My name is Mathiu Perez, and I am an Honors Research BS-MS student in biochemistry minoring in physics. I live in Rego Park, Queens. Each day I spend in a lab brings me great fulfillment and joy, knowing that I am contributing to a potential breakthrough.
The City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP) program has offered me the opportunity to be mentored by globally recognized faculty in my field of interest, enabling me to reach my goals. As a student in the CCAPP program, I had the opportunity to conduct research in the most exciting environment I could be. It has also allowed me to continue pursuing my passion in this setting. In addition, I was able to build professional relationships with faculty and mentors. With support from CCAPP, I hope to utilize the expertise of my research mentors and use my undergraduate experience to lay the groundwork for my future career. I am extremely thankful the professional and academic support I have received from CCAPP.
On campus, I conduct research in the laboratory of Professor Ruth Stark. Our group currently researches on the antimicrobial activity and the metabolite profiles of wound-healing potato tissues with the goal of understanding plant defensive systems.
My passion for research has led me to present at top national research symposiums, including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the American Chemical Society’s Research Symposium. I was awarded excellence in research presentation in the biochemistry section at the Collegiate Science, Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) regional conference and the Global Citizenship scholarship to study abroad in Austria, and the Benjamin Harrow Memorial Award for excellence in chemistry and research.
I am excited and honored to have been chosen as a Great Grad among the many excellent students CCNY has. I strive for an MD-PhD, where I will be able to utilize research tailor specifically to patients’ treatment.