2016-2017 Academic Year

 

Costel C. Darie, Ph.D.

Costel Darie received his BS and MS in biochemistry at the Al. I. Cuza University from Iasi, Romania and his Ph.D. at the Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg, Germany. After finishing his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist in the labs of Drs. Paul M. Wassarman and Micsunica Platica (Mount Sinai School of Medicine) and Thomas A. Neubert (Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Science, New York University Medical Center). Currently he is studying Tumor Differentiation Factor and its effects on steroid regulated cells, Jumping Translocation Breakpoint during the cell cycle, analysis of transient protein-protein interactions upon Ephrin stimulation and new proteomics approaches for biomarker discovery.
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Izabela Sokolowska, M.S., Ph.D. Student

Izabela received her M. Eng. from Interfaculty Study of Biotechnology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2009. Her worked towards Master degree was pursued in Curie-Sklodowska Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw (Poland) where she investigated mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Currently she is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science in the Biochemistry and Proteomics Group. Her research focuses on newly discovered protein tumor differentiation factor (TDF) that plays role in differentiation of prostate and breast cancer cells and potential receptor and pathway(s) through which TDF regulates cells differentiation.

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Armand Ngounou, M.S., Ph.D. Student

Armand received his BS [Dipl.-Ing (FH)] in Biotechnology at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany and MS in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. During his diploma thesis, he worked on the characterization of antibodies and antibody fragments by mass spectrometry, HPLC and immunoanalytical methods at Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Penzberg, Germany). Further, his master thesis was based on the activation of HIV-1 by human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) in the lab of Prof. Christine Leib-Moesch. Starting fall 2011, he joined the Biochemistry and Proteomics Group (Dr. Darie) as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University. He is studying Tumor Differentiation Factor in prostate and breast cancer, analysis of stable and transient protein-protein interactions and new proteomics approaches for biomarker discovery.

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Roshanak Aslebagh, Ph.D. Student

Roshanak received her BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran and MS in Chemical Engineering- Biomedical Engineering Field at the Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran.

During her Bachelor thesis, she worked on the effect of Silica nanoparticles on stability and thermal conductivity of fluids in the lab of Prof. M. Shariati Niasar.

During her master studies in Biomedical Engineering, she worked in the field of Nano-biotechnology as her research topic which provoked her enthusiasm toward biotechnology and biomedicine. Her research was in the field of breast cancer cells targeting by means of magnetic nanocarriers. in more details her master thesis was based on the attachment of Anti-HER2 antibody to magnetic Dextran-Spermine coated Iron Oxide nanocarriers for tracking of breast cancer cells in the bioseperation lab of Prof. E. Vasheghani Farahani in TMU, and she did a part of her research in the Hematology lab of Prof. M. Soleimani in Hematology department, Faculty Of Medical Sciences, TMU.

In the Fall of 2013, she joined the Biochemistry and Proteomics Group as a Ph.D. student, where she will combine cell biology, analytical biochemistry, protein chemistry, mass spectrometry and proteomics to investigate Tumor Differentiation Factor and to develop new proteomics approaches for biomarker discovery.

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Sapan Patel, M.S., Ph.D. Student

I received Master of Science in Biotechnology at the New York University, USA and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Sciences) at Saurashtra University, India. During my master study, I worked as research volunteer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the lab of Dr. Clarkson. After master study, I joined as a Research Technician at MSKCC in the Dr. Clarkson Lab. My main interest is to study behavior of leukemia at molecular level. Currently, I am working on acute lymphoblastic leukemia and other CML cell lines to study their behavior at different cell densities. Our study shows that the Ph+ ALL3 cells behave differently at different cell densities than other CML cell line. To evaluate the difference in behavior, we are using the traditional thymidine assay with modifications. This study led us to interesting conclusion that the secreted protein collected from exponentially growing high density ALL3 cells can stimulate the low density ALL3 cells to grow without which the low density ALL3 cell will not survive. We are using different chromatographic separation scheme to fractionate the stimulatory protein responsible for proliferation of low density ALL3 cells. I hope to improve many aspects of cancer biology by identifying the protein molecule with the help of like-minded fellow researches, scientists and physicians. To achieve my long term goal, I am joining Dr. Darie group at Clarkson University as an external graduate student to conclude my graduate study. I will obtain the required training to complete my research work from Clarkson University, Columbia University and MSKCC. I hope to attain such superior goals in this highly collaborative environment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Clarkson University.

