The past few weeks have brought news concerning the next phases of life for three of our Biology Department graduates.
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.
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The BIMS program is too new to have any graduates with a BS in Biomedical Science degree. However several of the most recent McMurry graduates with other majors were heavily involved in BIMS courses.
Derek David distinguished himself on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. As a player he was named the NCAA Division III Baseball Player of the Year for 2008 in his final year of eligibility. This year, he took Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology among his courses to finish out his Biochemistry degree. He begins his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the fall.
Salvador Prieto was born in Mexico but raised in Texas. His Biology major was filled with BIMS courses as he prepared for a career in the medical profession. During his junior year, he made the decision to pursue Physician Assistant training rather than the MD. This fall he will begin the Masters in Physician Assistant program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA.
Whitney Truran graduated in December after completing her Biology degree and playing golf for McMurry. An avid baseball and basketball fan, she was frequently seen talking sports with Dr. Tom Benoit and others when she was not hard at work as a lab assistant for the department. This fall she begins a career as teacher and coach in the Houston area where her knowledge of biology and exceptional interpersonal skills should make her an instant success and highly effective teacher.
There are other stories to be told, but they will have to wait for a future post.