Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
943 College Mall
Wooster, OH 44691
Wooster graduates with degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhave chosen careers in a broad range of fields, from medicine, biological research, veterinary medicine, environmental law, exercise physiology, and cytotechnology, to art illustration, teaching, wildlife and fisheries management, evolutionary biology, and public health. Over half our graduates go on to continue their education at professional schools such as medical, veterinary, dental, or nursing schools at schools like Case Western, The Ohio State University, or Washington University (St. Louis) or in graduate programs at universities such as Yale, Michigan, UC Davis, UCLA, Columbia, Harvard, George Washington University, and Duke.
Zena Lapp '14
After returning from Bolivia, Zena applied to graduate schools, and recently started a PhD program at the University of Michigan studying bioinformatics. She entered through an umbrella program in biomedical science (PIBS).
She's taking three classes (intro to bioinformatics, math of biological networks, and probability theory) and doing a research rotation. She will do three rotations in different labs. After the first year, she will choose which of those labs to join. Her first rotation was with Evan Snitkin(microbiology) studying a hospital pathogen outbreak, second (and current) rotation is with Melissa Duhaime(ecology and evolutionary biology) studying virus-microbe interactions during a harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie.
Outside of academics, she's been exploring Ann Arbor and running a lot (doing a second marathon on Sunday)! She's hoping to join the triathlon club.
Allyson Palmer '10
Allyson has just started her 5th year living in Minnesota, and 5th year of the MD-Ph.D program at Mayo Clinic (she's finished the first two years of medical school, and 2 years of Ph.D training). She expects to graduate in 2018 with both degrees. She is pursuing her Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences, and her thesis is focused on the role of cellular senescence (cellular "aging") in Type II Diabetes. She bought a house in Rochester, Minnesota in 2012.
Kathryn "KC" Sullivan '13
KC just started her Ph.D in Immunology in a joint graduate training program with University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Elise Ann "Meyers" Geist Duwe '09
Elise is currently working on an MD/Ph.D through the Medical Scholars Program and Department of Sociology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-director of the student-run free clinic, a health workshop teacher through the Education Justice Project at Danville Correctional Center, and a core member of the Global Health Initiative Illinois-Njala University Partnership. In January of this past year, she married Henry Duwe, a graduate student in Computer Engineering.
Eric Sullivan '11
Eric is going into his 4th year of the Doctoral Program in Chemical Biology at the University of Michigan. He works for Dr. Carol Fierke, a renowned enzymologist and chair of the chemistry department at Michigan. His work focuses on the human Histone Deacetylase enzymes. Since leaving Wooster, he co-authored two additional publications. Most recently, "An Unbiased Approach To Identify Endogenous Substrates of Histone Deacety-lase 8." in ACS Chemical Biology. Before that was "An Enzyme Coupled Assay Measuring Acetate Production for Profiling Histone Deacetylase Specificity." in Analytical Biochemistry.
Yujing Zhao '12
After graduation, Yujing worked at the Cleveland Clinic and subsequently Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh as a research technician. This fall, she enrolls in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a member of the class of 2018.
Brian Lupish '13
Brian begun his Masters degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on medical product innovation. He is also doing some part time work with Fourth River Solutions, a student run consulting group that advises medical device start-up companies in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Jason Bowie '08
After finishing medical school in the spring of 2012, Jason and his wife moved to San Diego where he started his residency in General Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. After completing his first year of residency, he received orders to the USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) where he is the senior medical officer for 325-375 sailors. In July 2014, USS COMSTOCK left for deployment. They are part of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group and will promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid and disaster response while supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Sarah "Drewes" Jones '04
Sarah received her MS in Nutrition/Dietetics and is a registered/licensed dietitian. She is currently pursuing my PhD in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. She also works full-time at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, a center funded by the CDC and housed at Case Western. Her main role is project manager of the IMPACT study, a 7-year NIH grant-funded study focusing on child-hood obesity in Cleveland middle school students. Sarah has also worked on several community-based participatory research studies around nutrition and physical activity. She is a preceptor for nutrition students as well. Sarah currently lives in Lakewood, Ohio, got married 2 years ago, and has an 11 month old daughter.
Seth Maurer '10
Seth is currently a 4th year medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be graduating in May. He is currently applying for residencies.
Colleen Bartman '12
Colleen was selected for an interview at the University of Colorado Denver Cell Biology, Stem Cells, and Development program.
Jordan Welker '11
The lab Jordan was with at the University of Virginia recently published a paper to PNAS. He is currently rotating through a developmental genetics lab working with platynereis and cloning the large conserved Fox (forkhead domain) gene family.
Kimberly "Krall" Gilson '10
Kim has been working at the Lake County Crime Laboratory in Painesville, Ohio for 4 years. Her title is Forensic Chemist. She analyzes solid dose evidence for the presence of controlled substances.
Alexandra "Lexie" Kuzmishin '13
Lexie is currently a second year graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she is working towards earning a Ph.D in Biochemistry via The Ohio State Biochemistry Program. She works in Dr. Karin Musier-Forsyth's Laboratory where they are characterizing the substrate specificity and metabolic roles of a recently-discovered class of enzymes, the trans-editing proteins of the INS-Like Superfamliy. This year, she will take her "candidacy exam" which will establish her as an official Ph.D student, and will begin teaching undergraduate biology courses at OSU.