Current MARC Students
Robert Altamirano, Psychology Major
Mentor: Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez
Robert Altamirano will earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in spring of 2016. During the summer of 2014, he was selected as a scholar for the Minority Access to Research Center’s program, which aims to represent exemplary students pursuing doctoral level careers in the sciences. He was also an active participant in the Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES) Summer Research Training Program (SRTP), which helps undergraduates obtain a solid foundation for successful scientific research. Robert began his research under the guidance of Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez studying stress and its depressive effects on the neuropeptide hypocretin. He also exhibits excellent leadership skills as a member of the California State University Chapter of SACNAS or the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Upon graduation he hopes to continue his research in a doctoral program for behavioral neuroscience.
Cristal Lopez, Psychology Major
Mentor: Dr. Heike Mahler
Cristal Lopez will earn her bachelor's degree in psychology in spring 2016. In the summer of 2014, Cristal was selected as a scholar for the Minority Access to Research Careers program that attracts some of the top students in the country to doctoral level careers in the sciences. In spring 2014, Cristal began research under the mentorship of Dr. Heike Mahler at California State University of San Marcos, studying the effects of intergroup/intragroup discrimination on health within Latinos. During the summer of 2014, Cristal began as a research assistant at the University of California San Diego under the mentorship of Dr. Mahler. Cristal demonstrates her exemplary leadership skills as a member of the Psychology Student Organization held at California State University of San Marcos. Cristal was awarded membership into the Psi Chi International Honors Society for Psychology in spring 2014. Currently, she is working on her own research project with Dr. Heike Mahler examining the efficacy of a social norms-based sexual assault prevention intervention. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cristal plans to attend a Ph.D. program in the fall of 2016.
Cindy Barba, Biology Major
Mentor: Dr. Julie Jameson
Yesenia Cabrera, Biology Major
Mentor: Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez
Hector Galvez, Biology Major
Mentor: Dr. James Jancovich
Hector Galvez is a junior at California State University San Marcos where he is working on his BS in Biology with a concentration in molecular cell biology and a minor in Chemistry. After a mediocre start at a California community college, Hector has shown significant improvement after transferring and has been awarded the Deans List every semester since. In the fall of 2013, he became a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation scholar. In the summer of 2014, Hector was 1 of 5 students selected as a scholar for the Minority Access to Research Careers program which brings together the highest performing students in the nation and grooms them for graduate schools and careers as research scientists. In the summer of 2014, he participated in the Summer Research Training Program, and has begun reviewing the literature for work in Dr. Jancovich’s research lab. In the fall of 2014, Hector will begin working with Dr. Jancovich, where he will conduct research on Ranavirus, a double-stranded DNA virus that effects amphibians, fish, and reptiles. The lab focuses on further understanding of the genomics, and host-pathogen interactions. He is expected to graduate in the spring of 2016, and go on to pursue a PhD in a molecular cell related study. Hector’s interests include cancer biology and biological statistics.