Mentor Profiles

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Amanda Acevedo

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: I work in the Hollocher lab where we study the population genetics and disease ecology of long-tailed macaques in Southeast Asia. I am especially interested in how factors like diet influence the microbiome and mycobiome of long-tailed macaques.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Walsh Hall Council, Dublin Study Abroad, Great British Bake-Off and jeopardy enthusiast.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Don't be afraid to ask for help. Get to know your professors!
Email: aaceved2@nd.edu


Carmen Alvarez

Carmen Alvarez

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Psychology
Research: Ravosa Lab- phenotypic plasticity and evolution.
PostGrad Career Plans: PhD in Viral Evolution
Extracurricular Interests: NDListens, AccessABLE
Advice to a freshman bio major: Just stick with it and keep going. At some point all of the pieces fall into place and you won't remember why you were so stressed about grades or classes in the first place.
Email: calvare7@nd.edu


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Stephanie Araki

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Data Science minor
Research: I work in the Pfrender lab on a web application called met, which stands for metagenetic/metabarcode/microbiome enrichment toolkit and allows for users to make a large number of comparisons between NCBI published barcoded datasets.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate School (PhD)
Extracurricular Interests: Hawaii Club, Intro Bio Lab TA, Running with my dog.
Advice to freshman bio major: Be open to different fields of biology and take classes that seem out of your comfort zone. You never know what you might like!
Email: saraki@nd.edu


Abigail Brunory

Abigail Brunory

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences
Research: Formerly breast cancer-brain metastasis research in Zhang Lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Lab teaching during my gap years followed by medical school.
Extracurricular Interests: Biostatistics / Cell Bio Lab / Genetics Lab TA, Client Advocate at RiverBend Cancer Services, Uplift Mentor.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Everyone is on their own path and has their own timeline. Do not compare what you are doing to what everyone else is doing.
Email: abrunory@nd.edu


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Clare Buntrock

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s)Biology and minor in Anthropology
Research: Dr Jason McLachlan Lab - for my freshmen to my junior year, I worked on tree ring analysis for variances due to climate change. This past year I shifted to marsh plant research, and work with various marsh genotypes to determine which traits and breeds survive and evolve in the wake of rising sea levels.
PostGrad Career Plans: I’m planning on a gap year and then attending medical school.
Extracurricular Interests: Intramural broomball, volunteering at A Rosie Place and at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, editor for the online anthropology journal, Anthrocentric.
Advice to a freshman bio major: The biology major course load can be very tough, especially at the beginning. While it is difficult, your hard work definitely pays off and will pay forward in summer internships, later classes, and anything you decide to pursue after graduation! You got this!
Email: cbuntroc@nd.edu


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Allison Gatz

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and STV minor
Research: I work in the Wingert lab on zebrafish kidney development.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Compassionate Care in Medicine, Breen-Phillips Hall Council, M2E TA, volunteer at A Rosie Place.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Don't stress yourself out trying to join every club on campus; focus on what you love to do.
Email: agatz@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


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Binuri Hapuarachchy

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Anthropology Double Major
Research: Prosperi Lab at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, I investigate mechanisms of Doxorubicin chemoresistance in Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Compassionate Care in Medicine, First Aid Services Team (FAST), Eskanazi Hospital Youth Council.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Really explore subjects (within biology and outside of it) that interest and motivate you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Email: bhapuara@nd.edu


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Molly Hartlage

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Data Science
Research: Perkins Lab - vaccine impact modeling for Nipah virus, MERS, Chikungunya, etc.
PostGrad Career Plans: Gap years (2) as a research assistant then MD/PhD in environmental epidemiology.
Extracurricular Interests: Office of Sustainability intern, Baraka Bouts, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice and REAL Services volunteer, art & cooking.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Choose your extracurricular activities and classes based on YOUR interests and passions — not what you feel like you “have” to do or what it seems like everyone else is doing.
Email: mhartlag@nd.edu


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Elizabeth Heidenreich

Graduation Year: 2021
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology major, Poverty Studies minor
Research: Investigating signaling among various clinical isolates of P. falciparum in Ferdig Lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Uplift, Folk Choir, Orchestra, Special Olympics, intramural soccer/sand volleyball, Genetics TA.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Take time to explore all of the opportunities on campus and find what brings you joy! Notre Dame is a great place to engage in interdisciplinary innovation, so try everything you can and you will meet a lot of great people along the way.
Email: eheidenr@nd.edu


Jacob Kalathoor

Jacob Kalathoor

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s)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.
Extracurricular Interests: Keenan Revue, Inter-hall Volleyball, Basketball.
Email: jkalatho@nd.edu


