Diana Lizarazo


Diana Lizarazo
Peer Mentor since 2010


Diana Lizarazo is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology program at Brown University in Providence, RI where she studies the regulation of the protein Aspartyl-Asparaginyl-β-Hydroxylase (AAH). AAH is highly expressed in malignant neoplasms and plays an important role in metatasis. Understanding the mechanisms that regulate AAH function may assist the development of pharmacological therapies to inhibit the metastatic spread of cancer. Ms. Lizarazo attended Rhode Island College (RIC) in Providence, RI where she received her B.A. in biology and completed a minor in chemistry. As an undergraduate student at RIC, she conducted an independent research project studying a biodegradable storage material in the bioluminescent-18 bacterium that has potential for several practical applications. While at RIC, she also participated in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program at Brown University where she studied the enzyme adenosine deaminase acting on RNA, which plays an essential role in maintaining the functional stability of the nervous system. Ms. Lizarazo received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation as a graduate student at Brown University.


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Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student

 Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
 Laboratory of Dr. S. de la Monte
 Brown University
 55 Claverick St., 4th Floor
 Providence, RI 02903

Phone:  401.444.8654
Fax:  N/A
Email:  diana_lizarazo@brown.edu
FASEB Society Member:  N/A
Scientific Discipline:  Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  Not Attending; Scheduling Conflict













Breaking the Ice - Diana's "Q&A"

 What was your nickname growing up?


 If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be? 

  Heartache, even though painful situations have the potential to make us stronger individuals and shape our character.

 What is your best personal characteristic?

  I don't give up easily.

 What dessert describes you better and why?

  Brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge because it is warm and sweet.

 What kind of music do you like? 

  I like Christian music and music with a positive message. 

 Listener or talker?

 I can be both, but I am more of a listener.

 Would you rather be really cold or really hot?

  Really hot.

 What was your worst summer part-time job?

  Working as a cook at Burger King was my worst job.  A positive outcome was the job made me realize the importance of staying in school.

 When you were 6 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A medical doctor.

 What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

  Go to the beach and lay in the sun.