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Biochemistry alum (BS'18) Angelica Lackey recently attended the 6th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies for Neurological Disorders in Jeju, Korea.  There she learned about the "individualization of ketogenic therapies (leaning toward personalized medicine), the gut-brain-microbiome relationship and influence on diet efficacy/seizure control, use of the diet for status epilepticus (a dangerous condition in which someone seizes continuously without recovering consciousness), and evidence proposing indications for the diet in other neurological disorders (largely solid tumors and autism)."

She was inspired by "the eager and gracious collaboration between diet centers and amongst countries; also the enthusiasm for basic, translation, and clinical research and application of ketogenic therapies for refractory disease types and as adjuvant therapy to enhance efficacy and overall standard of care was invigorating and inspirational (to say the least)"

Angelica adds that she will  continue to pursue this field and believes that her success "thus far largely stems from the education and support I received from SU.  She adds that her success can speak to the potential of SU SOS’s Capstone experience and independent research projects."

Chemistry faculty member Tracey Mason lives in the watershed area of the Gunpowder River in Perry Hall. Because of this, she was eligible for a grant from the Gunpowder Valley Conservacy's Clear Creeks Program: a "grant-funded, citizen-based initiative to restore the water quality of the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, Bird River, and Lower Gunpowder Falls watersheds in Baltimore County. " Dr. Mason and volunteers (including Stevenson faculty members and students and even some Towson University students!) installed a native plants rain garden, which serves to filter runoff from hers and nearby homes before ending up in the storm drain. The event included a presentation on Bay-Wise practices then the planting of native plants, shrubs and grasses.  It was a great day to learn about Chesapeake Bay conservation! 


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' 15) Kathryn Merrick Jendras got married earlier this month to long time boyfriend, Casey. Kathryn also recently completed her doctorate of physical therapy degree at the University Maryland at Baltimore and is now a practicing physical therapist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.  Kathryn also stays active in the department, serving on alumni panels for Stevenson Future Scholars Day.  Congratulations Kathryn we are so proud of your accomplishments! 


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". 


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