Edouard Niyonsaba, Science in Schools Science Day Co-Chair: Edouard is a second year PULSe student in Chemistry department working in Dr. Kenttämaa's lab. His research involves molecular characterization of crude oil and how different crude oil components adsorb on minerals such as kaolinite. He also study ion-molecule reaction for phase II metabolism to identify glucoronidation site in drug metabolites. He is involved in Science in School because it gives him an opportunity to share with kids what he does and teach them more science experiments beyond what they learn in their classes.
Lama Abdullah Alabdi, Science in Schools Science Night Co-Chair: Lama is a third year PULSe student in the Chromatin and Regulation of Gene Expression Training Group working. She is working in Dr. Humaira Gowher’s laboratories with the specific interest in studying the crosstalk between chromatin signatures and DNA methylation as epigenetic regulators of transcription in development and the perturbation of these regulatory mechanisms in the state of disease. As Co-Chair for Science in Schools night event, she hopes to support the reciprocal learning environment between Lafayette community and PULSe individuals and to encourage the young minds to be inspired by the wonders of scientific thinking and discovery.
Katherine Wehde, Science in Schools Science Night Co-Chair: Katherine is a second year PULSe student in the Chemical Biology training group and a member of Dr. Hilkka Kenttämaa's lab in the Chemistry Department. Her research is on two main projects, one focuses on the composition and related function of compounds in aviation fuels and another involves creating an efficient oil recovery mechanism to remove and obtain oil bonded to rock. As Co-Chair for SiS night activities, she plans to use this position to promote professional development and educational outreach opportunities for all individuals in PULSe as well continue to expand the program to involve other areas of science such as MCMP and ESE. Feel free to contact her with any questions you have about PULSe, Science in School, or her research.
Kathryn Jacobson, Science in Schools SpringFest Co-Chair: Kathryn is a second year PULSe student in the Biotechnology Training Group, working in Dr. Sarah Calve’s lab in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the proteomics of the extracellular matrix during embryonic development in mice. As co-chair for Spring Fest, she is excited to join Purdue University in celebrating research all over campus.
Matthew Therkelsen, Science in Schools SpringFest Co-Chair: Matt is a third year PULSe student in the Biomolecular Structure and Biophysics Training Group in Dr. Richard Kuhn's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is studying dengue virus assembly using electron microscopy and spectroscopic methods. Matt is originally from the Boston area and so loves lobstah, the Patriots and the Red Sox. When not in lab, he likes to explore Lafayette and try new restaurants. He enjoys being a part of the Science in Schools team and looks forward to developing new educational experiments.