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We asked some BMB alumni to give us an update about where they are today. Following graduation, BMB students have many opportunities. Please check out their stories. They have great wisdom and experience to share!


Heather Agnew, Ph.D., Class of 2003Heather Agnew

The experiences I had as an undergraduate research assistant at Penn State prepared me well for pursuing a career in scientific research.  Undergraduate research gave me the opportunity to develop laboratory skills and a creative approach toward solving scientific problems, and it supported my classroom education. Read more about Heather...

 

 

Thomas Bodenstine

Thomas M. Bodenstine, Ph.D., Class of 2004

The relationships I formed with the faculty members in the BMB Department have been long standing and help to highlight the incredibly supportive environment the BMB Department offers to incoming students in the context of academic and professional development. Read more about Thomas...

 


Patrick ByrnePatrick Byrne, Class of 2010
One learns about science in the classroom, but one learns to be a scientist in the laboratory. At Penn State I studied in the Chemistry Department while working in the Bryant laboratory in the BMB Department. Read more about Patrick...

 

 

Douglas DiGirolamo

Douglas J. DiGirolamo, Ph.D., Class of 2001

I didn't truly appreciate the quality and depth of instruction I received from the Penn State BMB faculty until years later, when graduate coursework seemed more like a cursory review and the lab was like a second home.

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Anthony Filiano, Ph.D., Class of 2001

I graduated from the Microbiology program in 2001. During my tenure at Penn State, I most enjoyed how hands-on research experience is stressed in the lab curriculum, in addition to the ample research opportunities available to undergraduates. Read more about Anthony...

 

 

 

Zachary Gerhart-Hines-2Zachary Gerhart-Hines, Ph.D., Class of 2004

I'm indebted to Penn State for the classroom education and laboratory experience I received from the Eberly College of Science. The wide array of topics addressed within the BMB curriculum established a solid base from which I was able to develop as a scientist. Read more about Zachary...

 

 

Natalie HutnickNatalie Hutnick, Ph.D., Class of 2006

The Penn State BMB degree provides an exceptional framework for future success. As a first year Ph.D. student, I was able to opt out of some of the introductory courses and take classes that I found more interesting and relevant to my career goals because my classes from Penn State were so advanced. Read more about Natalie...

 

 

 

Fanny KippelenFanny Kippelen, Class of 2007

I started college thinking that I wanted to eventually go to medical school, but I did not want to major in premed just in case I changed my mind. I chose to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology because I was interested in the subject and knew that the classes would challenge me and provide me with a solid education. Read more about Fanny...

 

 

Diana KolbeDiana Kolbe, Class of 2003

Even though I've moved away from doing bench research into the area of computational analysis, my background in Molecular Biology has been really important for understanding how the data is generated, and based on that, what the experiment can (or can't) tell you.
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Kim PayneKim Payne, Ph.D., Class of 2006

I credit the BMB program and the excellent research opportunities at Penn State for providing me with the background, skills, and attitude needed to continue on to a successful research career in academia. Read more about Kim...

 

 

 

Zach Reitman Aug 2011Zach Reitman, Class of 2006
I graduated from Penn State with a BMB major in 2006 and am currently an M.D./Ph.D. student at Duke University. I've completed two years of medical school and three years of my Ph.D. training in a top-notch brain tumor genetics laboratory. My experience as a BMB major at Penn State laid the foundation for success after graduation. Read more about Zach...

 

 

Michael StitzelMichael Stitzel, Ph.D., Class of 2000
BMB at Penn State provided the best of both worlds for me during my undergraduate years.  Penn State is a large university with a commitment to undergraduate research, so the resources and opportunities are plentiful—a potential double-edged sword. The BMB major made this potentially overwhelming environment much more intimate and nurturing. Read more about Michael

 

 

 

Christopher Vakoc, Ph.D., Class of 2001Christopher Vakoc

The BMB program at Penn State has had an immense impact on my career, where I was first introduced to the principles of molecular biology.
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Holly WolcottHolly Wolcott, Class of 2008

Like most aspiring scientists, I knew little about what it meant to do research when I applied to colleges. What I did know was that I loved science and wanted to learn more about it.  My experiences at Penn State cultivated my passion for learning and my desire to pursue a research career grew each year.  Read more about Holly...

 

 

 


Josh YoderJosh Yoder, Ph.D., Class of 2000

Being in the BMB department gave me the opportunity to join a lab that allowed me to explore my interests while gaining valuable practical experience and a chance to evaluate my interest in a research career in a real world environment rather than just a classroom exercise. 
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