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by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Mar 14, 2018 12:15 PM

Current Grad Students

  • Zach Tooley, BS UW La Crosse, MS expected Spring 2019.  Thesis project addresses retinal development. 

Current Undergraduate Students

  • Kayla Bloede, BS expected May 2020. PreVet. Squirrel colony intern starting in 2017. In charge of reproduction operations.  
  • Brittany Harrington, BS expected Dec 2018.  Independent Study project on reproduction.
  • Santidra Love, BS expected Dec 2018.  McNair scholar! Squirrel colony intern 2018. Researcher in the Kurtz lab. 
  • Laurana Rudena, BS expected   .   Squirrel colony intern 2018. Researcher in the Kurtz lab. 
  • Jaclyn Utrie, BS expected June 2018. Independent Study project on reproduction.

Past UWO Graduate Students

  • Amy Miller, MS Summer 2017.  Research Associate at the Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). 
  • Erin Jenewein, MS June 2005. Sigma Xi grant awardee 2004, 2005 UW Oshkosh Distinguished Thesis Award. ATTENDED ARVO. Nova Southeastern School of Optometry class of 2009, then Assistant Professor and KID Clinic Chief there.  Assistant Professor of Optometry at Salus University, Pennsylvania. 
  • Jason Tonne. ATTENDED ARVO. Senior Research Technologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. 
  • Jenny Nemke, MS 2001. ATTENDED ARVO. UW Milwaukee Staff member.


Past Undergraduate Students

  • Jessica Werhand, BS expected December 2018.
  • Cassie Duncan, BS May 2017; head squirrel wrangler since 2014 and McNair Scholar in 2016. Interested in reproductive endocrinology, behavior, genomics, animal health. Started Master's program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at University of Alaska Fairbanks in January 2018. 
  • Elainna Jentz, BS May 2017.  Started wrangling in 2016.  Interested in reproductive endocrinology, neurobiology, genomics. 
  • Adrienne Gruber, BS May 2017.   Interested in ocular pathology and our link to COPLOW in 2016. Optometry program starting Fall 2017.
  • Zabet Kempfert, BS expected May 2017; squirrel colony intern Spring-Summer 2015.  Now hard at work for the Michalski lab.
  • David Gansen, bioengineering major at Temple University. UWO summer scholar 2015.  Now a summer research associate at MCW's Eye Institute. 
  • Tristan Greening, McNair Fellow 2014-15.  WINNER of Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award April 2015.  Virtual Medical Scribe at MModal. 
  • Ryan Conklin, BS May 2014.  Undergrad Collab Research Grant recipient 2013-14.  MD program at St. George's begun Fall 2017.
  • Ryan Bures, BS 2013.  McNair Fellow 2011-12; CO-WINNER of Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, April 2013.  UW Madison MD program
  • Ben Sajdak, BS 2013.  McNair Fellow 2011-12:CO-WINNER of Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, April 2013.  Head squirrel wrangler 2013. Completes Medical College of Wisconsin PhD at the new Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at the Medical College of Milwaukee, will postdoc at UW Madison.  
  • Cassie (Piper) Schandel, BS 2013.  CO-WINNER of Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, April 2013. MD UW Madison, residency in emergency medicine.
  • David Henson, BS 2013 from Hanover College.  REU Fellow Summer 2012. Began MD-PhD program at University of Kentucky Fall 2014.
  • Grant O'Connell, McNair Fellow 2011-12.  PhD 2016 from West Virginia University. Research scientist for Valtari Bio Incorporated.  Another McNair alum of the lab to earn the PhD and now an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University (works on stroke immunology).  
  • Bobbi Kolstad, head squirrel wrangler 2012, later worked for the Wisconsin DNR, has traveled the world, including my old hometown of Santa Barbara.
  • Aaron Robinson, BS 2012. McNair Fellow 2010-11. MD UW Madison plus MPH at University of Minnesota. In emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
  • Adam Robinson, McNair Fellow 2011-12.  
  • Eric Exner, BS 2011.  Began MD/PhD program at Medical College of Milwaukee in Fall 2011.
  • Jose Orona, BS 2010. McNair Fellow, Chancellor's Award of Excellence.  
  • Vanessa Ante.  2008 McNair fellow from UWO, then earned her PhD at Tennessee (first UWO McNair fellow to earn the PhD!), now a postdoc at Pittsburgh.
  • Michelle Jooss, BS 2010.  Head squirrel wrangler 2009-10. DVM from UW Madison in 2014. Practicing veterinarian in Seattle, WA but relocating to WI soon. 
  • Minhoon Kim (voted MVP in the laboratory; brought us firmly into the era of molecular biology).  
  • Jon Gesicki (DDS program from Detroit Mercy).
  • Megan Jourdan, MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Family practice physician.
  • Dembi Huya-Kouadio (2008 NSF-REU fellow from University of Maryland). MD from Meharry School of Medicine
  • Danielle Eisenschink (2007 NSF-REU fellow from Carroll College, graduated May 2008).
  • Theresa Rytz (2007 NSF-REU fellow from Florida Atlantic University)
  • Melissa Broger
  • Amanda Smith, BS May 2008.  Research Assistant, Yale University.
  • Angela Rodriguez, BS May 2007. (2006 NSF-REU fellow.) UW Academic Excellence Scholar, Chancellor's Award of Excellence. ATTENDED ARVO 05/06, ARVO travel grant '05. OD from Illinois College of Optometry in 2011.  Practicing optometrist in Appleton, WI.
  • JJ Sager, BS May 2006. Graduated from U of Pitt Neuroscience PhD program in Summer 2012 and heading to Spain for his postdoc.  JJ did the lab's very first molecular biology!
  • Aaron Gruber, BS May 2006. ATTENDED ARVO 05/06. Sigma Xi grant awardee 2005!  OD from Nova Southeastern School of Optometry in 2010.  Practicing optometrist in Chilton, WI.
  • Eric Zuniga (2005 NSF-REU fellow from College of Lake County and UW Parkside). DVM from Colorado State, now an Army veterinarian with the rank of Captain.
  • Julie Mullen, BS 2005 U Minn; Howard Hughes Medical Institute research intern Summer 2005. UW Oshkosh Accelerated Nursing program.
  • Amy Paulik, Northwestern University. Pre-medicine. Volunteer.
  • Amy Maltry, Iowa State University BS May 2005; summer volunteer for 2 years; MD from UW Madison; doing an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa.
  • Lisa Burian, BS Dec 2003, Fotodyne Life Sciences.
  • N'gassa M'ssika, BS May 2004 (Med Tech). Med Tech.  Now an ER Physician Assistant in Green Bay, WI.
  • Don Ruwan Ranatunga, BS Dec 2004 (Bio). UWO Master's degree program.  Director/CEO at Expert Property Managers, Madison, WI. 
  • David Slotten, BS May 2003 (Bio).  Attended ARVO.  Senior Project Manager at PPD, Madison, WI. 
  • Nathan Duncan, BS May 2003 (Bio). Teacher.
  • Amy Rider, BS May 2003 (Bio), MD from Medical College of Wisconsin, now doing OBGYN residency at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis.
  • Josh Koscher, BS '02 (Bio), MBA '07 UW Milwaukee, now a Senior Analyst at UW Health.  
  • Blake Buchan, BS '01 (Microbio), Univ. of Iowa PhD program in Microbiology, class of 2009. ATTENDED ARVO.   Now Assistant Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Clinical Pathology at MCW.
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by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Mar 14, 2018 12:15 PM