Lewish Hall Cell Lines: Fall 2013
Saint Leo University
A newsletter to promote a scientific community among the alumni of the Saint Leo University biology, environmental science, and medical technology programs, and to foster the professional development of current science majors.
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  of Lewis Hall Cell Lines
  Letter from the Editor
  Alumnus Interview: Daniel Salahuddin ’11
  New Graduate’s Goals: Military Service and Medicine
  Alumni Successes: Admitted to Programs
  Speakers at University Campus
  Lab Notes: Recent Student Research
  Photo Feature: Shark Week at Leo
  Department of Mathematics and Science Full-Time Faculty and Staff
 
   
  Letter from the Editor
 
Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Shawn Weatherford
Dear Saint Leo biology alumni, I hope this message finds you well, and that you are harboring fond memories of your time at Saint Leo. This fall, we are welcoming more than 140 new freshmen and transfer students to the biology program, bringing the total number of majors to more than 350 students! We continue to hear from freshmen that their interest in Saint Leo is due to conversations with alumni, and we thank you for your efforts in letting people know about your alma mater. Some of our latest news includes the celebration of enhancements to our curriculum offerings, including a new environmental chemistry course and a new interdisciplinary environmental studies minor. And we're pleased to welcome a new biology faculty member, Dr. Cheryl Clauson, an expert in DNA damage and repair and its roles in driving cancer and aging. So, enjoy the newsletter and “like” us on our Facebook page. Don’t hesitate to write or say hello. I’d love to hear from you.

Best regards,
Shawn

Dr. Shawn Weatherford
Editor, Assistant Professor of Physics
shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu
 
 

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  Alumnus Interview: Daniel Salahuddin ’11
 
Daniel Salahuddin '11
Current status: Enrolled in 2013 first year of studies in dual M.D./M.P.H. program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

What did you do between your graduation from Saint Leo and medical school?

I spent nearly two years in a fellowship program for recent college graduates at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, called the NIH Academy. Aside from conducting research in an NIH lab, I had the opportunity to participate in weekly seminars on health disparities. I’m glad I got to have that experience since it was a small enough group that we had good opportunities for intimate and meaningful discussion on important health issues in underserved communities. The program was expanded during my second year so that more people would have the opportunity to learn and think critically about health disparities.

Please tell us some of the non-proprietary details of your research work.

In each of my years at NIH, I did immunology research through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In my first year I worked in the Biodefense Research Section of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), where my lab was interested in the development and evaluation of vaccine candidates for Ebola virus. My primary role was to conduct experiments involved in tracing a specific immune response that the vaccines may elicit. Following my departure from the VRC, I joined the Structural Immunology Section in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics. Working in this lab was a great experience, as I had the opportunity to help develop an assay that will hopefully help address important questions regarding natural antibody function. Aside from this project, I gained experience in large-scale bacterial protein expression for use in structural studies, as well as invaluable collaboration skills.

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  New Graduate’s Goals: Military Service and Medicine
 
Amanda Reno '13
Amanda Reno ’13, an ROTC cadet while a biology major at Saint Leo, received her commission into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in July. Her commissioning followed a month-long leadership development camp at Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington state. While it is more typical for ROTC cadets to complete the required camp between their junior and senior years, recovery from a foot injury delayed Reno until 2013.

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  Alumni Successes: Admitted to Programs
 
 
Bradley Brooks '13
Bradley Brooks ’13 was accepted into four osteopathic medical schools and chose Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was a biology major.
Sean Kerney ’14, a medical technology major with a chemistry minor, was accepted into the Bayfront Medical Center Medical Technologist class for 2013-2014.
James Austin Underwood '13

James Austin Underwood ’13 was admitted to and enrolled at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, one of the nation's most prestigious medical schools. He was a biology major.

 
 
Send your news to alumni.relations@saintleo.edu.

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  Speakers at University Campus
 
Professor Jack Ballantyne
In February 2013, Professor Jack Ballantyne of the University of Central Florida, the interim director at the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, FL, spoke to science students at the invitation of the Beta Beta Beta Society. Dr. Ballantyne (pictured) spoke on “DNA Identification in Criminal and Mass Fatality Investigations.”

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  Lab Notes: Recent Student Research
 

Nicholas J. Cotter ’14, mentored by Darin Bell, Ph.D., presented “Boosting the microcidal capabilities of ethyl alcohol on Staphylococcus aureus by utilizing synergy between two fatty acids: palmitic acid and linoleic acid” at the 11th Raymond N. Castle Student Research Conference in Tampa, FL. The conference was in April.

Group presentation at the CREST Symposium in May

Upperclass students Amanda Morris, Jesse Robinson, and Umberto Napoletano, guided by Dr. Audrey Shor, presented “Development of a Protein Kinase C δ paper informatics activity to enhance student engagement and understanding of post-transcriptional and translation modification” at the Connecting Researchers, Educators and Students (CREST) Symposium in Milwaukee, WI during May. Bradley Brooks ’13 presented “Identification and modeling of conserved secondary structures of Influenza A Virus Hemagglutinin subtypes H1, H2, H3, H5.”

Joseph Zundell (December) ’13 took part in the Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK) at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. In April, he was the first Saint Leo student on record to make a presentation before the American Society of Microbiology (Florida Branch), under the guidance of Dr. Iain Duffy. His work was on the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Tampa Bay. He presented work from research on aspects of differing tumor-bearing cell types at the Florida Academy of Sciences in March, also working with Dr. Duffy.

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Department of Math and Science

Designation: The Saint Leo Fund – Science Equipment
 
 

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  Photo Feature: Shark Week at Leo
 
Shark Dissection at Saint Leo

Shark Week is popular on TV, and in Lewis Hall, too. It is one of the high points of zoology lab in the spring, as alumni recall. View all the photos from Saint Leo’s “Shark Week” on our Facebook page.
 
 

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  Department of Mathematics and Science Full-Time Faculty and Staff
 
Dr. Siamack Bondari
siamack.bondari@saintleo.edu
Department Chair
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. William Ellis
bill.ellis@saintleo.edu
Assistant Department Chair
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Thomas Ricard
thomas.ricard@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physical Science
     
Dr. Jaime Barrera
jaime.barrera@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Iain Duffy
iain.duffy@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Audrey Shor
audrey.shor@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Advisor for Graduate Programs
and Careers
     
Dr. Darin Bell
darin.bell@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. June Hammond june.hammond@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Music
Instructor of Mathematics
Emma Tadeo
emma.tadeo@saintleo.edu
Academic Coordinator
     
Ms. Linda Bergen-Losee
linda.bergenlosee@saintleo.edu
Laboratory Director and Instructor of Biology
Dr. Jess Jones
jess.jones@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Robin van Tine
robin.vantine@saintleo.edu
Professor of Biology
     
Dr. Brian Camp
brian.camp@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Monika Kiss
monika.kiss@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Shawn Weatherford
shawn.weatherford@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Physics
     
Dr. Howard Carey
howard.carey@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Pre-Health Professions
Dr. Chris Miller
chris.miller@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Biology
and Environmental Science
Dr. Jacci White
jacci.white@saintleo.edu
Professor of Mathematics
Director, Honors Program
     
Dr. Cheryl Clauson
cheryl.clauson@saintleo.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Leo Ondrovic
leo.ondrovic@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Biology and Physics
Dr. Jerome Williams
jerome.williams@saintleo.edu
Associate Professor of Chemistry
 
 

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