Alyssa Jimenez – Ph.D. Student, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX

Photo of Jimenez, Doran Ph. D, and Howell M. D.
Alyssa Jimenez, Kelly Doran, Ph. D, and Doris Howell M. D.


Congratulations to Alyssa Jimenez!

Alyssa was a SDSU NIH-NIGMS Bridges to the Future student who transferred from Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges and began her IMSD research Fall 2009. Alyssa’s SDSU IMSD and undergraduate honors thesis research was in the bacterial pathogenesis laboratory of Dr. Kelly Doran in the Department of Biology. Her project investigated the asymptomatic colonization of the female reproductive tract with Group B Streptococcus (GBS). Alyssa presented her research at numerous conferences, including the 2010 SDSU Student Research Symposium (SRS) where she won the Provost Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research. Her project, “Colonization of the Female Reproductive Tract by Group B Streptococcus”, was also presented at the 2010 SACNAS conference in Anaheim, CA and won an award for outstanding research in the area of Microbiology. In addition to her SACNAS recognition, Alyssa was granted the 2011 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award. Alyssa earned her B.S. in Microbiology and is now a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Neal Alto at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She was also accepted at the following Ph.D. programs: U of Michigan, Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and U of Washington. Special thanks to the NIH-NIGMS for funding another exemplary scholar and to Dr. Doran and the Doran laboratory for their mentorship and support!