Former Junior MIR Researchers

Xavier May ‘17

(Fall 2015 – Present)

  

Xavier is a senior Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major from Iowa City, Iowa. During his time at Rhodes, he has been a 4 year member of the Rhodes Football Team, Treasurer for the ONE campaign, and Emergency Department Scribe within the Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare System. Xavier enjoys uncovering various types of old music (mainly 90’s-2000’s hip-hop/ rap) and frequently finds himself playing video games. After Rhodes, Xavier plans on staying in Memphis while continuing working at Methodist. He is interested in getting a masters in either pharmacology or public health prior to applying to medical school.

Projects:

1. Development of Panobinostat Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Derivatives for Cancer Therapy

2. Design and Development of Epitope Caps for the CTLD1 Domain of the PLA2R Antigen in Idiopathic Membranous Glomerulonephritis

Presentations:

1. Xavier May, Davita Watkins, and Shana V. Stoddard. Molecular Tools for the Development of Potent Selective HDAC2 inhibitors for the Design of Targeted Cancer Therapies. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Rhodes College Memphis, TN (April 2017) (Oral) Placed 2nd in Oral presentation competition!!!

2. Shana V. Stoddard, AliReza Zaravar, Xavier May, Liam Goldman Development of Phospholipase A2 Receptor Antigen Binding Monobodies for the Inhibition of the Idiopathic Membranous Glomerulonephritis Auto-antibody Binding. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual National Meeting. Chicago, IL (April 2017)

3. Colin L. Welsh, Candace A. Hayes, Xavier A. May, and Shana V. Stoddard.  Utilization of python scripting to aid the design of CTLD1 epitope specific blocking caps. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Rhodes College Memphis, TN (April 2017)

4. Candace A. Hayes, Colin Welsh, Xavier May, and Shana V. Stoddard. Do mutations lead to epitope sites? Characterization of the CTLD1 domain of PLA2R for the development of epitope binding caps Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Rhodes College Memphis, TN (April 2017)

5. AliReza Zaravar, Xavier May, and Shana V. Stoddard Rational Design of Epitope Binding Monobodies: New Tools for Autoimmune Therapy. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Rhodes College Memphis, TN (April 2017)

6. Xavier May, Davita Watkins, Shana V. Stoddard. Identification of Molecular Interactions within Histone Deacetylase Isozymes for the Development of Potent HDAC2 Inhibitors for the Design of Targeted Cancer Therapies. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Memphis, TN (April 2017)

7. AliReza Zaravar, Xavier May, Shana V. Stoddard Rational Design of Epitope Binding Monobodies: New Tools for Autoimmune Therapy. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual National Meeting. Chicago, IL (April 2017)

8. Xavier May, Davita Watkins, Shana V. Stoddard. Identification of Molecular Interactions within Histone Deacetylase Isozymes for the Development of Potent HDAC2 Inhibitors for the Design of Targeted Cancer Therapies. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual National Meeting. Chicago, IL (April 2017)

9. AliReza Zaravar, Xavier May, Shana V. Stoddard. Rational Design of Epitope Binding Nanobodies: New Tools for Autoimmune Therapy. 4th Annual Research Symposium, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN (2016)

10. Xavier May, Davita Watkins, Shana V. Stoddard. Molecular Considerations Leading to Inhibitor Specificity of Human Histone Deacetylase (HDAC): Tools for Selective HDAC Inhibitor Development. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Rhodes College Memphis, TN (2016)

11. Xavier May, Davita Watkins, Shana V. Stoddard. Molecular Tools for the Development of Potent Selective HDAC inhibitors for the Design of Targeted Cancer Therapies. Undergraduate Research Symposium, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN (2016) (Oral)

 

Candace Hayes ‘19

(Fall 2016 – present)

Candace Hayes is from Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. Her major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and she intends to minor in Urban and Community Health. Candace enjoys watching documentaries and films, creating videography and graphic design projects and volunteering. After graduation from Rhodes College, Candace hopes to attend medical school and eventually become an OB/GYN due to her interest in reproductive medicine and reproductive rights. She also intends on participating in Doctors without Borders sometime within her career. Candace is currently a Resident Assistant for Rhodes College, Philanthropy Chair for the Kappa Beta chapter of Chi Omega, Secretary for Rhodes Medical Spanish Club and St. Jude's Summer International Fellow.

Projects:

1. Design and Development of Epitope Caps for the CTLD1 Domain of the PLA2R Antigen in Idiopathic Membranous Glomerulonephritis
 

2. Development of Vorinostat and Panobinostat Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors Derivatives Containing Boron for Cancer Therapy