BLaST

2016-2017 BLaST Scholars

Ethan Blevins
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: My research interests lie within biomedicine and clinical pathology.
Personal Interests: Basketball, hiking, computers, photography
Email: esblevins@alaska.edu

Gabriel Cartagena
Major: Psychology
Research Interests: As a researcher, I am focused on combining biomedical, psychological, and public health disciplines to develop a larger context of the wellness of an individual and their community. I have experience with chronic illness, substance use, psychosocial research with young children, and work with HIV/AIDS survivorship. I am most interested in community psychology with relation to the facets of substance addiction as well as the experiences of chronic illness. I am currently developing an interdisciplinary research project using Photovoice with individuals living with HIV/AIDS in rural South Africa.
Personal Interests: If I am not studying, I love volunteering, mountain climbing, biking, reading, kayaking, baseball and distance running.
Email: gcartagena@alaska.edu

Miyah Chingliak
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Neuroscience
Personal Interests: Reading, watching TV shows, playing board games, listening to music, and hanging out with my mom and dogs.
Email: mechingliak@alaska.edu

Christina Edwin
Major: Rural Development
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Email: cmedwin@alaska.edu

Janelle Feller
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I am still exploring to find out what kind of research interests me.
Personal Interests: I like doing schoolwork and watching Netflix.
Email: jafeller@alaska.edu

Kendrick Hautala
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I intend to graduate with at least a bachelors degree and learn as much as I can scientifically while working with and researching animals that have had large cultural influences on me while growing up, like caribou, moose, and other small game. I have this drive to learn what is going on and be able to share with others that make decisions to manage and protect these valuable resources of the Yup'ik people on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Personal Interests: I love to be outdoors hiking getting fresh air, subsistence hunting and fishing, and trapping. I enjoy learning new things around me. I like to make others happy in ways that are both easy and challenging.
Email: kahautala@alaska.edu

Elizabeth Himschoot
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I am interested in researching wildlife populations and pathology. Through research I have done I know it is hard to ask the right questions to figure out which events in an animal's life are important. I would like to study population dynamics within a species and between species in order to get some structure. From there understanding common pathogens and how they are transmitted will help set up a baseline for future research, to better identify abnormalities.
Personal Interests: I love animals, and plan to attend Veterinary School. I am an active member of the UAF Pre-Veterinary Club, spend a few hours every week volunteering at the local animal shelter, and volunteer at low income spay and neuter programs. I also enjoy photography and baking which I tie into my love of animals by taking nature photographs and attempting to make sweets that look like various animals.
Email: eahimschoot@alaska.edu

Jimin Kim
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Anything involving the med field!
Personal Interests: I enjoy playing just about any sport! Tennis, badminton, and table tennis are some of my favorites. I also like playing video games with friends!
Email: jkim96@alaska.edu

Jesse Klejka
Major: Biological Sciences
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Email: jjklejka@alaska.edu

Brandon Kowalski
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Currently researching phytoremediation of diesel contaminated soils. I am also very interested in human health research as well as research in exercise physiology.
Personal Interests: I love to ride bikes and play guitar in my free time! After graduation I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in biology or exercise science.
Email: bkowalski@alaska.edu

Laura Kromrey
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I have a passion for human health and wellness. My goal is to get a BS in Biology and then continue on to a physical therapy program. Ultimately, I want to help educate and inspire people to live healthy, active lives.
Personal Interests: I enjoy being active and preferably outdoors whether it's hiking, trail running, camping, or skiing. Some of my other hobbies include reading, writing, and photography.
Email: lrkromrey@alaska.edu

Tandi Marth
Major: Psychology and Biology, emphasis in Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Research Interests: Biological and behavioral areas of mania, depression and anxiety-related cognitive deficits.
Personal Interests: Reading science fiction, painting, snowboarding, and spending quality time being a mother to my two young children, and spending time with my husband.
Email: temarth@alaska.edu

Abigail Moran
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I am interested in cardiovascular health, virology, and cancer research. I previously worked on an Alaska Caregiver Assessment Survey: Assessing the Strengths and Needs of our Alaska Informal Caregiver with Dr. Ellen Lopez. I am currently working with graduate student Stephanie DeRonde to sequence Hepatitis C and Hepatitis G.
Personal Interests: I enjoy volunteering, painting, poetry and ice skating.
Email: ammoran2@alaska.edu

Ava Parrish
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: I am currently exploring different research options. I am very interested in researching biomedical topics relating to female reproductive and other health issues.
Personal Interests: Outside of school, I enjoy staying active in the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, camping, boating, and ocean swimming. Swimming is one of my passions, and I am excited to be a member of UAF's women's team this year.
Email: aparrish3@alaska.edu

Viktorija Podlutskaya
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: DNA repair following genotoxic treatment
Personal Interests: Working out, reading, sudoku, cooking/baking, spending time with family/friends, traveling
Email: vpodlutskaya@alaska.edu

Charlette Price
Major: Biological Sciences
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Email: cmosess1@alaska.edu

Olivia Rhines
Major: Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration)
Research Interests: I am interested in oxidative stress and its involvement in a wide array of central nervous system pathologies. Currently, I am working on the synthesis of a sterol probe for use in studies on reactive oxygen species production.
Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, crocheting, playing the violin, spending time with my dog, and video gaming.
Email: orrhines@alaska.edu

Vanessa Santana-Miranda
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Animal health including for example aging, physiological adaptations to northern climates, hibernation and hematology
Personal Interests: Running, biking, canoeing, playing the drums
Email: vtsantana@alaska.edu

Thorne Varier
Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Neurosurgery, Neurotoxicology, Neuroscience, Neurology
Personal Interests: I am an avid reader, a dedicated stargazer, and an enthusiastic music lover.
Email: thornevarier@gmail.com

Katrina Watson
Major: Biological Sciences
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Email: kjwatson3@alaska.edu

Past BLaST Scholars

2015-2016