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Julie Tischer, 2013

Microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia

Julie Tischer, a 2013 Waynesburg University alumna, was recently published in a peer-reviewed journal as part of a research group at the University of Georgia. 

Her article, "Proteomic Analysis of the Acidocalcisome, an Organelle Conserved from Bacteria to Human Cells," was published in PLOS Pathogens, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published monthly by PLOS, a nonprofit organization. Tischer and the additional authors studied the proteins that are on the surface of an organelle in order to determine how it functions in the cells.

The journal addressed questions such as: 

•What proteins are associated with this organelle called the acidocalcisome? 

•What are the individual functions of these identified proteins?

•Are these proteins essential for the survival of the cell?

•How are these proteins contributing to the overall activity of the acidocalcisome?

Tischer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is currently a microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia. At the university, she works in the Terns lab studying the CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune system found in bacteria and archaea. 

“During my first semester, I worked diligently on the acidocalcisome project to generate data for the journal,” said Tischer. “My results during that six-week rotation went into producing a few of the figures in the paper, making me an author.”

Tischer adds that the classes and staff at Waynesburg University helped prepare her for the research program as well as her published journal article. 

“Waynesburg University set me up for success in the field of biology research by providing me with an exceptional foundation in biology education and encouraging me to pursue research opportunities beyond Waynesburg,” said Tischer. “In addition, the professional and passionate professors really inspired me to pursue a career in research and teaching.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_King.jpgGabrielle King, senior biology major

Maryland sea grant REU fellow, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Cambridge, Md. 

With the iconic Chesapeake Bay as her subject of study, Gabrielle King spent her summer months as a Maryland Sea Grant REU Fellow at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). 

A senior biology major from Clairton, Pa., King’s main responsibility was to characterize predator-prey interactions between copepod Eurytemora carolleege nauplii and Heterocapsa rotundata, both species that thrive in the Chesapeake Bay area. In order to determine interactions, King conducted grazing and survival experiments that she later presented to her co-workers at the end of the summer. 

Spending 40 hours a week at an internship may seem daunting for some students, but for King, she saw it as an opportunity. 

“I applied to my internship because I wanted to get real research experience in marine biology,” said King. “I read about potential mentors at the program who worked with plankton as well as other organisms, and that piqued my interest. I had zero experience with plankton, so I was really hoping I could do some research with them.”

Although not entirely sure what to expect, King felt confident and prepared heading into her internship because of the strong academics she received at Waynesburg University. 

“My courses gave me the background in biology that I needed in order to successfully participate in the program,” said King. “A general biology background in areas like ecology served as a basis from which I was able to build my research.”

Working with an organization centered around sustainability and the livelihoods of people, King was able to recognize the importance of service and relate it back to Waynesburg’s mission. 

“The knowledge I gained this summer not only fueled my passion for learning, but also contributed to my understanding of the Chesapeake Bay which can be used to help others,” said King. “The more we know, the better we can address issues and keep the Bay healthy.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Cochran_20141205-150814_1.jpgIsaiah Cochran, senior biology (pre-med) major

Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

Isaiah Cochran spent the summer of 2014 interning at an institution where many scholars dream to study and research. The senior pre-med major gained both research and hands-on experience as a Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University. 

Cochran worked mostly in the laboratory alongside Dr. Charles Nelson, a cognitive neuroscience professor, where he studied the 4:1 male to female ratio seen in neurological disorders. In addition, he assisted with clinical observations in regards to Autism Spectrum Disorder, completed a biostatistics course and shadowed physicians. 

Cochran, who interned at Yale University in the summer of 2013, attributes much of his success and the opportunities presented to him to Waynesburg University. 

“I have learned so much at Waynesburg. The professors give us a support system. They know you and they know what will make you successful,” Cochran said. “I have had this fire in me to change the world since I was in eighth grade. With the opportunities that I have been given, I know that it is just a matter of time before I do.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Rearick.JPGCorey Rearick, 2013

Medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa.

After graduating from Waynesburg University with a degree in biology (pre-med) and a minor in chemistry, Corey Rearick spent the next few months studying for the Medical College Admission Test in order to be accepted into medical school. While working a shift as a pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy, Rearick learned he had been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he recently started graduate classes in August.

While a student at Waynesburg, Rearick was selected from more than 1,000 students to be part of the Mayo Clinic’s student research fellowship program. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group that was recently voted the third best hospital in the United States. 

After his experiences at both the Mayo Clinic and Waynesburg, Rearick is confident he wants to do something with scientific research as a career one day. Rearick attributes Waynesburg University for leading him down the correct path to become a successful researcher. 

“I think the biggest opportunity Waynesburg afforded me was in research,” said Rearick. “It was during my research at Waynesburg that I fell in love with discovery. It started as something I was doing for my résumé and turned into something I want to do for the rest of my life.”

 

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Wharrey.jpgShawn Wharrey, 2013 Biology (Pre-Vet) 

Student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

When Shawn Wharrey stepped onto Waynesburg University’s campus during his senior year of high school, he knew Waynesburg was the right fit. With small class sizes and a beautiful campus as its backdrop, he could see himself earning a degree at Waynesburg. 

Five years later, the Waynesburg University alumnus finds himself beginning his second year of veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At veterinary school, Wharrey has sparked an interest in one day helping small animals and exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and rabbits. In addition, he is interested in working in the field of aquatic medicine and aquaculture. 

Although the transition from a university of 1,400 students to a university of more than 60,000 students seemed a bit overwhelming for Wharrey, the former Student Senate President and active biology club member adjusted quite nicely. He is currently one of two delegates for the Ohio State University’s Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter, where he attends delegate meetings to discuss current issues and concerns of university students. 

“Waynesburg offered me the opportunity to truly get a great education as well as grow in my faith and service,” said the former biology/pre-med major. “Being involved in many different organizations, I learned a lot about leadership and being a voice for others. Waynesburg helped me realize how important it is to serve others and to stand up for things you believe in.” 

 

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