Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences : Our Students

Our Students

Class of 2019


Andrea Abad
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Medical School: Aspirations of attending medical school
Interests in Dermatology: Aging, Wound Healing, Psoriasis, Acne, Dermatitis, and Cosmetic Dermatology
Hobbies: Going to the beach, spinning, watching tv, reading, and spending time with my family


Zach Abdo
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Interests in Dermatology: General Dermatology & Wound Healing
Hobbies: Cooking, basketball, traveling, enjoying time with friends and family


Jessica Campestrini
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience & Behavior;
Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: *Aspiring Physician Assistant
Interests: Aspiring Physician Assistant || Pediatric Dermatology and Immunodermatology research
Hobbies: Spin class instructor, Netflix documentaries, and trips to the dog park


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Valerie Duruaku
Hometown: Burlington, NJ
Undergraduate: Montclair State University BS Chem, minor Fashion Design
interests in Dermatology: Further research in to the cosmetic dermatology field, focused on treating women of color suffering from hyper-pigmentation and skin damages due to long term use of bleaching products.
Hobbies: Sewing, draping, playing soccer


Yanet Fernandez
Hometown: Miami
Undergraduate: BS in Clinical Biology, from Barry University
Interests in Dermatology: Pharmaceutical Industry and Research Area
Hobbies: Gym, outdoors activities, movies, and books


Colleen Gorman
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Medical School: N/A (hopefully here!!)
Interests in Dermatology: I am interested in cancer and microbiology/immunology of the skin. I have been trained in many magnifications of medicine and am hoping to be a Mohs surgeon and/or dermatopathologist. Dermatology is constantly evolving and I am excited to be involved in a field involving molecular to anatomical sciences.
Hobbies: I love to travel, be outdoors, play sports, and participate in triathlons/marathons.


Sofia Iglesia
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Interests in Dermatology: General Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology
Hobbies: cosmetic formulations, painting/drawing, traveling and any outdoor activity (hiking, SCUBA, surfing, and kayaking)


Katherine Lezcano
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: Florida International University B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology
Interests in Dermatology: Using this degree in order to enter industry in cosmetic formulation and product development
Hobbies: Going to the gym, trying out new and different restaurants, hanging out by the beach and pool with friends and family


Marquese Noel-McCormick
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Currently Applying
Interests in Dermatology: Medical Dermatology, Melanoma, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Dermatology
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, enjoying different cuisine, and watching movies


Rebecca Quinonez
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Interests in Dermatology: Skin of color, hair and nail conditions, skin microbiome
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, working out, concerts!


Rashmika Reddy
Hometown: Bangalore
Undergraduate: University of Tampa
Interests in Dermatology: Surgical Dermatology, Cosmetic dermatology
Hobbies: Learning new languages, Playing sports, Traveling, Fashion and a huge Foodie


Kimber Tremblay
Hometown: Mendham, New Jersey
Undergraduate: BS in Health Science at Boston University
Interests in Dermatology: Cosmetic dermatology/ aesthetics; novel drug development
Hobbies: yoga, traveling


Pilar Valencia Pena
Hometown: Lima-Peru
Medical School: National University San Marcos, Lima-Peru
Interests in Dermatology: skin cancer, melanoma, itch
Hobbies: dancing, cooking


Julia Zaias, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Graduate: Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign & University of Miami
Veterinary School: Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests in Dermatology: Wound healing, Dermatopathology, biomarkers, comparative dermatology
Hobbies: Nature, wildlife, art

Class of 2018 Graduates


Gabriela Beraja, MS
Current: Skin research institute (Miami, FL)
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Interests in Dermatology: skin aging, cosmetic procedures, acne, itch, and clinical trials
Hobbies: outdoor activities, reading, listening to music, traveling, dancing, and volunteer work


Lisa Cornelio, MS
Current: Enrolling in Law School
Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida, 2016
Graduate: MS in Nanotechnology, 2017
Medical School: St. Matthew’s University
Interests in Dermatology: application of nanotechnology in dermatology, nano-formulations, cosmetic dermatology, ethnic skin care
Hobbies: drinking coffee, traveling, dancing, eating, cooking, hiking


Jennifer Gerring, APRN-BC, MS
Current: APRN-Specialty Surgery, WOC at Emory Healthcare
Hometown: Stuart, FL
Undergraduate: University of South Florida, School of Nursing
Graduate: University of South Florida, School of Nursing MS Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Interests in Dermatology: Medical Dermatology, AutoImmunity, Cutaneous Oncology, Wound Healing.
Hobbies: Adventure and outdoor activities. Visiting and learning about new cultures within and outside of the USA.


Neda Ghiam, MD, MS
Current: Current: Entry Scientist, Miller School of Medicine, Dermatology (Miami, FL)
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: Tehran Azad University
Interests in Dermatology: dermatologic manifestations of systemic diseases, psoriasis, dermatoepidemiology, psychodermatology, pediatric dermatology
Hobbies: running, reading, hanging out with family and friends, watching Netflix, playing the piano, traveling


Jesus Hidalgo, MD, MS
Current: Medical Director, Carenomics Wound Care Unit (Lubbock, TX)
Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Medical School: Universidade Del Zulia.
Interests in Dermatology: Wound healing, molecular pathogenesis of chronic wounds and stem cells.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, traveling and biking.


Terrance Lynn, MD, MS
Current: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, PA)
Hometown: Danville, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate:  Lycoming College; B.S. in Chemistry (2013)
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine; MD (2017)
Residency: Anatomical & Clinical Pathology at Geisinger Medical Center (2018-2022)
Interests in Dermatology: Dermatopathology, Alopecia Areata, Hair Immune Privilege, Gene Therapy in Dermatology
Hobbies: Skiing, Playing the Clarinet and Oboe, Traveling, Video Games, Reading


Sarah Shemtov, MS
Current: Attending University of Southern California (USC) PhD program in the Biology of Aging
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: University of Miami - BS in Chemistry
Interests in Dermatology: aging, topical and transdermal drug delivery
Hobbies: travelling, volleyball, MMA, spending time with friends and family!