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Ryan Tantone

Ryan TantoneRyan is currently a junior biochemistry major at Siena College and an aspiring physician.  His interest in science first began with a childhood attraction to magic which developed into a desire to discover the science behind the illusions.  He is researching naturally occurring antibacterial molecules found in plants and plans to present his findings at an upcoming conference during the summer with his professor.  Ryan is also the secretary of the Siena College chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the national chemistry honor society.  Outside of his science activities, he is the starting wing and vice president of the Siena College Rugby Club and an avid surfer.  Ryan also knows how to play the accordion.    

Stacy Thomas

Stacy ThomasStacy is currently a senior biochemistry and biology double major at Providence College. She is working as part of a research group studying β-carbolines. Naturally occurring, β-carbolines are aromatic indole alkaloids that may be useful for the treatment of a broad range of diseases. The eudistomins, a subclass of β-carbolines, are reported to have diverse biological activity, as well as a high binding affinity to DNA. The group has developed a novel five-step synthesis for the natural product, eudistomin U. Stacy is working to characterize eudistomin U’s cytotoxic activity through growth inhibition assays on prokaryotic, eukaryotic, and cancer cell lines, determine the mechanism of action of this cytotoxic activity, and describe the interaction of eudistomin U with DNA.

Besides being involved with research at Providence College, Stacy is very involved with planning the annual Relay for Life of Providence College, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each year, the event raises tens of thousands of dollars to benefit cancer research initiatives, patient services, and advocacy programs. Stacy is also a chemistry and biology tutor, a retreat leader, and a volunteer at a local hospital in Providence. Her post-graduate plans include finding a gap-year research position and then entering an MD/PhD program to pursue a career in clinical research.

Alice Trye

Alice TryeAlice has been interested in science since her freshman year of high school biology. She has a love of asking questions and learning. Deciding to major in biology at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) allowed her to further develop her love for science through class work and extracurricular activities, such as the Science Society and Pre-Med Club. She has served as a Peer Tutor for fellow undergraduates in the areas of biology, chemistry, and mathematics courses, and has also been heavily involved in research since her freshman year. Now in her junior year, Alice is continuing her research on the role of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) in neurodegeneration and insulin exocytosis. Her lab uses chemical inhibition of CDK5 in the developing nervous system and pancreas as a means of testing their hypothesis. When not under the tissue culture hood or in the lab, she enjoys theater, listening to music, and walking in Central Park. 

Being an executive board member of MMC's UAN Chapter has made Alice more aware of the importance of research as an undergraduate and beyond. She enjoys presenting her research to other young people because she hopes to inspire others to seek answers to their own questions. After graduation next year, Alice plans on conducting research while applying to graduate programs in public health; she hopes to eventually attend medical school and incorporate the skills she has learned from research in all aspects of her career.

Lisle Winston

Lisle WinstonLisle attributes her passion for science to some amazing and dedicated high school science teachers. Her teachers instilled in her an appreciation for asking questions, and gave her the intellectual confidence to major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University.

At Wesleyan, she is a member of Dr. Scott G. Holmes’s Lab, which studies mechanisms of transcriptional silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Lisle’s senior honors thesis is entitled, “The role of histone variant H2A.Z in chromosome dynamics.” 

In addition to the Molecular Genetics research that she’s done at Wesleyan, she has also participated in Best Buddies Connecticut, an organization that pairs individuals with and without intellectual disabilities and helps them develop strong friendships. Lisle also enjoys volunteering at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, CT, and she is a proud member of Wesleyan’s only sorority, Rho Epsilon Pi.

Kaleb Wolfe

Kaleb WolfeScience has always been an integral part of Kaleb’s life.  His earliest memory of showing interest in biology occurred in kindergarten where he would search the internet for diagrams of organ systems and subsequently deliver them to his mother to receive explanations of their physiology.  As time has progressed, this love has continued to grow.  Today, Kaleb is a senior at Hendrix College with a major in Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology and a minor in History.  When not in class, he participates in many extracurricular activities such as tutoring genetics and volunteering in a nearby hospital.  Perhaps his most important extracurricular activity, however, is his role as president and cofounder of the newly-formed Hendrix College chapter of the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network.  Kaleb is also an active member of a research team devoted to investigating the role of specific transcription factors in the development of the peripheral nervous system.  He hopes to utilize the knowledge he has gained here in his future career.  Kaleb has been accepted into medical school and is applying for a position in their M.D./Ph.D. program with an emphasis in neurobiology.  It is his eventual goal to research and develop better treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  During his tenure as president of the Hendrix College chapter of the ASBMB UAN, he has witnessed many benefits of the program.  Unlike other clubs in which he has participated, the UAN provides chapter members with resources that would normally not be available to them.

Glenna Wong

Glenna WongGrowing up, Glenna’s family frequently took trips to children’s science museums and she was encouraged to participate in science fairs in elementary school. Glenna still remembers one project in which she learned how to extract DNA from peas. These experiences initially piqued her interest in the natural world and she has been eager to learn more about biological processes and how they work ever since. Eventually, she was inspired to pursue a major in biochemistry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In addition to her studies, Glenna enjoys going to Zumba classes, playing violin in the college orchestra, and cooking. She currently participates in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Peer Health Educators, and First Responders Network. Glenna is also a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. This past summer at the University of Maryland, College Park, her research involved studying Sox10 in situ hybridization with cadherin-6B in embryonic chicken neural crest cells to investigate neural crest formation. She discovered that these hybridizations, known to occur in slightly older embryos, also occurred in embryos less than twenty-four hours old. In addition, she performed HNK1 antibody detection of Cad6B on both whole-mounts and sections of chicken embryos. In the future, Glenna hopes to work as a primary care physician serving disadvantaged populations by helping people better their lives physically. 

Chelsea Woods

Chelsea WoodsChelsea first became really interested in science in her 9th grade biology class. Her teacher truly loved the subject and Chelsea quickly shared in his excitement for the subject. This interest grew through her high school chemistry and biology courses and flourished when she decided to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in college. 

Chelsea is involved in the Hendrix Biological Society and is a member of the βββ Honor Society. She is also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Society. For the past three years, she has participated in developmental research on campus. Currently, she is researching the cell types in the mouse dorsal root ganglion that express a PLP-LacZ transgene. The human PLP gene is responsible for generating the main protein found in myelin. By studying genes involved in generating myelin, more can be learned about degenerative diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. 

As vice-president and co-founder of her school’s UAN chapter, Chelsea is very excited about what official accreditation with UAN can do for her fellow students. She has already experienced the benefits of having access to more scientific materials through UAN and she shares in her school’s excitement as they prepare to switch to the ASBMB Degree Certification Exam as the standard to which their graduating seniors will be held accountable. After graduating this May, Chelsea plans on attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR and becoming a pediatrician.