2010 Scholars

Roya Zamani

Roya Zamani

Albert and Ethel Herzstein UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2014
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biochemistry
Minors: Chemistry, Spanish
High School: Michael E. DeBakey High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

Spotlight: Exploring Medical Research

About Me

I love facing academic challenges as they always push me forward. Meeting new people of different cultures and backgrounds is one of the things I enjoy the most at UH.

Campus and Community Involvement

I have spent a good amount of time since middle school volunteering as a counselor at Camp M.I. Way, a camp for multiply impaired students. This experience has done a great deal in shaping my career goals and aspirations, since the students I’ve worked with have taught me so much more about life than I can even hope to return.

Awards and Honors

I have been a Houston – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) Scholar since Fall 2010. Through H-LSAMP and the Scholar Enrichment Program, I am currently an Assistant Facilitator for an organic chemistry workshop.

Study Abroad

I am currently aiming to get a minor in Spanish for two reasons – (1) I love the language and the culture associated with it and (2) to be multilingual would undoubtedly be beneficial in any career. Taking advantage of the study abroad option offered by the Tier One Scholars program is high on my to-do list as an undergraduate. Though I would love to visit Spain to help develop my Spanish-speaking skills, I have been looking more specifically into research abroad opportunities in Scandinavia. What really draws me to this unique experience is the fact that I will be able to immerse myself in a new culture, meet new people, and broaden my world-view, all while doing something I am passionate about.

Research

I have been involved in research since my freshman year when I joined a genetics lab at Baylor College of Medicine in Spring 2011. Our project aims to better understand the many mechanisms by which genes affect adiposity in humans. The ultimate goal is to design drugs for the medical treatment of genetically-linked obesity.

I switched disciplines in Summer 2012 when I joined Dr. Carla Sharp’s Developmental Psychopathology Lab in the Department of Psychology as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. I am currently involved in a pilot study focusing on analyzing nonverbal cues in the context of a social interactive trust game, ultimately aiming to develop measures for the early identification of borderline personality disorder.

Future Endeavors

My aim in life is to pursue a career in medicine. Though I like keeping an open mind as to what specific field I would like to enter, pediatric neurology has recently grabbed my attention as my main interests lie in social cognition and cognitive neurology. With the research I have conducted since my freshman year, I have been looking more into M.D/Ph.D programs as well.