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Janielle Cuala

Janielle Cuala

2017 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Los Angeles

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Interests & Hobbies: I love cooking, baking, food, going to the beach, playing basketball, animals (of all kinds!), exploring new music that you don't really hear on the radio, and watching scary movies.

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: WAVE Mondays! It was a great way to catch up with my other WAVE fellows, and it was always a fun and productive time!

PhD Student at University of Southern California (PIBBS-Medical Biophysics Program). I am currently investigating structure and metabolic function of beta-cells in the context of different stresses such as early life stress and COVID-19

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Andrew Sosanya

Andrew Sosanya

2018 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Interests & Hobbies: Digital design, guitar, writing, politics, and science

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: Being surrounded by interesting people and interesting ideas. Caltech is a scientist's wonderland.

Science and Technology Analyst at the Day One Project

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Rebekah Costello

Rebekah Costello

2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hometown: Cornelius, North Carolina

Interests & Hobbies: My scientific interests include rational vaccine design and applications of broadly neutralizing antibodies. In my free time, I enjoy kickboxing, hiking, reading, and traveling.

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: Exploring Pasadena and LA with new friends.

Working for Adimab as a two-year predoctoral research associate with the intention to start a PhD program in fall 2022.


AaKash Bajpai

Aakash Bajpai

2017 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryalnd

Interests & Hobbies: Long boarding, kayaking, hiking, cooking

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: The friends I made and am still able to keep in contact with! I also got exposed to a lot of research I wasn't aware of which influenced my graduate school decision.

PhD in Robotics at Georgia Tech

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Maryann Morales

Maryann Morales

2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: UC Riverside

Hometown: Bloomington, California

Interests & Hobbies: Embroidery and Sewing, Cooking

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: The research, it was so exciting and easy to be passionate about it.

Graduate School at Caltech


John Martyn

John Martyn

2018/2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland

Hometown: Elkridge, Maryland

Interests & Hobbies: Skateboarding, film making, and video editing

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: I enjoyed hanging out with the other WAVE/SURF students and traveling throughout Los Angeles!

Currently a PhD Student at MIT

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