MICRO Participants

Academic Year '21-'22

We invite you to get to know the MICRO participants from the '21-'22 academic year.  

Anastacia De Gorostiza

Hello! My name is Anastacia De Gorostiza, and I am a third-year studying chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In my free time, I love to hike, and my current goal is to hit as many national parks as I can this year! Currently, my research interests lie in photovoltaics and photonics. In the future, I would love to continue pursuing a career in material science research through graduate studies.









Eyobel Haile

Hello! my name is Eyobel Haile and I'm a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at Virginia Tech. Some of my biggest hobbies have always been making things with my hands like woodwork with the CNC mill or CAD prototyping and 3D printing. Once I got my own 3D printer and got to play with it for a bit, I fell in love with its process and wanted to learn more about it. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to explore metallurgy in additive manufacturing, a subject that includes both my passions and hobbies, with very knowledgeable top-of-their-field researchers thanks to MICRO. Since material science is a field I always thought fascinating and maybe a possible career for me to pursue, this program is very helpful in making sure not only that I get a proper introduction into the discipline but also a possibility of establishing a good relationship with a very prominent department that I always dreamt of being a part of.  




Nicholas Layman

I am a math major interested in eventually working on climate change. I have had a few math-focused research projects in the past in various areas of discrete math but these have all been very theoretical. Over the last year I've wanted to do more application-based research and the MICROprogram is my first real chance to do that. Right now I'm working in Dr. Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli's lab with graduate student Somesh Mohapatra on improving the coding side of affinity selection - tandem mass spectrometry, a process heavily used in drug discovery. We're trying to improve the current program's false positivity rate for identifying potential candidates for drug applications. My future goals include getting a PhD and eventually working on climate change in some form. 




Tobi Majekodunmi

Tobi Majekodunmi is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). At UMBC, he is a part of the 31st cohort of Meyerhoff Scholars, and an active member in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). This fall, he is working with Prof. John Hart to model carbon-nanotube-based solid-state batteries for Lamborghini’s electric vehicle. In the future, he plans to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering. He intends to research energy storage solutions for renewables to reduce the global dependence on fossil fuels and ensure a sustainable world for future generations. Furthermore, Tobi aspires to integrate these solutions into society through academic entrepreneurship, which lies at the crossroads between academia and industry. In his free time, Tobi enjoys reading, skateboarding, and singing in UMBC’s gospel choir.







Rachel Myers

Rachel Myers is an undergraduate Biochemical Engineering major, Meyerhoff Scholar (M’31), HHMI Research Scholar, and NIGMS/NIH U-RISE Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (class of 2023). This fall, Rachel is working with Dr. Joelle Straehla in Dr. Paula Hammond’s lab to use nanoPRISM to identify the genomic determinants of nanoparticle trafficking in cells. These determinants can potentially allow for the efficient and specialized design of nanotherapeutics for specific diseases. In the future, Rachel intends to pursue her PhD in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in drug delivery and nanotechnology. Her research interests include the use of nanoparticles as drug delivery therapeutics for breast cancer and other chronic diseases. In her free time, Rachel enjoys watercolor painting, reading, visiting the countryside, and playing with her Pomeranian dog.








Joshua Chaj Ulloa

Joshua Chaj Ulloa is a First-Generation Hispanic Junior Chemical Engineering major at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His mother and father immigrated from Central America seeking to provide their children with a better opportunity to succeed in life. Joshua currently serves as President for the UTSA Biomedical Engineering Society Chapter, and Vice President of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers Society Chapter. As well is a UTSA ESTEEMED Scholar, RISE Scholar, IES Educational Pathways Fellow, Texas Civic Ambassador, National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, and a National Barry Goldwater Scholar. At UTSA he conducts biomedical research on the detection of cardiac biomarker using photonic biosensor technology He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. focused on Biomedical Engineering aiding in diminishing the detrimental effects of diseases in patients worldwide. While also aiding in furthering First-Generation student's opportunity presented in K-12 public education to pursue higher education specifically in the STEM Field. I love to read books on philosophy, go hiking, binge new shows, and walk my dog, Snoopy!​