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Hedges Lab Alumni & Associates
Hedges Lab Alumni & Associates

edges Lab Alumni & Associates.
(In alphabetical order, within group)

Past Graduate Students

  • Dr. Fabia U. Battistuzzi. Degree at Penn State: Ph.D., Biology and Astrobiology (2007). Current position: Assistant Professor, Oakland University.
  • Dr. Jaime E. Blair. Degree at Penn State: Ph.D., Biology and Astrobiology (2005). Current position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Franklin and Marshall College.
  • Tiffany L. Cloud. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc. Biology (2013).
  • Melissa S. Frye. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc. Biology (1996).
  • Dr. Matthew Heinicke. Degree at Penn State: Ph.D., Biology (2009). Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Dearborn.
  • Patrick H. Parker. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc. Biology (1996).
  • Dr. Laura L. Poling. Degree at Penn State: Biology, with Honors in Biology (1998), M.Sc., Genetics (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. PhD, Harvard University.
  • Dr. Daniel L. Rabosky. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc., Biology (2003); PhD, Cornell University. Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Uthra Ramaswamy. Degree Program: M.Sc., Computer Science (2004).
  • Dr. Christoph Schubart. Degree: Ph.D. Biology (1997) U. Bielefeld (research at Penn State). Current position: Professor of Biology, U. Regensburg, Germany.
  • Prachi Shah. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc., Computer Science (2002). Current position: Research Associate, Stanford University (2006-).
  • Dr. Michael R. Tracy, M.D. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc., Biology, (1999). Current position: M.D., Wake Forest, NC.
  • Dr. Marcel van Tuinen. Degree at Penn State: Ph.D., Biology (1999). Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University. Current position: Associate Professor, University of North Carolina.

Past Undergraduate Researchers (Penn State)

