Outcomes in Biology

The Biology department takes pride in delivering a high-quality program and graduating approximately 50 well-trained students that move on to successful careers in many areas of biology, including:

  • PhD programs in areas as diverse as ecology, botany, and molecular biology, including prestigious programs at Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Chapel Hill.
  • Graduate programs in many health professions fields
  • Employment in government, industry and education, including The Institute for Genome Research (TIGR) and the National Park Service

Graduate School

Jasmine Assad '16 will be attending graduate school to complete her doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Anna Bistline '16 will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Caitlyn Bowman '12 is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Johns Hopkins University.

Mitchell Dunklebarger '14 is currently enrolled in the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award post-baccalaureate program at the National Cancer Institute.

Thomas Evans '08 is currently pursuing his master's degree at the Ohio State University following work as a fisheries observer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He cites Richard Hark, Michael Boyle, Jay Hosler and Vince Buonoccoursi as his Juniata mentors.

Hannah Frank '11 is attending the University of Pennsylvania's College of Veterinary Medicine. Hannah says, “Juniata has allowed me to reach this goal by preparing me to succeed both academically and in other areas. I feel that I am equipped with the correct study habits and attitude toward learning. The constant support from the Health Professions Committee has also made the application process easier.” While at Juniata, Hannah was the president of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and participated in several service organizations. 

Steven Gregory '09 is enrolled in a doctoral program at the University at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Alyssa Grube '14 is currently participating in a Fulbright program in Chile where she will be studying the biodegradation of fracking fluids.

Casandra Hoffman '12 is currently enrolled in the PhD program at University of Virginia.

Ryan Johnson '10 is currently in graduate school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) located in Bethesda, Md. “I'm part of the Emerging Infectious Disease program where I primarily study microbiology and immunology with an emphasis on the clinical aspects of the microbes,” Ryan says. “My POE at Juniata was biology but I was able to pick classes that were more microbiology oriented like genetics, microbiology, immunology, molecular techniques, cell biology, etc. The classes I took and my experience in the lab as an undergraduate has given me all the knowledge and tools I need to take on the rigors of graduate school.”

Jennifer Linden '09 is currently attending Columbia University in pursuit of her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She insists that her entire curriculum at Juniata prepared her from graduate school -- from physics and biology to College Writing Seminar.

Erin McClure '13 is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland where she is pursuing her doctorate in genomics.

Andrew Melber '11 is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in biology at the University of Utah.

Colleen Metzger '09 is pursuing her master's degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focus is cross-temporal genetic change in Darwin's Tree Finches. She cites study abroad experiences in Ecuador and India and independent research with Doug Glazier as the keys to her success in graduate school thus far.

John O'Donnell '10 is enrolled in a PhD program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Nisha Pulimood '09 is enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Aimee Radic '12 is currently pursuing her master's degree in secondary science education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Chesney Richter '14 is currently enrolled at Penn State University.

Erin Satterthwaite '10 who is pursuing her doctorate in marine ecology at the University of California-Davis, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in April 2012. Previously, she received a U.C.-Davis ecology fellowship to fund her graduate study. “I will be studying population ecology/connectivity of coastal/subtidal marine systems along the Northern Calif. coast (larval ecology) and its application to marine protected areas,” Erin reports.

Keiko Sing '14 is enrolled at University of California, Davis

Caroline Solomon '14 is enrolled in graduate school at Cornell University.

Steven Strutt '14 is enrolled in graduate school at University of California, Berkeley.

Ryan Trexler '13 is currently enrolled at Ohio State University where he is pursuing his doctorate in biology.

Matthew Wagner '10 is currently enrolled in a master's program at Austin Peay State University in the Center for Excellence in Field Biology. Matthew explains, "I am working on fish speciation in a group of very colorful freshwater fish called darters. Juniata's level of education and class intensity prepared me for graduate school almost too well. I now have only two classes and it seems easy because Juniata had me so busy with four classes a semester and cross-country."

Mark Weir '11 is pursuing his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Alex Weimer '13 is currently attending University of Oregon.


Jordan Aoyama '09 is employed in research and development at a genetic testing lab in Maryland. She credits courses like Immunology and Infectious Diseases as the two most inspirational classes at Juniata.  She is now applying to graduate schools.

Courtney Bickel '16 hopes to secure a job at Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts, marine mammal facilities, or the Dolphin Research Center.

Travis Deptola '11 is employed as an intern geologist at ConocoPhillips.

Creg Drake '09 is currently teaching 9th grade biology at Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pa., while also pursuing his master's degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University. Creg says that his experience working as a biology lab assistant for Science in Motion “definitely helped me get the job!”

Kim Eisenmann '10 is employed with the FMC fungicide and nematicide lab.

Amanda Epstein '13 is employed as a bioinformatics technician at Cold Springs Harbor Labs in Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y.

Josh Hatch '08 earned a M.S. in fisheries from University of Virginia and is now working in Massachusetts doing fisheries modeling.

Laura Kelly '16 hopes to secure a job with the National Parks Service after graduation.

