2017 Honor Society Inductees A-C

A-C  D-G  H-I  K-L  M-R  S  T-Z

Hannah Bailey, Otterbein UniversityHannah Bailey
Hannah Bailey is a member of Dr. Tansey’s research lab, which works with perilipin 5, a lipid membrane protein involved in lipid storage and metabolism within the cell. She presented her research work at the 2016 and 2017 ASBMB Annual Meeting. On campus, Hannah is the vice president of Otterbein’s Women in Science club, a member of Mortar Board, Torch and Key Honor Society, Otterbein’s ASBMB Student Chapter, and leader of an environmental service group. Being a part of Otterbein’s Student Chapter has allowed her to connect with faculty and make a difference in the Westerville community by helping out with after school programs. After graduating from Otterbein, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Hannah’s hobbies are photography, reading and going on walks. 

Jordan Barrows, University of Arizona Jordan Barrows
Jordan Barrows is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology. Jordan conducts research in the Zarnescu lab where he characterizes the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on metabolic enzyme expression. On campus, Jordan is a member of a club that advocates for and educates about solar power, a campus ministry group and organizations dedicated to helping students get started in research. His hobbies include hiking, biking, playing music. He also enjoys being a part of student groups, and organizing/participating in outreach events through the ASBMB Student Chapter at the University of Arizona. After graduating, Jordan will be enrolled in the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology program at Johns Hopkins University. His career goals include conducting research and teaching at the collegiate level. 

Calvin Berndt, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

Myra Bhatti, Stockton University Myra Bhatti
Myra Bhatti is enrolled in the biochemistry and molecular biology program at Stockton University. She is conducting research in Dr. Pollock’s lab, which involves determining the structure of a strand microRNA using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She also is a teacher’s assistant for a laboratory course and a tutor at Stockton. After graduating, Myra plans to pursue a career in the medical field. 

Nicholas Braganca, University of Tampa



Kaelan Brennan, Purdue University Kaelan Brennan
Kaelan Brennan is a senior at Purdue University majoring in biochemistry. Kaelan has been involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Vikki Weake’s lab in the department of biochemistry since his freshman year of college. His current research is on gene expression regulation and aging in the eye. Previously, Kaelan worked on the SAGA transcriptional co-activating complex and contributed to one of the lab’s recent publications in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. After graduating, Kaelan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the department of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His career goal is to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and then conduct research in academia. Kaelan is an avid runner and enjoys watching movies and visiting restaurants.

Matthew Bye, Stockton University

Jennifer Cascino, Wesleyan University Jennifer Cascino
Jennifer Cascino is a senior at Wesleyan University majoring in molecular biology & biochemistry and Hispanic literatures and cultures. She is a member of Dr. Scott Holmes’ lab where she is characterizing the role of the yeast linker histone H1 in chromosome biology. Jennifer previously worked in Dr. Donald Court’s lab at the National Cancer Institute where she studied bacteriophage lambda genetics. She presented this work at the NCI’s Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology summer meeting. After graduating, Jennifer plans to spend a year studying cancer-associated cachexia as a Fulbright scholar at the National Cancer Research Center in Spain and then pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology with a focus on cancer genetics.

At Wesleyan, Jennifer spent two years on the women's varsity soccer team and now plays club soccer. She is an officer for WesInterpreters, a student initiative that provides volunteer Spanish-English translation and interpretation services to local schools, legal firms, and domestic violence clinics. She also gives weekly science lessons to elementary students as a volunteer for Wesleyan Science Outreach. Jennifer enjoys running, painting, baking vegan desserts, learning different languages and playing classical Spanish guitar. Her favorite science author is Natalie Angier because of the poetry and humor with which the author communicates scientific ideas.

Matthew Cheung, Saint Louis University Matthew Cheung
Matthew Cheung is conducting research at Washington University’s division of rheumatology. His two projects include 1) the noninvasive detection of glomerulonephritis and 2) understanding the metabolic requirements of B-cell activation and effector function.
After graduation, Matthew plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology. His goal is to run a disease-specific outpatient clinic while simultaneously running a laboratory that aims to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of that disease. 

On campus, Matthew serves as a resident advisor for first-year health sciences learning community students. His hobbies include running marathons. He ran a half marathon in April, 2016 and will be running the Go!STL marathon in April, 2017. Being a part of the ASBMB student chapters has greatly benefited him as a student and future scientist. He was a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship in and 2016 Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates. Additionally, his personal essay titled “What is Service?” was recently published in the February, 2017 issue of ASBMB Today.