  • Dr. Anna Azvolinsky. Degree at Penn State: Premedicine major (Penn State, 1999-2001). Wiser Fellow. Additional degrees: B.Sc., Biology (U. Penn, 2001-2003), PhD., Princeton (2008). Current position: Science Writer
  • Rituparna Basu. Degree at Penn State: B. S. Biology, with honors in Biology (2010). Current position: Ayn Rand Institute, Irvine, CA.
  • David N. Boone. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2003). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow, Eberly College of Science Scholar.
  • Dr. Lana E. Brahmakulam, M.D. Degree at Penn State: M.Sc., Biology (2000). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2000-2004).
  • Dr. Samantha Chapman, PhD. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (1998). Current position: Associate Professor, Villanova University.
  • Dr. Hsiong Chen, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology with honors in Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar. Current position: Medical student at University of Maryland.
  • Haley Chutz. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology with honors in Biology (2005). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar.
  • Caitlin E. Conn. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2011). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: PhD student, University of Georgia (Genetics).
  • Dr. Jessica C. Czankner, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Premedicine, with Honors in Biology (1999). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow.
  • Stephanie L. Dennison Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2011). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: U. Md. Dental School, Baltimore, Md.
  • Dr. Sarah C. Duncan, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (1995). Additional degrees: M.D., MCP - Hahneman (1999). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Current position: M.D. in Washington, PA.
  • Dr. Allison R. Durica, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (1996). Additional degrees: M.D., Penn State Hershey (1999). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position (12/07): Assistant Director, Division of Maternal-fetal Medicine and director of OB/GYN resident research, Wellspan Health Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, York, PA.
  • Brooke R. Eidell. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2000). Current position: M.S. Ed student at Kutztown University.
  • Dr. Andrea E. Feller, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (1996). Additional degrees: M.D. at Johns Hopkins University (2000). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Current position: in Canada (2006).
  • Jennifer R. Grubb. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with Honors in Biology (2000). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Peace Corps in Africa (2000-2002); now M.Sc., U. Connecticut (2002).
  • Bethany L. Hafer. Degree at Penn State: Biology (1996).
  • Dr. Daniel S. Heckman, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar. Additional degrees: M.D. at University of Pittsburgh (2005). Current position: Residency in orthopaedics, University of North Carolina (2006).
  • Dr. Lindsey M. Hower. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Microbiology, with Honors in Biology (2002). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow. Current position: Medical student at Case Western University.
  • Natalie L. Kardos. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with Honors in Biology (2004). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow. Current position: Doctoral student at University of California, San Diego. Publications: Heckman, D. S., D. M. Geiser, B. R. Eidell, R. L. Stauffer, N. L. Kardos, and S. B. Hedges. 2001. Molecular evidence for the early colonization of land by fungi and plants. Science: 293:1129-1133.
  • Lori (Kern) Fritz. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (1996). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Associate Molecular Biologist, Eli Lilly Co.
  • Shannon (Kindl) Zellmer. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2000). Fellowships and awards: Wiser Fellow, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Pharmaceutical Technologist.
  • Alyssa R. Liguori. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2011). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF REU Fellow.
  • Kelly M. Lipp. Degree at Penn State: B.S. Biology, with Minor in Economics, and honors in Biology (2012). Current position: Dental School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Genna M. Lutz. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Microbiology (2002). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow.
  • Daniel McAllister. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (1991). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
  • Dr. Kristin K. Nastase, Ph.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (1997). Additional degrees: Ph.D. (biology), Johns Hopkins University (2002). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, University of California, San Francisco (2005).
  • Dr. Emily E. Norder. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2002). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Medical student at Ohio State University.
  • Dr. Ranjani Padmanabhan. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (1999). Current position: Ph.D. student in genetics at Texas A & M University.
  • Dr. Amy K. Pepperney, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with honors in Biology (1999). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Medical student at University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
  • Amanda R. Pfaff. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Eberly College of Science Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Researcher, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Dr. Nicholas Plummer, Ph.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (1992). Additional degrees: Ph.D., University of Michigan. Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: NIH-NIEHS in Research Triangle.
  • Dr. Sonja J. Pyott, Ph.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with honors in Biology and Chemistry (1999). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow, NSF-REU Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Additional degree: PhD, Stanford (2005). Current position: postdoctoral fellow.
  • Rebecca Shirer (Ruskin). Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2001). Additional degrees: M.S., State University of New York, Albany (2004). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar. Current position: New York Conservancy Scientist.
  • Dr. Jason L. Shoe, D.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Beckman Scholar, Biology Department Marshall. Current position: M.D. student at Harvard University.
  • Rebecca (Stauffer) Montross. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc. Biology, with Honors in Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Additional degrees: M.S., Genetics, University of Pennsylvania (2004). Current position: in Swedesboro, New Jersey.
  • Amy Strafalace. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2001). Fellowships and awards: NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: High school Biology teacher in Pittsburgh.
  • Amanda S. Thompson. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2001).
  • Dr. Jennifer R. Thompson, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with Honors in Biology (2000). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Wiser Fellow, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position: Medical student at University of Pennsylvania.
  • Maria L. Venturi. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with honors in Biology (2002). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow. Current position (1/04): near Scranton, PA.
  • Dr. Daniel Y.-C. Wang, Ph.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Pre-Medicine, with Honors in Biology (1999). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Current position: Medical student at Johns Hopkins University (graduation, 5/2003).
  • Andrew J. Weiss. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2006). Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, Evan Pugh Scholar, Academic Excellence Scholar. Current position: Medical student at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. Alan Wong, M.D. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Molecular and Cell Biology, with Honors in Biology (1996). Additional degrees: M.D., Allegheny Medical School. Fellowships and awards: Schreyer Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow.
  • Cecelia L. Youngblood. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with honors in Biology (1995). Additional degrees: M.Sc. in environmental science at University of Illinois in 1997. Fellowships and awards: University Scholar, NSF-REU Fellow.

