceballos, she seeks to characterize the relationship between environmental genotoxin exposure and acquisition of anti-tumor drug resistance in human prostate cancer cells.
Ramkishore Gernapudi Ramkishore Gernapudi, Ph.D. Student. Ramkishore's project focuses on the role played by the RAR beta 2 receptor during the differentiation of mouse Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs) in culture.
Whitney Allen Whitney Allen is an Undergraduate student from the Department of Biological Sciences. She joined the Martinez lab in August 2010. Her research project focuses on the optimization of cell transfection using Multiobjective Programming.

Trio Upward Bound students in the lab

Student's Awards and Presentations

Lea, Cynthia, and Janana

Lea, Cynthia and Janana at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences (LAS) meeting, February 27, 2010.

Janana at LAS

Janana presenting her poster to a judge, LAS meeting 2010

Lea, Cynthia Dr. Ceballos Lea, Cynthia, and Dr. Martinez-Ceballos at the ASCB annual meeting in San Diego, CA, December 2009. Lea and Cynthia received a travel award from the American Society for Cell Biology to attend this meeting.
Lea receives Furst Award

Lea Dixon receiving the Furst award at the annual meeting for the American College of Toxicology in Palm Springs, CA, November 2009.