2016 Honor Society inductees H-I

A-C  D-G  H-I  K-L  M-R  S  T-Z

Ethan Hain, St. Mary’s College of Maryland 

Noah HamlishNoah Hamlish, Wesleyan University
Noah’s interest in science began as a child with frequent trips to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He was always fascinated to watch marine organisms swim across large exhibit windows and wanted to understand how life existed in an environment so different from his own. These experiences grew into a strong passion for oceanography, which he pursued through internships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is currently part of Ishita Mukerji’s lab group at Wesleyan where he focuses on the structural dynamics of holliday (four way) junction DNA sequences. The research looks to understand how these sequences may be recognized through structural characteristics by DNA repair proteins. 

Noah’s hope is to ultimately combine his interest in molecular biology and biochemistry with his passion for oceanography. He will travel the world next year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, learning about the human experiences within the global aquaculture industry. After that, he hopes to attend graduate school in oceanography with a focus in marine biogeochemistry. Outside of research, he is a member of the varsity swim team, a coordinator for his university’s local food co-op program, a member of the “Green Fund” sustainability fund for student projects on campus, and a DJ at the campus radio station.

Sierra Hansen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Melissa HarnoisMelissa Harnois, University of Arizona
Melissa Harnois is a senior at the University of Arizona Honors College and will graduate with a bachelors of science in biochemistry and a Spanish minor. She works as an intern for Sanofi in Oro Valley, AZ, researching Duchenne muscular dystrophy and she serves as the president of the University of Arizona’s ASBMB Student Chapter. Participating in the Student Chapters program has allowed her to develop leadership skills while working with students to create a close-knit organization of undergraduate scientists. The most significant part of her experience has been the opportunity to share her passion for science with the Tucson community through STEM outreach. Teaching basic biological concepts to young students and helping them gain an understanding of the material has been incredibly rewarding. 

Melissa enjoys helping younger biochemistry students navigate university life as a peer mentor and ambassador for the UA chemistry and biochemistry department. When she is not occupied with science-related or academic endeavors, Melissa spends the remainder of her time outside. Whether she is reading, hiking, running, or playing sports with her friends, Melissa loves the great outdoors and the Arizona sunshine. After graduation, she plans to do research in the biotechnology industry and will continue on to graduate school in the near future.

Pearson HugginsPearson Huggins, Otterbein University
Pearson grew up in the small town of Galion, Ohio. His interest in science was influenced by his parents’ careers as a physician and dietitian. His passion for the field also stems from his appreciation for nature and life around him. Upon his acceptance to Otterbein University, Pearson directed his attention to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. Throughout the past two years Pearson has worked alongside Dr. John Tansey at Otterbein University to study the structure of perilipin-5, a protein involved in the regulation of lipid storage within the cell.

Pearson was a member of the 2012-2013 Otterbein men’s basketball team and has been involved in the Torch and Key, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Epsilon Delta honor societies. In addition, Pearson has served as a fourth-year class senator and the president of Otterbein’s chapter of Mortar Board, an organization promoting scholarship, community service and leadership. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, fishing, playing guitar, traveling and spending time outdoors.

As a sophomore, Pearson had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to share his faith and provide medical and disaster relief to those in need. He has decided to apply to medical school in order to utilize his love of science to assist others. He is honored to have been selected as an inductee into the Chi Omega Lambda honor society.  

Abraham IsakAbraham Isak, Stockton University
At a very young age, Abraham became interested in science and how things are made and work. He currently conducts medicinal chemistry research, and his group is trying to create different anticonvulsant derivatives by using molecular docking programs. By using these computer programs first, they are able to computationally test the drug interaction with the receptor(s) of choice. Other than being in the Stockton University ASBMB chapter, Abraham is also a lab assistant and teaching assistant. He is a volunteer EMT for Stockton EMS, a student run EMS operation serving Stockton University.  His goal is to become either a pediatrician or to receive a PhD in biochemistry and be the head of his own lab. His hobbies include playing basketball and football, playing PS4, watching Netflix and relaxing. Being a part of the chapter has allowed him to do community outreach with high school teachers and middle school students.