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Alisa G. Woods, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

Dr. Alisa Woods focuses on the field of psychobiochemistry, specifically searching for biomarkers for mental illness. Her current research projects include investigation of the neuroanatomical localization of tumor-derived factor (TDF), as well as the study of putative biomarkers for autistic spectrum disorder and the long-term consequences of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She received her BS in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, PhD in biology from the University of California Irvine, post-doctoral training in neuroanatomy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and is completing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research has been supported by the Redcay Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Daniela Hutanu, Ph.D.
Visiting Scientist

Daniela Hutanu obtained a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2008 from Oregon State University, in Dr. Vincent Remcho's laboratory. She is a life sciences consultant with an industry background ranging from biotechnology to functional coatings industry. Her research interests are in development of novel polymeric coatings and particles as stationary phases for chromatographic separations, coupled with mass spectrometry detection for analysis of nutrients, metabolites, and post-translational modifications on proteins.

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Katherine M. Beglinger

Katie graduated from Attica High School in 2010 and is majoring in Biomolecular Science and Chemistry. She began her second year as a TA for the Freshman Biology Lab.

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Marty LaFleur, Clarkson 2013

Marty LaFleur graduated from Potsdam High School and The Clarkson School in 2010. He began working in Costel Darie's Proteomics lab in the summer of 2010. During the summer, he employed SDS-PAGE, BN-PAGE, and mass spectrometry in the search for novel prostate cancer biomarkers. He is currently investigating the effect Tumor Differentiation Factor has on MCF7 breast cancer cells.

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Jessica Wagner, Clarkson 2012

Jessica Wagner began her freshman year at Clarkson University working for 3 semesters in Dr. Ed Moczydlowski research lab studying the effects of local anesthetics and organic cations on the structure and stability of the KcsA K+ channel. During the summer of 2010 she worked in Dr. Thomas Mennella's yeast laboratory at Delaware State University studying the effects of PEX32/31 on the silencing of cryptic TATA boxes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Jessica now studies serum protein biomarkers for cancer using proteomics approaches.

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Jeanette Dorler

Jeanette Dorler first began working in Dr. Sergiy Minko's lab in Summer 2010 growing magnetic nanowires through a membrane template. After joining Dr. Darie's lab in Spring 2011, she now uses BN-PAGE and mass spectrometry to study serum protein biomarkers. She will continue research in 2011-2012 under Dr. Darie to produce her senior thesis

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Kelly Wormwood

Kelly Wormwood graduated from Beaver River Central School in 2010. She began working in Dr. Darie’s lab in the summer of 2011. She will be continuing Melissa’s research regarding the presence of a serum protein biomarker in autistic samples via SDS-PAGE, BN-PAGE, and Tricine PAGE. In her spare time, Kelly works for the chemistry department in the chemistry lab stockroom.

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Jarrod W. Mattingly

Jarrod Mattingly is a 2010 graduate from Indian River Central High School in Philadelphia, New York. He also plays baseball for Clarkson University, is the President of Phi Delta Epsilon Pre Medical Fraternity, and color commentates Clarkson Basketball. Jarrod plans to attend medical school in the Fall of 2014 in a joint M.D. and M.B.A. program.

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Coleman Larlee

Coleman Larlee began his scientific career his freshman year at Clarkson University as a Chemical Engineer. Coleman is a member of the Army ROTC program here at Clarkson and is a graduate of the US Army Leadership Development and Assessment Course. He is also a member of the Clarkson University Football Team. During the summer of 2013, Coleman worked in the Process and Analytical Science department at Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc. in Rensselaer, NY where he conducted protein purification experiments using chromatography. After the summer, Coleman returned to campus to work in Dr. Darie’s lab conducting protein and glycoprotein purification studies. Coleman plans to graduate in December of 2013 and pursue a career in the Biopharma industry.

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Bethany M. Wawro

Bethany Wawro graduated from Skaneateles High School in 2010. She is a senior chemical engineering student, with a minor in Biology and Chemistry, and a concentration on Biomolecular Engineering. She has a special interest in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and her long term goal is to work for such a company. She is an active member in Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service fraternity, and Clarkson Union Board, the campus activities programming board.

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Blake Woods

Blake Woods is an entering High School Jr. from Glen Cove New York. He is a National Honor Society Member and was recently accepted to the competitive Clarkson MythOlympics summer program, which he will attend in July. Blake is also completing a one-week Robotics camp program at Clarkson University. In addition excelling in academics, Blake enjoys composing songs by combining electric keyboard, trombone and computer editing as well as working on his comic book character "soul sheep."


