Student Profile

Hilda Merino-Chavez

Hilda Merino Chavez has a bachelor’s degree in medicine from Ecuador. She came to UCF to have the opportunity for research experience. Her thesis work involved research into solutions to the side effects of the chemotherapeutic drug Doxorubicin using embryonic and induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells. Doxorubicin is an effective drug to treat a wide variety of cancer types among them leukemia, however, the side effects such as cardio vascular problems with cardiac cell death has put the drug’s use on hold. Her research found that after transplantation of stem cells into an animal model of doxorubicin induced heart failure there was an improvement of cell survival and cardiac function. During her time at UCF, Chavez had two papers published, and from her thesis work she is working to publish 1-2 in the upcoming months. Chavez completed her master’s degree in Fall 2012. Her master’s thesis work won the 2013 College of Medicine Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award and the Burnett School of Biomedical Science Sixth Annual Graduate Student Symposium Maya Singla award in 2011. She is now studying to get her medical license in the United States.

Sudesh Sagramsingh

Sudesh Sagramsingh earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at UCF in 2014 following a bachelor’s in Biosciences and a master's specialization in Biotechnology at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) India. He appreciates that the Biomedical Sciences program gave him the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with the professors. In addition, to being accomplished scientists and researchers in their respective fields, the faculty showed immense care and concern for the all-round development of the students. While at UCF, Sagramsingh worked closely with Saleh Naser, PhD, and published a review article in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, entitled “Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis causes Crohn's disease in some inflammatory bowel disease patients.” 

Sagramsingh enjoyed the academic rigor of the Biomedical Sciences program and the ambience of the university as a whole. He also appreciated the continuous advice and guidance of the faculty and support staff. In addition to Dr. Naser who served as an inspirational mentor, Lisa Vaughn - the Senior Admissions Specialist - went “above and beyond” to help him succeed, providing words of wisdom and reassurance.

Currently, Sagramsingh is active in providing social services in his local community such as feeding the homeless, participating in free medical camps, and volunteering at the Florida Hospital. He is in the process of becoming a more competitive applicant for medical school.

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