2016 Honor Society inductees T-Z

A-C  D-G  H-I  K-L  M-R  S  T-Z

Sierra TackettSierra Tackett, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Nature sparked Sierra’s interest in science. She loved learning about animals, insects and plants as a child. This continued to her primary education when she became involved in Lego League, an engineering competition. She was lucky enough to synthesize her passion for biology, engineering and science competitions through the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition. The Student Chapters program helped her share her excitement for genetic engineering through the ASBMB outreach grant which helped fund a summer camp for high school students that she coordinated. Her research and outreach experience has prepared her for medical school and a future career as a physician. She looks forward to being a proponent of science education in the community for people of all ages. 

Samuel TaylorSamuel Taylor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Samuel first became interested in drug therapies and molecular models of disease during his high school biology course. He was amazed by the success of drugs such as HIV protease inhibitors and SSRIs and he chose to pursue a career related to drug therapies. He is in the process of deciding between a career in pharmacology or serving as a clinical pharmacist, which will determine whether he attends graduate or pharmacy school.                                                            

Under the direction of Dr. Concetta DiRusso, he is investigating the fatty acid transport protein FATP2. His current research extends previous work by the lab in identifying and characterizing two long-chain fatty acid uptake inhibitors as potential drug therapies for obesity-associated lipotoxicity. After drug administration and sample collection, he uses gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to analyze the effect of these compounds on the fatty acid profiles of mouse models, among other tests. He has also worked with murine knockouts of the FATP2 gene to assess FATP2-mediated uptake of isotopically-labeled oleate. Aside from lab work, Samuel is involved in Spanish and biochemistry clubs. He also coordinates a mentorship program between UNL students and members of the Lincoln Boys and Girls Club. He likes to rock climb in his spare time.

Kristian TeichertKristian Teichert, Northeastern University
Throughout his life, Kristian has been fascinated with the world around him – how it functions, and why it functions the way it does. His interests became more focused in science during high school while taking upper-level courses, such as biology and chemistry. This led him to pursue a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry at Northeastern University. He has become heavily involved in the on-campus ASBMB chapter, the Neuroscience Honor Society and a teaching group on campus. He is currently doing research in Dr. John R. Engen’s laboratory at Northeastern University studying the structural dynamics of chromatin-associated proteins using hydrogen-exchange mass spectrometry. After graduating from Northeastern University, Kristian plans to work in industry for a year or two, and then pursue a PhD in a field related to biochemistry. Along with a passion for science, he has developed and maintained a love for teaching, skiing, hiking and swimming. Every year, he makes several trips to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to go hiking and skiing. 

Jessica TesneyJessica Tesney, Winthrop University
Jessica’s first chemistry class at Winthrop University sparked her interest in science. She began conducting research the summer after her freshman year in Dr. Jason Hurlbert’s biochemistry lab and continues to do so. She is focused on crystallizing proteins involved in a plant’s immune response to a bacterial pathogen. She previously presented this research at the 2015 ASBMB annual meeting in Boston, MA. In the summer of 2015, she conducted research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of the Pediatric Oncology Education Program. At St. Jude, she focused on the interaction of proteins involved in the intrinsic apoptotic pathway under the direction of Dr. Tudor Moldoveanu. She plans to return to St. Jude and continue her research. 

Jessica is actively involved in many clubs and organizations on campus, including the Honors Program, four honors societies and the Bench2Bedside Club. After graduating with her BS in biochemistry, Jessica plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist. She hopes to incorporate research into her career because she believes it is an essential aspect of the medical field. She is honored to be a part of the ASBMB community as it has offered her opportunities that have benefited her in many ways. 

Korbin WestKorbin West, Wabash College
When Korbin was in high school, his freshman biology teacher always had great enthusiasm that got everyone excited for class. This is where Korbin first became invested in science by getting excited to learn how the things that make up the world actually work. Fast-forward nearly 8 years later, and he is still excited about all the new science that he gets the chance to learn about. Currently, he is curious about proteins (they are so vital to our bodies, and there’s still so much left to understand about them!), and he will pursue biochemistry further in graduate school. After getting his PhD, he would like to continue his research at an academic institution and teach undergraduates. Outside of chemistry, Korbin enjoys learning about math, playing music, and reading classic novels. 

Tracy YeboahTracy Yeboah, Providence College
Tracy is a senior at Providence College with a major in biology and a minor in public community service health. She was born in Ghana, West Africa and spent most of her teenage years there.  Her interest in science, particularly medicine, started at an early age. She has always been fascinated with how the human body works. Her favorite club in middle school was the Red Cross Club because she learnt basic emergency techniques such as mouth-to-mouth respiration and CPR. 

At Providence College, she has worked on a range of projects such as plant physiology, population genetics, animal behavior and STEM cells. She is working on publishing her work on mysid behavior. She is also an organic chemistry, calculus and biology tutor. Her minor has helped her reach out to groups like Motherland Dance and Footprint Gospel Choir through which she collects school supplies to be donated to schools in developing countries. She is also part of STEP-UP, a mentoring program for middle school students in Providence. She is a medical scribe and she plans on attending medical school in the future to pursue a specialty in cardiology or surgery.  Her hobbies include listening to music and watching television shows.