Stefanie Russell

Stefanie is currently a senior at Plattsburgh State University. She began working with Dr. Darie during the summer of 2011. She learned how to run SDS-PAGE, Western Blot and mass spectrometry to further the search for a biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She will be using these techniques to correlate the concentration of the ApoA1 protein in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a social skills behavioral measure.

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Andrew Wegner

Andrew is an incoming freshman and honors student at Clarkson University. He began working with Dr. Darie during the summer of 2011. He will develop skills such as SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, and mass spectrometry during his five-week research internship with Dr. Darie and will work with Dr. Darie’s team to prepare a presentation about his research for the SURE conference at the end of his internship.

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Mary Williams

Mary Williams is in her Junior year at Clarkson University and is pursuing a major in Biology. She is a member of Clarkson's Ultimate Frisbee Club as well as the Ski Club. Mary also horseback rides at a barn in St. Regis Falls. For the past two summers, Mary has worked for Heritage Christian Services in her hometown of Webster, NY. This organization services individuals with developmental disabilities. This past summer, she also began working for People Inc. People Inc provides respite workers for families who have members with a developmental disability. Mary plans to graduate in December 2014 and wishes to participate in a medical brigade in Africa.

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Ashley Brisbin

Ashley Brisbin is a sophomore at Clarkson University and is pursuing a major in Biology with a concentration of Pre-Physcian Assistant. She is a member of the Clarkson University Honors Program, Tri-Beta Honors Society, Doctors Without Boarders Club, Field Hockey Club, St. Jude's Up Til' Dawn EBoard Team, Delta Zeta Sorority, President of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club, and a volunteer at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Ashley also enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and being on the lake during the summer. For the past two summers, Ashley has worked with a disabled child affected by the CMV virus. This past summer, she also took a Licensed Nursing Assistant class, and is planning on working at a local hospital or nursing home this summer. She is also traveling to Guatemala for two weeks this summer to work in rural communities and participate in setting up medical clinics. Ashley plans to graduate in May 2016 and is planning on pursuing a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

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Earl Cash

Earl Cash graduated from Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School in Utica, New York in 2011. He is currently a junior pursuing a BS in chemical engineering. After recently taking classes pertaining to biology and biochemistry and learning of their applications to chemical engineering, Earl has developed a special interest in biochemical engineering and its applications to pharmaceutical development. Earl's long term goal is to work for a company that specializes in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

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Rachel A. Skavina

Rachel is currently studying chemical engineering as a senior at Clarkson University, with a concentration in biomolecular engineering and a minor in chemistry. Her special interests include pharmaceuticals, drug discovery, and biotechnology. She holds executive board positions as president of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. and an officer of Clarkson Univerity Archery Club as well as being an active member of Clarkson University Dance Ensemble, Pep Band, SWE, and AIChE. Rachel plans to graduate in May 2014 and pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Devika Channaveerappa, M.S., Ph.D. Student

Devika received her BS and MS in Biotechnology at Bangalore University, Bangalore, India. Her interest of study includes Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. During her MS studies, she did a project on - Detection of ANXA225 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Sickle Cell patients. The project included application of tools like PCR, RFLP and Electrophoresis to detect the presence of SNP in Sickle Cell patients. She has also worked on the Separation of Blue Dextran and protein with Gel Filtration Chromatography and also Purification and Characterization of Parvalbumin protein. While working in these projects, she developed a keen interest in the field of Protein Chemistry and Proteomics.

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Ledwin Amaro

Ledwin is currently a chemical engineering senior at Clarkson University. His interest of study includes the pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and anything related toward the medical field. Ledwin is currently involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Clarkson. He is set to graduate in May 2014 and continue his interest of study either in graduate school or in a pharmaceutical company. Ledwin’s intermediate goal is to graduate with a degree in chemical engineering and pursuing a job in the pharmaceutical industry and his long term goal is being productive in the pharmaceutical industry doing good and helping people have a better standard of living.

