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Chemistry junior, Ryan Drazenovic, has found that he loves research.  In the fall, Ryan started his first research experience, working with Dr. Jason Sonnenberg, on computational research.  He is excited to be able to share the results of his research at the American Chemical Society meeting in Denver next month.  In the summer, Ryan will be expanding his research experience by spending time in the lab with Dr. Tim Dwyer, studying a biochemistry project as part of the Summer Science Scholars' Program (S3RP).  In addition, Ryan is already deciding which faculty member he wants to work with in his senior year!  Ryan is a student in our BS/MS program in chemistry/forensic sciences.  He looks forward to combining his love of research with forensics towards a career in forensics research! 

Juniors Makik Naanaa, Robert Chen and Ryan Drazenovic (left to right) each completed a research project in the fall on a project related to the Hepatitis C Virus.  Malik and Robert worked with Dr. Dawn Ward on the synthesis inhibitors of the virus using organic chemistry laboratory techniques.  Ryan worked with Dr. Jason Sonnenberg on using computational molecular modeling to determine which compounds work best at bonding metals that may lead to the inhibition of the virus.  They all presented their research at the School of the Sciences Poster Session in December.

Biochemistry senior Kathryn Merrick completed an Honors Capstone internship at Medstar NRH Rehabilitation Network in Bel Air, working with Heather Kohlbus, the Head Athletic Trainer for the Baltimore Blast.  In addition to all that she learned at the Rehabilitation Center, Kathryn also wrote her honors paper on the assessment of concussions.  Kathryn looks forward to applying all that she learned through her Capstone internship when she starts graduate school in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland in fall 2015  She is shown here with Dr. Ellen Roskes, department chair.

Senior Josh Johnson worked at Giant Pharmacy for his capstone internship.  Josh really enjoyed interning there and learning how to fill prescriptions, make phone calls to patients and operate the robot Giant uses to count pills.  Josh is shown here at the School of the Sciences Poster Session discussing his work on whether over-the-counter drugs with the potential for abuse should be better monitored.  

For her Capstone project, Adrianna Lucente completed an internship at Tetra Tech, an engineering and environmental consulting firm in Owings Mills.  She studied contaminants from pharmaceuticals that are found in our water supply and presented her findings at the School of the Sciences Poster Session in December.  Anna is very passionate about environmental issues and looks forward to a career in this area of chemistry after her graduation in May.  

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