Mentor Profiles

Haley Barlow

Haley Barlow

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Italian Studies Minor
Research: Hyde Lab - The roles of transcription factor NF-kB1 in Zebrafish retinal regeneration
PostGrad Career Plans: Pursue a PhD in cell biology
Extracurricular interests: Member of the Notre Dame Marching Band, photography


Nicole Handa

Nicole Handa

Graduation Year: 2017
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Research: Kidney Development (Wingert Lab)
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular interests: Compassionate Care in Medicine Club, NDiscovery, running, soccer, baking


Clay Becker

Clay Becker

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Neuroscience concentration
Research: Retinal Regeneration in Dr. Hyde's lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Earn my Ph.D in graduate school
Extracurricular interests: Band, Video Games, Hiking

 


Erin Hanahoe

Erin Hanahoe

Graduation Year: 2017
Majors: Biology, International Development Studies Minor
Research: Dr. Fraser's lab doing work on understanding the molecular genetics of the chikungunya virus and manipulating the virus for beneficial transgenic alteration of the host
PostGrad Career Plans: Planning on taking a gap year hopefully to work or research in the field of epidemiology and then go to grad school to get a Masters in Public Health
Extracurricular interests: Intramural hall sports, dorm Relay for Life coordinator, baking with my priest in Ryan Hall every Tuesday night, tutor at Robinson Center, laying outside in my hammock


Eric Marasco

Eric Marasco

Graduation Year: 2017
Majors: Biology and Theology
Research: Niemann-Pick Type C Research with Dr. Kevin Vaughan
PostGrad Career Plans: Hopefully Medical School
Extracurricular interests: Triathlon Club, Running (a lot), Volunteering at Memorial Hospital


Claire Kampman

Claire Kampman

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Dr. Kevin Vaughan's Lab: Cholesterol Trafficking in Neimann-Pick Disease Type C, Dr. Thomas Kelley's Lab: Ibuprofen regulation of microtubule dynamics in cystic fibrosis epithelial cells
PostGrad Career Plans: Work in Biotech/Pharmaceuticals for a few years, PhD in Biology eventually
Extracurricular interests: Club Swimming, Genetics Lab TAing, Intern at The Career Center


Mary Katherine Brinkman

Mary Katherine Brinkman

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Within the Hill Laboratory, I study pancreatic cancer metastasis and the tumor microenvironment.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular interests: RA in Flaherty Hall; intramural flag football, soccer, and basketball


Gabrielle Mungcal

Gabrielle Mungcal

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology; Science, Technology, and Values minor
Research: My research in the Hill Lab builds off of grad student Jeni Gifford's work on GRP78, a molecular chaperone involved in pancreatic cancer (PDAC) chemoresistance. I'm further investigating the compensatory mechanisms possibly provided by the remainder of the HSP70 family alongside GRP78. Through our work, we hope to generate more effective PDAC chemotherapeutic methods and thereby alleviate the dismal prognosis inspired by the disease.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school, with a possible clinical research aspect
Extracurricular interests: Movies and theatre, University Band/Oboe, Hospice House volunteering


Matthew Cervantes

Matthew Cervantes

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Hyde Lab; Investigate the role of interkinetic nuclear migration during zebrafish retinal regeneration
PostGrad Career Plans: Gap year, MD/PhD
Extracurricular interests: Reading and powerlifting


Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Zebrafish kidney development in Dr. Wingert's lab
PostGrad Career Plans: I hope to attend medical school and eventually pursue clinical research.
Extracurricular interests: Reading, Irish dance, 70s television, tutoring


Kaitlyn Hegewald

Kaitlyn Hegewald

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Latino Studies minor
Research: Ravosa Lab; research involves cell culture to study how physical forces affect cellular responses in the mammalian skull.
Extracurricular interests: Intramural volleyball and flag football, volunteering at a hospital and an elementary school in the South Bend area.


Missing in Action: Still need photo

Sam Eallonardo

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Philosophy
Research: I study the genetic components of virulence in Mycobacteria in the Champion Lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate School in Biology
Extracurricular interests: Music, Volunteering, Lacrosse


Beverly Kyalwazi

Beverly Kyalwazi

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Panopoulos Lab; research involves examining molecular mechanisms behind reprogramming of stem cells from mature cells.
Post-Grad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular interests: Intramural soccer and basketball, Voices of Faith choir, and hospice care volunteering


Keon Schmidt

Keon Schmidt

Graduation Year: 2017
Majors: Biology and Science, Technology, and Values Minor
Research: Dr. Siyuan Zhang Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular interests: Club hockey player, waterskiing enthusiast, avid dress sock collector


Shannon Hodges

Shannon Hodges

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Supplemental Theology
Research: Dr. Vaughan’s Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School after two years of teaching high school biology with Teach for America
Extracurricular interests: Boxing Captain, catechism teacher


Andrew Hildreth

Andrew Hildreth

Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Biology, Anthropology
Research: Dr. Shaun Lee’s Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate School
Extracurricular Interests: Sailing, Soccer, Lacrosse


Michael Oconner

Michael O’Connor

Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Studio Art Minor
Research: Dr. Smith’s Lab (Chemistry)
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School after a gap year
Extracurricular interests: Knott Hall RA, WVFI Radio Show, Organic Chemistry TA, Appalachia, Robinson Learning Center, Chemistry Club, Volunteer at St. Joe’s