College of Arts & Sciences

Biology Program

Undergraduate Research Alumni

The following is an incomplete list describing where some of our undergraduate “Research Alumni” have gone onto after graduating from SJU.  The list is divided according to the faculty mentor they worked with. When years are given following the students’ names, they indicate when the student was engaged in undergraduate research.

Dr. Eileen Grogan
Joseph Cavallaro, received D.O degree from Philaelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Julie Halpin, Physician Assistant
Jonathan Hill, Graduate Studies,  Medical College of Georgia
Daniel Lafferty, Secondary School Teacher
Nicole Pedicino High School Teacher (English and Science)
Steve Fasciano Graduate Studies, Univ. North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Kelly Machovec, enrolled in M.D. program, Univ. of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Michael Carl Employed in Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr. Christina King Smith
Ngan Pham 1998, D.O. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sean Deacon 1998 - ‘99, Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of Vladimir Gelfand, University of Illinois, Champaigne-Urbana
Meagan Cheney 1999, Americorps volunteer
Crystal Fox 2001 - 2003
Ryan Stidham, Completed MD at University of Virginia, currently a resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Paul Basciano, Completed MD at Columbia University, currently a resident at NYU
Paul Damiani 2002 - 2003,  Research Technician, University of Massachussetts Medical School
Mai Linh Hoang 2002 - 2003,  MBA candidate, Saint Joseph's University
Nick Petruzzi, 2003 - 2004, M.D. program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College
Daniel Zanchetti, 2003 - 2004, M.D. program at Georgetown University

Dr. Michael McCann
Harry Solimeo, 1994 - 1996, Research Associate, DuPont
Brandy Panunti, 1995 - 1996, M. D., Georgetown University
Fred Cusick, 1996, R.N., Hahnemann Medical School, now shift supervisor in Cardiac Instensive Care, Childrens Hospital.
Jeff Maglio, 1995 - 1996, Technical Associate - Sales, Biotech Company
Colleen McCullen, 1996 - 1998, Ph.D.  University of Pennsylvania, now at National Institutes of Health
Jason Lotkowski, 1996 - 1997, D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Thomas McDermott, 1997 - 1998, M.S., Arizona State University, Currently in the J.D. program, ASU
John Renye, 1998, Ph.D. program at Temple University
David Wojchikowski, 1997 - 1998, received his D. O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Joseph Curry, 1998 - 2000, MD program at Georgetown.
Dan Walmsley, 1999 - 2001, D. O. Program, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
John Dougherty, 1999 - 2001, Ph.D. program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College
Carlos Carre, Jr, 1999 - 2002, MS program in Biology at SJU
Michael Grimes, 2002, completing his BS in Biology at SJU.
Joseph McLaughlin, 2002 - 2004, MD program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College
Joanna Fertala, 2002 - 2005, M.D. program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College

Dr. Karen Snetselaar
Renata Ormand, 1993 - 1994, Electron Microscopy technician at University of Pennsylvania
Kelly (Cordisco) Talley, 1994 - 1996, Beardsworth Consulting Group working in Oncology Clinical Trial Management
Megan Hindman, 1995, Biotechnology program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
Megan Carfioli (undergraduate at West Chester), 1996, MS degree at West Chester University.
Janet Gervais, 1996.
John Devlin, 1996 - 1997, MD from Allegheny (now MCP-Hahnehmann).
Sally Friar, 1996 - 1997, Chiropractic degree.
Charles Roche, 1997 - 1998, MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
Matthew Warner, 1997 - 1998, MD from UMDNJ.
Kelly Cleary, 1998, enrolled in MD program at Einstein, NY.
Jennifer Johnson, 1997 - 1999, enrolled in MD/Ph.D. program at University of Pittsburgh.
Kevin Dougherty, 1998 - 1999, clinical trial managment at Covance Periapproval Services.
Dawn Riddle, 1999, research associate, Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Danielle Kusmaul, 1998 - 2000, medical school.
Kimberly (Pyle) Leonhard, 1998 - 2000, business manager.
Anna Nguyne, 1999 - 2001, P.A. program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Rich Pagano, 2000, school teacher
Kirby Steger, 2002, Ph.D. program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.
Kaitlin Petrella, 2001 - 2003, Microscopy technician, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Gorgol, 2002
Ron Marchese, 2002 - 2004, M.D. program at Tenple University
Carolyn Green, 2004 - 2005, D.O. program at PCOM.

