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Current Scholars

Dominique ParkerDominique Parker

I graduated from Towson University in December of 2015 with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. My interest in immunology is fairly new; after losing my grandfather to lung cancer I became interested in the convoluted interactions that occur within our immune system. I want to purse an MD/PhD so that I am able to obtain knowledge in research and apply it to the clinical field. I feel as though it is important to treat the whole human body and not just the problem.

During my time at Towson University, I conducted research in a pathogenesis lab. We focused on the innate immunity, specifically Tir A, using Dictyostelium discoideum I was fortunate enough to work at another lab at the University of Iowa. We aimed to study the effects of micro RNA’s on Multiple Myeloma in hopes of finding a novel therapeutic discovery.

Currently, I am a STAR-Post baccalaureate student in Dr. Davila’s lab conducting exciting research. Here I am able to combine immunology and oncology together by understanding how cancers are able to suppress our immune system. We are looking at the interactions that occur between myeloid derived suppressor cells and CD8+ T-cells. Although, I lack experience with the adaptive immunity, I am excited for the new knowledge that I have already begun to obtain and I will continue to do so.

My ultimate goal is to discover novel immunotherapies for a variety of cancers and diseases and I am able to get the knowledge that I need to do so here at The University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Kevin Harold Kevin Herold

I graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. There, I conducted research under Phyllis Robinson, PhD, and Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, where I worked to mathematically model the phototransduction pathway of the photopigment melanopsin. I then went to Towson University and completed my master’s degree. At Towson I worked under Elana Ehrlich, PhD, to determine how the Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus manipulates signaling pathways in the host to promote viral latency.

I am working under Margaret McCarthy, PhD, whose research is focused on the effects of hormones on sex differences in the developing brain. My current project is centered around determining the influence of kinases downstream of endocannabinoid receptors in the brain on cell proliferation.

I want to gain the research and academic experience necessary to be accepted into a neuroscience PhD program where I can study the link between abnormal cellular processes in the brain and brain diseases.

Hilary Bright Hilary Bright

I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in May 2016, with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Before attending UMBC, I was a part of the Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, located in Prince Georges County, MD. During my undergraduate career, I was part of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program and was also funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Currently, I am conducting research on the protein thymine-DNA glycosylase (TDG) in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Drohat. TDG is an enzyme that removes thymine from T:G mismatch pairs. Our lab is primarily focused on determining how TDG recognizes T:G mismatch pairs, and its likely role in epigenetic regulation.

After finishing my time at UMB, I plan to pursue a MD/PhD in Human Genetics.