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Recent graduate, Ian Liyayi (Biochem '18) presented his work with Dr. Tracey Mason in the spring 2018 semester at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Indianapolis earlier this month.  Ian is currently enrolled in  a yearlong research intensive, NIH funded post baccalaureate training program at the University of Georgia. He is also actively applying to Ph.D. programs and for an NIH graduate research fellowship, which he can use during graduate research.

While you were on the couch in a post-meal food coma or shopping for Black Friday bargains, these dedicated alumni were doing their part to keep the streets of Baltimore safe. Erika Harden (left, BS'14/MS'15) and Shelby Litz (BS'15/MS'16) were recently photographed on the job with Baltimore Police-Forensics by WJZ-TV CBS affiliate. More photos and the complete story can be seen here.

                          

Biochemistry alum Jasmin Ramirez began working at GeneDx shortly after graduating in December 2017 with her BS in Biochemistry. GeneDx provides genetic testing, specializing in rare disorders. Their goal is to make their sequencing services available for patients and their families, not just medical professionals. Jasmin is a MicroArray lab technician and is fully trained to complete Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification assays in order to prepare DNA samples for sequencing on one of their multi-channel DNA analyzers. Jasmin is also lucky to work right next door to fellow alum, Sade Lucas. When asked how her Stevenson education helped prepare her, Jasmin stated: "I think my Stevenson education prepared me for the workplace really well. My last semester I took cell bio and it touched back on some techniques to test for DNA mutations such as Microarray which got me interested in the department I’m currently working in. Also having the independent research opportunities, integrative biochem lab, and the capstone internship definitely made a huge difference. It gave me more confidence in the lab independently and to ask help when needed. All of my professors were and still are always helpful in and outside of classrooms with real world advice."

                 

Biochemistry alum (BS'18) Kourtney Wells recently landed a position with Orisis Therapeutics, Inc.  as a Manufacturing Operator. Specifically she will be helping in the manufacture of  products made from donated placental tissue. These products are used to provide wound closure alternatives for surgical patients. The company also produces allograft cartilage products that are used in knee replacement surgery. When asked how her Stevenson education prepared her for the working world, Kourtney commented "The education that I got at Stevenson prepared me first through learning skills in the classroom such as aseptic technique that I can apply directly to things that I am doing in my job. My education also prepared me by learning to ask questions and be fully informed. Also through my capstone requirement I learned how to work in a professional setting". 

 

 

Morgan McCluskey Wirtz (Biochem '18) started this fall at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy.  She's very excited to be in pharmacy school and is very glad that she chose VCU.  "I am currently taking ten classes varying from communications to organic chemistry to health care systems. I’m beginning to memorize a portion of the top 300 prescription drugs, which might be one of my favorite things so far." Morgan encourages others at SU interested in pharmacy to get a lot of experience in a pharmacy before applying to pharmacy school- it's really helping her a lot!  Morgan just participated in the White Coat Ceremony, receiving her white coat and taking the Oath of Pharmacy Students.  The Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty at Stevenson are so proud of Morgan!