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Congratulations to Joseph Klaus (BIO ‘12) who began medical school this fall at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Joe is shown here participating in the white coat ceremony, in which students receive their official medical coats....

Erin Smith, class of 2006, will be heading to Nepal this January with the Acupuncture Relief Project. She graduated with a Master’s degree in acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Erin has worked at the Blueberry Gardens Healing Center in Ashton and feels that this trip to Nepal will be a great experience for personal growth. The Acupuncture Relief Project is a nonprofit organization that sends practitioners to work in clinics set up by the Nepalese government in remote villages. For more information check out the following link: http://m.gazette.net/article/20141112/news/141119757/1124/a-healing-touch-ashton-acupuncturist-headed-to-nepal&template=frontpageMobile

The capstone work of Hadassa Guttman (BT, ’14) and several other scientists is being presented as a poster at a joint meeting between the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) and the Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. ISSX was founded in 1981 as an international group that studies the metabolism of foreign compounds. Hadassa completed her capstone internship at Bioreclamation IVT in Baltimore, MD, developing human liver cells as models for drug development. Her work is included in a poster, “Impact of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Human AOX1 on the Enzymatic Activity of Aldehyde Oxidase in Cryopreserved Human Hepatocytes” and in an industry sponsored symposium entitled “Extreme Donor Variability in Human Aldehyde Oxidase Activity: Pharmacogenomics and In Vitro Solutions.” The link to the abstract can be found here - http://issx.confex.com/issx/19NA/webprogrampreliminary/Paper34399.html
 

Jessica Forbes (BIO, '13) is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in biology at the Central University of Washington. CWU is the former home of a chimpanzee sanctuary made famous by one of its inhabitants, a chimp named Washoe, who was famous for sign language experiments in the 1960s.

CWU has since moved its chimps to a sanctuary in Canada, where Jessica will likely be travelling to gather data for her thesis research. In addition, she may also have the opportunity to travel to South Africa for her research. She plans to study either the conservation genetics of chimpanzees or the behavioral variations of some subspecies of chimps.

Of her program, she reports, "All of the faculty seem to be impressed with how many undergraduate research opportunities are available at SU and with some of the skills we learn in our courses! The students in our program can be trained in biology, anthropology, or psychology- so they're happy when students have experience with molecular biology techniques!" As an added bonus, Jessica enjoys great views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.

The Biology Department was thrilled to see one of our alums, Regina Portnoy (BIO, '04), featured on the back inside cover of the latest Ventures magazine! An excerpt from the article is below, and the whole article can be read at http://www.stevenson.edu/alumni-giving/profiles-alumni/regina-portnoy -

"Villa Julie was my No. 1 choice for an undergraduate school because of its excellent biology program, small classes, and individual attention to the students."

After graduating, Portnoy moved back to San Francisco to work for a biopharmaceutical company. After nearly eight years in the industry, she is currently serving as Senior Clinical Research Associate working on a clinical trial for ovarian cancer indications. In addition to other oncology trials, she has also helped initiate and set-up monitoring activities in cardiovascular transplant trials in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing the clinical-trial patients go on with a better quality of life,” Portnoy says. Along with working full-time, she is also earning a Master of Science degree in Regulatory Affairs.

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