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Megan Borland

Megan Borland is a sophomore at Clarkson University, majoring in Biomolecular Science with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is in the Honors Program and serves on the Honors Council as a student representative. She is also a member of Theta Phi Alpha, a leader for the local Girl Scout Troop, and the secretary of the university’s acapella group, the “Golden Knotes.” She is interested in pursuing a career in research, particularly in pharmaceuticals surrounding conditions such as Autism. Her passion stems from her experiences with her sister with Autism, and her fascination with science and medicine. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities like skiing, biking and hiking and enjoys volunteering in her community through her school groups and church. She is the founder of a program that collects Christmas gifts for kindergarteners in her local community, which she distributes each December. This spring she is studying abroad in Australia at Griffith University for the semester and will return in the summer to work on research at Clarkson University. After graduating in May 2016 she plans on continuing her studies in graduate school.

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Emmalyn J. Dupree

Emmalyn Dupree graduated from Massena Central School, New York, in 2012. She is now a sophomore at Clarkson University and pursuing a major in Biomolecular Science and a minor in Biology. As work study, she works for the chemistry department in the chemistry stockroom. Emmalyn started research in Dr. Darie’s lab in the spring semester of sophomore year, and plans to continue research during the summer.

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Loredana Lupu

Loredana studied physics in the Department of Medical Physics. She also works in the Glycoproteomics and Mass Spectrometry Laboratory led by Prof. Dr. Alina Zamfir. Next year she will study in the Department of Physics applied in Medicine as a MS student in Prof. Zamfir’s lab.

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Adrian Robu

Adrian studied physics in the Department of Medical Physics. He also works in the Glycoproteomics and Mass Spectrometry Laboratory led by Prof. Dr. Alina Zamfir. Next year he will study in the Department of Physics applied in Medicine as a MS student in Prof. Zamfir’s lab.


Xulan Deng

Xulan Deng is a freshman at Clarkson University, majoring in Biomolecular Science and Chemistry. She is in the Honors Program and an Aspire and CSTEP Scholar. She is also the Representative of the Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers, and a Clarkson Intercultural Ambassador. She has begun to do research since her first summer here at Clarkson, and she found herself enjoy doing research. She is interested in doing research related to life sciences and cellular biology. She wants to become a biochemist in the future to carry out the study of life at the molecular level, the study of gene expression as well as the chemical reactions in metabolism, reproduction, and immune response, in order to develop new methods and products to cure diseases. She is also interested in food science and related health issues, and she imagine herself conducting research in food science, developing new methods and solutions to worldwide health problems. She enjoys doing sports, especially basketball and table tennis and she loves hiking, cooking and running. She plans to go to graduate school after she will graduate in May, 2018.


Jonathan Zurmuhlen

Jon is a senior Bio-Molecular Science major at Clarkson University. He started his research career with Dr. Paul Goulet in February 2014, studying the formation of tetraoctylammonium complexes with bridging and non-bridging Pd(II) or Pt(II) halide anions, as well as mechanistic studies into the Brust-Schiffrin synthesis of thiolate-protected palladium and platinum nanoparticles under the direction of Jennifer Sidletsky. He has written a variety of procedures such as kinetic complex syntheses and complex inter-conversion testing. Jon’s analytical experience includes the use of NMR, UV-VIS, IR, TEM and RAMAN. In the field of molecular biology Jon has learned and used techniques such as PCR, cloning techniques, transformation, and SDS-Page, as well as operated the equipment associated with those techniques. He is currently studying HPLC and Mass Spectrometry under the supervision of Dr. Costel Darie. Jon is a teaching assistant for cellular and molecular biology lab. He is an active member in Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, as well as an E-Board member of the Clarkson Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity chapter. He hopes to pursue a career in bio-molecular research or as an analytical chemist.


Matthew DeMatteo

Matthew DeMatteo graduated from Rome Free Academy high school, Rome New York, in 2010. He came to Clarkson University in the fall of 2012 and is now a senior set to graduate in spring of 2015 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. After participating in Dr. Darie’s biochemistry class Matthew became interested in doing research in the Darie Lab to get hands on experience with techniques useful in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.


Jessica Roberge

Jessica Roberge graduated from Souhegan High School in Southern New Hampshire in 2013 and is now a junior at Clarkson University in New York. She is working towards a double major in Biomolecular Science and Chemical Engineering. She also works in the chemistry stockroom during the school year. Jessica started doing research in Dr. Darie's lab in the summer after her sophomore year as a McNair Scholar.

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Willem Duckworth

Willem is currently a sophomore at Clarkson University, and is working to earn a BS in Chemistry. He graduated from Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT, in 2014. Willem joined Dr. Darie's lab in the fall semester of his sophomore year.

