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Our curriculum and engaged faculty have prepared our students well for continuing their career pathways into many competitive programs in medicine and research. Kelly Wentz-Hunter, PhD Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biological, Physical and Health Sciences

Alumni and students of Roosevelt University science programs continue to earn prestigious graduate, professional, doctoral and clinical program placements. “As a department, we continue to be proud of our students’ successes,” said Prof. Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Chair of the Department of Biological, Physical and Health Sciences. “Our curriculum and engaged faculty have prepared our students well for continuing their career pathways into many competitive programs in medicine and research.” 

Here are some recent alumni and student successes:

Dina Alqaisi (MA Biomedical Sciences ‘18) was accepted into the University of Illinois Chicago Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing program for dentists trained outside of the United States. Dina began her doctoral studies this January.

Christi Andrzejewski
(BS Biology student) has been accepted into the Johns Hopkins University Summer Anatomy Institute. This 4-week intensive anatomy course is directed by medical school instructors and utilizes human cadavers.

Mohammad
Araghiniknam (MA Biomedical Sciences student) was accepted to the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatry doctoral program at Rosalind Franklin University for fall, 2019. The school is ranked number 5 in the nation for podiatry schools.

Alyssa Baker
(MA Biomedical Sciences ’18) was accepted into Midwestern University School of Dentistry for fall, 2019. 

Rashaun Blanchard
(MA Biomedical Sciences ’19) was accepted into medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts.  He will begin his studies in September.

Adrian Flores (BA Biology '19) has been accepted into the University of Nebraska Medical Center PhD program in Biomedical Sciences and the University of Kentucky PhD program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences. Both offers contain full funding and a generous annual stipend. Adrian is a Roosevelt University McNair Scholar.

Rachel Gray (BS Biology ’18) was accepted into Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine for summer, 2019.

Taneisha Griggs (MS Biology ‘17) has been accepted into the Michigan State University Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences [BRUSH] program for the summer. This NIH funded and highly competitive program is a 10-week summer program open to underrepresented students in biomedical research. Taneisha has also been accepted into the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall. She will begin the program after she completes the BRUSH summer program in August. 

Jacob Grygus (BS Chemistry student) was accepted into the Research Experience for Undergraduates [REU] program for the summer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. Jacob was awarded transportation, room and board and a generous stipend.

Michelle Jaskula-Dybka
(BS Biology ’19) has been accepted into the Masters of Science Cardiovascular Perfusion program at Rush University for fall, 2019.

Crystal Nguyen (BS Biochemistry '16) earned her MS in Pathology Assistant from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Health and has accepted a position in Los Angeles as a pathology assistant.

Ramya Ogirala (MS Biology '19) has been accepted into Ross Medical School for fall, 2019 and is awaiting further offers.

Jina Patel (BS Biology student) has been accepted into the Master's of Biotechnology program at Johns Hopkins University this summer.

Kajal Patel (MA Biomedical Sciences student) was accepted to five Doctorate of Podiatry schools and has selected Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine for fall, 2019. This is the top ranked podiatry school in the nation.

Dillion Putzler
(BS Biology ’17) has been accepted into the Loyola University Medical Science MA program.

Raul Quinones Fabela
(MA Biomedical Sciences student) was accepted into the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry for fall, 2019.

Cody Rounds
(BS Biochemistry ’19) has been accepted to multiple masters programs including the Illinois Institute of Technology MS in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics program and the University of Illinois at Rockford MS in Medical Biotechnology program. 

Shail Shah
(MA Biomedical Sciences ’19), Jessica Young (MA Biomedical Sciences ’18) and Ambernice Zalvala (BS Biology ’18) have been accepted into the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy PharmD program.

Kornelia Skowron
(BS Biochemistry '17) is a current PhD candidate at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She recently published “Recent Structural Advances in Constrained Helical Peptides” in Medicinal Research Reviews. Kornelia is the first author on this publication. 

Kerrigan Tobin
(BS Biology ’16) is completing her MS in Biology at Illinois State University. Her research, which she began with Roosevelt Prof. Susan Weiner, is on the influence of shifting temperature on bumble bee immune investment and parasite infection outcomes. Kerrigan has accepted a lab technician position with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, and Systematics Research Unit in Logan, Utah.

Rebecca Wilson
 (BS Biology ’15) has been accepted into the PhD program in Neuroscience at the University of California Davis with full funding. Rebecca recently earned her MS in Biology from DePaul University. 

Roosevelt allied health students continue to earn competitive clinical placements at Northwestern Memorial Hospital:

Makenzie Cooper
and Taylor Hoekstra were accepted into the clinical training program in radiation therapy technology this summer.

Cindy Feliciano and Miguel Hernandez were accepted into the clinical training program in radiography this fall.

Amanda Ferreira Lima
was accepted into the clinical training program for nuclear medicine technology this summer.

Tina Rios
 was accepted into both the nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy technology programs for this summer. She will make her decision soon on which program to pursue.

For more information about Roosevelt’s science programs, contact Prof. Kelly Wentz-Hunter.

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