Dr. Paul Tefft
Renee Poupard, 1996 - 1997, secondary school teacher.
Lou Casta, 1996 - 1997, Ph.D. Program, Thomas Jefferson University
Carolyn Hill, 1997, Nursing SchoolJames O'Neill, 1999, Research Associate, Covance Clinical Research Organization
Colby Shirk, 1998, M.D. Program, Hershey Medical School
William Anderson, 1998 - 1999, Dental School, Temple University
John Lucci, 2000 - 2002, MS program in Biology, Boston College
David O’Gurek, 2003 - 2003, MD progam, Hershey Medical School.

Dr. John Tudor
John Rassa, 1993-95, PhD Microbiology/Wake Forest Univ.; Post-Doc UPenn, 2000-
Alessandra Baldini, 1994-95, Research Assoc./Techtagen
Rebecca Kenzakowski, Summer, 1994, M.S. Microbiology/Temple
Rachel Catanzaro, 1994-96, Physician Assistant M.S. Degree from Beaver College
Donna DiBruno - 1993-94,  D.O. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tricia Volpe -  1993-94, M.S.Microbiology/SJU, '97-'99; Res. Assoc. UPenn 2000-
Baodan Nguyen 1995-'97, received D.O. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Theresa Scognamiglio1995-'97, received her MD, Allegheny University
Jessica Verosko 1995-'98, recieved her MD, Georgetown University
Diane Jennings summer 1995-'98, American Red Cross; Res. Assoc. for biotech co.
Melissa Risoli 1995-'96, received her Doctor of Optometry, Philadelphia College of Optometry
Megan Bowman 1996-98, Science Secondary Ed., H.S. science teacher
Melissa Potts 1997-98, Doctor of Pharmacy, Temple University
Kelly O'Driscoll 1998-'99, enrolled in MD program, Thomas Jefferson University
Conor Knightly 1998 -'99, Life Science Industry; MS Univ. Kansas
Mylik Ganey 1998-1999 Merck & Co.
Jennine Dawicki 1998-2000 JVC for 2000-'01; Research Associate, Univ. Penn
Chris Bruno 1998-2000 DO program at PCOM
Kathrine Mahon, 1999-2001 JVC for 2001-'02, MD, Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Kelly Bennett 1999-2001 JVC for 2001''02
Katrina McGeehan 1999-2001; Research Associate, Univ. Penn
Melissa Sokol 2000-2001
Greg Mallo 2000-2001 MD program, Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Michelle Orton 2001-2002; PhD. program, University of Pittsburg
Helena Gaweska, 2000 - 2002, Ph.D. program in Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Zwolak, 2002 - 2004, Ph.D. program at NYU.
James Davis, 2002 - 2004, Ph.D. program at University of Illinois
Marissa Panichella, 2003 - 2005, Ph.D. program in Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University
Leon DeMasi, 2003 - 2005, Ph.D. program in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Veronica Laurie, 2003 - 2005, Lab technician, Fox Chase Cancer Research Center

Dr. James Watrous
Wakina Linton, 1995 - ‘96, At George Washington University in their public health MS program
Sharee Livingston , 1995 - ‘96, received her D. O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Maria Mountis, 1995 - ‘96, received her D. O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Meghan Ginty, 1996, received her M.D. from Temple University.
Jennifer McBride 2000 - ‘02, enrolled in Ph.D. program  in pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University
Melina Rossi, 2002 - ‘03, MD program at Hershey Medical School
Angus Pekala, 2002 - ‘03
Kathleen A. Lamb 2004 - ‘05, M.D. program at Thomas Jefferson University
Allison Sopko, 2004 - ‘05, M.D. program at St. Maarten in the Caribbean
Michelle Sampson, 2004 - ‘05, Research Technician at the Sloan Kettering Hospital, N.Y.
Melissa Winscom, 2004 - ‘05, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Peter Pham, 2004 - ‘05, EMT