Our Graduates

Our graduate students move on to a variety of career paths. Some have opted for Academia, either at research or teaching Universities, while others have ventured into the growing biotechnology sector, while other have opted for service in the public sector. Some students move to further their education in either law school or medical school. Whichever the path, the training they received at the Department of Biological Sciences has prepared them well. A graphical summary of our alumni career choices can be found here.

An overview of the first position taken by our alumni post-graduation can be found here, and information on their current positions found below

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Timothy Mackie

Laboratory of Dr. Jeff Brodsky

ThesisTrafficking and Quality Control of Inward-Rectifying Potassium Channels in the Model Eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Defended in April 2018

  • First Position: Dr. Mackie is a Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Last updated: 7/31/18
Lynley Doonan

Laboratory of Dr. Jeff Brodsky

ThesisUNDERSTANDING APOLIPOPROTEIN B’S ABILITY TO AGGREGATE THROUGH LIPID DROPLETS AND CHAPERONE HOLDASE

Defended in August 2017

  • First Position: Dr. Doonan is a Visiting Lab Instructor in our department
Last updated: 7/31/18
Christine Cucinotta

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

ThesisRoles of the Nucleosome Acidic Patch in Regulating Histone Modifications and Transcription

Defended in July 2017

  • First Position: Dr. Cucinotta is a postdoc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Last updated: 3/2/18
Jenna Zalewski

Laboratory of Dr. Andrew VanDemark

ThesisMolecular insights into the localization and rock-binding activities of the cytoskeletal protein shroom2

Defended in July 2017

  • First Position: Dr. Zalewski (now Dr. Bassett) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.
Last updated: 3/2/18
Lisa Limeri

Laboratory of Dr. Nate Morehouse

Thesis:  The Evolution Of Color Polymorphisms In Colias Butterflies: Preferences, Learning, And Sensory Limitations

Defended in April 2017

  • First Position: Dr. Limeri is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia.
Last updated: 3/2/18
Elizabeth English

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Boyle

ThesisThe evolution of host mitochondrial association and its impact on Toxoplasma gondii infection

Defended in January 2017

  • First Position: Dr. English was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia, Center for Tropical & Global Emerging Diseases
  • Current Position: Dr. English is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Last updated: 3/2/18
Bryce Lunt

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

ThesisExploring the Requirements of the Mycobacterium Phage Brujita Integrase

Defended in January 2017

  • First Position: Dr. Lunt is a a Senior Scientist at Zoetis Inc.
Last updated: 3/2/18
Carl Nicolas Keiser

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Pruitt

ThesisGroup Composition in Social Spiders: Collective Behavior, Keystone Individuals, and Bacterial Transmission Dynamics

Defended in August 2016

  • First Position: Dr. Keiser is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Academy of Fellows and Biosciences Department at Rice University
Last updated: 3/2/18
William Glassford

Laboratory of Dr. Mark Rebeiz

ThesisInvestigating the Evolutionary Origins and Modification of Novel Morphologies and their Developmental Networks

Defended in May 2016

  • First Position: Dr. Glassford is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center
Last updated: 3/2/18
Eric Griffin

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

ThesisThe Greater Unseen: On The Identities, Distributions, And Impacts Of Foliar Bacteria On Tropical Arboreal Species.

Defended in April 2016

  • First Position: Dr. Griffin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland.
Last updated: 3/2/18
Elizabeth Raupach

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

ThesisAnalysis of non-protein coding DNA transcription for roles in regulating gene expression

Defended in April 2016

  • First Position: Dr. Raupach is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
Last updated: 3/2/18
Nana Zhang

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

ThesisVariation and Local Adaptation in Stress Response using Statistical Analysis and Bioinformatics

Defended in April 2016

  • First Position: Dr. Zhang is a a Field Application Scientist at Novogene.
  • Current Position: Dr. Zhang is a a Sales Operations Manager at Novogene.
Last updated: 5/31/18
Karina Pena

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselyov

ThesisRoles of the Nucleosome Acidic Patch in Regulating Histone Modifications and Transcription

Defended in August 2015

  • First Position: Dr. Pena is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Biological Imaging, University of Pittsburgh
Last updated: 3/9/18
Matthew Koski

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

ThesisThe Evolutionary Ecology of Ultraviolet Floral Pigmentation

Defended in May 2015

  • First Position: Dr. Koski is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia
Last updated: 3/5/18
Tushar Gupta

Laboratory of Dr. Jim Pipas

ThesisCellular Transformation by Polyomavirus Oncoproteins

Defended in December 2014

  • First Position: Dr. Gupta was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Current Position: Dr. Gupta is a Scientist in the Protein Engineering and Antibody Technology Group at Merck Serono, Boston, MA
Last updated: 3/5/18
George Meindl

