Student Chapters

2022 honor society inductees

Tejiri Olafimihan
June 27, 2022

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honor Society (Chi Omega Lambda) recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in the molecular life sciences at colleges or universities with ASBMB Student Chapters. These students are recognized for their scholarly achievement, research accomplishments and outreach activities.

The honor society inducted 33 new members this year. Meet them below. Learn more about each of them here.


Emily Adis recently graduated from the University of Tampa with a major in biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. Her career goal is to improve people’s vision as a scientist–ophthalmologist.

 


Christopher Baidoo is a senior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland majoring in biochemistry. After graduation in December, he plans to take a gap semester before going to medical school.

 


Alexander Blatt is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego majoring in biochemistry with a minor in finance. After earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Vanderbilt University, he aims to work in industry research and development.


Natalie Botros is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego majoring in biochemistry. Her goal is to become an infectious disease physician.

 


Anna Crysler recently graduated as a biochemistry major from Albion College. After working as a predoctoral research associate, she plans to earn a Ph.D. and then work in academic research or industry.

 


Jack Dowling recently graduated from Ohio State University majoring in biochemistry. He plans to take a gap year and apply to umbrella graduate programs focusing on virology and vaccine development.

 


Ronit Gandhi is a rising senior majoring in biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. After graduation, he plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree.

 


Isabella Gibaldi is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University majoring in molecular biology and biochemistry. She hopes to work as a primary care physician with a focus on individualized care.

 


Dylan Gray recently graduated from Otterbein University. He plans to earn a master’s degree in medical sciences before attending medical school to study sports medicine.

 


Jeff Haegelin is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University majoring in molecular biology and biochemistry. He plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. with a focus on oncology, biochemistry or immunology.

 


Colin Hemme is a recent graduate of Purdue University majoring in biochemistry. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 


Jocelyn Hsu is a recent graduate of Ohio State University with a biochemistry major. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cancer biology to become a professor and researcher.

 


Rina Jia Jiang is a recent graduate of Purdue University majoring in biology. She plans to attend medical school in the fall.

 


Camden Jones is a rising senior biochemistry major on the pre-med track at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She plans to take a gap year and then attend medical school.

 


Sarah Jordan recently graduated from Grand View University with a double major in biochemistry and biology. She will join the University of Iowa biochemistry and molecular biology Ph.D. program in the fall.

 


Emily Kassing recently graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as a biochemistry major. She aspires to pursue a career as a family medicine physician.

 


Matt Law recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in biochemistry. He plans to enter the graduate biochemistry and molecular biology program at the University of Rochester in the fall.

 


Laura Matt recently graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She hopes to be accepted into an M.D./Ph.D. program and pursue a career as a physician–scientist.

 


Taylor McGee is a rising senior at Hampden–Sydney College majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, philosophy and Spanish. After graduation, he wants to pursue a Ph.D. in synthetic biology, biochemistry or immunology.

 


Rachel Mojica is a rising senior at Manhattan College majoring in biochemistry. She is on a pre-med track with the hope of becoming a medical doctor.

 


Lillian Nichols is a recent graduate of Otterbein University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry at Ohio State University.

 


Iris Parke is a rising senior at Marymount Manhattan College double majoring in biomedical sciences and dance. She plans to go to medical school and become a physician–scientist.

 


Jesse Pellman recently graduated from Wesleyan University as a molecular biology and biochemistry major. She plans to work in a lab at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute before becoming a physician–scientist.

 


Emily Reilly recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in biotechnology and molecular biosciences. She plans to attend medical school.

 


Lauryn Ridley recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland majoring in biochemistry and biology. She plans to pursue a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award through the National Institutes of Health and apply to medical school June 2023.

 


Jessie Rising recently graduated from Manhattan College, where she was a biology major and Division I softball player. She has been accepted to Thomas Jefferson University’s physician assistant program.

 


Evan Shelton recently graduated from Otterbein University. He plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2023 after completing a gap year.

 


Alexandra “Lexi” Sherman recently graduated from Otterbein University with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry and biology. She plans to attend medical school to become a physician assisting in development of special needs treatment protocols.

 


Elaina Stafford is a rising senior majoring in biochemistry at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After a summer at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, she plans to pursue a career in pharmaceutical science or medicinal chemistry.

 


Keith Sylvestre is a senior at Stockton University majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. He plans to attend medical school and possibly specialize in orthopedics.

 


Antonieta van den Berg Monsalve is a recent graduate of Otterbein University majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. She hopes to gain more research and work experience in preparation for graduate school.

 


Luis Vargas is a recent graduate of Manhattan College majoring in biology. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon who also performs research.

 


Jacob Wellek recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a major in biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. He plans to do the National Institutes of Health postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program as a step toward his goal of becoming a health care professional specializing in primary care or anesthesiology.

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Tejiri Olafimihan

Tejiri Olafimihan is ASBMB's undergraduate education coordinator.

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