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McNair Scholars


Adriana Alexander


      Adriana Alexander is anticipating graduation summa cum laude in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After completion of her undergraduate degrees, Adriana is interested in pursuing a doctoral program in biomedicine with a focus in developmental and stem cell biology. Adriana is predominately interested in medical research involving developmental genetics, gene regulation, and human disease.  Specifically, Adriana is fascinated by genetic and environmental mechanisms of germline development, the molecular basis of stem cell self-renewal, organogenesis and patterning during development, neural stem cells and embryonic cortical development, and CNS development and disease.

     Adriana is a first generation, low-income minority student who understands the importance of serving the community. Adriana is proud to be a Diversity Scholar and as part of that program to have completed 100 hours of community service volunteering at Asante Ashland Community Hospital and coaching a high school water polo team. Adriana’s undergraduate education has been supported by the Sherm & Wanda Olsrud Endowed Scholarship, Ralph and Mary Herbold Scholarship, Robert R. Robinson Memorial Biology Scholarship, Soroptimist International of Ashland Grant-in-Aid/Scholarship, AAUW, Medford Branch Scholarship, Great Lakes Scholarship for STEM Majors, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) University Scholarship, First Generation Scholarship from CSUN Alumni Association, Honors at Entrance Scholarship from CSUN, and Emblem Club at the Elk’s Lodge Academic Excellence Achievement Award. Adriana is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Oregon Academy of Science, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

      Adriana’s passion for serving others, in addition to conducting research, fuels her motivation for earning a doctoral degree. Upon completion of a doctoral program, Adriana hopes to apply her post-baccalaureate education in service of others as a medical scientist in developmental biology.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Oline, Associate Professor of Biology

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