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Jessica BondyI graduated from West Chester University in the Spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Microbiology Concentration). While at West Chester, I was a student research assistant in Dr. Fan's laboratory and studied the pathologic effects of the Haemophilus influenzae bacteria in mice. My experiences in research at WCU and training in animal handling techniques gave me the exposure necessary to further my career. I now work as a Research Coordinator/Technologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology working on Head and Neck Cancer Research.  I plan to return back to school to pursue a medical degree to become a physician.

Jacob Good Print

Jacob GoodAfter graduating from WCU in 2010 with a Biology B.S. Ed. and completing my student teaching in Philadelphia, I decided to travel and headed to Asia where I have been teaching in southern China for the past four years, first as an English teacher and now as a science teacher.  My certification, credentials, and experience helped me land a job as the Science Chair of an International School Department in Guangzhou, China.  The program is new, but our school has sent 100 Chinese students to American high schools in the past two years and is sending 70 this year.  Working with the dedicated professors at WCU helped me gain confidence in my subject material and I am now writing the Science Curriculum for the entire International Department.  I am also studying for a dual M.S. Ed. in Curriculum Development and Educational Leadership.
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Christopher Leeson

 My name is Christopher Leeson and I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology.  As I reflect on the past 4 years, I can honestly say that my biology professors were helpful, even outside of the classroom, in helping me decide and prepare for on my future career in Chiropractic Medicine.  Classes that helped me prepare were Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Organic Evolution, and Zoology.  The Biology courses really challenge but prepare you for future study.  As a result I was accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College.  Thank you to all the Biology professors for helping me with the next challenge in my life.

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Robyn LomenzoI transferred into Biology my sophomore year and graduated in 2013 with a BS in Biology (Ecology and Conservation).  I did not know what a positive impact the department would have on my life.  The Biology department offers many courses with hands-on labs.  One of the highlights of my time at WCU was the electric and passionate faculty.  They exposed me to a more global thinking mindset, large-scale environmental concerns, and how to critically assess these as an individual. After an internship at Tyler Arboretum, I was introduced to the native plant movement.  I went on to work at two small native plant nurseries, Longwood Gardens, and North Creek Nurseries.  Alongside my upper level courses and continued outside exposure, I developed a strong desire to work towards projects larger than myself restoring environmental sites and connecting to communities.  I am now extraordinarily happy to say I have been accepted at the State University of New York’s Environmental Science and Forestry College to pursue my Masters in Landscape Architecture.
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Amber Mays

I graduated from West Chester University Spring 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in General Biologyand a minor in Psychology.  I chose the general concentration so that I could gather experience in the many different areas of Biology.  As a result, I was able to form close collaborations with professors from different specialties.  Currently I am working at Colorcon Inc. as a Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician and plan to return to school to obtain my Masters degree.

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Lauren NeelI am currently a Master of Science student in Biology at Georgia Southern University.  My research interests broadly include the eco-physiology and evolution of lizards, particularly in understanding the physiological mechanisms that lizards employ to cope with environmental stressors, and how these processes can bring about evolutionary change.  For my Masters thesis I am examining the effects of thermal opportunity and habitat on sprinting performance in two populations of the Florida scrub lizard, Sceloporus woodi.  While pursuing my BS degree at West Chester University I gained valuable field and research experience working with university professors, as well as international researchers while studying abroad in Central America.  The skills I learned while at West Chester have heavily influenced where I am today and the kind of researcher I am becoming.
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Sofya OsharovichI graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Biology in 2013.  While at WCU, I conducted research in Dr. Fan's microbiology laboratory, observing the pathology of wild type and attenuated Haemophilus influenzae in animal models.  I also conducted research in Dr. Mbuy's virology lab, performing plaque titration assays on cells infected with HSV and complemented with natural medicinal plants.  After graduating I worked at PPD, a Contract Research Organization Pharmaceutical company, for two years performing immunoassays for HPV Gardasil-clinical trials.  I am currently a PhD graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Pharmacology.
Julie Storm Print

Julie StormI am currently a research technician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  This is a challenging yet rewarding position. I work on immunotherapy studies in pediatric leukemia, specifically acute lymphoblastic leukemia using T cells.  I have the faculty in Biology to thank for imparting on me the experience and knowledge necessary to launch my career.  Conducting independent research with the faculty enabled me to gain both research skills and experience in animal handling, both essential for my current position.
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