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Cassia Chapman

Cassia Chapman is a senior Biology major with a minor in Communication. She participates actively in the community as well as on campus with her involvement in the Golden Knotes and Theta Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation, Cassia will be attending Graduate school for a concentration in Regenerative Medicine or Bioethics

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Ashley Boryczka

Ashley Boryczka is a Chemistry and Biomolecular Science major at Clarkson University, Class of 2018. She joined the lab in September 2015.

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Jennifer Boryczka

Jennifer Boryczka is a Chemistry and Biomolecular Science major. She is expecting to graduate in 2018 with a bachelor's degree. Jenn started in the lab in September of 2015.

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Jamie N. Schwab

Jamie is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering and Minors in both Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering. She is very interested in Research and Development but she is not sure yet which companies she is most interested in. She really loves both Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Proctor and Gamble. Jamie is from right outside Buffalo NY. She went to Attica High School and graduated in 2013. She came to Clarkson University in awe of all the amazing opportunities and I am very happy that I did. She am not only interested in courses and clubs that have to do with her major but she is also very involved in clubs and courses that have nothing to do with her academics. She believes it is important to be skilled all around. She took shop classes and she is involved in the Concrete Canoe, and loves new experiences. She also has an on campus job as a First Year Seminar Peer Educator.

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Tracy O'Hern

Tracy is a senior chemical engineering major with a concentration in biomolecular engineering and minors in Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, and Project Management. She was an RA for two years and is now a Resident Director for Residence Life. Tracy is the academic excellence chairman for Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity and is a member of the Clarksonian Yearbook team. Tracy enjoys water skiing, snowmobiling, traveling, playing volleyball, and playing tennis. After graduation, she is looking to start her career and eventually get a master's degree. She was a Research and Development intern at SI Group in Niskayuna, NY. In 2012, she went to Nicaragua on a medical mission and since then, she has had a strong interest in pharmaceuticals and research and development. She hopes to make a difference in the life science industry using her leadership and problem solving skills.

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André Lockhart

André is a senior at Clarkson University, majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry and concentration in Biomolecular Engineering. He is interested in pharmaceuticals and would like to improve drug delivery methods. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family in France and Portugal as well as playing golf.

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Ian Mundy

Ian is a freshman from Lyme, New Hampshire currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with the interest in a double major with molecular biology. He graduated from Thetford Academy in the spring of 2015 and came to Clarkson as a Freshman that fall. He started working in the lab in the Spring of 2016. Ian is interested in studying the biological basis for disease on the molecular and genetic level as well as the potentially beneficial applications for genetically modified organisms in society. Ian is also a member of the Outing Club and the Track Club at Clarkson and enjoys running, hiking, and skiing during his free time.

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Oscar Mario Rodriguez

Oscar Mario Rodriguez obtained his Biology BS and a Minor in Art and Art History from St. Lawrence University in 2014. His work focused on the proficiency and practicality of scientific research methods regarding cell biology, cell cultures, organic chemistry, histology and confocal/SEM microscopy. Oscar worked on the transfection of Green Fluorescent Protein into B12 mammalian cells and tested different combinations of fluorescent/confocal microscopy staining for Xenopus laevis tadpole tissues in order to further study vertebrate metamorphosis. He is a devoted individual to science and the benefits scientific research can provide to others. He began working in Costel Darie's Proteomics lab as a research technician in Spring 2016.

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Marius Mihasan, Ph.D.

Marius Mihasan received his MS and PhD in biochemistry at the Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. He worked as a Junior Scientist and PostDoc Fellow at the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg, Germany and at the Romanian Institute for Research and Development in Biology, Bucharest, Romania. He is now establishing his own research group at the Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania and he is focusing on molecular organization and evolution of the nicotine catabolic pathway from Arthrobacter nicotinovorans.

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Lynette Smith

Lynette Smith graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 2014. She is a junior Chemical Engineering major with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and a concentration in Biomolecular Engineering. She is an active member on the Student Athletic Association Committee and captain of the Clarkson’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Through athletics, she is able to organize and participate in many events within the community.

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Jacob Lux

Jacob graduated from Holland Patent Central School, New York, in 2014. He is transferring from Mohawk Valley Community College to the University of Buffalo in fall 2017 as a Biochemistry major. Jacob has spent the last year and a half as an intern at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory researching the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on the cardiac proteome, done in collaboration with Dr. Darie’s lab. Jacob started research in Dr. Darie’s lab in May, and plans to continue throughout the summer.