Past Undergraduate Researchers (Non-PSU)

  • Claire Baldeck (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2004)
  • Tiffany L. Cloud (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2010)
  • Alexis Crane (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2003)
  • Cierra Danko (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2009)
  • Elizabeth C. Eck (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2010)
  • Andreia Feijão (NASA Astrobiology Institute fellowship, 2002)
  • Morgan Harrell (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2009)
  • Kelly Keegan (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2003)
  • Claire C. Landgren (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2005)
  • Eliza Ledwell (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2008)
  • Shannon G. Loelius (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2011)
  • Ashley M. Martin (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2005)
  • Amy S. Maya (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2010)
  • Madeline Paymer (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2009)
  • Claire E. Richardson (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2005)
  • Benjamin Root (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2004)
  • Jennifer Sander (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2004)
  • Ericca Stamper (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2004)
  • Maraliz Vãzquez (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2002)
  • Nicki Viall (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2003)
  • Kathryn M. Wilt (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2011)
  • April Wright (Astrobiology Summer Program, 2008)

Past Research Associates

  • Dr. James P. Bogart. Visiting professor from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Lic. Luis Díaz. Research Associate. Visiting from National Museum of Natural History, Havana, Cuba.
  • Lic. Alberto R. Estrada. Research Associate. Visiting researcher from University of Puerto Rico.
  • Lic. Orlando H. Garrido. Research Associate. Visiting from National Museum of Natural History, Havana, Cuba.
  • Dr. Davide Pisani. Postdoctoral Associate. Current position (9/06): Lecturer, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, UK.
  • Katherine R. Hargreaves, NASA Planetary Biology PhD Intern, 2011. Current position (9/11): Doctoral student, University of Leicester, UK.
  • Dr. Jennifer B. Pramuk. Visiting graduate student researcher. Current position (2/09): Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Bronx Zoological Park.
  • Dr. Fabienne Thomarat. Postdoctoral Associate. Current position (9/06): Lecturer, France.
  • Dr. Richard Thomas. Visiting Professor from Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico.
  • Dr. Nicolas Vidal. Postdoctoral Associate. Current position (9/06): Researcher (permanent), Systematics and Evolution, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France.

Past Research Staff

  • Kara Augenstein. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2004).
  • Stephanie L. Dennison. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology, with Honors in Biology (2011).
  • Tina R. Dennison. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2005).
  • Brooke A. Gattens. Degree at Penn State: B.A., with Honors (2013).
  • Anthony J. Geneva. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology (2001). Current position: Graduate student at Villanova University (as of 2002).
  • Mandy Hippenstiel. Currently attending: Bloomsburg University, pursuing Instructional Technology MS.
  • Jennifer Hines. Degree at Penn State: M.A., Fine Arts (2004). Current position: Graphics Designer in Chicago.
  • Audrie Z. Kapinus. Degree at Penn State: B. Des., Graphic Design (2012). Current position: Graphics Designer in North Carolina.
  • Lainey M. Lee. Degree at Penn State: B. Des., Graphic Design (2010). Current position: Graphics Designer in New York.
  • Maureen Lyons-Weiler, M.Sc. Current position: University of Pittsburgh.
  • Molly E. Means. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Biology with honors (2002). Current position: Research Assistant at Ohio State University.
  • Molly J. Oberholtzer. Currently attending: Parsons the New School for Design in NYC.
  • Madelyn A. Owens. Degree at Penn State: B. Des., Graphic Design (2009). Current position: Graphics Designer in NYC at AvroKO.
  • Kathy Plavnik. Degree at Penn State: B.S. Psychology, with Minor in Biology and honors in Psychology (2012). Current position: Medical School in Pennsylvania.
  • Megan Powell. Degree at Penn State: B. Des., Graphic Design (2010). Current position: Freelance Graphic Designer in NYC for Victoria's Secret.
  • Jessica L. Preston. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., with Honors (2013).
  • Elisabeth Rochel, M.Sc. Current position: College of Charleston.
  • Allie V. Shoffner. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., with Honors (2012). Current position: Cambridge, MA.
  • Jennifer M. Stella. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., with Honors (2012). Current position: New York.
  • Lindsay A. Stork. Degree at Penn State: B. Des., Graphic Design (2010). Current position: Junior Designer in NYC.
  • Teresa van Wagner. Degree at Penn State: B.Sc., Graphics Art (2005). Current position: Graphics Designer at Partner's Design, Inc. in Bernville, PA.

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