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Plant Growth on Serpentine Soils: Effects of Soil Metals on Plant Morphology, Metal Accumulation, Plant-Pollinator Interactions, and Pollen-Pistil Interactions

Defended in November 2014

  • First Position: Dr. Meindl is a a Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University
Last updated: 3/5/18
Sriram Vijayraghavan

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Coordination Between DNA Replication and Genome Stability Requires Specific Mcm2-7 ATPase Active Sites

Defended in July 2014

  • First Posiition: Dr. Vijayraghavan was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University
  • Current Position: Dr. Vijayraghavan is a Research Analyst II at Duke University
Last updated: 3/5/18
Ira Kukic

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

Thesis: Unclogging the Zinc Sink: Examining the Role of Zinc Trafficking in Mucolipidosis Type IV and Lysosomes

Defended in April 2014

  • First Position: Dr. Kukic was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Current Position: Dr. Kukic is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the NIH.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Debamitra Das

Laboratory of Dr. Jeff Hildebrand

Thesis: Investigating the Molecular Mechanism of Shroom-Rock Interaction and Its Role in Cellular and Tissue Morphogenesis

Defended in March 2014

  • First Position: Dr. Das is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the lab of Dr. Stephen Baylin
Last updated: 3/5/18
Nicholas Simon

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Stop and Go: Activation of the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase–Mcm 2-7

Defended in March 2014

  • First Position: Dr. Simon was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins
  • Current Position: Dr. Simon is a Science Officer for the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Congressionally Directed Research Program (contracted through Ripple Effect Communications)
Last updated: 3/5/18
Yaw Adomako-Ankomah

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Boyle

Thesis: Comparative analysis of gene duplication: impact of tandemly duplicated genes on trait evolution in Toxoplasma gondii

Defended in December 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Adomako-Ankomah was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.
  • Current Position: Dr. Adomako-Ankomah is an IRB Analyst at the Henry M Jackson Foundation
Last updated: 3/5/18
Om Choudhary

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

Thesis: ATP permeation across outer mitochondrial membrane - insight from structure and function

Defended in November 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Choudhary was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Current Position: Dr. Choudhary is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Computational & Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Manasi Mayekar

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: Uncovering the Mechanism of Chromatin Association of the Paf1 Transcription Elongation Complex

Defended in October 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Mayekar is a postdoc at the UCSF School of Medicine
Last updated: 3/5/18
Hao Ji

Laboratory of Dr. Brian Traw

Thesis: Using Genome-wide Approaches to Understand Natural Variation in Plant Fitness- and Defense- Related Traits

Defended in August 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Ji earned his Masters in Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Current Position: Dr. Ji is the Manager of Data Analytics at ‎Mercury Insurance
Last updated: 3/5/18
Marnin Wolfe

Laboratory of Dr. Steve Tonsor

Thesis: Trade-offs in Form and Function: Variation in Carbon Economic Strategies and Adaptation Across a Climate Gradient in the Annual Plant, Arabidopsis thaliana

Defended in August 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Wolfe is a postdoc at Cornell working on the NextGen Cassava Project (nextgencassava.org).
  • Current PositionDr. Wolfe is a Research Associate at Cornell
Last updated: 3/5/18
Keith M Callenberg

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

Thesis: Membrane bending is critical for assessing the thermodynamic stability of proteins in the membrane

Defended in July 2013

  • Current Position: Dr. Callenberg is the Lead Bioinformatics Scientist at UPMC Presbyterian
Last updated: 3/5/18
Priyanka Upadhyai

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: Unraveling Mechanisms of Transcriptional Repression: Novel Insights from Brinker

Defended in May 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Upadhyai was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.
  • Current Position: Dr. Upadhyai is an Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India
Last updated: 3/5/18
Alex Kolb

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: A yeast genomic screen to identify effectors of Kir2.1 plasma membrane residence

Defended in Spring 2013

  • First Position: Alex Kolb was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Minnesota
  • Current Position: Alex Kolb is an Associate Scientist at Douglas Scientific, Alexandria MN
Last updated: 3/5/18
Derek Laux

Laboratory of Dr. Beth Roman

Thesis: Alk1 Signaling in Vascular Development

Defended in March 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Laux was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Edinboro, Scotland
  • Current Position: Dr. Laux is a is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College in Maine
Last updated: 3/5/18
Aaron Stoler

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: After the Fall: How Changes in Temperate Forests Alter Wetland Communities

