Mentor Profiles

Carmen Alvarez

Carmen Alvarez

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Psychology
Research: Ravosa lab: studying behavioral evolution
PostGrad Career Plans: Public Health
Extracurricular Interests: Logan Center for intellectual and developmental disabilities, Pasquerilla West Hall Council, NDlistens, and Co-rec Curling
Email: calvare7@nd.edu


Meridith Balbach

Meridith Balbach

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology minor
Research: I study the loss of RIPK1-mediated mitophagy in cancer cells in the Schafer lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School; interest in academic medicine and clinical research
Extracurricular Interests: Running and playing tennis, volunteering at Memorial Pediatrics, reading, Senior Leadership Committee
Email: mbalbach@nd.edu


Cayla Bales

Cayla Bales

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Latino Studies minor
Research: Boone Lab, influence of gastrokine-1 on the microbiota and obesity
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school
Extracurricular Interests: Volunteering at the Family Medicine Center, Interhall flag football and soccer, Cell Bio lab TA
Email: cbales@nd.edu


Abigail Brunory

Abigail Brunory

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Major: Biological Sciences
Research: I conduct research in Zhang Lab, where we explore the influence of interactions between brain metastasis cells and brain microenvironment cells on metastatic colonization.
PostGrad Career Plans: After graduation, I hope to obtain an MD-PhD and pursue a career as a physician-scientist, specialized in breast cancer oncology.
Extracurricular Interests: I enjoy baking, blogging, binge-watching Gilmore Girls
Email: abrunory@nd.edu


Eleanor Clark

Eleanor Clark

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology minor
Research: Zebrafish kidney development in the Wingert Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school, interested in pursuing a career in research
Extracurricular Interests: Intramural sports, hall council
Email: eclark13@nd.edu


Christina Del Greco

Christina Del Greco

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology with Science, Technology, and Values minor
Research: Stark lab: studying induced gene expression in cisplatin-treated breast cancer cells
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school (PhD)
Extracurricular Interests: Reading, Dublin study abroad, dog enthusiast, Senior Leadership Committee, Walsh Hall RA (+formerly an Intro Bio TA and Eck Center tour guide)
Email: cdelgrec@nd.edu


Bailee Egan

Bailee Egan

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Studio Art minor
Research: Parasites and the microbiome in long-tailed macaques in Dr. Hollocher's Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate School
Extracurricular Interests: Painting, comics for the Observer, Farley Hall Council
Email: began3@nd.edu


Melissa Gozun

Melissa Gozun

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Major: Biological Sciences Minor: Japanese
Research: Developing novel mmp-9 inhibitors to be used as therapeutics for conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure wounds in the Chang Lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Pasquerilla West Hall Council and Liturgical Choir; Hawai'i Club; Sorin Scholars. Trashy Rom-Coms are my jam.
Email: mgozun@nd.edu


Jacob Kalathoor

Jacob Kalathoor

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Major: Biological Sciences; Minor: Science, Technology, and Values
Research: Hyde lab - I study the role of Myosin Heavy Chains in IKNM during Retinal Regeneration in Zebrafish
PostGrad Career Plans: Gap Year - doing some kind of post-bac in research. Afterwards: MD/PhD
Extracurricular Interests: Keenan Revue, Inter-hall Volleyball, Basketball
Email: jkalatho@nd.edu


Ally Marrs

Ally Marrs

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Sustainability
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: I love intramural flag football (outdoor women's, outdoor co-rec, and 4v4!!), running, and dogs of all shapes and sizes
Email: amarrs@nd.edu


Taylor Mealey

Taylor Mealey

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Dr. Ferdig, Genetics and genomics of drug resistance and virulence in the malaria parasite
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Ultimate Frisbee
Email: tmealey1@nd.edu


Emily Mears

Emily Mears

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology Major, Anthropology Minor
Research: I work in the McLachlan Lab, which focuses on how the abundance, distribution, and survival of forest species are shaped by an unprecedented combination of human land-use, climate change, and changing atmospheric chemistry
PostGrad Career Plans: I currently plan on pursuing a PhD in the field of either Ecology or Evolution (or a combination of the two!), hopefully somewhere with way less snow and way more wildlife than South Bend, IN.
Extracurricular Interests: Hiking, First Year of Studies Peer Advisor, Lyons Hall Commissioner, member of Archie Lab, Being a Low-Key Biology Nerd, UNDERC 2018 and Perth AUS Spring 2019
Email: emears@nd.edu


Kristin Mehlmann

Kristin Mehlmann

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences Major and Poverty Studies Minor
Research: I work in the Hollocher Lab where we study the population genetics and disease ecology of non-human primates in Southeast Asia.
PostGrad Career Plans: After graduating from Notre Dame, I hope to earn my Master's in Public Health and go on to work in disease control and prevention.
Extracurricular Interests: In addition to Uplift, I am involved in ND Right to Life, Biology Club, and intramural sports, and I live in Cavanaugh Hall. I love volleyball, cooking, and reading, and I have a lot of love for my home state - Texas!
Email: kmehlman@nd.edu


Michael Odea

Michael O'Dea

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Glynn Family Honors minor
Research: I study stress physiology and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in Dr. Michelle Wirth's lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD program or graduate school
Extracurricular Interests: Running, reading, volunteering at Memorial Hospital, and tutoring at the Learning Resource Center.
Email: modea4@nd.edu


Emily Salerno

Emily Salerno

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology/STV
PostGrad Career Plans: Work for a few years in industry and then attend graduate school for public health. This summer I'll be working in health care consulting.
Extracurricular Interests: I volunteer at the Robinson Community Learning Center and I work as a tour guide in the admissions office! I served as the president of my dorm this past year too. Some of my interests include interhall and co-rec sports, doing crosswords, dogs, and Buffalo sports (Go Bills!).
Email: esalerno@nd.edu


Helen Streff

Helen Streff

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology/Glynn Family Honors Program and Bioengineering
Research: Dr. Jenifer Prosperi; I am studying how increased Notch Signalling potentially leads to Paclitaxel resistance in triple negative breast cancer.
PostGrad Career Plans: Most likely an M.S. in Bioengineering and/or Law School
Extracurricular Interests: Right to Life, Badin Hall Government, volunteering with the Logan Center, Band (alto/soprano saxophone), figure skating, and knitting
Email: hstreff@nd.edu


Jane Warshaw

Jane Warshaw

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences with a Supplementary Major in Spanish
Research: Panopoulos Lab; Studying somatic cell reprogramming and its potential for cancer therapies and regenerative medicine
PostGrad Career Plans: Genetic counseling
Extracurricular Interests: Co-recreational curler, gymnast, Pasquerilla West Hall Council commissioner, One Direction enthusiast
Email: jwarshaw@nd.edu


Abigail Zellmer

Abigail Zellmer

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Psychology
Research: I work in Dr. Cody Smith's research lab studying nervous system development and regeneration.
PostGrad Career Plans: Most likely graduate school for a PhD but if I really want to avoid joining the real world I will pursue an MD/PhD.
Extracurricular Interests: McGlinn Hall Council, Student Union Board (SUB), GlobeMed, Active Minds, dabbling in the cakepop industry, and my puppers, Macy and Harpe
Email: azellmer@nd.edu