2015 Honor Society Inductees D-F

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Ryan Donahue
Ryan DonahueRyan first became interested in science during his first year at Siena College when he took General Biology II and learned about cellular function and physiology.  His career goals are to find a job that he finds both rewarding and beneficial to society.  He does plan on attending graduate school at some point after college, possibly in pharmacology.  His hobbies include cooking and gaming.  Ryan is currently involved in research on phosphorylation of the alpha-2A adrenergic receptor by GRK2 and other potential kinases.  Being a part of the ASBMB has benefited him by exposing him to a number of different fields to possibly study if he continues on to graduate school. 

Peter Eisenhauer

Peter EisenhauerPeter’s interest in scientific research was sparked when he created an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli as part of a science fair project as a ninth grade student. This simple experiment exposed Peter to science’s power to manipulate nature in order to better understand the world around us. As a student at Ursinus College, Peter became involved with the Center for Science and the Common Good, a HHMI-funded center that explores the way science impacts modern society. As a fellow of this center, Peter’s passion for scientific research developed as a result of a belief that scientific advancements can be used to make society a better place. At Ursinus, he has conducted research on the effects of environmental stimulants, specifically Bisphenol-A, on B-cell populations in a murine Lupus model.

After graduation, Peter plans to attend medical school and continue both clinical and basic science research. As an MD, he plans to work in a specialty that will allow him access to both the research lab and the clinic, in hopes that he will one day have the privilege of bringing the labors of scientists out of the lab and into the clinic. In his free time, Peter enjoys running, skiing and attending local music concerts.

Ashton Engdahl
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Lilah Fones
Lilah Fones Lilah has been interested in science for as long as she can remember. She quickly immersed herself into the sciences when she arrived at Wesleyan University, eventually double-majoring in chemistry and neuroscience and behavior. Lilah began research her sophomore year in Professor Philip Bolton’s lab in the chemistry department at Wesleyan. Her research has focused on studying the G-quadruplex structures in the promoter region of c-kit, a proto-oncogene involved in normal cell growth. She has continued this work in Professor Bolton’s lab since, including ten weeks during the summer before her junior year. Lilah expanded her research experience as a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine this past summer. During this nine- week program, she worked in the departments of medicine and molecular pharmacology and the Institute for Aging Research, which studies the effects of IGF-1 treatment on rodent models of obesity and diabetes. Outside of the classroom and laboratory, she is a two-sport varsity athlete, playing on both the field hockey and ice hockey teams at Wesleyan. Lilah hopes to spend two years working as a research lab assistant before applying for MD or MD/PhD programs.

Brittany Forte
Brittany Forte Brittany fell in love with science at a young age. With a mother who was a fifth grade science teacher and a father who worked in the food sciences, Brittany found myself immersed in the subject and was often found reading non-fiction books about science in elementary school. One of her fondest childhood memories was performing a small experiment for her first grade class. 

Brittany is a member of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, through which she is the co-director of a community-wide volunteering event to restore local neighborhoods surrounding her campus. Additionally, she is a College of Science and Chemistry/Biochemistry Ambassador at the University of Arizona. Brittany plans on pursuing a career in academia as a professor and principal investigator studying cancer therapeutics. She will attend the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program at the University of Arizona in the fall to study cancer biology and pharmacology. In the little free time that she has, she loves lifting weights, reading, and baking. For the past three years, she has been researching novel therapeutics for cancer-induced bone pain.

Through the ASBMB, she has had the opportunity to improve upon her presentation skills, both in the form of a poster and a talk at the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston. Additionally, she has become a part of a community of like-minded individuals, through which the networking opportunities are endless.