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Lauren Klein

Graduation Year: 2021
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences, Hesburgh Program in Public Service (Minor)
Research: I have previously done cancer research in Dr. Schaefer's lab.
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school, healthcare policy
Extracurricular Interests: Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, The Bald & the Beautiful (TBAB), Robinson Community Center Tutoring, BP Social Commissioner.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Don't stress too much about your classes. Study and do your best, but classes and grades are not everything. Definitely learn from exams how to learn the content and study, but do not get discouraged by a single grade. Get involved in extracurriculars and spend time with the amazing people here. Be open to new things and seek out opportunities to learn about topics that interest you, relating to biology or not. Your experiences will be much more memorable than any test score, good or bad.
Email: lklein1@nd.edu


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Jenna Koenig

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences; Greek & Roman Civilization Supplementary Major
Research: Dr. Siyuan Zhang Lab, Project Title: Exploring the Mechanism of Synergism between CDK4/6 and Src in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
PostGrad Career Plans: MD/PhD with an interest in Oncology/Cancer Biology
Extracurricular Interests: I volunteer at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Clinic and A Rosie Place, am the Crew Captain of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew, a TA for the Research Experience in Biology course, and I love to travel and explore the outdoors.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Try new activities and extracurriculars and make time for activities outside of schoolwork, research, etc. that are fun and relaxing!
Email: jkoenig1@nd.edu


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Madelyn LaBar

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Major: Biological Sciences, Minors: Poverty Studies, Compassionate Care in Medicine
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Boys and Girls Club Volunteers of Notre Dame, volunteering at the Family Medical Center, Walsh Hall Council, running.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Don't be afraid to take courses you're really interested in just because you're an underclassman or because it's not a science class!
Email: mlabar@nd.edu


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Michael Lee

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology
Research: I'm currently in the intensive cell research course and will be working with the Zhang lab in their ongoing investigation into breast cancer.
PostGrad Career Plans: Currently, I plan on attending medical and have interest in pursuing a dual degree with some form of health policy. I also have interests in Global Health.
Extracurricular Interests: Some of the things I'm involved with include the Asian American Association, College Mentors for Kids, Keenan Hall Council, and Admissions (as a tour guide). I also enjoy long runs (like the Holy Half), board games, and discussing music and movies.
Advice to a freshman bio major: I recommend using a calendar in your daily life. (I prefer paper but electronic works too.) It definitely helps me keep meetings, events, and other things organized so that I can effectively budget my time. Also, the Bio major has some of the best students and faculty, so take time to engage with them.
Email: mlee44@nd.edu


Ally Marrs

Ally Marrs

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Sustainability
Research: I work in the Tank Lab and study stream ecology and biogeochemistry in the Great Lakes Watershed.
PostGrad Career Plans: I'm hoping to pursue an M.S. in Biology or Ecology.
Extracurricular Interests: I participate in a lot of intramural sports (like flag football, softball, and hockey) and outdoor activities!
Advice to a freshman bio major: Keep your head up, champ! It will all be worth it.
Email: amarrs@nd.edu


Taylor Mealey

Taylor Mealey

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences major, History minor
Research: I work in the Ferdig Lab, which focuses on genetics and genomics of drug resistance and virulence in the malaria parasite. I specialize in investigating competitive fitness of different strains of Plasmodium falciparum.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: UPLIFT, ultimate frisbee, intramural sports, community service in South Bend.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Get to know your professors and start to look at what research different labs on campus are doing. Don't get too worried about Organic Chemistry and Genetics.
Email: tmealey1@nd.edu


Emily Mears

Emily Mears

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and minor in anthropology
Research: McLachlan Lab. My research project is about Multiple Stable States in the world, specifically in the Midwest with the savannahs and the closed forests, and the policy, research, and management impacts of MSS.
PostGrad Career Plans: I’m moving to Pittsburgh, potentially to pursue a Masters in education or science communications.
Extracurricular Interests: I’m an RA in Breen Phillips, which takes up almost all of my time. In my free time, I like hiking, hammocking, yoga, and running.
Advice to freshman bio major: Study hard but don’t take exams too seriously! You will find the path you’re meant to!
Email: emears@nd.edu


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Ryan Mohler

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological sciences major with a bioengineering minor
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Volunteering in the ER and PEDS at Memorial, tennis club.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Get involved!
Email: rmohler1@nd.edu


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Lindsey Mortensen

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology major/ Anthropology minor
Research: Stark Lab, looking to identify novel contributors to cisplatin resistance by bridging cancer and non-cancer models.
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical school, taking a gap year
Extracurricular Interests: Volunteering with Center for Hospice Care, Notre Dame Medical Observers, Genetics Lab TA, Scientia, Biology club.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. Put yourself out there and spend your time doing things that matter to you.
Email: lmortens@nd.edu


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Caroline Nassab

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Theology
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Cell Biology Lab TA, Ryan Hall RA, Admissions Tours, Interhall sports, Baking at FJ's in Ryan!!
Advice to a freshman bio major: Freshman year is all about getting your footing in college and discovering what you are passionate about! Be kind to yourself and take the time to find your interests- you have three more years to be involved.
Email: cnassab@nd.edu


