Justin R. McNally
Justin McNally grew up in the small town of Skaneateles, NY and it was unsure until just few years ago where his future lay. Initially McNally considered ROTC or working in construction or landscaping after high school. In the end, he decided to apply to and attend the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam). While at SUNY Potsdam he delved into the sciences, pursuing majors in both biology and biochemistry.
Throughout his four year journey in the sciences, he acquired a love for research and the mental stimulation that comes with it. One of his research projects focused on the biophysical characterization of the mechanism of iron deposition and mobilization form ferritin, the iron-storage protein. His other project involved the isolation, cloning and sequencing of the Enchenopa binotata endosymbionts 16s ribosomal RNA gene to detect diversity in and quantify the different endosymbiont species present in the E. binotata gut.
The research that McNally conducted at SUNY Potsdam has inspired his to pursue a career in academia with a focus on biomedical research. He has been accepted into the Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) program at the University of Michigan and will begin his graduate studies in the fall of 2012.
Meagan Montesion grew up in Marlborough, Mass. She is a senior at the College of the Holy Cross where she is majoring in biology with a biochemistry concentration. Montesion currently works in a biochemistry lab investigating syndecan-4 transmembrane proteins and the role that they play in metastatic cell adhesion. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities and sports, photography and cooking. In the fall of 2012 Meagan will be begin graduate school at Tufts University to pursue a PhD in genetics.