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Markstein Lab | Alumni


Research Alumni

Samantha Dettorre
Lab Manager & Technician, 2012-2015
B.S. Biology, UMass 2007
Now teaching science at Grafton Middle School


Hannah Dayton
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2015-2016
B.S., Microbiology (CHC), 2015
Now a Ph.D. student at Columbia University

Kelly Becker, M.S.
Applied Molecular Biology Program
2016 – 2017
Now a Senior Research Associate at Rubius Therapeutics, Boston MA

Aurelia Saftien
Visiting Life Sciences Masters student from University of Konstanz, 2017-2018
B.S. Life Science from the University of Konstanz, Germany, 2016
Now continuing Masters thesis at Harvard Medical School

Jon DiRusso
Lab Manager 2015-2018
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2017-2018
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CHC) 2017
Now a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School

Olivia Williamson
MCB Ph.D. Student, 2017-2018
B.S. Biology, Union College  2015

Kit Kolbert
Postbaccalaureate, 2017-2018
B.S. Biology, UMass 2017

Undergraduate Alumni

David LaFosse
B.S., Biology 2013
Now at National Institute of Genetics in Japan

Haley Etskovitz
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2013-2014
B.S., Biology, iCONS program, 2014
Now a Medical Student at the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine

Marc Hammond
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2012-2014
2014 B.S., Biology (CHC)
Now a Medical Student at University of Vermont College of Medicine

Victoria Lu
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2013-2014
B.S., Chemistry (CHC), 2014
Now a Medical Student at New York Institute of Technology

David Miao
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2014-2015
B.S., Biology, Amherst College, 2015
Now a Research Associate at Duke University


Hannah Dayton
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2012-2015
B.S., Microbiology (CHC), 2015
Now a Ph.D. student at Columbia University

Joey Johnson
Honors Thesis, 2013-2015
Biology (CHC), 2015

Elefteria Puka
Honors Thesis, 2013-2016
Biology Major (CHC), 2016
Now a Medical Assistant at Mass Eye and Ear, Boston MA


Matthew Johnson
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2013-2016
Biochemistry Major (CHC), 2016
Now a scientist at MilliporeSigma Virology Department

Franco Palacios
Biology, 2017

Gabby Crosby
Biology Major (CHC), 2017

Kit Kolbert
B.S. Biology, 2017

Camille Godbout-Chouinard
B.S. Mathematics & Statistics, 2018

Courtney Leonard
B.S. Biology, 2018
Now a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital

Gabi Smith-Rosario
B.A. Mathematics & Music, Amherst College, 2018

Rachel Brody
B.S. Biology, 2018
Now a Gilman International Scholar working on bioinformatics in Tel Aviv

Tetsu Zhao
Honors Thesis, 2017-2018
Biochemistry Major (CHC), 2018

Aiste Balciunaite
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2019

Alexander Caswell
B.S. Computer Science, 2019

Aiyang Wang
B.S. Biology, B.A. Philosophy 2019

David Sklodowska
B.S. Biochemistry Major, 2019

Edridge D’Souza
Honors Thesis, 2015-2019
B.S. Biochemistry Major (CHC), 2019

Jacob Vieira
Honors Thesis, 2015-2019
B.S. Microbiology Major (CHC), 2019

Jasmine Pierre
B.S. Biochemistry, 2019

Leah Keefe
B.S. Biology, Mount Holyoke College, 2019

Liz Hosage
B.S. Biochemistry Major, 2019

Emily Ishak
B.S. Biochemistry, 2020

Maria Alkurdi
B.S. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Psychology, 2020

Brandon De La Rosa
B.S. Biology, 2021
University of Texas El Paso


Jazmin Corral
B.S. Biology, 2021
University of Texas El Paso

Jenny Chen
B.S. Microbiology, 2021

Lauren Kenyon
B.S. Computer Science (CHC), 2021

Simon Mekonen
B.S. Computer Engineering (CHC), 2021