Raymond Berry III

    raymondberry   Mentor: Dr. Giancarlo Lopez Martinez
  RISE Scholar since: Fall 2016
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Education:

  • Ph.D. Biology, New Mexico State University, Expected 2021
  • M.S. Biology, Sam Houston State University, 2016
  • B.S. Biology, Sam Houston State University, 2014
  • B.A.Sc. Forensic Entomology, Sam Houston State University, 2014
Research Interests:

  • My research will focus on the immediate and long-term effects that environmental stress has on development, reproduction, aging, and immunity. Using Escherichia coli (E. coli), an infection in Drosophila melanogaster will be induced with Kanamycin resistant E. Coli using environmental stressors like; UV, x-ray, high temperature and hypercapnia. Observations will be done to see if there is a difference in performance and flight using DAMs (Drosophila Activity Monitors) our labs flight ability test. My research focuses on the role that reactive oxygen species and free radicals have in being both the damaging force behind environmental stress, as well as the their signaling strength behind protective mechanisms. This duality is responsible for the plasticity of stress responses along with molecular chaperone regulation, which Dr López-Martínez has extensively published about in the past. Research will also focus on the transgenerational effects that such environmental insults can have while at the same investigating the protective effects of stress. Preconditioning hormetic approaches have been used in lab to protect insect models (and non-models) against ionizing radiation damage in a biomedical translational context.
Teaching Experience and Interests:

  • One of the major reasons for me striving to successfully complete graduate school is to reach my goal of finally being able to teach. My dream is to one day be able to be a tenure track professor at an HBCU where I can not only be an image for students to follow but make a bigger impact in teaching student to excel in the STEM fields. I have had the opportunity to work on many service projects in my community as well to understand the need for positive male role models. At Sam Houston State University, I was given an opportunity to teach Biology 108 the Intro to Biology Lab and TA for Evolutionary Biology. Teaching experience at the college level allowed me to finalize my future plans and understand the work that needs to be done in order to achieve my goals. The ability to effectively teach and get students to understand fundamental concepts is more important to the future of our community and science than we usually think about. Thus, I believe education is key for our young students and needed for the advancement of our populous. I’m also interested in teaching students how to research and interpret scientific literature. I want to get students to think critically for themselves while understanding the basis of research. All and all, I plan on positively impacting the world in some form or fashion.
BioSketch:

  • One day I can see myself running my own lab doing research in the biomedical field to help change the course of minority students. As a member of the black community, I understand the factors that keep us behind. If we could have passionate individuals like myself, we could change the face of the minority presence in STEM courses. I do a lot of motivational speaking to those in k-12 and I have also done so on the collegiate level. I have not only academically worked hard at Sam Houston but also becoming Greek of the year in 2013 for outstanding community service and holding many positions in organizations like Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Black Student Alliance, NAACP, Men of Honor, B.U.G.S, Biological Science Graduate Student Organization and Greater Zion College Ministry. In these organizations I have held many leadership positions including president of Phi Beta Sigma and Treasure of multiple others. Continuing down the path that I’ve already paved for myself, I want to make a total worldwide impact with my science. I plan on giving back to those who don’t have a voice.
Research Presentations:

  • Microbiome of blow flies (Diptera; Calliphoridae) associated with human cadavers. 62nd Annual Entomological Society meeting 2014, Portland, Oregon. Raymond Berry III 1, Keli King, Daniel Haarmann, Joseph Petrosino, Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Poster presentation. Non-competition.
  • Microbiome of blow flies (Diptera; Non-Calliphoridae) associated with human cadavers 2014 American Society of Microbiologist, Houston, Texas. Raymond Berry III 1, Keli King, Daniel Haarmann, Joseph Petrosino, Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne, 1Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Poster Presentation. Non-competition.
  • Microbiome of blow flies associated with human cadavers 2015 spring American Society of Microbiologist, Houston, Texas. Raymond Berry III 1, Keli King, Daniel Haarmann, Joseph Petrosino, Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Poster Presentation. Non-competition.
Service activities:

  • B.U.G.S (Better Understanding Global Sustainability)
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
  • BSGSO