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Olympia Gaglioti  

Olympia.GagliotiOlympia Gaglioti is a junior biology major with a minor in French at Marymount Manhattan College.  Olympia grew up in Westfield, N.J., a large suburb about 45 minutes outside of New York.  She serves as the president of Marymount Manhattan’s UAN chapter, and tutors biology, chemistry and French on campus.  Olympia also worked as a teacher’s assistant in a freshman biology course.  She derives great pleasure from mentoring younger students.  At present, Olympia has completing a clinical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Besides school, Olympia volunteers in the Health for Life, a weight management program for children where she helps to organize and analyze data to assess the success of the program.  After graduation Olympia intends to attend medical school and one day work for Doctors Without Borders.  When she is not busy with her schoolwork Olympia enjoys going out with friends, visiting New York's plethora of museums, cooking, traveling, shopping and playing volleyball. 

Katelyn Gallier 

Katelyn.GallierKatelyn Gallier was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved to San Marcos, Texas to attend Texas State University. She is a senior biochemistry major with a minor in biology.  

Katelyn has worked on many different research projects since she’s been at Texas State.  She has done research looking at inhibitors for human glutaminyl cyclase (hQC), a molecular biology project that involves the cloning, sequencing and characterization of the promoter region of the PDCD4-A gene from Xiphophorus fish species, which may be implicated in tumorigenesis, and during the summer of 2010, she studied the positive effects of antioxidant mimetics as a treatment for the Respiratory Syncytial Virus at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  These diverse experiences have inspired her to pursue a research career.  In the fall, Katelyn will start her Ph.D. training Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. 

On the Texas State campus, Katelyn serves as the president of the ASBMB UAN chapter.  She is also a teaching assistant for the general chemistry laboratory course, and works as a supplemental instructor in general chemistry. Katelyn enjoys teaching and helping students learn science. Outside of school, Katelyn is a member of the Texas State Strutters dance team, and her hobbies include dancing, spending time with her family, and yoga.  

Anne Georges 

Anne.GeorgesAnne Georges grew up in Ramsey, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, and has had a love affair with science from a very young age.  Currently a junior at Hope College, Anne is pursuing a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.  Along with playing a leadership role in Hope’s UAN chapter, Ann also plays the flute in a band and orchestra and is involved in a sacred dance student group.   

Anne spends many hours in the laboratory researching the mode of the regulation of an amino acid transporter via protein trafficking.  She had the opportunity to present her work at the 2011 ASBMB Annual Meeting where she also participated in the Undergraduate Poster competition. Interacting with the broader community of scientists and communicating about exciting new advances in biochemistry was stimulating and further invigorated her passion for research.  Being a part of the UAN has provided Anne and fellow biochemistry students opportunities for networking and resources to come together and engage in science outreach with K-12 students. 

After graduation, Anne plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry or cell biology with hopes of conducting biomedical research.  Ultimately, she plans to teach and do research.  In her spare time, Anne enjoys music, dance, photography and astronomy. 

Tim Gilpatrick 

Tim.GilpatrickTim Gilpatrick grew up in southern New Hampshire where he attended Nashua High School.  In the time immediately following high school, Tim joined a music outreach organization and spent a few years as a performer before deciding to pursue his true passion: biochemistry. He is currently a third year biochemistry major at the University of Delaware.  

Tim’s professional aspirations include research and teaching at an academic medical institution. He is  interested in analyzing signaling pathways of the immune system and using rational design to engineer proteins that elicit a desired immune response— a field which has implications in such areas as the treatment of auto-immune diseases, transplants, and vaccine development. Tim’s current research is conducted in Dr. Brian Bahnson’s lab at the University of Delaware. Building on studies of a recent graduate, Dr. Prabha Srinivasan, Tim is investigating the association of the enzyme Platelet Activating Factor Acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) with different lipoproteins. The goal is to advance our understanding of factors that modulate the partitioning of this enzyme between lipoprotein subfractions thereby more clearly defining the enzyme’s physiological role.  

Membership in Delaware’s UAN has been a very positive experience for Tim, as it helps him connect with others in the field and provides valuable resources for the graduate school application process.  Tim is a member of an a cappella group called the Deltones (usually singing baritone), as well as the Qi Gong and Taoist Studies Club. Additionally, he works as a teaching assistant in general chemistry, a group tutor for introductory biochemistry, and as a student employee at the library. His other hobbies include painting, bicycling, playing guitar, longboarding (on land), and hiking.  

Tim’s favorite science joke is:  

Two atoms are walking down the street.  One says to the other, “I think I’ve lost an electron.”  The other calmly asks, “Are you positive?”  

Laura Herren  

Laura.HerrenLaura Herren grew up in Virginia and is a senior at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) majoring in Biology with a minor in Art History.   

Laura spends most of her time outside of class doing research in Prof. Alessandra Leri’s lab on the natural formation of organochlorine in terrestrial systems. Organochlorine compounds were long believed to be exclusively anthropogenic environmental toxins, but recent research has shown that such compounds occur naturally in soils. The processes leading to the formation of soil organochlorine are poorly understood but are believed to be associated with the decay of plant material. In lab, we utilize X-ray absorption spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and colorimetric UV-Vis assays to study the possible biological chlorination pathways that may lead to the formation of organochlorine by products associated with leaf litter decomposition. Laura has also been working as as a research assistant at Weill Cornell Medical College for the past two years, studying developmental biology using mice as a mammalian model.    

Post-graduation, Laura plans to continue her work with Cornell and Dr. Leri.  She plans to spend a little time after college to explore her career options and to join the Peace Corps to help young women pursue an education.  Ultimately, Laura wants to pursue a doctorate in the field of environmental chemistry.   

Laura attended the 2011 ASBMB annual meeting and found the experience to be very valuable and exhilarating.  She is very grateful for the education and guidance she has received at MMC, and is especially grateful for the team of strong, brilliant women on the sixth floor who have given her the confidence, knowledge, and courage necessary to push aside self-doubts and dream big.  

Her favorite science joke is: Backside attack: yes, size DOES matter!