Andrea M. RochaPostdoctoral Scholar
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge, TN
Ethnicity: Mexican American/Chicano
MS PHD'S Cohort(s):
2005-2006 (Cohort 3)
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Andrea Rocha is a doctoral student in the department of civil & environmental engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) where she is studying Engineering Science. Andrea received her B.S. in Biology at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Texas her and M.S. in Ocean & Earth Sciences at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. As part of her doctoral research, Andrea is using an integrated computational biology and experimental approach to understand removal of metal contaminants by microorganisms, particularly the bacterium Shewanella. To help facilitate her studies, Andrea participated in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 2007 and 2008 Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) intern program where she used computational biology tools and programs to reconstruct metabolic pathways and understand transcriptional regulatory networks of Shewanella species. As a doctoral student, Andrea has received the Delores Auzzene Fellowship, GEM Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Schol arship for Doctoral Students, and FGLSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. In fall of 2008, Andrea received one of USF's Successful Latina Student Award.
In addition to her studies, Andrea participates in a number of science-based University and professional societies. She served two years as student representative on the board of directors for SACNAS, an organization dedicated to helping Latinos and Native Americans pursue graduate degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics. Through her participation with SACNAS, Andrea chaired and facilitated professional development sessions on surviving and succeeding in graduate school, served on the program committee, and student presentations committee. Currently, she serves on the membership and chapter committee for SACNAS. Andrea has been invited to participate as a panelist and speak in a number of conference and program sessions, including the GEM Grad-lab session, FLGAMP meeting, and USF SHPE student chapter meeting to speak about graduate school.
More About AndreaFormer Institutional Affiliation(s): PhD Institution
: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
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