Minimum 32 credits required for the degree. For a list of electives, refer to the degree worksheet
Jonna Ocampo, an alumna of the Molecular Medicine concentration, has had many notable accomplishments in the field of Molecular Medicine. While enrolled, she worked in the labs of Dr. Caralina Marin de Evsikova and Dr. Alexei Evsikov. During her time in the lab, she researched metabolic disease in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans utilizing techniques such as DNA Sequencing, RNA interference, and Bioinformatics analysis. Additionally, she conducted NASA Florida Space research on Transposon Expression Changes Induced by Simulated Microgravity as an area of priority that aligns with the NASA Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate for Space Life and Physical Sciences Research & Applications.
Jonna also conducted research in Chemistry and Molecular Medicine with Dr. Bill Baker and Dr. Xingmin Sun. In these labs, she studied the chemical ecology of Antarctica and Florida marine invertebrates for carrying out natural product isolation. Research included isolating the microorganisms and testing using minimum inhibitory concentrations for potential pharmaceutical applications against Clostridium difficile.
In August 2018, Jonna was awarded the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Fellowship for her submission Transposon Expression Changes Induced by Simulated Microgravity. In December of 2018 Jonna was selected for an oral presentation at the United Nations Expert Meeting on Human Space Technology – Providing Access to Space in Vienna, Austria. Her presentation focused on Synergistic effects on gene expression changes in microgravity: bioinformatics analysis for the model organism Oryzias latipes and propagation toward astrobiological, simulated microgravity experiments. Jonna also presented at the 4th Mexican Congress of Medicine & Space Health, in Mexico City, Mexico and to the Board of Florida Space Grant Consortium at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Jonna has given poster presentations at Florida Institute of Technology and Southeastern Regional Society for Developmental Biology. Her poster presentation focused on Identification of candidate ATP synthase subunits homologs and their expression across developmental stages of Caenorhabditis elegans.
While at USF, Jonna submitted two patents for a biomedical and a biotechnology patent with the Patent and Research Office at the University of South Florida, January 2019.