Defended in March 2013

  • First Position: Dr. Stoler was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Current Position: Dr. Stoler is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Oakland University in Michigan.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Thomas Pendergast

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Explaining patterns of dominance in old-field communities: trade-offs, feedbacks, mutualisms and enemies

Defended in December 2012

  • First Position: Dr. Pendergast was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Georgia, Dept. of Plant Biology & Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Current Position: Dr. Pendergast is a lecturer at the University of South Carolina.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Karen Hecht

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: Characterization of Ybr074 (Pff1), a conserved vacuolar membrane metalloprotease family member

Defended in July 2012

  • First Position: Dr. Hecht was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sequim, WA
  • Current Position: Dr. Hecht is a Scientific Affairs Manager at AstaReal
Last updated: 3/5/18
Ruta Sahasrabudhe

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: Identification of the Causes of Cytokinesis Failure in Cancer Cells

Defended in May 2012

  • First Position: Dr. Sahasrabudhe went on to perform her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at UC Davis
Last updated: 3/5/18
Swarna Mohan

Laboratory of Dr. Andrew VanDemark

Thesis: The Regulation of Apical Constriction: Rock 'N' Shroom Structures

Defended in July 2012

  • First PositionDr. Mohan was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology
  • Current Position: Dr. Mohan is a Biology Instructor at Hamilton College Consulting
Last updated: 3/5/18
Feng-Ling (Emily) Tsai

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: The Mcm2~7 Replicative Helicase is Essential to Coordinate DNA Replication, S~phase Checkpoint and Sister Chromatid Cohesion

Defended in March 2012

  • First Position: Dr. Tsai was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University
  • Current Position: Dr. Tsai is a QC Scientist at Impax Laboratories in Taiwan.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Amrita Balachandran

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: Characterization of Gene Expression During Biofilm Development in Mycobacterium smegmatis, and Genetic Analysis of a Surface Translocation-Defective Transposon Mutant

Defended in January 2012

  • First Position: Dr. Balachandran was a Science Researcher and Writer at HistoryMakers, Chicago, IL
  • Current Position: Dr. Balachandran is a ‎‎Contract Science Writer at ‎JoVE
Last updated: 3/5/18
Justin Pruneski

Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Martens

ThesisIdentification and Characterization of Factors Required for Repression of the Yeast SER3 Gene by SRG1 Intergenic Transcription

Defended in December 2011

  • First  Position: Dr. Pruneski was a Visiting Assistant Professor at John Carroll University
  • Current Position: Dr. Pruneski is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Heidelberg University in Ohio
Last updated: 3/5/18
Grace Colletti

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

Thesis: Acute Downregulation of the Lysosomal Ion Channel TRPML1 Induces Cathepsin B and Bax Dependent Apoptosis

Defended in November 2011

  • Current Position: Dr. Colletti (now Dr. Farber) is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Tarek Wahid Elnaccash

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

Thesis: Evolvability in a Variable World: Genetic Architecture of Arabidopsis thaliana and Its Implications for Adaptation

Defended in September 2011

  • First Position: Dr. Elnaccash was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke
  • Current PositionDr. Elnaccash is a Statistics Teacher (Independent Contractor) for SAS.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Maya Groner

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: Effects of Multiple Stressors on the Dynamics of a Fungal Pathogen Associated with Global Amphibian Declines

Defended in September 2011

  • First Position: Dr. Groner is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the in the department of health management at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Current PositionDr. Groner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences at the College of William & Mary, VA 
Last updated: 3/5/18
Jacqueline Townsend

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis: A New Spin on Specificity: EcoRI Endonuclease-DNA Complexes Studied by Thermodynamics and Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy

Defended in July 2011

  • First Position: Dr. Townsend was an Adjunct Biology Instructor at Seton Hill University, Greensburg
  • Current Position: Dr. Townsend is the Lead Faculty and Content Expert for Colorado State University - Global.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Sandlin Seguin

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Polyomavirus Replication

Defended in June 2011

  • First Position: Dr. Seguin was a Curriculum Writer for Education2020, Seattle, WA
  • Current PositionDr. Seguin is an Senior eLearning Developer at Tableau Software in Seattle.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Adam Retchless

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: The Effect of Ecological Differentiation on Genetic Recombination in the Enterobacteria

Defended in July 2010

  • First Position: Dr. Retchless was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UC Berkeley
  • Current Position: Dr. Retchless is a bioinformatician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Deborah Farkas

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

Thesis: Straightening Out the Mechanisms of Axial Elongation Using Mouse Mutant Analysis

