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New Opportunities for Our Alumni

by gwilson on May.04, 2015, under Students

The past few weeks have brought news concerning the next phases of life for three of our Biology Department graduates.
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Dr. Gena Jester Nichols.  Gena was a Biology major who did her Honors research with Dr. Brian Waters sequencing a gene for iron uptake in plants.  She completed her PhD at Wake Forest and a post-doctoral fellowship at Tulane.  This fall she will begin as an Assistant Professor in Biology at Averett University in Virginia.

Dr. Andrew Hockert.  Andrew was a Biology major who completed his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Texas Tech University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Lubbock.  He has been named the Chair for the Department of Biology at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.

Toyosi Adewunmi.  Toyosi has been accepted into the South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program.  As described the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, “[t]he South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), promotes the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical research by providing financial and academic support, and professional development activities.  The program is a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas State University in San Marcos.”  At McMurry, Toyosi worked with Dr. Hyunshun Shin in Honors research and was active in campus life.  Since graduatiion with her BS in Biomedical Science, Toyosi has been working in a research lab in Houston.

We would like to hear from others!  Please contact Dr. Wilson at gwilson@mcm.edu so we can celebrate your achievements with you!

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Alums Checking In

by gwilson on Aug.17, 2009, under Students

GW 001Although the BIMS program is too new to have any graduates, there are MANY McMurry Biology graduates who have gone to graduate and professional programs aligned with biomedical science.  Each summer, I send out an update on what’s happening at McMurry to my former students.  I always ask them to “check in” and let me know what they are doing.  Here’s some of the responses I got this summer.

  • Dr. Andrew Hockert completed his doctorate in Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (TTUHSC-GSBS) and now is teaching molecular biology and biochemistry at Cumberland University.
  • Dr. Abby Crume received her D.O. from UNT-TCOM and is in a surgical residency in Maine.
  • Dr. Gena Jester Nichols completed her doctorate in Immunology from Wake Forest and is in a post-doctoral position at Tulane.
  • Kira Chumbley completed her masters in Medical Microbiology from TTUHSC-GSBS and works as a Senior Research Technician the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and teaches microbiology at a community college for fun.
  • Dr. Yancey Natividad completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at UNM.
  • Sheena Banks continues in the PhD program in Immunology at UTMB, where operations were severely interrupted by Hurricane Ike last fall.
  • Jessica Crawford is a third year medical student at UTMB.
  • Dr. Cari Roark Sloma, who completed her degree in Medical Immunology from Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Science is now on the faculty at Ross University School of Medicine on the island of Dominica.
  • Stephanie Coffey is in her fourth year at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M.
  • Dr. Asha Kurian is an internal medicine resident/endocrinology resident in Arizona.
  • Dr. Clipper Strickland has returned to Abilene to establish is practice after graduating from UH-College of Optometry.
  • Dr. Kendra DeBerry has graduated from UPenn School of Optometry and is practicing in Ft. Worth.
  • Drew Hillhouse should be nearing completion of his PhD in Medical Microbiology from UMizzou-Columbia.
  • Dr. Stacy Beaty completed his MD at UT-Houston School of Medicine and has joined the Shannon Clinic in San Angelo.
  • Dr. Sam Nixon completed his DPT degree from Hardin-Simmons and is in private practice.

These are just a sampling of the reports we get from our students. Each is a success story.  Each is a student who came to McMurry with dreams and worked hard to make those dreams come true.  I hope the incoming freshmen this fall will be featured in a report like this 5, 6, or 7 years from now.

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