Michael Odea

Michael O'Dea

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences; Minor: Glynn Honors Program
Research: I work in Dr. Cody Smith's lab studying the dynamics of microglia in development and disease using zebrafish.
PostGrad Career Plans: Grad school to study neuroscience
Extracurricular Interests: Uplift! Intramural soccer & volleyball
Advice to freshman bio major: Make sure to take some non-science classes just for fun!
Email: modea4@nd.edu

 

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Veronica Perez

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology major/Italian minor
PostGrad Career Plans: Gap year working at the hospital back on Guam and then medical school.
Extracurricular Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, Hawaii Club, The Bald And the Beautiful.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Go to office hours! Even if you have just one question, it's totally worth it. You get clarity with the material and you get to know your professor! Every professor has had to go through a lot to get here too; they're really cool people.
Email: vperez7@nd.edu


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Shannon Steines

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Spanish, with minors in Compassionate Care in Medicine and the Glynn Program
Research: I worked for three semesters in Dr. Richard Dahl's lab at Harper Cancer Institute. I was working on a project that involved the role that nanoparticles can have in macrophage polarization to either the M1 or M2 phenotype. This semester I started working in Dr. Hyde's lab in Galvin. His lab mostly focused on retinal degeneration, and my project involves using CRISPR to create a notch3 mutant and monitor the effects of this on microglia.
PostGrad Career Plans: I am undecided on whether I want to attend medical school or graduate school, so lately I have been excited by the idea of pursuing an MD/PhD.
Extracurricular Interests: I do Baraka Bouts, am on the executive board and travel team for Notre Dame Model United Nations, and am a tour guide for the university. I also am the secretary of Howard Hall and enjoy playing flag football and interhall soccer. This summer, I will be doing an ISSLP in Cochabamba, Bolivia, so I enjoy working with the CSC!
Advice to a freshman bio major: Go to the DISC dinners! It was a great way to form some connections with well-known biology professors and learn more about research.
Email: ssteines@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


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Brian Villa

Graduation Year: 2022
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology Major with a minor in Compassionate Care in Medicine
Research: Dr. Ken Olson's Lab at IUSB School of Medicine. We are exploring the presence and signaling abilities of sulfur in biochemistry. We are currently looking at the implications of different reactive sulfur species (RSS) redox pathways in the human body (and how they relate to cancer, normal physiology, antioxidants etc.)
PostGrad Career Plans: Medical School
Extracurricular Interests: Uplift, CCIM Club, DNA Learning Center, Robinson Early Learning Center.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Talk to your profs, they really do care about you and are willing to help you in any way. Don't forget to go to football games.
Email: bvilla@nd.edu


Jane Warshaw

Jane Warshaw

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences & Spanish (Supplemental Major)
Research: Panopoulos Lab - using reprogramming and induced pluripotent stem cells to understand cancer and blood diseases
PostGrad Career Plans: Graduate school for a PhD in cellular/developmental biology.
Extracurricular Interests: Biology Senior Leadership Committee, Uplift Co-coordinator and mentor, Cell Bio Lab TA, Puebla Study Abroad.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Keep an open mind! You never know what is going to excite you, so don't be afraid to stray from the plan. Also, take care of the people around you. The bio major is a tight knit community - lean on the people around you and get through the tough classes together.
Email: jwarshaw@nd.edu


Abigail Zellmer

Abigail Zellmer

Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences and Science, Technology, and Values
Research: I work in Dr. Cody Smith's research lab studying nervous system development and regeneration.
PostGrad Career Plans: Service-based gap year followed by graduate school (a PhD program in infectious diseases)
Extracurricular Interests: Active Minds, GlobeMed, SUB (Student Union Board), Genetics Lab TA, and Uplift Mentor.
Advice to a freshman bio major: Don't feel like you need to immediately join a research lab freshman year, it's okay to get settled into college life and wait to find a lab you're really going to enjoy.
Email: azellmer@nd.edu


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Grace Zhang

Graduation Year: 2021
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biological Sciences Major; International Development Studies Minor
Research: I don't work in a wet-lab, but I do global surgery research for my minor's thesis under the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
PostGrad Career Plans: Postgrad Year of Service, Medical School, Global Health.
Extracurricular Interests: ISI Christian Fellowship, Memorial Hospital NICU Volunteering, Sorin Scholars Admissions Committee, Co-coordinator of Uplift, Biological Sciences Commencement Planning Committee, co-chair.
Advice to a freshman bio major: It's okay if your college academic experience isn't linear. Interests change and plans change. Have courage to stay true to yourself and don't be afraid to make decisions that reflect your genuine interests.
Email: gzhang6@nd.edu