Defended in June 2010

  • First Position: Dr. Farkas was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Current PositionDr. Farkas is the Director of Educational Development at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research at UPMC
Last updated: 3/5/18
Amy Wehn

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

Thesis: "Competition between T-box Transcription Factors Contributes to Developmental Dynamics of the Mouse Embryo"

Defended in June 2010

  • Current Position: Dr. Wehn was a Technical Sales Representative at STEMCELL Technologies in North Carolina
  • Current PositionDr. Wehn is the Director of Pharma Partnerships at HTG Molecular Diagnostics
Last updated: 3/5/18
Fengfeng Xu

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: The Novel Role for GpIba in Cytokinesis and Tetraploidization in Cancer Cells, and Mitotic Slippage in Noncancer Cells Induced by a Microtubule Disruptor, Disorazole C1

Defended in March 2010

  • First Position: Dr. Xu was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School
  • Current PositionDr. Xu is currently a senior consultant at Navigant Consulting.
Last updated: 3/5/18
DanJu Tso

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

Thesis: "Unwinding the Mysteries of Bacteriophage HK97 Prohead Assembly and Head Protein Crosslinking"

Defended in January 2010

  • First Position: Dr. Tso was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Last updated: 3/5/18
Jill Dembowski

Laboratory of Dr. Paula Grabowski

Thesis: Splicing Silencing by the CUGBP2 Splicing Factor: Mechanism of Action and Combinatorial Code for Splicing Silencing with Implications for Autoregulation

Defended in September 2009

  • First Position: Dr. Dembowski was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Current PositionDr. Dembowski is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh
Last updated: 3/5/18
Xiaoxian Dai

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

Thesis: "Expression, Purification and Characterization of Bacteriophage Lambda Tail Tip Proteins"

Defended in June 2009

  • Current Position: Dr. Dai is a Statistical Analyst at BioStat Solutions, Inc.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Shruthi Vembar

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "Genetic and Biochemical Analyses of Hsp70-Hsp40 Interactions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Provide Insights into Specificity and Mechanisms of Regulation"

Defended in May 2009

  • First Position: Dr. Vembar is performing her postdoctoral research in the Scherf lab at Institut Pasteur in Paris
Last updated: 3/5/18
April Randle

Laboratory of: Dr. Susan Kalisz

Thesis: Ecological and Evolutionary Factors that Influence Species Boundaries in Collinsia

Defended in April 2009

  • First Position: Dr. Randle was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Current Position: Dr. Randle is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco
Last updated: 3/5/18
Joshua Auld

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: Enemy Effects on Mating System Evolution: Avoiding Inbreeding when Death is on the Line

Defended in September 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Auld was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC
  • Current PositionDr. Auld is an Assistant Professor of Biology at West Chester University in Philadelphia.
Last updated: 3/5/18
Matthew Bochman

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Mcm2-7 Complex is the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase

Defended in September 2008

  • Current Position: Dr. Bochman is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Stephen Hancock

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis: "A Molecular Strategy for DNA Bending"

Defended in August 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Hancock was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Current PositionDr. Hancock is an Assistant Project Scientist at UCLA
Last updated: 3/5/18
Julia van Kessel

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: Recombineering in Mycobacteria: Mutagenesis Using Phage Recombination Proteins

Defended in July 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Van Kessel was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University
  • Current PositionDr. Van Kessel is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department at IU Bloomington
Last updated: 3/6/18
Melissa Gallo

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: The Devil in the Details: Multiple Positive and Negative Inputs Generate Graded Brinker Expression in Drosophila

Defended in June 2008

  • Current Position: Dr. Gallo is a Biology teacher at North Allegheny High School
Last updated: 3/6/18
Laura Marinelli

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: "Why Length Isn’t Everything: Characterization of a Cell Wall Hydrolase Motif in Mycobacteriophage Tape Measure Proteins"

Defended in May 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Marinelli is performing her postdoctoral research in the Modlin lab in the medical dermatology department at UCLA
Last updated: 3/6/18
Alycia Bittner

Laboratory of Dr. Valerie Oke

Thesis: Stressed Out:  Multiple rpoH and groEL Genes in Sinorhizobium meliloti

Defended in April 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Bittner was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Baylor College of Medicine
  • Current PositionDr. Bittner is a Senior Scientist at Addgene
Last updated: 3/6/18
John Paul

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

Thesis: "The Role of Evolutionary History in Explaining the Variation in Abundance and Distribution of Plant Species"

Defended in April 2008

  • First Position: Dr. Paul was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Colorado State University
  • Current PositionDr. Paul is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco
Last updated: 3/7/18
Qian Wu

