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Awards and Honors
  • 2016 -- Recipient of scholarship to the 9th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health.
  • 2015 -- David E. Rogers Student Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • 2014 -- Jeffrey Schulman Memorial Scholarship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • 2012 -- Robert Bowen Brown Jr. Prize for excellence in biological research at Kenyon College.
  • 2012 -- Achieved high honors from Kenyon College biology department for research thesis and defense.
  • 2012 -- Graduated cum laude from Kenyon College with distinction on senior compositional essays.
Substance Abuse, doi: 10.1080/08897077.2016.1220443
PLoS One, 8(3), e56796. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056796

Noguchi, K., Riggins, D.P., Eldahan, K.C., Kitko, R.D., & Slonczewski, J.L.
PLoS ONE 5(4): e10132. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010132.
Slide presentation at the 2015 New York Academy of Medicine's Medical Student Forum.

Riggins, D.P., Martinez, K.A., & Slonczewski J.L.
Candidate for M.D.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine -- Bronx, NY
2014 - Present
B.A. in Molecular Biology

Kenyon College -- Gambier, OH
2008 - 2012
Post-baccalaureate Research Fellow
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration

Mentor: Dr. Roger Plaut
Principle Investigator: Dr. Scott Stibitz
2012 - 2014
  • Developed in vitro model of Staphyloccus/influenza co-infection in human lungs.
  • Generated large pool of Staphylococcus aureus mutants via transposon mutagenesis.
  • Designed, cloned, and expressed several markerless insertion/deletion mutations in Staphylococcus aureus.
Helpline Consultant
Library and Information Services
Kenyon College

Manager: Brandon Warga
2010 - 2012
  • Offered technical support for computer, software, audio/visual, and printing services.
Undergraduate Researcher
Genetics Microbiology Lab
Kenyon College

Principle Investigator: Dr. Joan Slonczewski
2008 - 2010
  • Characterized acid-survival phenotypes for E. coli in anoxic conditions.
  • Optimized hydrogen production/consumption assay for cultures of E. coli.
Lab Technician Intern
Quality Control - Raw Materials
Cook Pharmica

Manager: Chris Luck
  • Designed and implemented a verification study for measuring water content in raw materials.
Summer Counselor
Eureka Springs Mission Camp

Supervisor: Will Holt
  • Supported upkeep of rustic youth camp in Eureka Springs, AR.
  • Guided visiting youth groups through basic home rehabilitation projects for underprivileged families.
  • Ran audio/visual components of chapel services in evenings.
Volunteer Work
Board Member
Social Medicine Lecture Series
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Coordinated lectures delivered by invited speakers on topics including healthcare for refugees, ethics of lethal injection, correctional health, and social implications of antimicrobial resistance.
Board Member
NICU Cuddling Club
Montefiore Medical Center -- Einstein Campus
  • Provided supportive human touch for neonates in the Montefiore NICU facility.
  • Coordinated training and scheduling for program volunteers.
Bronx, Obesity, Diabetes, and You (BODY)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Maintained garden over summer months. Harvested produce and shared it with local community members.
  • Walked local elementary students through how to plant seeds and transplant into box gardens.
Board Member and Head Teacher
Health Education Outreach Program (HEOP)
2012 - 2014
  • HEOP members teach health lessons at homeless shelters in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C.
  • As a board member, I helped with administrative tasks such as recruiting, money management, and training. I also contributed to development of the organization web site.
  • As a head teacher, I led a group of 5 teachers who visited Carroll House in Silver Spring, MD on a biweekly basis. I coordinated scheduling, wrote/edited content, and assigned responsibilities for each lesson.
Patient Ambassador
Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health
2012 - 2014
  • In the radiology department, I prepped people for scans and transported them to their rooms afterwards.
  • In the surgery department, I stocked operating rooms with supplies and transported patients to/from their procedures.
  • See a brief interview with me in the Clinical Center Newsletter.
Dog walker
People & Animals Cardio Klub (PACK)
Washington Humane Society
2012 - 2014
  • PACK members pick up dogs from Washington D.C. shelters every Saturday morning and drive them to a meeting spot in Rock Creek National Park. Handlers take the dogs en masse for a three-mile run.
  • Sustained exercise helps the dogs with general health, temperament, and prospects for adoption.