Current Scholars

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ARCS® Foundation Atlanta Chapter is honored to present the 2022-2023 Scholar Awards to these outstanding candidates from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, and the University of Georgia.
Anna Cole

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  • Glenn Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Cancer Biology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research Interest: novel T and B cell interactions in cancer immunotherapy.
Aniruddha Deshpande

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  • Donnell Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Epidemiology
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research Interest: health impacts of extreme weather events from climate change with a special emphasis on floods and droughts.
Ariel Gale

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  • Hawkins/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Chemistry
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research Interests: method development for high pressure calculations, as well as, protein structure-function relationships and renewable energy innovation
Nicole Hood
Nicole Hood

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  • Gillin/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Epidemiology
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: public health and infectious disease/HIV research.
Logan Kavanaugh
Logan Kavanaugh

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  • McGowan/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: understanding and combating the rise of bacterial antibiotic resistance.
Alicia Lane
Alicia Lane

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  • Reid/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Neuroscience
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the relation of copper dysregulation and mitochondria to neurodegenerative disease.
Cameron Mattingly
Cameron Mattingly

Meet Cameron here.

  • Liss/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: lung tissue resident CD8+ T cells and their role in the immune response to respiratory pathogens.
Will McFadden

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  • BlackRock Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: novel antiretroviral compounds with the potential for treating HIV-1 infection.
Hemali Oza
Hemali Oza

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  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: measuring and building climate resilience, particularly resilience as it pertains to water systems and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Selma Piranej
Selma Piranej

 

  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Chemistry
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: DNA nanotechnology and leveraging it to create synthetic systems for sensing applications.
Sarah Strassler

Meet Sarah here.

  • Northside Hospital Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow
  • Research interests: the structural basis of RNA-protein interactions, and bacterial enzymes that confer antibiotic resistance.
Julia Tanquary
Julia Tanquary

Meet Julia here.

  • McGonigle/Goodhew Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the role of bacterial toxin-antitoxin complexes in bacterial survival and their influence on the ability of bacteria to survive stress. Julia seeks to identify the cellular targets of these toxins.
Courtney Victor

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  • Klamon/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Environmental Health Sciences
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research Interest: understanding the impact of water quality on health among children in low-resource settings

 

Simone Wien

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  • Petter Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Epidemiology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: social epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, and reproductive and perinatal health.
Sophie Yount
Sophie Yount

Meet Sophie here.

  • Lundeen/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Molecular and Systems Pharmacology
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: to understand circuit-level control of decision-making. New knowledge could shed light on innate learning systems that are “hijacked” by drug abuse.
Noam Altman-Kurosaki

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  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: to understand the processes that drive coral reef decline and recovery.

 

Nolan Barrett
Nolan Barrett

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  • Wahlen/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Ocean Science and Engineering
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: marine natural products chemistry and chemical ecology
Kenneth De Jesus-Morales
Kenneth De Jesus-Morales

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  • Deede Stephenson ARCS Light Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: optimizing a bio-printed aortic heart valve model capable of regeneration and repair for the pediatric population.
Anjana Dissanayaka

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  • Northside Hospital Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: leveraging and applying microfluidic techniques to develop low-cost diagnostic devices. 
Hannah Holmes ARCS Foundation Georgia Tech
Hannah Holmes

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  • John and Mary Franklin Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: improving the efficiency of CO2 capture technologies using solid adsorbents in structured contractors.
Tawfik Hussein

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  • Boice Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: The mechanics of the heart, specifically, simulating computationally the mechanical changes in the heart of patients with heart failure to help predict early stages of heart failure.
KC Jacobson

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  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the neural mechanisms of impaired sensory processing in a human-relevant mouse model of autism spectrum disorder.
Kantwon Rogers
Kantwon Rogers

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  • BlackRock Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: artificial intelligence and robotics with a focus on investigating the influences that prosocial deception has on human-robot interaction.

Watch a presentation of Kantwon's research here.

Christopher Roper
Christopher Roper

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  • Dodson/Plummer Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Aerospace Engineering
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: plasma instabilities in high-speed plasma dynamic sources for propulsion.
Cassandra Shriver

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  • Chambers/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Quantitative Biosciences in Biological Sciences
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: comparative biomechanics, specifically mammalian climbing mechanics, with an emphasis on conservation applications.
Kevin Shu
Kevin Shu

Meet Kevin here.

