2016 Honor Society inductees K-L

A-C  D-G  H-I  K-L  M-R  S  T-Z

Danielle Keating, Otterbein University
Danielle has always been interested in science. She is thankful for her family who cultivated that interest and encouraged her to follow a science-based career. She is currently finishing up a novel research project on equine parasitology and cortisol. She hopes that it turns into a larger project, and that it will be the foundation for future undergraduate research by her peers.

She is involved with a variety of honors societies, playing piano, and she is co-president of the Animal Health Science Club.  Her favorite extracurricular activity is being the president of the Otterbein Hunt Seat Equestrian Team, and riding her own horse. She also blogs for an equestrian website called Horse Junkies United. The ASBMB Student Chapters program has helped her continue to foster her love for the sciences, whether by keeping her up to date on current topics and discoveries or alerting her of opportunities for students. She wants to become an equine veterinarian, and one day become a vet for one of the United States equestrian teams. She hopes to attend veterinary school in the fall to pursue her goal of becoming an equine vet.

Rachel KeulsRachel Keuls, Salisbury University
Rachel has always been fascinated with how things work and she always wanted to understand the reasoning behind everyday phenomena, even before she understood what the term “science” encompassed. She is a senior at Salisbury University and her undergraduate research focuses on the regulation of deubiquitinases by WD repeat proteins.  Specifically, the function of the DUF1 gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which encodes a WD repeat protein, is being investigated using a DUF1 knockout mutant strain.  She is also an undergraduate teaching assistant for the molecular genetics course at Salisbury University.  Her hobbies include surfing on the weekends.  She plans to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD, which will help satisfy her career goals of both teaching and doing research in the field of genetics.  She is also the vice president of the Salisbury University ASBMB Student Chapter.  Being a member of the chapter has allowed her to share her love of science with the community through outreach activities and presenting her research at the ASBMB annual meeting. 

Selin KutluSelin Kutlu, Wesleyan University
Since Selin was young, she has been interested in science and learning about the world around her. She was curious about how our bodies function down to the smallest molecular interactions. Selin decided to focus on what happens to our bodies when biological mechanisms go wrong, and how this changes health and behaviors. Combining her interests in biochemistry and neuroscience, Selin joined Professor Manju Hingorani’s laboratory at Wesleyan University. Her current project focuses on proteins involved in DNA mismatch repair and the connection to neurodegenerative diseases. She is working with the mismatch repair proteins Msh2-Msh6 and Msh2-Msh3 involved in DNA error recognition. The goal of her research project is to understand how Msh2-Msh6 and Msh2-Msh3 recognize their native substrates compared to neurological disease intermediates, and how this differential recognition leads to either repair or destabilization of DNA. She will graduate with degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry as well as neuroscience and behavior. She plans to continue her research as a part of Wesleyan’s fifth year BA/MA graduate program. In the future, Selin wishes to continue combining neuroscience and biochemistry to help advance the treatment of human diseases, especially neurological disorders.

Joshua Leitao, Roger Williams University

Rebecca LinRebecca Lin, Villanova University
Rebecca was introduced to clinically-relevant research when she shadowed PhD students studying the membrane proteins of the SARS virus in high school. She is now in her third year working in a lab studying an antioxidant production system capable of protecting the body against toxins and oxidative stresses.  Outside of school and the lab, she is a student leader in the Villanova Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has expanded the club’s community outreach by collaborating with a chemistry professor and students to deliver fun and interactive chemistry lessons to a neighboring elementary school. Additionally, she has been an off-campus liaison and an organization leader in Villanova’s MLK Day of Service Committee. Rebecca and several peers started a club on campus to help educate fellow students on the current healthcare system. 

Rebecca enjoys playing Frisbee with the women’s ultimate frisbee team and she is an avid reader. She hopes to become a physician as well as an advocate and strategist for a more efficient and affordable healthcare system. The ASBMB Student Chapters program has connected her with myriad opportunities, including the ASBMB annual meeting and connecting with other chapters. 

Alex LukeAlex Luke, Missouri Western State University
Alex was interested in science at a young age and took an interest to meteorology, astronomy, and biology. He will graduate this spring from Missouri Western State University with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with ACS certification. Being a part of the ASBMB chapter has helped open many doors for him. His chapter has organized various outreach programs which helped him improve his public speaking skills. Alex has also broadened his network by meeting other like-minded students and professionals in the field.

Alex is currently working on a research project examining drug candidates for treating American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) through the use of artificial neural networks (ANNs) as a data-mining tool. He has been of president and vice-president of both the biochemistry and chemistry clubs at his university. He organized the undergraduate program for the 2016 regional meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has also been a member of the executive team for the Catholic Newman Center. Between his undergraduate career and research work, his experiences have prepared him for his future goal of attending medical school to become a clinical pathologist. He aspires to work for the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex plays the organ and piano at area churches and enjoys playing soccer.