DebBurman Lab

D-Lab: Undergraduate Trainees

The heart and soul of the D-lab are its people. Current students and a growing legion of alumni who are making their mark in diverse scientific careers across the country and abroad.The heart and soul of the D-lab are its people. Current students and a growing legion of alumni who are making their mark in diverse scientific careers across the country and abroad.

Mentoring statement

I enjoy mentoring undergraduates of diverse backgrounds in and out of the classroom and thrive in exciting and empowering them about the scientific process, scientific discoveries, and scientific achievements. I stress the relevance of science within the context of an undergraduate liberal arts education in a multicultural global society and the value of being civic-minded. In addition to active involvement in scientific explorations in the classroom and laboratory, students are encouraged to work with me as peer teachers and writing consultants. Students are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research with Lake Forest faculty or elsewhere, to attend and present their research at local or national scientific conferences, to engage in career development internships, experience other cultures, and volunteer time for community service. Till date, over 65 undergraduates have been trained in collaborative research experiences in our lab. Most of the graduates have pursued advanced graduate degrees and scientific careers.

CURRENT ASSOCIATES (2016-2017)

Charles Alvarado ’16, Graduate and lab manager

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA





Neuroscience and Education major
MAT studies, Lake Forest College
Project: Nitrosylation of alpha-synuclein
Interested in K-12 science education
Richter Scholar 2013
First Prize, Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2014

Morgan Marshall ’16, Graduate and lab manager







Biology major and Art minor
Project: New familial mutants of alpha-synuclein
Research Technologist, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
First Prize, 2016 Chicago SfN meeting

Alexandra Roman ’16, Graduate and lab elder

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Neuroscience major; Chemistry and Music minors
Project: Sumolylation of alpha-synuclein
Applying for medical school
Richter Scholar 2013
Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2013
Third Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2015
Nu Rho Psi national grant, 2015

Emily Ong ’17, Senior







Neuroscience major
Project: Substitutions of new familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine
2016 Parkinson Disease Foundation Grant
2017 Chicago SfN meeting
2017 ASBMB/EB meeting

Paul Jones ’18, Junior







Neuroscience major
Project: Splice variants and C-terminal truncations; BMAA hypothesis
Interested in biomedicine
2016 Nu Rho Psi national grant

Rosemary Thomas ’18, Junior







Neuroscience and Biology majors
Project: Sumoylation, Phoshorylation, and familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine
2016 GLC-ASPET meeting

Michael Buabeng ’19, Sophomore


Neuroscience major
Project: New familial mutants and altered nitration and sumoylation
Interested in biomedicine

Yoan Ganev ’19, Richter Scholar


Neuroscience major
Project: Sumoylation, Phoshorylation, and familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine

Chisomo Mwale ’19, Richter Scholar


Neuroscience major
Project: Substitution of new familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine

Danielle Sychowski ’19, Richter Scholar

Neuroscience major
Project: Truncations and splice variants of alpha-synuclein
Interested in biomedicine

D-LAB ALUMS (2001-2016)

Dr. Brandon Johnson ’03

brandon johnsonPhD, Stanford University
Postdoc, Stanford University
Biology & Chemistry double major
Senior thesis 2002-2003
Project: Budding yeast alpha-synuclein model
ASBMB Undergraduate Travel Award 2003
NIH-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (2006-2009)
NSF graduate fellowship Honorable Mention 2005

Dr. Samantha England ’04

Samantha England PhD, University of Rochester
Postdoc, University of Rochester
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Project: Fission Yeast model for alpha-synuclein

 


Dr. Nijee Sharma ’04

nijee sharmaMD/PhD, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Neurology Residency, University of Calfornia-Davis
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Fellowship, UC San Francisco
Senior Thesis 2003-2004
 Project: Proteasomal regulation of alpha-synuclein
Phi Beta Kappa
 Senior Thesis Award 2004
Council of Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2003
ASBMB Undergraduate Travel Award 2004
First Prize, ASBMB Undergraduate competition 2004
Third Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2003

Rity Upadhyaya ’04

undefinedMA, Northwestern University
Computer Science major

 


Dr. Konrad Bienia ’04

undefinedMD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Biology and Chemistry double major

 

Dr. Isaac Holmes ’05

isaac holmesMD, Rush Medical College
Cardiology Residency, Rush Medical Center
Biology and Chemistry double major
Project: Nucleation polymerization hypothesis and alpha-synuclein
ASBMB travel award 2004
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation grant 2004
First Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2004

Dr. Sara Herrera ’05

sara herreraMD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Surgery Residency, Detroit City Hospital
Biology and Chemistry double major
Senior Thesis 2004-2005
Project: Ubiquitin-Proteasome regulation, E46K analysis, Nitration
2005 Northwestern Univ SURF Award
NIH diversity research grant 2004-2005
National Institute of Aging ASCB-MAC Travel Award 2004

Dr. Olga Mikhaylov ’05

undefinedMD, Rush Medical College, Surgery Residency, Detroit
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Project: Budding yeast model for alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2002


Dr. Arun Paul ’05

arun-paulMD/PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Radiation Oncology Residency, Wayne State University
Biology and Chemistry double major
Project: STP2 regulation of alpha-synuclein
First Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2005