Alex Sickler '14 is currently employed at GeneDX, a genetic testing company that focuses on rare hereditary disorders.

Acer VanWallendael '11 is employed with the Nevada Conservation Corps.

Matt Wagner '10 is finishing his M.S. in fisheries at Austin Peay State University and is applying to Ph.D. programs. 

National Academic Awards/Fellowships

Fulbright Fellows

Erin McClure, 2013
Nicholas Sepulveda, Iceland, 2010

Goldwater Fellows

Lindsey Draper, Honorable Mention, 2009 
Travis Hull , 2008 
Erin Satterthwaite, Honorable Mention, 2008

II-VI Foundation Scholarship

Alyssa Kress, 2011

Amgen Scholarship

Steven Strutt, 2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Erin Satterthwaite, 2012
Heather Hassel, Honorable Mention, 2007 

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar

Caitlyn Bowman, 2010
Mark W. Berguson, 2009 
Erin Satterthwaite, 2008 

Sarber Award-American Society for Microbiology

Ryan Johnson, 2009

St. Andrews Society Andrew Mutch Scholars 

Acer Van Wallendael, Aberdeen 2009
Nicholas Sepulveda, Edinburgh 2008

Student Presentations at Regional and National Conferences

Allegheny Branch-American Society for microbiology, November 4 and fifth, 2011, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson PA.

Ceth Parker and Christopher Yip (M. Boyle, advisor) Identification of a putative albumin binding protein. 
Cassandra Hoffman (J. Keeney, advisor) Stress granule induction in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Nikolai T. Klena (R. Shanks, advisor) A genetic analysis of Serratia marcescens

Experimental Biology, April 9-13 2011, Washington, DC.

Andrew Melber (J Keeney, advisor) Characterization of mutant alleles of RTT105 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Mark Weir (J Keeney, advisor) Characterization of RTT105, a regulator of Ty1 transposition in yeast.

Faculty and Student Publications

(* indicates Juniata student)

Buonaccorsi VP, Kimbrell C, Lynn E. Hyde J. 2012. Comparative population genetic analysis of bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis using anonymous and gene-associated simple sequence repeat loci.   Journal of Heredity.

Glazier, Douglas S., *Eric M. Butler, *Sara A. Lombardi, *Travis J. Deptola, *Andrew J. Reese, and *Erin V. Satterthwaite. 2011. Ecological effects on metabolic scaling: amphipod responses to fish predators in freshwater springs. Ecological Monographs 81:599–618.

Jay Hosler and K. B. Boomer. 2011. Are Comic Books an Effective Way to Engage Nonmajors
in Learning and Appreciating Science? CBE—Life Sciences Education 10: 309–317.

Buonaccorsi VP, Michael D. Boyle, Deborah Grove, Craig Praul, Eric Sakk, Ash Stuart, Tammy Tobin, Jay Hosler, Susan L. Carney, Michael J. Engle, Barry E. Overton, Jeffrey D. Newman, Marie Pizzorno, Jennifer R. Powell, Nancy Trun.  2011.  GCAT-SEEKquence: Genome Consortium for Active Teaching of undergraduates through increased faculty access to next-generation-sequencing data. CBE Life Sciences Education.

Buonaccorsi, V. P., A. Bunce*, C. Kimbrell, E. Lynn, J. Hyde. 2011.  Development of metabolic-process EST-SSR PCR primers within the bocaccio rockfish Sebastes paucispinis. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 475-477.

Buonaccorsi VP, Narum SR, Karkoska* SA, Gregory* S, Deptola* T, Weimer* AB. 2011. Characterization of a genomic divergence island between black-and-yellow and gopher Sebastes rockfishes. Molecular Ecology 20: 2603–2618.

*John O'Donnell, *Marie Gehman, and Jill B. Keeney. 2010. Regulators of ribonucleotide reductase inhibit Ty1 mobility in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mobile DNA. Nov 22;1(1):23.

Rosenberry, C., H. Hassel-Finnegan*, E. Long, V. Buonaccorsi, D. Diefenbach, B. Wallingford. 2009. Lack of Mother–Offspring Relationships in White-Tailed Deer Capture Groups. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73:357-361. 

Glazier, D. 2008. Effects of metabolic level on the body size scaling of metabolic rate in birds and mammals. Proc Biol Sci. 275: 1405-10.

ML Johansson, MA Banks, *K Glunt, *H Hassell-Finnegan, and VP Buonaccorsi. 2008. Influence of habitat discontinuity, geographic distance, and oceanography on fine-scale population genetic structure of copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus). Molecular Ecology. 

Hess JL, *Porsch EA, *Shertz CA, Boyle MD. 2007. Immunoglobulin cleavage by the streptococcal cysteine protease IdeS can be detected using protein G capture and mass spectrometry. J Microbiol Methods 70:284-91. 

Faculty Grants

Mike Boyle, American Heart Association, $120,000, Characterization of a Putative Strepcoagulase

Jay Hosler, National Science Foundation, $46,500, A Non-Majors Biology Textbook in Comic Book Form

Jill Keeney, National Institutes of Health, $194,000, Mobility control of a Yeast Transposon