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Each year, the Seminars in Neuroscience series are offered to the community that complement the Psychology Department’s CAP (Current Advances in Psychology) Colloquia series and the Biology Department’s Lecture in Life Sciences series. The neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi organizes these joint interdisciplinary seminars, while SYNAPSE works with faculty to offer outreach and education programs.

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Alumni Profiles in Neuroscience


Charles Alvarado ’16
graduated with a neuroscience and eeducation double majors. Charles completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lake Forest College in 2017 and is planning for a future career as a high science teacher. While a lake Forest student, Charles engaged in a variety of peer teaching and mentoring opportunities that cemented his passion for teaching.  Junior year, he studied abroad in New Zealnd. A Richter Scholar, he conducted neuroscience reserach for three years and won the First Prize in the undergraduate research competition for presenting his research on the effects of c-terminal truncations of alpha-synuclein at the 2014 Great Lakes Chapter American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics meeting.

Maiwase Tembo ’15 (from Nairobi, KENYA) graduated with majors in neuroscience and biology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. While studying at Lake Forest College, she studied abroad in New Zealand and completed her senior thesis on Parkinson disease biology and was selected for the College’s Senior 25 for her community leadership and service. She won the First Prize in the undergraduate research competition for presenting her endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein at the 2013 Great Lakes Chapter American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics meeting (June 14, 2013).  More recently, she has also won the Third Prize  in the undergraduate research competition at the 2014 Chicago Society for Neuroscience meeting meeting (April 4, 2014).

Katrina Campbell ’14, a neuroscience minor and a biology major, is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University. After graduation, she was an NIH I.R.T.A Fellow at the NIH-NIAID Rocky Mountain Labs.  She conducted Parkinson’s disease research at Lake Forest College and studied abroad at the University of Auckland (New Zealand).

Natalie Kukulka ’13, a neuroscience and biology major with a studio art minor, is pursuing her MD at The University of Missouri (Columbia, MO). She was a research technician scientist for two years at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago) doing urology research. She conducted molecular neuroscience research with two different professors at Lake Forest College and studied abroad at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where she did structural biology and behavioral neuroscience research.

Kayla Ahlstrand ’12, a neuroscience and biology major, is pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Previously, she was employed as a full-time veterinarian technician at the Greenbay Animal Hospital.  She conducted both cognitive and molecular neuroscience research with two different professors at Lake Forest College.

Sydni Cole ’12, a neuroscience major with a minor in chemistry, is pursuing an MD/PhD dual degree at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, she was employed as a full-time research technician in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.  She conducted her senior thesis in cognitive neuroscience at Lake Forest College. 

Madhavi Senagolage ’12, a biology major with minors in neuroscience and chemistry, is pursuing a PhD in the Integrated Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University.  Madhavi completed her senior thesis in Parkinson’s Disease biology at Lake Forest College.

Daniella Brutman ’12, a biology and neuroscience double major, received her MD degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2012. Previously she worked as a Pathologist Associate and applying for medical school this year.  Daniella completed her senior thesis in Alzheimer’s Disease biology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Menzi Mhlanga ’11
, a neuroscience and psychology double major, is currently a Clinical Trial Administrator at Pharma Consulting Group (PCG Clinical services) in Sweden. Previously, he worked as a Clinical Trial Assistant in a Chicago-area pharmaceutical company, ICON Research. Menzi completed his senior thesis in behavioral neuroscience at the college.

 

 

derek atchleyJPGDerek Atchley ’10, psychology major and neuroscience minor, initially worked as a neuroscience research technician at Wayne State University. He is now pursuing his PhD in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience there.  Derek completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

Daryn CassDaryn Cass ’10, a biology major, received her MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2012. Previously, she worked as a neuroscience research associate in the department of cell and molecular pharmacology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Daryn completed an undergraduate senior thesis in addiction research at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

undefinedEmily Venheim ’09, a psychology major, received her PhD in behavioral neuroscience at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Kentucky. Emily completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008-09.

undefinedBrian Kinsman ’09, biology and psychology major, was a research technician at the University of Chicago. He is now pursuing MD/PhD studies at Penn State University since fall 2012. Brian conducted undergraduate research in developmental biology and in learning and memory while at Lake Forest College. In 2016, he received an NIH T32 Predoctoral training fellowship.

lokesh kukrejaLokesh Kukreja ’08, biology major, received his PhD in biology at Northwestern University, where he studied the cell and molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease.  He is currently Senior Scientist with Procol Link, Inc. Lokesh completed his senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at Lake Forest College.

undefinedStephanie Valtierra ’08, biology major, received her PhD in Neuroscience at the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience in 2017 and hqs joined Lake Forest College as the Science Internship Specialist in the Career Advancement Center.  Stephanie completed her senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at Lake Forest College. She was also a post-baccalaureate fellow in the BMBCB department at Northwestern University in 2008-09 and a research technician at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

undefinedJennifer Riddle ’07, a biology and psychology major, is a Senior Research Associate with Eli Lilly Company. Previously, she worked with Covance Inc (a contract research company).  She was also a research lab manager in the department of pharmacology at Rush Medical College.  While an undergraduate, she did summer research at in the molecular basis of addiction at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.

 

undefinedMichael Zorniak ’07, a biology major, is a Medical Liaison with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, before which he was a Medical Liaison with Teva Pharmaceuticals. he did his postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps Research Institute. Previously, he pursued a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin Madison. While at Lake Forest, he did his senior thesis research in Parkinson’s disease and also did summer research as a drug discovery fellow at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

undefinedSilvia Skripkauskas ’04, a biology and psychology graduate, is currently Clinical Data Manager in the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in 2007.

nijee sharmaNijee Sharma ’04, a biology major, completed her PhD in neuroscience at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2009 and her MD in 2011. She then pursued her neurology residency at the University of California-Davis and movement disorders fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Neurology.  While at Lake Forest, she conducted Parkinson’s disease research for her senior thesis.

D’Anne Duncan ’04, a biology major, received her PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University in 2011. She icompleted her postdoc at Vanderbilt University, where she then served as the Program Director for the BEST program by NIH. She is currently the Director of Diversity and Outreach at the University of California-San Francisco. She received an NIH NRSA graduate research fellowship in 2007. While at Lake Forest, she did two summers of research at the University of Chicago and did research in neurogenesis at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.

Michele McNeeley-Beekman ’03, a biology and psychology major, is an Assistant professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Illinois -Peoria. She was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Rush Presbyterian Hospital.  She did her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.