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  • Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz

    SURP 2003 Participant: Dr. Zaida G. Ramirez-Ortiz

    In the summer of 2003, I was part of an NIH Summer Undergraduate Research (SUPR) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). It was during this internship that my interests in infectious disease began to develop and prompted my decision to pursue a PhD in this field, which I completed the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMMS.  As a PhD candidate, I joined the fungal immunology laboratory of Dr. Stuart Levitz, MD and started to seriously pursue my interests in immunology and infectious disease research. In 2011, I joined the Department of Medicine (Rheumatology) at Massachusetts General Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. Terry Means. In 2019, I joined UMMS as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine where I study the role of scavenger receptors in the development of autoimmunity, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus. The support provided by the SURP during the internship and through the remainder of my career gave me to confidence to pursue a career in academiaBeing back at UMMS, I hope I can pay if forward for the next generation of minority students, the same way Dr. Harmon-Hines and Dr. Lewis did it for me.

  • Alejandro Arroyo

    SURP 2010 Participant: Dr. Alejandro D. Arroyo

    I joined the summer program for the summer of 2010, during my junior year at the University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras. During my summer at UMass Medical School, I worked with Dr. Milagros Rosal developing an informative booklet for healthy weight gain during pregnancy. I graduated from UPR-RP in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

    In the same year, I started pursuing a PhD degree in Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of Dr. Jim Delikatny, I pursued a project focused on the development of Cerenkov imaging probes for the study of cancer metabolism in vivo.

  • Tete Thomas

    SURP 2019 Participant: Tete “Brenda” Thomas

    Worcester State University, Class of 2020
    Currently employed at UMMS Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology as a Research Lab Tech

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Program not only shaped my perspective on research, but it helped me to see my potential in the field. I learned many tools and skills in the program in terms of articulating and presenting my research to any audience, advancing my critical thinking skills by analyzing and interpreting data, evaluating appropriate assays and methods to answer a scientific question. The program provided researchers, post-docs, and graduate students from various scientific backgrounds to network with and explore a wide range of research opportunities. Overall, the program helped to strengthen my experience in the research field.

  • Andrea Pineda

    SURP 2020 Participant: Andrea Pineda

    The University of Texas at El Paso 12/2020

    I could not have expected to learn as much as I did during the short, but valuable two-week virtual SURP experience. I was inspired by the faculty who took the time to share with us their exciting research projects and unique journeys in science. The directors managed to design activities that challenged us to think critically about science and formulate our own questions, helping us learn remote team working skills. I was most appreciative of the opportunity to network with scientists at various stages of their career, all sharing the same excitement for research, who introduced me to the holistic values held by the scientific community at UMMS.