Undergraduate Advising

Academic and Major Advising

Veselik

David Veselik
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Biological Sciences majors benefit from a personal attention and advising within a small major. Dr. David Veselik is happy to meet with students considering Biological Sciences as a major.

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Kenneth Filchak

Ken Filchak
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Environmental Science majors benefit from the personal attention and advising available within the small and flexible major. Dr. Ken Filchak is happy to meet with students considering ES as a first or second major to strengthen their academic pursuits.

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Undergraduate Research Advising

Amy Stark

Amy Stark
Co-Coordinator Honors Research Program

My research focus is on pharmacogenomics, particularly of chemotherapeutic agents. My research background is interdisciplinary and spans many different chemotherapies and approaches including gene expression, proteomics, methylation, microRNA and their regulation. I have a passion for introducing students to research and mentoring, including high school and undergraduate students. I have research experience and collaborators at University of Chicago and have conducted research at various hospitals including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I am happy to meet with students considering research to discuss different options at the undergraduate level and beyond.

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Shaun Lee

Shaun Lee
Undergraduate Research Committee Chair

It is our primary research goal to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of virulence behind major bacterial pathogens. One focus of our lab is on Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A Streptococcus, human bacterial pathogen that can manifest as a range of diseases from pharyngitis and impetigo to severe outcomes such as necrotizing fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome. GAS disease remains a global health burden with cases estimated at over 700 million annually, and over half a million deaths due to severe outcomes. Our most recent findings on the mechanistic details of the peptide toxin Streptolysin S and its role in Group A Streptococcal disease may open the way for the development of new therapies to counteract the bacterial disease.   I am happy to meet with students considering undergraduate research opportunities at Notre Dame as well as meeting to advise on possible career avenues in scientific research.

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Michelle Whaley

Michelle Whaley
Coordinator, REU and Honors research Program

My research is currently focused on the genetic characterization of Aedes aegypti visual genes and how vision may affect mosquito behavior as it relates to disease transmission. Many undergraduates have participated in this research in the past. I mentor in the Introduction to Undergraduate Research course for freshman, teach the Cell Research course for sophomores, and the coordinate the Honors Research seminars for juniors and seniors.  I also direct the summer REU program in Biological Sciences.  I am happy to meet with any biology intent or major who wants to develop a plan for undergraduate research.

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Career Advising

Anjuli Datta

Anjuli Datta

I would like to use my extensive background in teaching and advising to assist undergraduates in their professional development. I will network with the Career Center at Notre Dame in order to expand and create new internship opportunities, job shadowing programs, and invited talks from professionals in the biotech industry. In addition, I will empower students in the decision making process of their career goals.

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Sheryl Lu

Sheryl Lu

I am interested in the application of modern technologies to personalized medicine. In the era of post-genomics, large scale sequencing data have been made available at a much cost-effective manner, allowing efficient study of individual genomes. Meanwhile, annotation and interpretation of the genomic data and its clinical relevance are the areas with active research in both academia and industry. Given my background of working in academic institutes and clinical diagnostic companies, I would like to meet with students and share my experience from both academic and industry settings. I am happy to discuss different career options and advise students to make their own decisions in career planning.

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Peer Advising

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
Extracurricular interests: Peer advisor, St. Joseph Hospital Volunteer, Club Hockey

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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
Extracurricular interests: Uplift, Peer Advising, Volunteer at the Early Childhood Development Center, Notre Dame Medical Observers, Hesburgh’s Heroes

Contact Abigail Tirrell