Program News & Alumni Profiles

Program News

We warmly remember our friend and colleague Dr. Paula Castagnet who passed away this fall after a long battle with cancer. She was a devoted teacher, student mentor and a dedicated scientist. She will be deeply missed. Dr. Castagnet joined the department as an Associate Professor in 2005 and played a pivotal role in the early development of the major. We are all thankful for having had the opportunity to work and play with such a wonderful person.

From the Peliska lab:
Dr. Peliska's postdoctoral mentor, Dr. Stephen Benkovic of Penn State University recently received the National Medal of Science. This is the highest award given by the US government (administered through the National Science Foundation) recognizing individuals for their important contributions to science and society.
Steve also received the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences which is "Awarded for innovative research in the chemical sciences that in the broadest sense contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity."
Congratulations to this outstanding scientist! You can watch a brief video about his accomplishments here.

Biochemistry II, BIOL/CHEM 406 will feature a research-oriented lab this semester where students will apply the skills they learned in last semesters Biochemistry I lab.

Students and Graduates

Mthabisi Moyo, a 2011 AMU graduate in Biology and Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry is pursuing his Ph.D at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Makandiwana Shoniwa,
a 2011 AMU graduate in Biology with a minor in Chemistry is pursuing her Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Michael Assibey,
a 2011 AMU graduate in Biology is attending the Florida Institute of Technology as a graduate student in Biotechnology (Molecular Biology).

Matthew Mullally,
a 2011 biology graduate is attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Josephine Vowels,
a 2011 graduate in Biology is attending law school at the Catholic University of America.

Andrew Mullally, a 2009 AMU graduate with a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry, is currently attending the Michigan State College of Human Medicine MD program. Andrew was involved in research in the Peliska lab.

Anthony Jay, a 2009 AMU graduate with a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry, will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry ay Boston University starting in the fall. Anthony was involved in research in the Peliska lab. Anthony recently sent us this communication:

My degree in Biology from Ave Maria University, in conjunction with recommendations from Ave's distinguished science professors, has proven invaluable to my recent acceptance into Boston University's School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry PhD program. Utilizing the most recent advances in the scientific equipment and methods yet ever set in the backdrop of veritatis splendor, Ave Maria University's Biology program prepared me beyond my wildest expectations in the practice of science. Thank you!

Thank you Anthony and congratulations!

Phillip Buckley will be graduating with a degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry. He participated in research in the Peliska lab. Phillip will be attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry starting in the fall. He is a recipient of a prestigious US Army Dental Health Professions Scholarship.

Dan Ade, a 2009 AMU graduate in Biology and a minor in chemistry will be attending Indiana School of Dentistry in the fall. Dan participated in research in the Peliska lab.

Su Li Lee
a 2006 graduate in Biology & Philosophy with a minor in Chemistry, was recently awarded her second Masters degree in Psychology. Su Li holds a Masters degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C. Su Li is continuing her work towards a Doctoral degree at the IPS.