Morinne Osborne

Morinne Osborne is a Biology major Spanish minor from Portland, Oregon and will be graduating in the spring of 2018.   During this past school year, Morinne participated in the SEA-PHAGES program where she studied bacteriophages and garnered lab experience as well as useful lab techniques.  She has presented her bacteriophage research that she conducted during her freshman year at Howard University’s Research Day, the SEA-PHAGES symposium at Howard Hughes Janelia research campus, and this coming November will be traveling to Seattle, WA to present at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  During the summer of 2015, she went to Louisville, KY to attend the Summer Medical Dental Education Program that was held at the University of Louisville.  While in Louisville, she learned elevated biology as well as chemistry courses while shadowing doctors at various nearby hospitals.  In addition to working with the Cobb Lab, she serves as one of the Undergraduate Assistants for the PHAGES lab, which is sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  In this lab, she works with freshman to study bacteriophages that have been isolated from various soil samples on Howard’s campus.  She was also part of the executive board for Meccathon, which is a dance marathon that raises money for Children’s National Hospital.  She serves as one of the Assistant Site Managers for an afterschool program sponsored by Jewels Incorporated, which is a mentoring organization that services girls in the DC area.  In addition to her other extracurricular activities, she also works at a nearby church to teach parishoners the fundamental concepts of Spanish. After graduation, Morinne hopes to obtain her MD and pursue a career in working for Doctors Without Borders as a plastic surgeon.

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Sierra Williams

Sierra Williams recently graduated from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine with a minor in Psychology May 9, 2015.  After graduation, Sierra has been assisting with research projects in the lab and working in Washington, DC.  One of her ultimate goals consists of becoming a physician in the near. Some of her areas of interest are physical medicine and rehabilitation. Sierra plans to gain more clinical and research experience that will prepare her for matriculation into medical school. As a member of the Cobb Research Lab, Sierra has various roles and responsibilities. She has been able to work on different projects such as archiving documents and working with visiting researchers. Sierra is also a member of the publications committee.  Sierra has also carried the role as a peer mentor with the Cobb Research lab. She was able to provide insight and guidance as student volunteers explore the lives of the individuals that have come before us.  Most recently, Sierra has been assisting with extracting DNA from the Cobb Collection. All of the experiences that she has had thus far have contributed to an upcoming research project that she will have the opportunity to present and publish.

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Ghafona Iduwe

Ghafona Iduwe is a student athlete junior biology major chemistry minor from Dallas Texas. He currently plays defensive end for Howard University football team. He is the first-born American in his family, and aspires to become a pharmacist. The road Ghafona plans to take in becoming a pharmacist will take him to graduate school to get his master’s degree in public health. His end goal is to own a holistic pharmacy, which provides affordable alternative medicine and promote a healthier well being, along with making polices to make this the norm. 

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Breon Wise

Breon Wise is a Senior, Biology major at Howard University from New Orleans, Louisiana. At Howard University, Breon was a member of the Howard University Varsity Softball Team. In addition, Breon participates in organizations such as the Pre-Dental Society, the Louisiana Club, the Community Development Association, and more. Breon, being very committed to the education of the youth, volunteers at local schools to further the education of children. Breon is currently on the road to becoming a dentist, helping people of lower income obtained adequate dental care.  

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Alexis Payne

Alexis Payne (alexis.payne621@gmail.com) recently received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Howard University this past May.  With goals of becoming a general dentist, Alexis has been taking classes as a non-degree seeking graduate student in Howard University's Department of Anatomy in preparation for dental school. Her dream is to continue her educational career at Howard and receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from their College of Dentistry.  
Within the Cobb Research Lab, Alexis serves as our Fundraising Chair, advocating to build our scholarship fund for all of our research assistance and volunteers. Alexis’ research explores new innovative ways to extract ancient DNA from our four centuries of raw material here within the Cobb Research Lab. Her interest in dentistry has helped spark our first dental analysis of Dr. W Montague Cobb’s Collection allowing insight to DNA sequencing of the entire collection as well as oral microbiome analysis. Currently, Alexis has been working diligently in hopes of getting her first publication of her research thus far with the Cobb Research Lab.

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A'Brea Penn

 A'Brea J. Penn is a Transfer Junior biology major, chemistry minor, from Philadelphia, PA. I transferred from Tuskegee university. In the past she has participated in the St. Christopher's hospital for Children Shadowing program, where  she got the opportunity to working hand on with patients. She has also completed the St.Joseph University Future Doc's Program, where  she worked hand on with St. Joseph's medical students. After Graduating from Howard University, she plans on obtaining my M.D/Ph.D and conducting research on Sickle Cell Anemia.

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Jayla Harvey

Ms. Jayla Harvey (jayharvey27@gmail.com) is currently a third year Biology student at Howard University. From Plainfield, NJ, and she received her high school diploma from Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, NJ.  Her research work includes studies in bacterial viruses with PHAGES at Howard University, neuroanatomical development process and plasticity in primates infected with SIV and afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at Howard University College of Medicine, and investigating genetic evidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the  Cobb Collection. She has also interned with the "Do One Thing" campaign in Philadelphia, PA, an outreach program testing for and spreading awareness for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.  She has also spent a year volunteering at Howard University Hospital in the respiratory department.  Jayla has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the honors biology laboratory (PHAGES) for the past two years and a research mentor for those students.  She is a member of Beta Kappa Chi, a national scientific honors society, National Institute of Science and Sigma Alpha Phi, a national leadership society.  Furthermore, she is an active participant in the Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Program and is listed as a co-Author on ‘Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity,’ published in eLife.  Ms. Harvey plans on pursuing a PhD. in Neuroscience after receiving her Bachelors Degree in 2016.

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Cameron Clarke

Mr. Cameron Clarke (cdclarke930@gmail.com) is a sophomore biology and community health double major from Jersey City, New Jersey. In addition to working in the Cobb Lab, he serves as the co-coordinator of Peer Health Exchange at Howard University, where he oversees 30 other students in teaching health education to local DC high school students. This past year, he served as the Health and Wellness Specialist for the Howard University Student Association, where he helped facilitate the installation of purified water fountains throughout the school. He was elected as a Senator to represent the college of Arts and Sciences in the HUSA Senate for the 2015-2016 academic year. He has interned at the Columbia School of Public Health, under Dr. David Bell, also working at the Young Men’s Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Last year, he was on the team that competed and received honors at the DC Regional Public Health Case Challenge for their presentation. This past spring break, he traveled to the Grand Canyon as part of a team that investigated disparities in representation at the national parks for the National Park Service. He also traveled to Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia as part of the GEAR UP research program in summer 2015. After graduation, Cameron hopes to obtain his MD and MPH, and pursue a career working in public health research and outreach.

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