Students

Biology

Maira Lozano

Maira Lozano is currently an undergraduate Biology student with a minor in Public Health in Montclair State University. She is part of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Leadership and Honor Organization and is a Dean's list student. She plans to become a DPT (Doctor in Physical Therapy) after finishing her schooling and work for a professional soccer team in Europe to travel the world. Yet for now, she volunteers at Hackensack Hospital in the total knee and hip replacement department and in Pro Staff Physical Therapy in Clifton. She worked as an EMT for two years, along with side jobs like personal trainer, banquet server, and a hostess in a five-star restaurant. However, she is focusing to drop all the part times and work as physical therapist assistant. Her favorite motto is "just do it", because she believes that yesterday is over and today is your only chance.

Elena Macias

Elena Macias is currently an undergraduate student of Biology at Montclair State University with a minor in Public Health. She is part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honor Organization. She is also the vice-president of CQOR for the 2016-2017 academic year. Elena, has been shadowing different Physician Assistants at Palisades Medical Center since the summer of 2015. She is currently working at a pulmonologist’s office as an assistant office manager, which has given her the opportunity to enrich her knowledge and have direct patient contact. She is also works as a garment specialist for patients who have recently undergone plastic surgery. After completing her bachelors of Science, she plans on becoming a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Emergency Medicine or Neurosurgery.

Bianca Mendez

Blanca E. Mendez is an undergraduate at Montclair State University pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She has been involved in different leadership positions on campus such as being a teacher assistant in a Biology research lab and President and Treasurer of the Biology Club. In addition, she is the secretary of CQOR for the 2016-2017 academic year. Blanca has done research with The Science Education Alliance and the Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA PHAGES) which is known as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at Montclair State University. She also attended Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston and a trip to Washington, DC for the joint advocacy day and Obesity Week video shoot on May 2015. She plans on becoming a Freshman High School Biology teacher.

Sebastian Opar

Sebastian Opar is currently an undergraduate student studying Biology at Montclair State University. He is involved in many different leadership positions and organizations throughout campus, as well as attaining overall experience in the medical field by volunteering and shadowing Doctors. Sebastian loves helping others and dedicating his time to someone in need. He believes that laughter is the best medicine, and that even just a simple smile can go a long way. Sebastian plans on obtaining his B.A. in Biology and pursuing his goal of continuing in the medical field and becoming a Physician Assistant.

Deema Tamimi

Deema Tamimi is an undergraduate Biology student at Montclair State University. She enjoys applying the practicalities of her studies in biology to real life situations. Deema has volunteered many hours at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, as well as worked under the hands of an oral & maxillofacial surgeon at Royal OMFS, which has given her plenty of hands on experience with patient care. She has been on the Dean’s list consecutive semesters since she started at Montclair State University and is also a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After attaining her degree in Biology, she is looking to pursue a career in medicine where she can continue to put the lives of others ahead of her own.

Mathematics

Mirna Halawani

Mirna W. Halawani is an undergraduate student at Montclair State University. She is pursuing a combined 5-year B.S./M.S. in Mathematics with concentration Statistics. Mirna believes the quote “mathematics is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious”. Mirna has been awarded a 2013-2014 Science Honors Innovation Program scholarship to study the relationship between sitting time and body weight with Dr. Marc Hamilton of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She hopes to enrich her education by learning statistics from a biological point of view and apply statistical conclusions to advance science.

Nutrition

Robin Bach

Robin Bach is an undergraduate Nutrition and Food Science student with a concentration in Dietetics. Robin is interested in making a difference by decreasing hunger and increasing food availability in low income areas of her community. Counseling is something she excels in and she credits her patients with their strong will to succeed to reach their weight loss goals, she hopes to one day to be able to counsel her own patients for her own private practice. Robin plans on becoming a registered Dietitian to be able to use the science of nutrition to educate the public while working in a community setting. She plans on getting her Master’s in Public Health, and proposes to get into policy making while emphasizing her interest in researching nutrient deficiencies in low income areas.

Julian Litrento

Julian Litrento is an undergraduate Nutrition and Food Science major with a concentration in Dietetic with a minor in public Health. Julian is the first President of CQOR. He employs his nutritional education to provide a comprehensive diet plan for the patients whom visit the center. Once he obtains his B.A., he plans to become a registered dietician. Afterwards he plans on acquiring his Ph.D. in nutrition and eventually work for the FDA and potentially work in research. Julian utilizes his nutrition knowledge and leadership to make the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Sheria McKoy

Sheria Mckoy is a graduate student in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) program and the Nutrition and Exercise Science Program. With the present programs, she will ultimately pursue a MS in Nutrition and Food Science. Sheria has a passion for helping others in a variety of ways. She recently completed the full marathon where she fundraised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for blood cancer. She volunteered and worked as an EMT and is currently in the Navy reserve. Sheria currently leads a women’s Healthy Lifestyle group and co-leads a component of a non-profit organization at her church called HOPEww. With HOPEww, they helped the disadvantaged in their communities and internationally. Sheria is passionate about empowering others to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she is interested in the way food impacts the body physically and mentally. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician and utilize her nutrition education in her practice. As a physician, she will like to travel to underserved countries and give of her time and expertise.

Lucille Tang

Lucille Tang is an undergraduate studying Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics. She is interested in how food biologically interacts with the human body and how it psychologically influences the perception of satiety. Her goal is to empower individuals, with or without diseases or disorders, with the ability to eat happily and healthily. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she hopes to become a Registered Dietitian and work towards a Ph.D.