Online Graduation: Spring 2020

Congratulations Apoorva, Enoch, Sarah, Nikola, Amin, Solomon, Tyler, and Romeria! We will miss you all and hope you come back to visit whenever you can! Remember to continue working hard as you enter the real world with your college degree.

Our lab wishes the absolute best to our graduates as they celebrate their graduation via an online ceremony. We are proud that many of our undergraduates will be attending graduate school in the fall and some of our Master’s students prepare for medical school.


As an opportunity to network and become prepared for a career post-graduation, members in the lab, many of which are concurrently in the RISE, MARC, or RUMBA program, attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) to learn more about current scientific research, scientists, leaders, and more. This conference is a great opportunity to meet representatives from the top graduate schools across the country and learn about their summer program opportunities. Students who attend ABRCMS are also able to present their research, just as many students from across the country do to represent their lab’s contributions to research at this inspiring conference.

Notably, for the 2019 ABRCMS, our very own Alexandra Salazar was able to present an oral presentation showcasing her most recent work in our laboratory. We are proud to have showcased our labs findings through Alexandra’s excellent work. (Left)

Additionally, as a summer guest lab member from CSU-Northridge and RUMBA member, we saw Kayla present her research on what she learned in our lab on the right. (Right)

Practice Makes Perfect!

Here is Alexandra Salazar preparing to deliver her oral presentation to the lab, a presentation which she will be presenting in the ABRCMS Oral Presentation category in Anaheim, California in a few weeks!

Team Wilkinson

Zoom Team Lab Meetings, because despite not being able to be together during this pandemic, we can still work as a team via Zoom & Slack!

Team Wilkinson laboratory members, we pride ourselves on our ability to bond and become friends both professionally in the lab, and as modern day college students outside the laboratory. For this reason, our lab enjoys being creative and helpful with one another so that we can enjoy working together as a team. We even have alumni come back and enjoy bonding with newer lab members as well as provide resources and advice. Feel confident that as a new member in our lab, we will be very welcoming and delighted to help you on your journey into the scientific community and that you will have a family to inspire you!

Lab Member Highlights

Apporva Finalist

Master’s student Apoorva Karekal’s presentation on the Development of an Optogenetic Method to Stimulate Gamma Motor Neurons in vitro. As a team leader for the Optogenetic Team in the Wilkinson Lab, as well as a key laboratory organizer, Apoorva provides great progression in the development of laboratory experiment conduct and analysis of data. Apoorva is also a very busy Master’s student here at San Jose State University, pushing the boundaries of  physiology research under the advising of Dr. Wilkinson. As an award-winning student, Apoorva continues to enhance the lab’s ability to make diligent progress while teaching undergraduate students about her post-baccalaureate journey.

Apoorva Grad Slam

Apoorva was selected as the SJSU Grad Slam Audience Choice Winner and received a check as a prize.


New Interdisciplinary Science Building Display

Alex Salazar is pictured using our in vitro set up (left) in the laboratory.

Our lab member Alex is proud to be displayed on this banner in front of the construction site for the new innovative Interdisplinary Science Building at San Jose State University, a project planned on being completed Spring 2022. This new building is set to have new technology to conduct Fire Weather research, a field that is critical to California.