DELAWARE GOVERNOR’S BIOSCIENCE FELLOWS

Where are They Now: Update (October 2015)

  • Hannah Anderson: Attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
  • Keith Ballard: PhD candidate (Molecular and Cellular Biology) 2010-2015 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Alexa Bennett: Currently, a marine science senior in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and is studying microbial communities living in nitrogen-enriched tundra samples that mimic tundra soils affected by warming. She works under the direction of marine biosciences professor Thomas Hanson and plans to pursue her master’s degree in the marine science program at University of Delaware, and thereafter a PhD in molecular biology
  • Charles Eke: Worked one year at NIH DC as Researcher and in 2014 Charles Eke completed his M.Sc and begins studies in Medicine.
  • Deaetta Grinnage: Undergraduate Researcher at Delaware State University. Pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology – expected in 2016
  • Roderick King: Teaching in China
  • Liudmila Mikhno: Worked at Fraunhofer USA CMB in the past as a Research Assistant (2011-2013). Now, pursuing her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2013-2017)
  • Stephen Krasucki: In the past (2014-2015), worked as a Research Assistant as W.L. Gore & Associates where he assisted in investigating alternate chemical treatments for filters to effectively remove mercury from coal burning power plants. Presently, working with Fraunhofer CMB as a Research Assistant.
  • Thanh Nguyen: Attending Delaware State University and majoring in Biological Science with a concentration in Biomedical Research and a minor in Chemistry. Expected graduation from DSU in 2016
  • Nathan Pomroy: Worked at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics as a Manufacturing Technician ll for less than a year. Presently, working as a Tutor at Delaware Technical & Community College (aiding students to better understand different mathematics courses)
  • Yulia Pepelyayeva: Currently pursuing her PhD at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University. She is studying the effects of secreted ERAP1 on immune cells to gain an understanding on underlying mechanisms by which ERAP1 contributes to autoimmune diseases.
  • Tim Pierpont: PhD candidate (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology) at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Melanie Smith: Biomedical Engineering Research Technician ll at the University of Delaware
  • Samantha Snow: Postdoctoral Fellow at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Margaret Steward: Pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology from Delaware State University
  • Liedeke Sweitzer: Liedeke Sweitzer has received the Undergraduate Research Prize in Mathematics, for the 2014-2015 academic year for her research on “The Peculiar Paths of Plankton’’”. Liedeke modeled the path of plankton as a helix and determined the pitch and the radius of the helix as well as the orientation and the translation parameters of the helical axis from the positional data of the plankton. The problem reduced to a difficult minimization problem with many local minima. The data was obtained using a high resolution microscope at DBI. The research was supervised by Professor Louis Rossi.
  • Dusti Vanderwende: She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree with a Distinction in Animal Sciences from the University of Delaware. She pursued her interest in food animal research and earned her Masters of Science in Animal Science and Nutrition from North Carolina State University in 2010. Moving forward she attended University of Florida and pursued her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a certificate in Food Animal Medicine in 2013. Her plans for the future include practicing as a traveling food animal clinician while collaborating with Farm Bureau, Extension Services, 4‐H, and others to improve the prosperity of farming operations, to secure our country’s safe and inexpensive food supply, and to educate young people about food animal agriculture. She also hopes to one day be influential on policy that affects veterinarians and farmer.
  • Julia Yu: Working as a Medical Technologist as the Union Hospital of Cecil County