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Tom Walker (B.A. Bio, ’64) Was a naval officer from 1964-68, earned his MA in 1970 and worked at IBM until his retirement in 2002.

Steven Lisook (B.A., Bio, ’71) Became a family practice/ senior FAA medical examiner osteopathic physician in Portland, Oregon for 31 years and is now retired.

O. Thomas Mueller (B.A. Bio, ’72) is the Director of Biochemical and Molecular Genetics at All Children's Hospital,St. Petersburg, Florida.

Michael Melino (B.A., Bio, ’76) “I earned by PhD in Immunology from Rutgers University in 1984. Currently I am a Sr. Director at Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development in the Cardiovascular Research Department developing and conducting clinical trials for anti-coagulant therapies.”

Susan (Bieling) Paolucci (B.A. Bio, German, ’78) is a psychiatrist and medical director of Systems Therapeutics at Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA. She has been married to Dr Stephen Paolucci for 33 years and they have two children, Benjamin and Kathryn.

Robert Cortright (B.S. Biochem, ’79) is the co-founder of FX Solutions, LLC, named to the List of 500 America's fastest growing private companies. In 2009 Robert was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Financial Services for the New Jersey Region and a national finalist.
Thomas Ward (B.S. Bio, ’80) “After graduating in 1980 I attended the Penn State College of Medicine and received my MD in 1984. I then did an internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, an Ophthalmology Residency and Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. I spent 22 years in the U.S. Army where I was the Ophthalmology Residency Program Director at Walter Reed and the Ophthalmology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. I retired from the Army in 2006 and joined Consulting Ophthalmologists, PC in Farmington, Connecticut.”

Jacqueline (Lachman) Hirsch (B.A., Bio & Psych, ‘82) earned her MBA Fairleigh Dickinson in 1986 and was in pharmaceutical marketing and sales during the ‘80s. She went back to school and earned her BSN from Pace University in 1997 and is a Maternal-Child Health, Board-Certified Holistic Nurse Entrepreneur. Jacqueline is also an Arbonne International, independent consultant/district manager selling premium branded Swiss-formulated health, beauty and wellness products.

Guy Eshelman (B.A. Bio, ’83) earned his M.D. at the University of Rochester in 1987 and went on to do a residency in family medicine at Lancaster General Hospital. Until 2001, Guy was in private practice in Lititz, PA. He is now teaching and promoting family medicine in the Republic of Albania.

Richard Mansfield (B.A. Bio, ’85) is a physician in West Chester, PA.

Katie (Mazarin) Derase (B.A. BNS, ‘95) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

David Warsaw (B.S. MBio, ’85) “I am currently the chief of Plastic Surgery at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA.”

Fotinos Panagakos (B.A. Bio, ’86) “I am currently Director, Clinical Research - Oral Care, for the Colgate Palmolive Company. I have been with the company for 7 years. Following completion of a DMD/PhD (biochemistry and molecular biology) program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 1992, I was a full time faculty member for 14 years, while also maintaining a part time dental practice.”

Karen Flam (B.A. Pre-Dental, ’92) Karen Flam is Executive Director of the Aromatherapy Alliance, a not-for-profit education group that educates clinicians and lay-people about the usage of essential oils and hydrosols.

Barbara Simon (B.A., BNS, ’92) “I worked in biomedical research at Jefferson Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Then I did a Post Baccalaureate Program at the University of Pennsylvania, then attended MCP- Hahnemann University Medical School and received my MD in 2000. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at Drexel University College of Medicine. I have started a fellowship training program in Endocrinology and will be the Program Director for our first fellows starting July 2012. I was in the very first class that Jill Schneider taught at Lehigh, she was a great inspiration and also gave me the research skills that I needed to start off with my first job after Lehigh...I wonder if she remembers me? Thank you, Prof. Schneider!”

Amy (Benedict) Leahy (B.S., MBio, ’94) “I am a Registered Patent Attorney, providing intellectual property counseling and support to institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital.”

Kaci (Holt) Nowadly (B.S. MBio, B.A. Anthropology, ’96) “I am currently in my 10th year teaching 8th grade science and Regents Living Environment in Hamburg New York. I love what I do. This year I also took on the responsibility of Energy Education Specialist. It is my job to watch the district energy use and try to save us money by educating the staff and by walking through the buildings to be sure that our guidelines are being followed.”

Dawn (Sharvin) Horst (B.S. Bio, ’97) is currently the Manager of Ingersoll Rand’s Global EHS Assessment and Compliance Program. She is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and execution of a value-added global EHS compliance audit program at approximately 300 facilities, including manufacturing, sales/service, R&D, and warehouse facilities. Prior to working at Ingersoll Rand, Dawn was employed as a consultant with a major international environmental consulting firm where she specialized in the investigation and remediation of sites impacted with chlorinated solvents. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Sarah Lopas (B.A., MBio, ’01) “After spending five years in New York City working as an environmental consultant, I attended graduate school at Columbia University for environmental policy. I am now approaching my sixth year as an environmental project manager at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”

Chris Utter (B.S., MBio, ’01) “I received my Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. I worked as a post doc for 15 months at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, researching the interaction of malaria with human endothelial cells and red blood cell receptors. I am currently working in the Oral Care R&D group at Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products.”

Erin (Jobson) Rechler (B.S., Biochem, ’02) is a Planning Specialist within the Pharmaceutical Research & Development Project Management for Forest Research Institute, Inc. She was married in May 2011 to Harold Rechler, also Class of ‘02 and they live in Huntington, NY.
Sami Amin (B.S., BNS, ’03) “I have spent the past eight years working in the communications sector for an international Public Relations and Communications Agency, recently rebranded from Hill & Knowlton to Hill+Knowlton Strategies.”