  • Hardin/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: applying ideas from pure math, in particular algebraic geometry, to solve optimization problems more efficiently.
Eudorah Vital

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  • Burke Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: understanding the biophysical processes that underlie blood diseases/disorders and developing point-of-care diagnostics for them.
Tony Wang ARCS Foundation Georgia Tech
Tony Wang

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  • Dasher Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: to develop micro-robots to perform neurosurgery.
Naoki Yokoyama

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  • BlackRock Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Robotics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: training virtual robots within realistic simulators using deep reinforcement learning, and deploying them on robots in the real world.
Nathan Zavanelli

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  • Imlay Foundation Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: studying soft, skin-like electronics and sensors for wearable healthcare.

Justin Bromell

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  • Graves Award
  • Biology Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: cancer, virology, and genetic therapies.  Currently researching obesity as it relates to cancer.
Wisler Charles

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  • Easterly/Doyle Award
  • Biology Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: building the foundation for becoming a doctor in an effort to make things easier for the Black community.
Jordan Coney

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  • Jones/ARCS Award        
  • Physics Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: optical and electronic materials
Malik McRae
Malik McRae

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  • Glenn Leadership Award
  • Biology Major
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: developing a novel biomolecule delivery device
Christian "Chris" Moore

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  • Genuine Parts Award
  • Computer Science Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: Computer Science and Climate Change
Amani Talbert

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  • John and Mary Franklin Award
  • Chemistry Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research Interests: biochemistry, nuclear remediation, and computational chemistry.
Damico Waters

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  • Georgia-Pacific Award
  • Biology Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: neurodegenerative diseases, pluripotent stem cells, and regenerative biology
William Whitfield

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  • Davis Award
  • Biology Major
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: microbiology with an emphasis on the microbiome

Alyssa Baugh ARCS Foundation University of Georgia
Alyssa Baugh

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  • Sartain Lanier Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: genetically engineering bacteria to make biofuels. She hopes to do research on microbially-mediated bioremediation and bioproduction.
Jana Carpenter

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  • Olchowski/Potter Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Bio-Analytical Chemistry 
  • First Year ARCS Scholar 
  • Research interest: the relationship between bacterial metabolism and antibiotic resistance. 
Amanda Caulfield
Amanda Caulfield

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  • Henry/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Infectious Diseases
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: immunomodulation in Bordetella pertussis and identifying immune correlates of protection that will inform the development of improved vaccines against whooping cough.
Kendall Clay
Kendall Clay

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  • Boyd/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: neural regeneration, specifically, investigating how worms called planarians regenerate their complex nervous system after injury.
Katie Duval ARCS Foundation University of Georgia
Katherine "Katie" Duval

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  • Leake/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Genetics
  • Third Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: chromatin regulation in vertebrate development.
Christian Freeman
Christian Freeman

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  • Burtchaell Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Chemistry
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the effects of phospholipid composition on antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Morgane Golan
Morgane Golan

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  • Cooper/Mukharji Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Regenerative Medicine
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: studying and optimizing the therapeutic potential of neural stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles (NSC-EVs).
Reagan Haney

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  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: discovering the mechanism of action of a novel antimalarial and identifying and validating the molecular target(s) of this novel therapeutic.
Megan Meany
Megan Meany

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  • Jobe/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Genetics
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the molecular mechanisms underlying sex determination and gonad differentiation in the brown anole lizard.
Judith Reyes Ballista

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  • Northside Hospital Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Infectious Diseases
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the role of phospholipids in the entry and budding of RNA viruses.
Mariah Salcedo

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  • Herz Global Impact Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interests: neurodegenerative disease and computational biology.
Colleen Sedney

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  • Hinkle/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Infectious Diseases
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: host-pathogen interactions between infants and the bacteria responsible for whooping cough.
Matthew Treaster

Meet Matthew here.

  • Dick Award
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Genetics
  • First Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: the evolution of sex chromosomes and genetic sex determination using threespine stickleback fish.
Aarya Venkat
Aarya Venkat

Meet Aarya here.

  • Swensson/ARCS Award
  • Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Second Year ARCS Scholar
  • Research interest: glycoenzymology.  Aarya works on projects using bioinformatics and structural biology methods.