Mentor Profiles

Meridith Balbach

Meridith Balbach

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology minor
Research: Breast cancer research in the Schafer Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school
Extracurricular Interests: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research with Dr. James McKenna, managing ND Cross Country and Track & Field, volunteering at Memorial Hospital, tennis, basking in the rare South Bend Sun
Email: mbalbach@nd.edu


Cayla Bayles

Cayla Bales

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Sustainability
Research: Boone Lab, the microbiome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and obesity
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school
Extracurricular Interests: Interhall sports, clinic volunteering, rollerblading
Email: cbales@nd.edu


Maggie Brecker

Maggie Brecker

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Sociology
Research: Hyde Lab; My project investigates the mechanisms of progenitor cell fate commitment in the regenerating zebrafish retina.
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD
Extracurricular Interests: Clubs: Make-a-Wish Foundation Club and GlobeMed; I am a TA for genetics lab; and interests in global health
Email: mbrecker@nd.edu


Melissa Budicini

Melissa Budicini

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Poverty Studies minor
Research: I am in Dr. Stahelin's Lab in Biochemistry doing research on the Ebola Virus protein VP40. We are investigating a proposed lipid binding pocket required for viral egress.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school
Extracurricular Interests: Running, Reading, Irish Dance Team, Tutoring at the Robinson Community Learning Center
Email: mbudicini@nd.edu


Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Asian Studies minor
Research: Zebrafish kidney development in the Wingert Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school
Extracurricular Interests: Band (Marching and Concert), Volunteer at Memorial Hospital, Traveling
Email: kchen7@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


Kathleen Davin

Kathleen Davin

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Philosophy, Religion, and Literature Minor
Research: Attractants for Pestiferous Fruit Fly, Drosophila suzukii in the Syed lab
PostGrad Career Plans: I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD, and hope to integrate my passion for research with my interests in global health and science policy.
Extracurricular Interests: Outside of research, I am a camp counselor for Camp Kesem ND, a free, weeklong summer camp for those affected by a parent’s cancer. Last summer I was living in Jerusalem, Israel, where I worked with an interreligious education center and as a research assistant at the US consulate. I love to read, and I am pursuing an interdisciplinary minor in Philosophy, Religion, and Literature. I'm play intramural volleyball, basketball, and flag football for my dorm, where I am also an active member of the Welcome Weekend team and Hall Council.
Email: kathleen.m.davin.5@nd.edu


Christina Del Greco

Christina Del Greco

Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Science, Technology and Values minor
Research: Shrout lab; microbiology research on the effects of iron on myxobacteria growth
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school
Extracurricular Interests: Fan of reading and volleyball, Eck Center tour guide, dog enthusiast
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


Kaitlin Frei

Kaitlin Frei

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology, Theology minor, and Glynn Family Honors minor
Research: I work in the McDowell lab on the insecticide development project. Specifically, my work focuses on the validation of novel insecticide targets in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
PostGrad Career Plans: I hope to attend veterinary school and become an equine surgeon.
Extracurricular Interests: I am a member of the varsity track and field and cross country teams. Additionally, I enjoy reading and riding my horse, Sadie.
Email: kfrei@nd.edu


Shannon Leahy

Shannon Leahy

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Psychology
Research: Vaughan Lab; I focus on investigating the impact of cholesterol on STARD9 microtubule binding.
PostGrad Career Plans: Earning my PhD in graduate school
Extracurricular Interests: Swimming, scuba diving, hiking, reading, anything involving animals Email: sleahy3@nd.edu

 


 

Annie Lentino

Annie Lentino

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology minor
Research: Hyde Lab; Investigating the role of TNF-a in retinal regeneration in zebrafish
PostGrad Career Plans: Undecided
Extracurricular Interests: GlobeMed, Lyons Hall Council, Interest in global health and social determinants of health
Email: alentino@nd.edu


Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Zebrafish kidney development research in the Wingert Lab
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Reading, tutoring at the Learning Resource Center, Pasquerilla East Hall council, Irish dance, trivia Email: alevesqu@nd.edu


Matthew Mcgoldrick

Matthew McGoldrick

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and English
Research: Zhang Lab; Characterization of the role of microglial cells in brain tumor metastases
PostGrad Career Plans: Gap year and MD/PhD
Extracurricular Interests: Biology Club, Social Justice in American Medicine, Scientia, Interhall Lacrosse, fiction reading and writing, cancer immunology research
Email: mmcgoldr@nd.edu


Elizabeth Mcgough

Elizabeth McGough

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology
Research: In the Ravosa Lab, I have recently completed a project assessing the development of the mammalian skull using a mouse model. My current project involves investigating dietary-induced adaptive plasticity in lizard skulls.
PostGrad Career Plans: Dentistry
Extracurricular Interests: Scientia (Notre Dame's Undergraduate Research Journal), Research (Ravosa Lab), Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra (Viola), Teaching Assistant (Genetics Lab), Dog Agility
Email: emcgoug1@nd.edu


Gabrielle Mungcall

Gabrielle Mungcall

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Science, Technology, and Values minor
Research: I conduct Pancreatic Cancer research with Dr. Reginald Hill at the Harper Cancer Research Institute. I study GRP78, a molecular chaperone involved with tumor chemoresistance.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school
Extracurricular Interests: Playing oboe and piano, watching movies and acting cultured, trying weird millennial food combinations.
Email: gmungcal@nd.edu


Kieran Phelan

Kieran Phelan

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: Yin Lab (Cincinnati Children's), Utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 to develop a zebrafish model of progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Medical Scribe, Cincinnati Children's SURF Program, Soccer, Lacrosse
Email: kphelan@nd.edu


Lillian Spatz

Lillian Spatz

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: I conduct research in the Vaughan laboratory. I study a novel combinatorial drug treatment in triple negative inflammatory breast cancer cells.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school
Extracurricular Interests: Interhall Flag Football and Basketball; Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan; Hall Council; Senior Leadership Committee
Email: lspatz@nd.edu


Barnes Werner

Barnes Werner

Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Spanish
Research: I work in Siyuan Zhang's lab at Harper, and I am studying drug resistance in various triple negative breast cancers
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: CASH English as a New Language Teaching Director, Notre Dame Club of Syracuse Student Ambassador, Soccer, and Tennis
Email: bwerner@nd.edu