Current Members

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Tania Betancourt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Materials Science, Engineering, and
Commercialization Program

PhD Students


Tugba Yildiz, Ph.D. student in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program

Carol Ellis-Terrell, Ph.D. student in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program

MS Students

Christopher Munoz, MS Biochemistry

Madeline Huff, BS and MS Biochemistry (expected ’18)

Undergraduate Students

Collin Bryant, BS Biochemistry



Travis Cantu, Ph.D. Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program (’15), Currently at Futurrex, Inc.


Renato Samuel (Sam) Navarro, MS Chemistry (’14), currently a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

Robert K. Danso, Biochemistry (MS), currently in doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio.



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Cally Moore, MS Biochemistry

Shyam Prasad, MS student, Computer Science


Michael Marks, Ph.D. (former postdoctoral researcher), currently research investigator, Process Engineer at International Flavors and Fragrances






Gabriela Herrera

Laura Anaya

Taryn Olivas

Gione Retana

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Jose (Joe) Dominguez; BS Biochemistry (expected ’16)




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Kyle Walsh; BS Biochemistry (’15), currently at Luminex.




Ron Hall; BS Biochemistry (’16), currently a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Zachary Goddard; BS Computer Science (’16)

Jamie McKinzie; BS Biochemistry (’14), currently a graduate student in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Eugenia Barnes; BS Geography (’14)


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Casey Hamon; BS Chemistry (’12)




Ryan Richter; B.S. Biology (’12)




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Sarah Warren; B.S. Biochemistry (’12)

Laison Nguyen; B.S. Biology (’13)
Currently a vet student, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University



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Bradley Rodier, B.S. Biochemistry (’13)
Ph.D. Student, Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University

DSC00336Dylan Hall, BS Biochemistry (’14)
Currently in medical school

David Oakland; Biochemistry

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John McFarland, B.S. Biochemistry (’12)




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Kirsten Carbonaro, B.S. Biology (’12)

Jeffrey Moore; BS Biochemistry
Kole Knutson; Undergraduate student in biology

Former REU Students

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Katie Beaven; Chemical Engineering – University of Kentucky

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Khaled Abdelrahman; Bioengineering – University of Pittsburg

Former High School Student Researchers

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Sarah Mitchell
New Braunfels High School