Our Graduates in Biochemistry

Carly Summers (above) is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. Her research is focused on identifying fungal and oomycete pathogens infecting plants grown in a variety of cover crop mixtures with the goal of determining if certain mixtures of cover crops foster soils suppressive to pathogens. After graduating from New College of Florida in 2005, she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in agroforestry in El Salvador. There she conducted community- and school-based work focused on sustainability of environmental and health education. Back in the U.S., she worked as a chemistry research associate at Archer Pharmaceuticals in Sarasota, looking into organic chemistry molecule synthesis and process optimization in the research and development of potential Alzheimer’s drugs. She has also worked as a laboratory technician in the Department of Plant Pathology at University of Florida in Wimauma and at Sarasota’s Selby Botanical Gardens in the Gesneriad Research Center.

New College is proud of the many Biochemistry graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

• Brent Gardner has continued his research into virology at the University of Florida's Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine. He is a published co-author on several studies on HIV and HPV virulogy.

Amanda Hughes is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts.

• Chris Bauer is a postdoctoral researcher at New York University in the Siegel Lab, which aims to understand phenotypic evolution by studying the processes by which the genetic networks underlying development diverge.

Amy Nath is the corporate responsibility coordinator for BayCare Health System, where she was previously associate counsel.

Hannah Weber recently graduated and is currently enrolled in medical school at NYU.

Justin Spengler is attending graduate school at the University of Montana in environmental engineering.

Andrew Schuster is attending graduate school in biochemistry at the University of Reno.

Fermin Guerra is attending graduate school in biochemistry at the University of Montana.

Andrew Carothers is attending the University of Florida Dental School.

Lindsey Young worked as a lab tech at the University of New Mexico and is now attending graduate school in biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley.

Alice Abernathy received a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain and is currently in medical school at the University of Florida.

Matt Felsen worked at Apple before entering the MFA program in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design.

Shelley Batts earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is currently a postdoc at Stanford. She served as an adjunct  professor at New College in spring 2013.

Cindy Griffin earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia.

Sara Bondi is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in biochemistry at the University of Michigan.

Maame Nketsiah earned a master's in public health from Harvard.

Vijay Sivaraman received his Ph.D. in biochemstry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently joined the faculty at North Carolina Central University.

Angus Jameson received his M.D. from SUNY Albany.

Danny Gonzalez earned his M.S. in biochemistry from Florida International University and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in biochemistry at the University of Florida.

Ira Do received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Michigan and currently works in the pharmaceutical industry. 

David Dayan is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Miami.

Emma Cassidy works with homeless youth in Vermont.

Sample of Graduate and Medical Schools Attended by NCF Students in Biochemistry
Cornell University
• University of California – Berkeley
• Duke University
• University of Michigan
• University of Wisconsin – Madison
• Emory University
• New York University Medical School
• SUNY Albany
• University of Arizona
• University of California – Irvine
• University of Chicago
• University of Florida Medical School
• University of Georgia
• University of Illinois Medical School
• University of Massachusetts
• University of Miami Medical School
• University of South Florida Medical School

[Did you know?]

A survey of alumni who graduated between 1996 and 2007 revealed that 86 percent of New College chemistry and biochemistry majors who applied to graduate or medical school were accepted.

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