Scientist Advisory Board
Ana Almeida, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cal State East Bay University
Dr. Almeida works in the area of the molecular mechanisms of plant development and evolution. She studies how form arises and evolves in nature. More broadly, she is interested in the molecular principals governing biological diversity, especially as it regards to development processes. She focus on studying morphological diversification in plants. Her lab uses next generation sequencing tools, as well as classical microscopy approaches, to understand how changes in development might contribute to the origin of new forms in nature.
Mohsina Asif, Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology
Mohsina Asif is a student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. After rigorous training under the guidance of the internationally experienced editor, Muhammad Hamza Waseem, she is currently serving as an Assistant Managing Director of Spectra Magazine, a science and engineering magazine of university. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, her interests include Physics, Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics), and Thermodynamics.
Samuel Guffey, M.Sc, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Lab Manager, Purdue University
Samuel Guffey was trained in marine science and oceanography as well as biology. He has worked on research problems in community ecology, animal physiology, molecular biology, fisheries, and toxicology. Most of his current projects focus on environmental science, fish biology, and natural resources. In general, his goal is to improve humanity’s understanding and use of aquatic resources. He has a passion for building partnerships with diverse groups to clarify and achieve shared goals.
Dr. Pascale Guiton, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences , California State University East Bay
Dr. Pascale S. Guiton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University East Bay. In addition to her teaching duties, she oversees a research program geared toward undergraduates and Master’s students that seeks to identify novel virulence determinants of Toxoplasma gondii. Dr. Guiton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University where she graduated summa cum laude. She then obtained her doctoral degree from Washington University in Saint Louis under the mentorships of Dr. Scott Hultgren and Dr. Michael Caparon. She then completed her postdoctoral studies here at Stanford University with Dr. John Boothroyd.
Kevin Ma, PhD Student, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
I’m a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studying antibiotic resistance in the lab of Yonatan Grad. A cornerstone of modern medicine, antibiotics are drugs used to eradicate bacterial infections and have saved hundreds of millions of lives since their discovery roughly one century ago. Their efficacy is threatened by the emergence of resistant pathogens that have evolved to become impervious to the killing effects of antibiotics. I study this evolutionary process using both computational and experimental approaches with the goals of precisely defining the genetic changes that lead to resistance and developing better diagnostics to preserve our current antibiotic arsenal.
Shehryar Malik, Undergraduate Student, Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology
Shehryar Malik is an undergraduate student of electrical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. His research interests lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, control systems, signal processing, embedded engineering, internet of things, big data, relativity and quantum mechanics. He is particularly passionate about interdisciplinary research. In the past, Shehryar has worked on several internet of things based projects aimed at designing smart home systems. Currently, he is involved in developing artificial intelligence based solutions for different problems. Shehryar also serves as an Associate Editor of his University's science magazine 'SPECTRA'. He is also interested in politics from an academic and philosophical perspective and enjoys participating in literary activities.
Boriana Marintcheva, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Bridgewater State University
Boriana Marintcheva received her B.S./M.S. degrees in Biochemistry andteaching Biology and Chemistry from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria and her Ph.D. from University of Connecticut-Health center, Farmington, Connecticut. Following graduate school she completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying bacteriophage T7 replication at Harvard Medical School. She joined the faculty of Bridgewater State University in the Fall of 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, where she currently teaches Introductory Biology, First Year Seminar, Cell Biology and Virology. Dr. Marintcheva's research interests focus on the biology of virus-host interactions using the T7/ E. coli model system. Knowledge about the specifics of virus-host interactions in different systems has allowed the development of measures aimed at diminishing the negative impact of viruses on human health, and using viruses for practical purposes such as biotechnology and drug delivery.
Sidra Tul Muntaha, Undergraduate Student, Metallurgy and Material Sciences, University of Engineering and Technology
Sidra Tul Muntaha is a 3rd year undergraduate student of Metallurgy and Materials Sciences at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. She has developed a keen interest in materials, nano technology and robotics. She is currently working as associate editor at Spectra Society which deals with reviewing of research work and has initiated a science magazine that encompasses a range of interesting topics. She has worked as an intern researcher in PCSIR on different scientific projects happening in Pakistan, partook in professional research regarding the mechanism of rusting in pipelines, and participated in the annual Google Science fair to produce highly effective solutions to many daily domestic water and sanitation issues faced by the masses. She is an active member of the ICE society where i provide my services of documentation.
Levante Pap, Ph.D Candidate, Chemistry Department, University of Wyoming
Levente is a passionate graduate student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He has extensive research experience in molecular nitrogen activation and organic phosphine-ligand synthesis. He was also working on the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor Quantum Dots (QDs). During this period, he was exploring the chiroptical and chirophotonic properties of these nanomaterials. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Eotvos Lorand, Hungary. Alongside his studies, he was working for the Research Institute for Medicinal Plants Ltd., where he was focusing on analytical method validations of alkaloids and flavonoids. He acquired a highly competitive Erasmus Scholarship in 2012, so he started his M.S. degree at the University of Leeds, UK. As a private tutor and teaching assistant he has been actively engaged with teaching, since 2007. Additionally, he is interested in reading, scientific writing and he has been continuously looking for new innovative research and business ideas.
Khanda Rasul, Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology
Khanda Rasul is in her junior year of Chemical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore,Pakistan. She was one of the editors of my school magazine in A'levels and it was there that she discovered her passion for editing. Recently, she had an internship at Spectra (an engineering and science magazine at my university), where she learned how to review research papers. Chemistry and life sciences have always interested her and what better way to combine them and to learn how to practically apply them than chemical engineering? In her free time, she likes to read books, watch movies and TV seasons, keep up with current affairs and learn as much as she can about outer space.