Every Friday we'll highlight one BUILD Trainee from each of the Learning Communities -- 295, 395 and 495 -- so that you can get to know them better.
Research Interests: My interests include working in human research and seeing the direct impact that my research has. Specifically, I want to focus on improving injury prevention in strenuous professions through prescribing tailored exercises.
Personal Interests: My personal interests include coming up with plotlines for short stories and character designing using digital technology. Additionally, an interest I have for the future is to travel around the world to see the most beautiful sceneries.
Favorite Scientist: I feel that all scientists are amazing in their own right in the way that they have broken preconceived notions with no previous guidelines to follow.
Fun Fact: I have traveled to another country by myself at the age of 12, and have visited over 15 states in my life so far.
Year One Scholar
Major: General Biology
Hails From: Fountain Valley, Calif.
Research Interests: Studying physiology with the brain and how the body responds.
Personal Interests: Hiking, trying new food places, reading books
Favorite Scientist: Sir Alexander Flemming
Fun Fact: One of my bucket list items is to travel outside the atmosphere and have fun in zero gravity.
Martina K. Hollearn
Year Two Scholar
Hails From: Budapest, Hungary
Research Interests: I am interested in researching memory exacerbations with normal and pathological aging. More specifically, comparing healthy elderly with elderly who show symptoms of mild cognitive impairment to find a stable, universal biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease. Collaborating with laboratories that use animal models of Alzheimer's Disease, it is possible to provide a more broad understanding of the disease. In my future career as a researcher, I am determined to examine how memory dysfunctions due to cellular loss can be reversed with biochemical and physiological manipulations of neurogenesis and/or engineering techniques to implant memory chips that can replace the damaged cells.
Personal Interests: As funny as nerdy as it sounds, but research is my main personal interest. In my free time I also like to read, paint, go hiking, and watch TED talks.
Favorite Scientist: My CSULB mentor, Dr. James Miles.
Fun Fact: I can learn pretty much anything except dancing. I am a terribly goofy dancer.