Dr. Katrina Brandis ’06

katrinaPhD, Washington University St. Louis
Director of Research and Secondary Science Teacher, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Biology major
Senior Thesis 2005-2006
Project: Oxidative stress and alpha-synuclein
ASBMB Travel Award 2005
Richter Scholar 2004
2005 Phi Beta Kappa Senior Thesis Award

Melissa Stevenson ’06

undefinedPhysician Assistant, New Mexico State University
Biology major
Project: Chaperone regulation of alpha-synuclein




Jessica Price ’06

jessica priceMA/PhD University of Wisconsin Madison (current)
Scietist, Nature Conservancy
Biology major, English minor
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein



Dr. Ruja Srestha ’07

Ruja Srestha

PhD, University of Rochester
Postdoc, University of Berkeley
Chemistry major
Project: Sugar Chaperones and Alpha-synuclein




Dr. Tulaza Vaidya ’07

tulaza vaidyaPhD, University of Rochester
Postdoc, Cornell University
Chemistry major
Project: Oxidative stress and alpha-synuclein

 


Dr. Michael White ’07

michael whiteMD, University of Buffalo; Neurology residency, Washington University
Fellow, Harvard University
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior thesis 2006-2007
Project: E46K alpha-synuclein analysis
Second Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2007


Dr. Michael Zorniak ’07

michael zorniakPhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison;
Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute
Medical Liason, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior Thesis 2006-2007
Project: Mitochondrial stress, phosphorylation, and alpha-synuclein
Second Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2006

Dr. Lokesh Kukreja ’08

lokesh kukrejaPhD and Postdoc, Northwestern University
Biology major, Chemistry minor, Senior Thesis 2007-2008
Project: phospholipid specificity and alpha-synuclein
ASCB Travel Award 2007
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation grant 2007

Stephanie Valtierra ’08

stephanie valtierra

PhD studies, Northwestern University (current)
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior Thesis 2007-2008
Project: Phosphorylation analysis of alpha-synuclein
ASCB-MAC Travel Award 2007
First Prize, ASCB MAC poster session 2007
Second Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2008

Dr. Mithaq Vahedi ’08

mithaq vahediMD, Thomas Jefferson University
Biology and Chemistry double major
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2006

 
Sina Vahedi ’08

undefinedMD studies, Thomas Jefferson University
Biology and Chemistry double major
Project: E46K analysis of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2006

 

Tasneem Saylawalla ’08

undefinedBiology and English major
Project: Proteasome regulation of alpha-synuclein
Interested in science journalism

 


Lavinia Sinitean ’08

undefinedMSN, Indiana University
Office Manager, Physician Practice
Biology and Spanish major
Project: Lab Assistant
Interested in public health

 


Alexandra Ayala ’09

alex ayalaK-12 Math/Science Teacher, Teach for America
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior thesis 2008-2009
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein
Honorable Mention, Chicago SFN meeting 2008


Dr. Ray Choi ’09

ray choiMD, University of Colorado; Anesthesiology residency, University of Washington
Biology major, Chemistry and French minor
Senior thesis 2008-2009
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein
Third Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2009


Nengding Wang ’09

undefinedPhD studies, Northwestern University (current)
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Project: Chaperone analysis of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2006




Michael Fiske ’10

michael fiskePhD program in Neuroscience, Northwestern University
Biology major
Senior Thesis, 2009-2010
NIH-NRSA Felowship, 2016
NSF Predoctoral Fellowship 2011 Honorable Mention
Phi Beta Kappa Senior Thesis Award 2010
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Undergraduate Grant 2009
Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention 2009
Richter Scholar 2007
First Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2009

Jaime Perez ’10

jaime perezOrthotist, Hanger Inc.
MA in Prosthetics/Orthtotics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Senior Thesis, 2009-2010
Biology & Art double major
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein  


Carlos Becerra ’10

undefinedMSN studies, Depaul University
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Project: Proteasome regulation of alpha-synuclein

 


Rebecca Brezinsky ’11

undefinedDVM studies, Mississippi State University
Biology and Environmental Studies double major
Project: Post-translational modification on alpha-synuclein

 



Julian McLain ’11

undefinedMD Studies (current), RFUMS
Chemist
Chemistry major, Biology minor
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2009
Planning on Medical School


Will Press ’11

will pressBiology & Economics major
Project: Proteasome regulation of alpha-synuclein

 
 

Daniel Sanchez ’11

danny sanchezPathologist Technician, Lake Forest Hospital
Biology major, Neuroscience minor
NIH-ARRA Summer Research Grant 2009
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein




Keith Solvang ’11

undefinedMD studies, RFUMS
MA, RFUMS
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior Thesis 2010-2011
Project: Phosphorylation and nitration regulation of alpha-synuclein
NIH-ARRA Summer Research Grant 2009
First Prize, GLC-ASPET meeting 2011

Alina Konnikova ’11

alina konnikova

MD, University of Illinois Chicago; Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Senior Thesis 2010-2011
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2008
First Prize, GLC-ASPET meeting 2010


