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Graduate Student (Ph.D. Candidate)

 

EmailRuffner.l@husky.neu.edu

 

Undergraduate Institution: Spelman College, Atlanta GA (2010-2014) – B.S. Biochemistry, Mathematics Minor

 

Research Interest(s): DNA Damage tolerance, Enzyme Catalysis, Superfamily and Structural Genomics Research.

 

Personal Interest(s): Reading, sports, shopping, video games, and spending time with my family.

 

How did you get interested in science?: My high school chemistry teacher (Mr. Demma) did crazy experiments to get our attention in our Honors Chemistry Class and I was hooked to chemistry ever since.

 

What are your future career goals?: Work at a cancer research institute such as National Cancer Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Broad Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, etc.

 

Conference Presentations:
During Undergraduate (Spelman College)
2014- Spelman College Research Day (2 Posters, 1 Oral)
2013- ACS Herty Conference (Georgia Section), Atlanta, GA (Poster)
2013- Royal Veterinary College- Arcadia University Summer Research Symposium, London, UK (Oral)
2013- Spelman College Research Day (2 Posters)
2013- Spring ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Poster)
2012- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, San Jose, CA (Poster)
2012- Boston University School of Medicine Summer Research Symposium, Boston , MA (Oral)
2012- Spelman College Research Day (Poster)

 

Awards:
During Undergraduate (Spelman College)
Research Initiation Award 2013-14
ASPIRE Researchers’ Program Award 2013-14
Spelman College Research Day 2013 (1st Place Chemistry Poster)
Spelman College Research Day 2012 (1st Place Chemistry Poster)
Spelman College Dewitt Dean’s Tuition Scholarship (August 2010- May 2014)