Laboratory of William Saunders

Thesis: "Cytoskeletal Defects Lead to Cytokinesis Failure and Genomic Instability in Cancer Cells"

Defended in April 2008

  • First PositionDr. Wu performed her postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Pathology
  • Current Position: Dr. Wu is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Biophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Last updated: 3/9/18
Stacy Hrizo

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "The Contribution of Molecular Chaperones to the ER Associated Degradation of Apolipoprotein B in both Yeast and Mammalian Systems"

Defended in March 2008

  • Current PositionDr. Hrizo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Slippery Rock University
Last updated: 3/7/18
Cassie Majetic

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: The Evolutionary Ecology of Floral Scent in Hesperis matronalis: Assessing the Potential for Pollinator-Mediated Natural Selection

Defended in March 2008

  • Current Position: Dr. Majetic is an Associate Professor in the Biology department at St. Mary's College
Last updated: 3/7/18
Henry Schumacher

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Patterns of shifting tree species composition and diversity loss in 19 old-growth forest stands in Pennsylvania

Defended in March 2008

  • Current Position: Dr. Schumacher is a Project Ecologist at Golder Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Heather Hendrickson

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: Chromosome Architecture and Evolution in Bacteria

Defended in August 2007

  • Current Position: Dr. Hendrickson is a is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience, Massey University, Auckland New Zealand
Last updated: 7/5/18
Mick Yoder

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Hildebrand

Thesis: "Characterization of the Shroom Protein Family Member, Shroom4, and its Role in Cytoskeletal Rearrangements"

Defended in July 2007

  • Current Position: Dr. Yoder is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department of The College at Old Westbury, SUNY.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Maggie Braun

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: Characterization of Rkr1, a nuclear ring-domain protein with functional connections to chromatin modification in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Defended in June 2007

  • Current Position: Dr. Braun is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Mellon College of Science and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Craig Scott

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: ADD66, a gene required for the endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation (ERAD) of alpha-1 antitrypsin-Z in yeast, facilitates proteasome assembly

Defended in June 2007

  • Current Position: Dr. Scott went on to an Assistant Professor position at Clarion University, Pennsylvania.



Last updated: 3/9/18
Jason Hoverman

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: The ecology and evolution of inducible defenses in the freshwater snail Helisoma trivolvis

Defended in May 2007

  • Current Position: Dr. Hoverman is an Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology at Purdue University.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Ceyda Acilan

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: DNA Repair Pathways Involved in the Formation of Anaphase Bridges

Defended in December 2006

  • Current Position: Dr. Acilan Ayhan is an Associate Professor at the TUBITAK Mamara Research Center in Turkey.
Last updated: 3/7/18
Lisa Sproul

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis: The Other One: Dead Head Vik1 Modulates Different Kinesin Kar3 Microtubule Interactions from Cik1

Defended in August 2006

  • Current Position: Dr. Sproul (now Dr. Hoverman) is a SBIR/STTR Program Specialist for the State of Indiana, an Assistant Editor at INCOSE, and the owner of Hoverman Scientific and Medical Communications, Inc.
Last updated: 3/9/18
Hans Wildschutte

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: Protozoan predation and the maintenance of O-antigen diversity in Salmonella

Defended in August 2006

  • First Position: Dr. Wildschutte was a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT
  • Current Position: Dr. Wildschutte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University
Last updated: 3/6/18
Jared Cochran

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis: Investigation of the Mechanochemical Cycle of the Mitotic Kinesin Eg5

Defended in November 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Cochran is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry department at Indiana University, Bloomington
Last updated: 3/9/18
Kathryn Sheldon

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: Involvement of the RNA polymerase II-associated Paf1 complex in transcriptional regulation and 3'-end formation of snoRNAs

Defended in November 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Sheldon is a Research Project Manager in the Institute for Personalized Medicine at Penn State University
Last updated: 3/9/18
Robert Youker

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: The role of molecular chaperones in the ER associated degradation of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator in the budding yeast S. cerevisiae

Defended in September 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Youker is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Western Carolina University.
Last updated: 3/9/18
Stephanie Winter

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: Repression of Dpp targets in the Drosophila wing by Brinker

Defended in July 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Winter is working as a content architect with Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Last updated: 3/9/18
Alejandro Royo

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Mammal-plant dynamics in forests: interactions and implications for understory plant diversity

Defended in June 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Royo is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, Pennsylvania.
Last updated: 3/9/18
Janette Steets

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: Consequences for the demography of Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae)

Defended in June 2005

  • Current Position: Dr. Steets is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University
Last updated: 3/9/18