Madhavi Senagolage ’12

undefinedPhD studies, Northwestern University
Biology major, Chemistry & Neuroscience minor
Senior Thesis 2011-2012
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein
Second Prize, Chicago SFN meeting 2011
2011 FUN & SFN Travel Awards for Society for Neuroscience Meeting

Kayla Ahlstrand ’12

kayla ahlstrandDVM studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Biology and Neuroscience double major
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2009
2011-2012 LFC-RFUMS Scholar



Pete Sullivan ’12

peter sullivanPhD studies, Cornell University
Biology major, Chemistry minor
Project: Autophagy regulation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2009
2011-2012 LFC-RFUMS Scholar



Natalie Kukulka ’13,

undefinedMD, University of Missouri, Columbia
Research Technician, Northwestern Lurie Children’s Hospital
Neuroscience and Biology double majors, Art minor
Project: Combinatorial familial mutant analysis of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2010, Senior Thesis 2012-2013
MD applicant 2014
2011 Fall- Study Abroad in New Zealand
Third Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2013
2013 Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Summer Research Grant

Rida Khan ’14

rida khanMasters studies, Johns Hopkins University
Research Scientist, Abbott Labs
Biology major & Neuroscience minor
Project: Endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein toxicity
Richter Scholar 2011
Interested in biomedicine

 

Katrina Campbell ’14,

katrina campbell PhD studies in Neuroscience, Northwestern University
NIH IRTA Fellow, Rocky Mountain Labs
Biology major, Spanish & Neuroscience minors
Project: Amino acid determinants of alpha-synuclein pathotoxicity
Richter Scholar 2011
Interested in biomedicine
2012 Fall- Study Abroad in New Zealand
Second Prize, Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2012

Ryan Vlaar ’14

Ryan Vlaar

Biology and Environmental Studies major
Project: Combinatorial familial mutant analysis of alpha-synuclein
Interested in biomedicine
Glen Rowan Garden Intern 

 
Michael Herriges ’15

MD studies, St Georges University (U.K.)
Biology and Chemistry major
Project: Combinatorial familial mutant analysis of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2012
Interested in biomedicine


Galina Lipkin ’15

Scientist, Valent Biosciences
Biology & Spanish majors
Project: Amino acid determinants of alpha-synuclein pathotoxicity; Sumoylation of alpha-synuclein
Richter Scholar 2012
Interested in biomedicine

Maiwase Tembo ’15

PhD studies at University of Pittsburgh Biology/Neuroscience majors
Project: Lysosomal based degradation of alpha-synuclein; New familial mutations
First Prize, Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2013
Third Prize, Chicago SfN meeting 2014


Maribel Munoz ’16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeuroscience major, Biology & Chemistry minors
Project: C-terminal truncation of alpha-synuclein (GFP at C-term)
Interested in biomedicine
Richter Scholar 2013


Sarah Chiren ’16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResearch technologist, RFUMS
Neuroscience major; Religion minor
Project: C-terminal truncation of alpha-synuclein (GFP at N-term)
Interested in biomedicine
Richter Scholar 2013
Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2013


Khadijah Hamid ’16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALab Manager, Northwestern University
Biology/Neuroscience majors
Project: Sumoylation of alpha-synuclein & splice variants
Interested in biomedicine
Richter Scholar 2013
Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2014


Jyothis James ’16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeuroscience and Philosophy majors
Project: C-terminal truncation of alpha-synuclein (GFP at N-term)
Interested in Neuroethics
Richter Scholar 2013
Chicago GLC-ASPET meeting 2013


Saul Bello Rojas ’16,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResearch Technologist, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Neuroscience major and chemistry minor
Project: Synuclein variants and new familial mutants
Applying for PhD programs
Chicago SfN meeting  2015
Second prize, GLC-ASPET meeting 2015

Logan Graham ’17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeuroscience major
Project: Splice variants or familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine

 



Cam Gudmundson ’17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABiology major
Project: N-domain deletion mutants
Interested in biomedicine

 



Ana McCracken ’17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeuroscience major
Project: N-domain deletion mutants
Interested in biomedicine

 

 
Peyton Schrag ’17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABiology major; Neuroscience and Spanish minors
Project: Splice variants or familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine

 

Viktoriya Georgieva ’18, Richter Scholar

Neuroscience major
Project: Combinatorial mutants of new familial mutants
Interested in biomedicine

 
Yuliya Zayats ’18, Richter Scholar

Biology major
Project: Nitrosylation of alpha Synuclein
Interested in biomedicine

 


KALAMAZOO ALUMS (1999-2001)

Laura Maxson ’00
Laura Maxson

PhD program, Yale University
U.S. Fulbright Scholarship
NIH-IRTA Fellowship







Dr. Dan Appledorn ’00
Dan appledorn

PhD, Michigan State University
Postdoc, Michigan State University

 
 



Dr. Aash Bhatt ’01
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MD, Wayne State University
Residency, University of Iowa

 
 
 


Dr. Geetha Athappilly ’01
Geetha Athappilly

MD, Michigan State University
Residency, University of Colorado
 







Dr. Anne Hinz ’02, MD
anne hinz

MD, Washington University St. Louis