Alumni Updates

Miami alums at the 2018 BCCE conference.Kim (Linenberger) Cortes (PhD 2012), Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, recently attended the BCCE meeting at the University of Notre Dame. While there, she ran into and had lunch with some of our alums: Matt Rouhier (PhD 2011), Kerry (Lucas) Rouhier (PhD 2008), John Trombley (PhD 2011), and Michael Fay (MS 2008).

Bretz group at BCCE.Past and present members of the Bretz group gathered for dinner at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, held at the University of Notre Dame from July 28 - August 2, 2018. Pictured from left to right: Mary Beth Anzovino (postdoc 2014-2015, now Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College), Cindy Luxford (Ph.D. 2013, now Assistant Professor at Texas State University), Michael Fay (M.S. 2008, now high school chemistry teacher at St. Henry High School), Tim Abell (Ph.D. student), Greg Allen (postdoc 2016-2017, now Assistant Professor at Mendocino College), Michael Croisant (M.S. student), Jason Marko (Ph.D. student), Sarah Fullington (Ph.D. student), Zahilyn Roche Allred (Ph.D. student), Kim Linenberger Cortes (Ph.D. 2011, now Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University), LaKeisha McClary (postdoc 2010-2012, now Assistant Professor at George Washington University), Stacey Lowery Bretz, Maia Popova (Ph.D. 2018, now postdoc at University of Nebraska Lincoln).

Mike Crowder and Mahesh Aitha.

Dr. Mahesh Aitha (Ph.D. 2015) stopped by to visit his Ph.D. mentor, Michael Crowder. After Miami, Mahesh completed a 3-year postdoctoral position at Penn State University working in Steve Benkovic’s lab. Mahesh is now a Scientist at NIH, working at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Marc WadsworthMarc Wadsworth (BS Chemistry 2014) is a graduate student at MIT, working in the lab of Alex Shalek. Ellen Yezierski, who was on sabbatical at Harvard, met with Marc, and he gave Ellen a tour of the MIT campus. Marc’s research interests center on the development and application of new technologies to elucidate how cells and their interactions lead to system-level functions in health and disease. Marc was a co-developer of Seq-Well, a massively-parallel single-cell RNA-Seq platform for low-input clinical samples. He has since applied Seq-Well and related methods to examine, at unprecedented resolution, the ecosystems of M. tuberculosis and Malaria infections. While at Miami, Marc worked in the lab of Jon Scaffidi.

Carolyn Turner (BA Chemistry and English, 2016) is currently working as a scheduler and legislative assistant to a US Representative from Utah in Congress. She manages the congressman’s portfolio in healthcare, science, and technology. Gary Lorigan met with her when he was recently in Washington, serving on a NIH study panel.

Shengqian Ma (Ph.D. Chemistry 2008) was highlighted in the October 1st edition of C&E News. Shengqian is currently a Professor at the University of South Florida. While at Miami, Shengqian worked in the lab of Hongcai Zhou.

Bo Wang (Ph.D. Chemistry 2014) has accepted a faculty position at North Carolina A&T State University. After Miami, Dr. Wang was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Texas at Austin and then a Facilities Manager at Texas A&M. At Miami, Bo worked in the lab of Michael Kennedy.

Cameron Jamshidi Cameron Jamshidi (BS Biochemistry 2016) is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University working in Mark Foster’s lab. Gary Lorigan met him at the NMR Gateway Meeting in Pittsburgh in November 2018.