Eberly College of Science Student Marshals Chosen
Anna Wing, of State College, Pennsylvania; Grace Lee of State College, Pennsylvania; Jarrett Venezia of Denville, New Jersey; and Killian McNeill of Naperville, IL will be honored as the Eberly College of Science student marshals during the spring commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016, at the Penn State University Park campus.
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Anna Wing, who will be completing a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Minor in English, has a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and has been on the Dean’s list for all semesters. Wing has been selected as the Eberly College of Science Marshal.
Wing has been involved in BMB research in the lab of Dr. Joseph Reese. She has studied the links between processes of DNA repair and other metabolic mechanisms as well as the cell's responses to UV light and stress.
Wing is a graduate of State College Area High School. Her honors and achievements at PSU include: Braddock Scholar, Schreyer Honors College, DAAD-Rise internship in Freiburg, Germany, Presidential Leadership Academy.
After graduation, Wing will be working in Cancer research in the lab of Dr. Carl June at the University of Pennsylvania.
Grace Lee will be completing a major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology- Molecular and Cell Biology option, and a degree in Biology - Genetics and Developmental Biology option, while achieving being on the Dean’s list for all semesters and have a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Grace will serve as the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology marshal.
While referring to State College, PA as her hometown, she had her early childhood in South Korea, but came back to State College in 7th grade and graduated from State College Area High School.
Lee has completed two summer research internships: one at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and the other at the Penn State College of Medicine. She had fifth authorship on Cell Stem Cell publication from our lab on chemical reprogramming of human astrocytes into neurons.
Her honors and achievements at PSU include: Academic Scholarship Award, the Penn State Multicultural Resources Center (2016), John W. White Graduate Fellowship (2016), Evan Pugh Scholar Award (2015/2016), President Sparks Award (2014), and the President’s Freshman Award (2013). Lee was a student coordinator for AASIA (Asian American Students in Action) Mentoring Program and a student coordinator for SHC Career Development medical team.
She works in Dr. Gong Chen's lab in the Biology Department where she investigated the role of small molecule compounds in chemically reprogramming human astroglial cells into functional neurons. They use mouse models to study the effectiveness of our drug-mediated conversion therapy in treating neurodegenerative conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer's.
Lee has plans after graduation to attend medical school starting from summer of 2016. She has been accepted to various places, but the decision has not yet been finalized. Lee hopes to become a physician-scientist who communicates with patients and also leads biomedical innovation by conducting research.
Jarrett Venezia, who will be completing his major in Microbiology, has a 3.90 cumulative GPA and made the Dean's List every semester while at Penn State. He has been selected as the Microbiology marshal.
Venezia is a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School and his hometown is Denville, New Jersey. His honors and achievements while at PSU include: President's Freshman Award (2014), Daniel R. Tershak Memorial Scholarship in Molecular & Cell Biology (2014 & 2015).
He has done research under Dr. Manuel Llinás studying Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of parasites causing human malaria. His research interests include transcriptional regulation of the parasite's sexual life cycle and genome editing using CRISPR technology.
Venezia’s plans after graduation include continuing his research with Dr. Llinás part-time, as well as, doing research for the Chemistry Department part-time under Dr. Sheryl Dykstra. He will be teaching CHEM 213W full time in the fall and spring of next year. Ultimately, Venezia plans on ending up at graduate or medical school, once he figures out what he really want to do.
Killian McNeill will be completing his major in Biotechnology with a minor in Bioethics. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.97 and was on the dean’s list every semester. McNeill has been selected as the Biotechnology marshal.
McNeill graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL. He worked in the Peters laboratory, where he did mouse work and cell modification (culturing, genetic transfection using a viral vector) to study the protein PPAR beta/delta.
After college, McNeill intends to work and eventually enter medical school, and ultimately become an MD.