Fredonia students bound for health professions, graduate schools

Monday April 29, 2019Roger Coda
Science students continuing education at medical or graduate school
Among those who will continue their education at a medical or graduate school are (from left): Sarah Carey, Lily Dixon, Kimberly Gabel, Erin Leemey and Morgan Steele.

Advanced degrees in medicine, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, physical therapy and veterinary science, along with doctorates in biology and chemistry, will be the goal in the next educational chapters of 17 members of the Class of 2019. They comprise one of the largest cohorts of students continuing their education in doctoral and health professions schools in the last 10 years at Fredonia.

The students, with their respective majors at Fredonia and the programs and schools they will attend, beginning this summer or fall, include:

students working in lab
Siyuan (Addison) Yang (front) and Kevin Aumiller will pursue doctorates.

Kevin Aumiller, Ph.D. in Biology in the Cell Molecular Developmental Biology and Biophysics program at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Mr. Aumiller is majoring in Molecular Genetics, has served in the research lab of Dr. Matthew Fountain for two years and completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates internship at Marquette University. He is a 2015 graduate Clarence Central High School, Clarence, N.Y., and plans to teach biology at the university level.

Sarah Carey, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University. Ms. Carey is majoring in Molecular Genetics and has a minor in Psychology. She has served in Dr. Scott Ferguson’s lab as a junior and senior and participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates internship at the Wadsworth Center, Albany, for the New York State Department of Health. A 2015 graduate of Cuba-Rushford High School, Cuba, N.Y., Carey plans to follow the immunology and virology track at Penn State to prepare for a research career in either government or industry.

Lily Dixon, M.D., Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Ms. Dixon is majoring in Molecular Genetics and Psychology and served in Dr. Catherine Creeley’s Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory during her first three years at Fredonia.  A 2015 graduate of City Honors School, Buffalo, Dixon’s career interests are in neurology, psychiatry and family medicine.

Kate Dotterweich, Doctor of Optometry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Birmingham, Ala. Ms. Dotterweich is majoring in Biology. She is a 2015 graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Tonawanda, N.Y., and plans to specialize in vision therapy or pediatrics and have her own practice.

Kathryn Fink, M.S., Physician Assistant, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St. John’s University, Queens. Ms. Fink is majoring in Chemistry, has a minor in Biology and has done research with Dr. Mark Janik. She is a 2015 graduate of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and plans to work in pediatrics.

Kimberly Gabel, PharmD, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. A junior Biology major, Ms. Gabel, was accepted into the 3+4 program agreement that Fredonia has with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She will transfer U.B. credits back to Fredonia to earn a B.S. while simultaneously attending pharmacy school. Gabel served in the research lab of Dr. Nicholas Quintyne. A 2016 graduate of North Collins High School, Gabel plans to become a pharmacist in a retail or hospital setting.

Tina Graham, D.C., D’Youville College. Ms. Graham is majoring in Exercise Science and created a poster presentation for her senior capstone course, Mechanisms of Obesity. She is a 1992 graduate of North East High School, North East, Pa., and plans to operate her own chiropractic practice.

Alexander Green, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. Mr. Green is majoring in Chemistry and served in Dr. Allan Cardenas’ research laboratory last summer. He is a 2015 graduate of Hilton High School, Hilton, N.Y.

Erin Lemmey, PharmD, D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, Buffalo. Ms. Lemmey is majoring in Molecular Genetics and Psychology and has done research with muscles. She worked on a study, involving the use of immunohistochemistry to determine where certain types of motor protein are located in the leg muscles of mice, in Dr. Scott Medler’s lab for two years. Lemmey also worked at a facility that cares for children and young adults with psychiatric disabilities. A 2015 graduate of Arlington High School, Lagrangeville, N.Y., Lemmey plans to become a clinical pharmacist.

Kelly Hider, D.V.M., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Ms. Hider is majoring in Biochemistry and has served in Dr. Matthew Gronquist’s research lab, where she focused on the synthesis of organic compounds. She completed a pre-veterinary internship at the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center, Dover, N.H. A 2015 graduate of Immaculata Academy, Hamburg, N.Y., Hider plans to become a small animal veterinarian.

Megan MacIntyre, D.V.M., Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio. Ms. McIntyre is majoring in Biochemistry, has a minor in Psychology and has served in the research labs of Drs. Matthew Fountain and Mark Janik during the academic year. She also completed a summer research experience in Dr. Fountain’s lab and an internship in the Equine Reproduction Research Department at the University of Vermont’s Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge, Vt. She is a 2015 graduate of Aurora High School, Aurora, Ohio, and plans to become a mixed practice veterinarian.

Garrett Olrogg, Ph.D. in Chemistry at Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont. Mr. Olrogg is majoring in Chemistry, has served in Dr. Mark Even’s research lab for two years. He is a 2015 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute, Springville, N.Y., and plans to work in industry.

Jason Seiberg, D.P.T. D’Youville College, Buffalo. Mr. Seiberg is majoring in Exercise Science and served as a teaching assistant in Dr. Fred Harrington’s anatomy lab and also engaged in research in Dr. Todd Backes’ lab. He is a 2013 graduate of Maple Grove High School and has a long-term goal to own a sports and spine physical therapy practice. Before taking that step, Seiberg wants to travel and work abroad as a physical therapist and continue his career in the military, where he has been a staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserves for the last five years. He was previously stationed in Iraq and Kurdistan.

Emily Shellenberger, D.P.T., University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. Ms. Shellenberger is majoring in Exercise Science major, has served in Dr. Todd Backes’ research lab and plans to serve as a travel physical therapist before working in a nursing facility/nursing home as a physical therapist. She is a 2015 graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia.

Morgan Steele, D.O., Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa. Ms. Steele is majoring in Molecular Genetics, has a minor in Chemistry and has served in Dr. Scott Ferguson’s research lab since the fall 2016 semester. A 2015 graduate of Falconer Central School, Steele’s current career interests are in family medicine and internal medicine.

Mallory Thomas, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y. Ms. Thomas, who is majoring in Chemistry and is president of the Chemistry Club, worked as a summer research assistant, engaging in biochemical synthesis and purification, for Dr. John Richard at the University at Buffalo. She plans to conduct research in analytical and environmental chemistry in her doctoral program. Initial career goals include working as a field chemist or environmental chemist in water pollution projects before becoming a university professor. Thomas is a 2015 graduate of Canandaigua Academy, Canandaigua, N.Y. 

Siyuan (Addison) Yang, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Binghamton University. Mr. Yang is a graduate student in Biology at Fredonia. His independent research, compiled with thesis advisor Dr. Scott Medler, is “The Relationship Between the Cardiovascular System and Skeletal Muscle Fiber Types in the Ghost Crab.” He received a B.S. in Biotechnology and an A.S. in Histotechnician at SUNY Cobleskill.

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