Gita Annam

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Hey! I am from San Jose, CA and I am currently a junior at UAB.  I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish.  I plan on going to physician assistant (PA) school after I graduate and hopefully start working soon after that.  When I am not stressing out about school during the year I love painting or drawing or pretty much doing anything arts and crafts related.  I also love watching TV shows and movies.  I love nature as well and that is why I extremely excited about the outpace program.  I cannot wait to work with plants and learn about them.  Through this course I also hope to gain research skills that I can apply later on in the future.


Jeanju Lee

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I am a pre-dental, Biology student with minors in Chemistry and French, and I will be attending my third year at UAB in the upcoming semester. I am originally from South Korea, but I have lived in Birmingham for more than half of my life now. As a result, I am bilingual with South Korean and English under my belt, and hopefully I can become trilingual with French! I have tried most arts and crafts activities to do with string including (but not limited to) cross-stitching, crocheting, making gimp bracelets, and friendship bracelets. As a Biology major, I think it is important to participate in research as well as experience as many fields in Biology as I can before I graduate. Through OUTPACE, I would like to broaden my horizons and spend my summer meaningfully, and come out with a new perspective about the plant-life around me.



Katrina Sahawneh

katrine outpace16.jpgI am a senior Biology major and Art Studio minor at UAB. I have always loved plants, and drawing flowers is what first got me interested in biology. UAB is a really good school, and because its emphasis is on the medical field, the classes emphasize the animal/medical side of everything. So I loved the rare chance to learn more about plants in Dr. Mukhtar’s Plant Biology course last spring, and I hope to learn even more about plants and their pathogens during OUTPACE, and put into practice the ideas I’ve been learning about.



Lana Sobol

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I am a student here at UAB majoring in Art and minoring in Chemistry. My goal is to go on to medical school and become a surgeon. In addition to my love for art and science I am very passionate about ballroom dancing. I am currently training to become a ballroom dance instructor at Champion Latin & Ballroom Studio. I believe that the OUTPACE program will allow me to learn new research techniques and teach more about about plant immune systems and pathogens. All in all, I hope this program will fulfill my research and art endeavors, as I am very inspired by plants and love to draw them.



Kaval Patel
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I am a sophomore at UAB majoring in Neuroscience. I was born in India and moved here in the 6th grade. I joined outpace to broaden my understanding of plants and their diseases. I think that plant biology is an under appreciated field that is vital to our society. By doing OUTPACE, I hope to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for plant pathology. Fun fact: I once spilled 12M HCl on my ungloved hands…





Kimberly Grace

kimberly grace.jpegHello!  I am currently double majoring in Biology and Applied Mathematics with a minor in Environmental Science at UAB.  I am extremely interested in the environment, and am excited to learn how plants react to to pathogens.  Learning this will help me understand a piece in a giant network of living organisms.





Sara Langston

sara l.jpgHey guys! My name is Sara Langston and I’m a senior at here at UAB. I’m majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. My career goal is to attend dental school at UAB and then to specialize in orthodontics. I hope that I’ll gain more confidence using lab equipment, and knowledge on procedures, as well as getting to know my fellow UAB classmates!








Alex McArdle

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My name is Alex McArdle and I am a neuroscience and anthropology student here at UAB. I really enjoy traveling, and spend most of my free time outside hiking. My absolute favorite place to be is the tropical rainforest. I’ve been fortunate enough to explore the Peruvian Amazon and various rainforests of Costa Rica. These experiences have peaked my interests in plants and ethnobotany. Since OUTPACE offers unique hands on research with plants, I was eager to be a part of it. I hope that it will help me achieve a greater understanding of the scientific study of plants and the lab techniques that come along with it. I am very excited for the rest of the program!



Karl Pruitt

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.31.37 PM.pngHello everyone my name is Karl Anthony Pruitt Jr. I am a sophomore at Lawson State Community College. I am a biology Pre-Med major who is aspiring to become an orthopedic spinal surgeon. The world of science excites me and my level of enjoyment for any and everything science related has no limits.  I love the farm life trucks, tractors, and everything that comes with it.  Through this program, I hope to gain a more in-depth grasp of the world of science and gain the necessary tools that will prepare for my future road ahead moving towards becoming an orthopedic spinal surgeon.




Jakara BrownJakara Brown

I am a native of Mobile, AL but I currently attend UAB. I am a senior Biology/pre-med major here with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I hope to gain greater knowledge as it pertains to research, specifically plant research. I believe that the OUTPACE Program will assist me in attaining this knowledge.