 

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German Martinez

German is a junior currently pursing a bachelor's of science degree. He will be joining Dr. Darie's lab in Spring 2018. He is currently part of CUPO, TriBeta (Biological Honor Society), and Phi Delta Epsilon (Co-medical fraternity). He is interested in going to graduate school for immunology and working in a pharmaceutical company afterwards.

 

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Danielle Whitham

Danielle is in her sophomore year at Clarkson University pursuing a degree in Chemistry. She is a member of the Clarkson University Women's Softball team. Other than softball, Danielle enjoys reading, fishing and spending time with her family and dogs. Her main career goal is to work at a pharmaceutical company doing research and development.

 

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Desmond Horowitz

Desmond graduated from Hebron Academy, Hebron, Maine, in 2014. He is a senior Chemistry and Bio-molecular sciences duel major. Desmond is also the treasurer of Unconventional Professionals, one of Clarkson's Professional societies, and is apart of the ski club. Last year he was a research assistant for Dr. Andreescu and plans to start research in Dr. Darie's lab.

 

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Sydney Stradtman

Sydney is a sophomore at Clarkson, majoring in Biomolecular Sciences. She briefly was exposed to research as a junior in high school through the University at Buffalo's Center for Excellence. She was working under a team of doctors that had access to Roswell Park Cancer Institute's medical records of patients that had gastrointestinal cancers. They studied the linkage between factors such as, obesity, illnesses resulting from obesity, and medications used to treat these illnesses, and the obtainment of a gastrointestinal cancer. She decided to carry out her interest in research at Clarkson in hopes of acquiring a career as a Virologist. She also is a member of the orchestra on campus and works at the Knightline Phonathon where she gets to interact with alumni and gain knowledge on how to pursue her career after graduating.

 

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Madhuri Jayathirtha, MS.

Madhuri received her MS in Biotechnology at Georgetown University, Washington D.C and her BS and MS in Biotechnology at Bangalore University, Bangalore, India. Her interest of study includes Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. During her MS studies, she worked on Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer research project. The project included laboratory techniques like Cell Culture, cDNA preparation, RT-PCR and ELISA. After graduating, she worked as an Associate Scientist at Covance, Inc in Chantilly, VA where she developed an interest to work in the field of Proteomics.

 

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Cristiana Dumbraveanu, MS.

Cristiana is a MS student from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. She has a bachelor degree in Biology and came at Clarkson University as an Erasmus+ exchange student to broaden her knowledge, exchange points of view and most importantly learn from professionals. Besides the scientific experience, it is also an excellent way to improve her language skills and embrace other cultures of the world.

 

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Alicia Bushey

Alicia graduated from Colonie Central High School in 2016. She's a junior chemical engineering major with a concentration in biomolecular engineering. Alicia is currently part of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society) and a member of Clarkson University women's soccer team. She is interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field.

 

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William Petrus Theodorus Maria van Doorn, MS.

William received a BS in Chemistry and his MS in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). He is a PhD-student currently at the department of Clinical Chemistry in Maastricht. William will be performing research in Dr. Darie's lab as part of his PhD-trajectory. His project will mainly will involve ESI-MS and LC-MS/MS to study nitroimidazole modification of model proteins.

 

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Shelby Alwine

Shelby is a freshman at Clarkson, majoring in Biomolecular Science. She is a member and the fundraising chair of Tri-Beta, the Biology Honors Society. She is interested in pursuing a future career as a psychiatrist or geneticist. Outside of school, she enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, travel, and participating in equestrian competitions.

 

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Jessica Beverly

Jess is a senior Biomolecular Science major at Clarkson University. She is heavily involved in Clarkson's Alumni Association. Her love for research stems from a long family history of genetic health issues and a desire to help them. When she is not in class, she is most likely watching Netflix with her roommates or playing with her dog. Jess's plans for after graduation are to get a job and eventually teach at the high school or college level.

 

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Zach Sechrist

Zach is pursuing a double major in Biomolecular science and Chemistry. He is a member of Clarkson’s colleges against cancer and doctor’s without borders. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and rock climbing. He wishes to pursue a PhD in biochemistry and later work for a pharmaceutical company performing research and development.

 

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Brianna Larose

Brianna is a sophomore Honors student at Clarkson University. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry. She is interested in pursuing a career in research and development in the pharmaceuticals industry. She is a member of the Clarkson Women’s Rugby Team and AIChE. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking and camping. After graduating in May 2021, she plans on continuing her studies in graduate school.

 

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