Senior Leadership Committee

Claire Kampman

Claire Kampman

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: ckampman@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Vaughan Lab, characterization of the STARD9 protein
Post-Grad Career Plans: Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Industry
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Medical Molecular Genetics, Cell Research Lab
Extracurricular interests: Uplift, Club Swimming, Genetics Lab TA, Career Center Intern
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Stay open to the multitudes of opportunities set before you. You'll never know if you love something unless you try it. You could end up surprising yourself!


Nicole Handa

Nicole Handa

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: nhanda@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Psychology
Research: I conduct research in the Wingert lab focusing on the genetics of nephron segment patterning and cell fate decisions during kidney development.
PostGrad Career Plans: I plan to pursue an MD after graduation
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Genetics (Dr. Hyde), 2-credit Molecular Cell Biology Lab (Dr. Whaley)
Extracurricular interests: Running, Interhall Flag Football and Soccer, Compassionate Care in Medicine, Tutoring
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: If you are interested in biology, don't give it up because of a difficult class. It is worth the challenge for something you love. Despite what people may lead you to believe, nobody does well without working for it.


Keon Schmidt

Keon Schmidt

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: kschmid7@nd.edu
Majors: Biological Sciences, Science, Technology, & Values
Research: Characterizing the role of DEDD on cell cycle regulation in triple-negative breast cancer; Dr. Siyuan Zhang Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Medical Microbiology
Extracurricular interests: Peer advisor, St. Joseph Hospital Volunteer, Club Hockey
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Being a Biology major at the University of Notre Dame can be loosely compared to competing in the Olympics; you're among the elite. Success, therefore, is not restricted to only those that medal, but to all of whom that give it their best knowing they deserve to be there.


Kyalwazi

Beverly Kyawazi

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: bkyalwaz@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Panopoulos Lab; research involves characterizing reprogrammed leukemic cells as induced pluripotent stem cells.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Cell Biology
Extracurricular interests: Intramural soccer and basketball, singing in Voices of Faith gospel choir, and hospice care volunteering
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Have an open mind. Open your mind to all you learn and ways to apply what you learn. Additionally, be open to exploring new ways to learn.

 


Tirrell

Abigail Tirrell

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: atirrell@nd.edu
Majors: Biological Sciences and Anthropology
Research: Studying competitive growth in mixed infections of drug resistant Plasmodium falciparum (human malaria); Dr. Ferdig Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Topics in Global Health, Medical Microbiology
Extracurricular interests: Uplift, Peer Advising, Volunteer at the Early Childhood Development Center, Notre Dame Medical Observers, Hesburgh’s Heroes
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Take advantage of the awesome professors in the biology department. They are all experts in their fields and love talking to undergraduates about their research. Also, branch out with your classes- you never know what you might end up loving!


Hamel

Luke Hamel

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: lhamel@nd.edu
Majors: Environmental Science & Psychology
Research: Dr. Edwin Michael; Using dynamic modeling techniques to understand the interaction and effects of biodiversity, nutrition and infectious disease on human health outcomes.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school in Ecology/Epidemiology
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Ecology and Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
Extracurricular interests: Interhall Football, Fossil Free ND, hiking
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Allow yourself to be confused about what it is you really want to study, and what it is you want to do after graduation. This can be a scary position to be in, but Notre Dame has an excellent support staff, with faculty members who have had a lot of success in many different areas. You owe it to yourself to be honest with yourself!


Kevin Wilkins

Kevin Wilkins

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: kwilkin1@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences, Medieval Studies
Research: Hyde Lab, Microglia and their role in retinal regeneration
PostGrad Career Plans: PhD in genetics
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Medical Molecular Genetics
Extracurricular interests: Literature, art, sports
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Don't let Biology overwhelm you–it is a great field of study and even if it may look hard at first, it is incredibly fascinating and rewarding. Additionally, the faculty in the department is very helpful and open to student interests and needs.


Haley Barlow

Haley Barlow

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: hbarlow@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences, Italian Studies
Research: Hyde Lab - The Roles of NF-kB1 in Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration
PostGrad Career Plans: PhD in Cell Biology
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Genetics, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Extracurricular interests: Member of the Notre Dame Marching Band, Uplift Program Coordinator, dog-lover
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Go to office hours!! As a TA, I would love it if my students actually came to my office hours, and I’ve learned so much through positive relationships with my past TA’s. Additionally, getting to know your professors can not only be valuable when it comes time to get letters of recommendation, but you really can learn so much from them both academically and personally. I would also encourage students to take advantage of the tutoring resources available through the Learning Resource Center – I waited until after I did poorly on an exam to start going to tutoring sessions, and I wish I had started going sooner!