Ryan Tillman

Ryan Tillman 

I am from Lillian, Alabama, and I am a sophomore at UAB. I am majoring in molecular biology, and plan on a career in either genetics or pathology after college. By being part of the OUTPACE program, I hope to gain a better understanding of pathogens and the immune defenses of plants.





Nicole Lassiter

Nicole Lassiter 

Hi! I am a pre-medicine student majoring in English and Spanish. I plan to practice medicine and author stories and poetry in both languages. I have many interests including music, culture, traveling, and learning. By participating in OUTPACE program, I hope to gain experience in research, practice communicating scientific ideas to others, collaborate with fellow scientists, and make lasting contributions to my community.




Iba Iyegha

I’m from Prattville, AL, and I just graduated from UAB with a B.S. degree in Biology. I plan on going to Medical School in 2016. Even though plant pathology doesn’t fall under my chosen career path, I developed a greater appreciation for plants in Dr. Mukhtar’s plant biology course and hope to learn even more about the fascinating topic through hands on experience.





Johnathan Mitchell

Johnathan Mitchell

I am currently a junior biology major at UAB. I am from Huntsville, AL where I attended Bob Jones High School. I plan on pursuing a MD/PhD degree upon the completion of receiving my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I hope to learn more about plant pathology, and to see how their responses differs from humans when fighting off diseases.

Ashley Bridgmon

Ashley Bridgmon

I am a senior at UAB majoring in biology, with minors in chemistry, psychology, and Spanish. While studying in this program, I look forward to learning new lab techniques while also putting to use what I already know. I am also eager to learn more about the different types of plant pathogens, and how they affect plants differently.





Rajan Patel

Rajan Patel

I am a senior biology major and chemistry minor at UAB. After I graduate, I plan to become a genetic counselor. I like to play around with new technology and fix computers as a side business. I hope to achieve a better understanding about how plant pathology works and maybe someday it will help me with my own garden in the future.








Andrew Sunwood

Andrew Sunwood 

I’m a sophomore Biology major at UAB.  I love music, playing soccer, and doing really random things. By participating in the OUTPACE program, I hope to learn more about plants – as of now, I only know how to eat them.





Ciara Duncan

Ciara Duncan 

I’m a senior at UAB majoring in Biology. I joined the Outpace program to learn more about the plant kingdom and how they interact with and fight off pathogens as well as to gain valuable knowledge in a research lab setting.









Amir Ahmed

I’m a freshman majoring in Biomedical Sciences here at UAB. I’m from Madison, Alabama which is a city where you could drive by a field of cows and a research institute just on the way to school. When I’m not studying, I’m hanging out with my friends or reading. I love to play basketball and soccer. I hope, through the OUTPACE program, that I can gain a more complete understanding of how diseases attack plants and of how plants fight back against them. I also hope to gain practical experience and become more proficient in my lab skills through the program.





chris Chris Szlenk

I am a junior/senior studying chemistry with a biochemistry focus. I enjoy spending time outdoors and being active whenever I’m not studying. I would like to gain a better understanding of plants and how to spot diseases and what can be done to prevent them. Also I’m very interested in learning about the signaling pathways and receptors involved in these processes.

Jess Eddington jess edding

I’m a senior at UAB majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. I’m one of five children born in Birmingham, Al. I played basketball and soccer growing up and was in choir for most of my life. Currently, I am working for Dr. Austad’s lab doing mice and hydra husbandry work. I hope to earn my way into the biology graduate program after I graduate. Through OUTPACE, I hope to gain experience working with plants and become a better gardener.









Audrey Murphy

I am a senior Biology major at UAB, and I am excited to participate in this internship to learn about lab techniques and complete a project that involves the surrounding community.



Darion Alexander

I am a junior at Miles College, majoring in Biology Pre-med. I am very excited to be apart of the OUTPACE program and I’m eager to learn about the ins and outs of plants and their diseases.




Brenna Terry

I am a senior biology major with an interest in plant science. I would like to earn a PhD in plant biology and am participating in OUTPACE to discover more about plant pathology, a possible research field for my degree.






Alison Johnston

I’m a Miles College graduate class of 2014. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree and I’m aspiring to be a physical therapist. I enjoy learning new concepts and meeting different people.





Cody Williams

I am currently an undergraduate senior at UAB majoring in Biology. I joined the OUTPACE program due to its emphasis on microbiology, pathogens, and lab research, all of which are engaging to me. I plan to take the skills that I learn from this program and be able to apply them in a future career.


Maggie McCormack

I’m a senior at UAB majoring in Molecular Biology with specific interests in plant biology and pathology. I joined OUTPACE to further my skills in microbial and genetic research.