Entries by Brandie Thomas

Rosa Cromartie

Rosa Cromartie’s interest in science dates all the way back to elementary school, when she was dissecting animals in science class. “My science and math courses had always been my favorite classes during my primary and secondary education,” Rosa says. “I became interested in chemistry when I got to high school.”  Rosa went on to […]

Aaron Hogan

“Tropical forests are the lungs of the planet,” says 3rd-year biology doctoral student Aaron Hogan, explaining that tropical forests exchange the majority of atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen annually. It’s one of the many fascinating facts that drew Aaron to study tropical forests. Aaron, a native of Breckenridge, Colorado, first became interested in biology, especially […]

Hassan Eldeeb

Hassan Eldeeb has been interested in green energy since his undergraduate days. His undergraduate and master’s degrees are in the field of electric power and machine engineering, and his master’s thesis was about the integration and operation of large-scale photovoltaic panels into the medium voltage electricity grid. He has always believed that research should have […]

Sana Nasim

Even though biological systems and engineering are two paths that seem to lead in different directions, Sana Nasim has always envisioned pursuing a career in the two fields. In Pakistan, where Sana was born and raised, she says the study of highly specialized engineering fields is uncommon. Even rarer are women in these fields. Sana’s […]

Joshua Raji

Biology was Joshua Raji’s best subject when he was growing up. It was his favorite subject, and he was good at it. He suspects that he may have inherited his passion for biology from his mother. “My mum is a science teacher,” he says. “I guess it rubbed off on me.” Joshua’s passion for biology […]

Darwin Aquino

Classical music is not as big of a tradition in the Dominican Republic as it is in some other locations, and opportunities for young musicians are limited there. “But when you have a passion about something, life sends you the way,” says Darwin Aquino, an FIU graduate who was recently named Conductor in Residence for […]

Leonardo Acuna

Becoming a biochemist might seem like an unexpected next step for a helicopter mechanic, but for Leonardo Acuna, the first recipient of the UGS Veterans Fellowship, it makes perfect sense. “I decided to be a mechanic for biological systems, and for me, that means becoming a biochemist,” he says. Born in Costa Rica, Leonardo moved […]

Juan Canoura

Juan Canoura has always been interested in science, but it was his high school chemistry teacher who helped him understand how deeply rooted chemistry is in our lives.  “I had a very enthusiastic chemistry teacher who would show us how computer technology was linked to the chemistry of silicon, or how biological processes necessary for […]

Bryan Dewsbury

When Bryan Dewsbury was a STEM graduate student at FIU, he had many opportunities to pick up tips and lessons about interactions and relationships within his department. Now, those lessons are influencing how he approaches those types of relationships as a faculty member. Bryan is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at […]

Chintan Bhatt

Chintan Bhatt, a doctoral student at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, was interviewed live on NPR Atlanta on July 19 for his research paper titled “Medicaid Expansion and Infant Mortality in the United States.” Published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Bhatt’s research examines the possible effects of […]