Huyke

Fernando Huyke

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: fhuyke@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences, Psychology
Research: Dr. Brian Baker Lab: Biophysical and structural characterization of T-cell receptors in complex with peptide-MHCs
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Molecular Cellular Biology
Extracurricular interests: Playing volleyball, eating snacks, and dancing
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Do NOT give up because it is hard. First-year general biology is VERY different to upper level, more specific biology courses.


Humes

CJ Humes

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: chumes@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Environmental Sciences, International Development Studies
Research: Limnology in Dr. Jones' Lab & Social Determinants of Clean Water Access in Western Uganda
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular interests: Aquatic Ecology; Biostatistics; and Water, Disease, and Global Health
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: I have met some of my closest friends through my major. Biology students are passionate about similar and different fields which always keeps learning fresh and exciting. Studying biology introduces you to such diverse areas. You can find and follow your passion in any way you like. There are so many different opportunities for students of biology which you do not realize until you are an upperclassman. The field truly teaches you how to be a problem solver.


Donegan

Patrick Donegan

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: pdonegan@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences & Science, Technology, and Values
Research: Fraser Lab - Working on a Cas9-mediated gene drive in Aedes aegypti
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Genomics
Extracurricular interests: Biology Club, Golf, Basketball, Running, Coffee, Aquariums
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Don't start college off on the wrong foot, be organized your freshman year.


Brinkman

Mary Brinkman

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: mbrinkm1@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Hill Laboratory: My research investigates the effect of the tumor microenvironment and inflammation on pancreatic cancer metastasis.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Physiology
Extracurricular interests: Flaherty Hall Resident Assistant, Sports Nutrition Assistant for the Athletic Department, dorm sports
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Don't be afraid to talk to the upperclassmen for advice! Whether for class or research, the upperclassmen had experience and knowledge that is incredibly useful. The Uplift Program within Biology is another way to connect with upperclassmen for mentoring.


Eric Marasco

Eric Marasco

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: emarasco@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences, Theology
Research: Dr. Kevin Vaughan's Lab working on characterization of novel kinesin StARD9
Project: Impact of MMP3 on Primary and Metastatic Tumor Burden in Breast Cancer
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Medical Molecular Genetics with Dr. Champion
Extracurricular interests: Triathlon Club
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Ask questions! At office hours, in class, everywhere. Don't be shy or embarrassed about it. It will help you to stay engaged.


Tommy Davis

Thomas Davis

Graduation Year: 2017
Email: tdavis15@nd.edu
Majors: Biology and Honors History
Research: Examining the efficacy of Early Modern English medicine: An integration of Biology and History
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD
Favorite Biology courses: Genetics
Extracurricular interests: Biology Club
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Find something you are interested in and explore it no matter how impractical you think it might be. It is amazing what you can do with something you are passionate about.


Grothaus

Matthew James Romero Grothaus

Graduation Year: 2017
Email Address: mgrothau@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Spanish, Philosophy
Research: Stuart Jones & Bacterial Protein Half-life
PostGrad Career Plans: A gap year of service then Graduate school in Epidemiology or Medical School
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Physiology
Extracurricular interests: International Service, Medical Ethics, Co-rec Soccer
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Make sure you reach out to the different resources purposefully available for you. The biology department (and it's upperclassmen) want to help you.


Lily Spatz

Lillian Spatz

Graduation Year: 2018
Email Address: lspatz@nd.edu
Major: Biological Sciences
Research: Vaughan Lab: Analysis of novel combinatorial drug treatments for breast cancer
PostGrad Career Plans: I plan to attend graduate school with the ultimate goal of working as either a researcher in a clinical trials setting or a genetic counselor.
Favorite Biology Courses: Genetics
Extracurricular Interests: Interhall Sports, Liturgical Commissioning, Biology Club
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Seek help if you need it. Free tutoring is a blessing, and your professors love when you come to office hours, so take advantage of these resources. Everyone wants you to succeed!


Dolores

Arturo J Perez Dolores

Graduation Year: 2018
Email Address: aperezdo@nd.edu
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Vaughan Lab - StARD9 Motor Domain Phosphorylation
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD, PhD, or MD
Favorite Biology/ES courses: Genetics
Extracurricular interests: Marching Band, Soccer, Running, Basketball, and Football
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Explore all areas of biology to find your greatest specific interest.


Maggie Brecker

Maggie Brecker

Graduation Year: 2018
Email Address: mbrecker@nd.edu
Majors: Biological Sciences and Sociology
Research: Dr. Hyde, regenerative response in various retinal cells
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD (MSTP program)
Favorite Biology/ES course: Genetics
Extracurricular interests: The Make-a-wish club, and research (obviously).
Advice for freshmen Bio intents: Stick with the major. You will get more out of it than you expect; from education, to personal development, to lasting friendships.