Entries by Brandie Thomas

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 […]

Ben Wilson and Shelby Servais

Doctoral candidate Shelby Servais and doctoral graduate Ben Wilson have been selected as Science Policy Fellows through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program. Funded by the Deepwater Horizon settlement, the fellowship places scientists with offices in Gulf Coast communities so that they can experience the intersection of science and policy  […]

Soumyadeep Mukherjee

FIU doctoral graduate Soumyadeep “Deep” Mukherjee is the Written Category winner for the 2018 Flame Challenge. Deep, who received his Ph.D. in Public Health, graduated from FIU in 2016 and is now as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University (SBU).  The Flame Challenge, sponsored by the Alan Alda Center […]

Kendra Adams

Kendra Adams is a 5th-year doctoral student in FIU’s Forensic Chemistry program. A native of Burnt Hills, NY, Kendra earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science from SUNY Albany in 2013. At FIU, Kendra is specializing in Analytical Chemistry. Kendra, a member of UAlbany’s Division I track and field team during […]