Jaime Warmkessel (B.S. MBio, ’03) works at Sanofi Pasteur as a Laboratory Manager. Jaime oversees a group of technicians in the development of ELISAs via the use of new technologies to support new vaccines and clinical support for existing vaccines.

Eugene Vovchuck (B.S. Biochem, ’04) “After graduating from Lehigh in 2004 I went to medical school at St. George's University in Grenada West Indies, I graduated from medical school in 2010 and I am now a 2nd year Anesthesiology Resident at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. I plan on continuing my education by doing two fellowships one in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and a second in Critical Care Medicine.”

Shruti Gandhi (B.A., Bio, ’04) has finished a residency in Internal Medicine in Connecticut and began a fellowship program in Endocrinology at George Washington University in July.
Heather Desh (B.A. Pre-Dental, ’07) “Having graduated from University of Penn School of Dental Medicine in 2010, I am now completing my residency in Orthodontics at Temple University and will graduate in August 2012.”

Elizabeth Rabold (B.S. Bio, B.A. Eng, ’07) earned her MD from the Univ. of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2012.

Andrew Zeiger (B.A. Bio, ’07) received his DDS from Univ. at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2011. He is currently practicing dentistry full time and owns two locations in Arizona. “Special thanks to Dr. Itzkowitz for writing me a recommendation to dental school.”

Whitney Alexander (B.S., MBio, ’08) graduated in 2012 from Temple University School of Medicine. “I will be starting my Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle this June.”

Scott Wojciechowski (B.S. Bio, ’09) “After finishing my master's in secondary education and teaching science in the Lehigh Valley for a year, I spent two year at the University of Iowa completing another master's in higher education and student affairs. I recently accepted a position at Gettysburg College where I will be a housing administrator overseeing the residential curriculum for sophomores. It may not be directly related to my undergraduate degree, but I do wow my science students with what I learned at Lehigh.”

Caroline Miller (B.A. Span, ’08; B.S. MBio, ‘09) is a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. The lab is involved in HIV vaccine research, performing neutralizing antibody assays as well as processing blood for human clinical HIV vaccine trials.

Benjamin Evans (B.A., Bio, ‘09) After working as a research assistant in a DNA sequencing lab for 2 years, I'm off to graduate school. I just started as a Ph.D. student in Yale's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.

Hannah Brotzman (B.A. Bio and Philosophy, ’08) graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2012 and is pursuing residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Johns Hopkins University.

Kurt Wadsworth (B.A. Pre-Dental, ’08) graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2011, and is currently attending a specialty program in endodontics at Tufts University.

Allison M Porman (B.S., MBio, ’09) is a Ph.D. student at Brown University in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. “I am working in the laboratory of Richard Bennett. We recently published an article in PNAS titled ‘Discovery of a phenotypic switch regulating sexual mating in the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida tropicalis,’ which details my discovery of a mating pathway in the pathogenic yeast species Candida tropicalis. The past year has been successful, and I am excited to see what lies ahead in the upcoming year!”

Burton Tabaac (B.S. BNS, ’09) completed his second year of medical school and began his clinical rotations in August.

Lauren Eichblatt (B.A. BNS, ’10) “I just received my Masters in Public Health from University of Texas School of Public Health in 2012. I will be pursuing a degree in dentistry at Midwestern University in the DMD class of 2016.”

Hillary Stires (B.S., BNS, ’10) is a second year PhD student in the Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences program at Rutgers University, researching the effects of fetal alcohol on breast cancer growth in rats.

Abraham Eastwood (Ph.D., ’71) “I don't have much to tell. I'm basically retired, although I still write some science articles for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I also continue to follow science through subscriptions to Science and Nature. And I play a lot of tennis!”

Diane Dutt (B.A. Bio,’94; Ph.D. ’02) joined the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to support a program involving rapid, targeted drug development. Her task was to identify host-specific molecular targets exploited by bacterial and/or viral pathogens for which drugs could be designed. “My current task is to identify, fund and manage research projects focused on the identification of host-specific pre-symptomatic biomarkers for assay and drug development for diseases caused by Cat. I and II Select Agents.”

Qianxing Mo (Ph.D., ’06) “It is very nice to hear from Lehigh. I recently moved from New York City to Houston, TX. I joined Baylor College of Medicine in January 2012 as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center and Department of Medicine.”

Work history:
1971-1982 - Dept of Biology, St. Joseph's Univ, Philadelphia
1982-1986 - Electron Microscopy, PCOM, Philadelphia
1986-1997 - Div. Urology, UPenn Medical School, Philadelphia
2000-Present - CMIRT, Geology-Astronomy, West Chester Univ, West Chester, PA

High Points:
Best education: Lehigh, 1957 (Tuition: $900/semester)
Graduate Student - Histology (TA-Prof BB Owen) - was on VA Bill and received stipend
First Contract at St. Joseph's for $10,000.00 - exactly the same pay made by the newly hired street cleaners in Philadelphia during that year.
One NIH Grant at age 54 while at Penn (1993) - most assuredly one of the last 50% anatomy grants funded by the federal government. ($888k)

Lehigh Training Payoff:
1. Self-taught in molecular biology
2. Helped colleague with primer constructs and BLAST
3. Result: my name linked to Chromosome 1 (TERE1).
4. Fun for 41 years, and my Dad never stopped wondering when I would get a real job!

At 72, I am hoping to work until I am 75. With all of that, nothing special, after all.





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