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Attention Neuroscience Alumni

As part of our BW Family, we are interested in hearing what you've been doing since leaving campus. Please take a few minutes to update us, so we can share your success with other alums, and current and prospective students!


Send your update to the Neuroscience Program Chair on what's happening in your world.


Neuroscience Program Alumni

The following are some of the success stories from neuroscience alumni. (Also see alumni publications).

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Josh Hemmerich

Last Update: Josh has joined the faculty at the University of Chicago where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. He hopes to have a productive research career in the psychology of Medical Decision Making in patients and physicians and eventually get promoted/tenure.


Seth Balogh, Ph.D.  

Last Update: Seth received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut for Biobehavioral Sciences. He conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado's Institute of Behavioral Genetics until 2003. Currently, Seth is the Vice President of Education for the High-Tech Institute in Phoenix, AZ. 


Jaclyn Biada

Last update: After graduating from Baldwin Wallace University, Jaclyn became the Laboratory Director of the BW Neuroscience Lab and was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Dr. Mickley and all of the laboratory assistants for another year. She most recently worked as a Research Associate for the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at the V.A. Hospital of Palo Alto.

"Being the first job I have had in research outside of the Baldwin Wallace laboratory, I have realized how incredibly much the lab prepared me for my future. I encourage all current members to take advantage of every opportunity available to you in the lab, you will really learn valuable skills and future employers will be so impressed! As for my favorite memory, I cannot just pick one! The BW Neuroscience Lab is such an incredible place. I am so grateful to have been a part of it!"



Amy Booth, Ph.D.

Last Update: Amy earned her B.S. in Biology, Math, and Computer Science. She attended Johns Hopkins graduate school in the molecular biology Ph.D. program.  Amy works in Steven J. Gould's lab in the biochemistry department where she researches the peroxisome and other proteins in the brain.


Kathryn Bryan

Last Update: Kathryn graduated from BW with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience in 2000. Since graduating, she worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the area of transplantation research.  In 2002, Katy was accepted to the Biopsychology doctoral program at Kent State University where she received her Ph.D. and studied the mechanisms involved in the communication between the CNS, the immune system, and the endocrine system. She also examines the conditioning of the immune system and the neurological mechanisms involved.



April Carter

Last Update: April earned her B.S. in biology and minors in Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology from BW in 1998. April was hired by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in late October 2001 as a neurosurgery research technician.  She works for Dr. Mark Luciano MD/Ph.D, the head of pediatric and congenital neurosurgery.  While there, she performed experimental research on the hydrocephalus. She returned  to school again to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron in August of 2005. April was wed to her husband, Brian Daniska, in January of 2006. She was just accepted to the Master's of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program at CWRU. Her goal is to obtain her Certified Register Nurse Anesthetist liscence and specialize in neurosurgery.



Sarah Clark 

Last Update: Sarah graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Biology and Chemistry. Sarah's main interests with research include parent and offspring interaction, fear, and stress. Sarah worked at the Neuroscience lab for most of her college carreer and enjoyed all her time there. At last contact, Sarah was a Research Assistant at The University of Pennsylvania in the Radiation Oncology department.


Sam Crish, Ph.D. and Christine Dengler-Crish, Ph.D.

Sam_and_Christine_@_Reception2.jpgLast Updates: Sam earned his B.S. in Biology from BW in 1997 and completed a Biological Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Christine earned her B.A. in Psychology from BW and her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from Vanderbelt University. Although both are BW Neuroscience Laboratory alums, Sam and Christine worked in the lab at different times and did not actually meet until Dr. Mickley's annual "Friends of Mickley" dinner at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.  The two wed on July 13, 2002.

Christine: "After graduating from BW, I worked as lab director of the BW Neuroscience and Animal Learning labs before going on to graduate school in Chicago. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, I received a Master's degree in Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience. Currently, I am in Nashville TN at Vanderbilt University and I am about to finish my doctoral degree in Neuroscience. My current research involves studying how puberty and reproduction influence bone growth in female naked mole-rats. The BW neuroscience lab gave me an amazing head-start on my future. I learned so many basic and advanced small-animal surgical and experimental skills that I surpassed many of my colleagues in graduate school. Being lab director for a year also allowed me to gain important interpersonal and leadership skills. This is something many prominent neuroscientists don't even have! There are two very important things I took away from the neuroscience lab. First is an appreciation for good experimental design. I consider my precision in planning well-crafted experiments one of my greatest assets. The second thing I learned was from Dr. Andy Mickley himself and this is to have a healthy balance in my responsibilities, family, and career. He taught me to enjoy life as well as love my work. My favorite lab memory is attending my first SFN conference in Miami Beach and meeting my husband Sam Crish. We had our first child, Clive Xavier Crish on September 30, 2006."

Dr. Christine Crish is currently a Research Manager, at The University of Akron, Suarez Applied Marketing Research Laboratories.


Sam: "After BW I got my Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I then went to Vanderbilt University and worked on brain evolution in Ken Catania's lab. Currently, I am doing another postdoc in the Calkins lab, also at Vanderbilt, studying axonal degeneration and transport deficits in glaucoma. Also, Christine (my wife - also a Mickley alum) had out first baby, Clive Xavier Crish, on Sept. 30, 2006. He'll be attending his first Society for Neuroscience meeting this fall." Since Sam wrote this he has left Vanderbilt to take a faculty position in The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.



Jennifer Deck

Last Update:  Jennifer earned her B.S. in biology from BW in 2000.  She attended Case Western Reserve University Graduate School and worked full time in the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory.  She also worked on the weekends in the ER and a veterinary clinic. Jenn was accepted to OSU School of Veterinary Medicine and started school in the fall of 2007.  She is doing laboratory work attempting to characterize the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits of the sympathetic nervous system.  Knowing the subunits of the nAchR of the parasympathetic system, her lab will compare the two and their involvement in the production of heart failure. 



Anthony DiSorbo

Last Update: Anthony graduated Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. He was the laboratory director from 2006 to 2007. Anthony is now a professional grant writer. 

"My first experience with the laboratory was at the end of my freshman year. We were conducting an experiment with fetal rats, and I was allowed to participate, holding the fetal rats and recording orofacial responses to different taste stimuli. I was impressed with the amount of hands on training I was offered, even as someone new to the lab. I didn't know much about the field of neuroscience before attending BW. After starting to work in the lab, I eventually declared neuroscience as a second major. The lab has influenced my career greatly.  I received the experience needed to be competitive for applying to graduate school."

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Jennifer Dunger

Last Update: Jennifer Dunger graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2008 with a B.S. Degree in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. As of 2008, she moved to Oregon where she is working and gaining experience for her future. Jennifer has future plans to apply to graduate programs for Social Psychology on the west coast.


Sarah Frischman

Last Update: Sarah Frischman graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology. Along with being a laboratory alumni, she completed extensive research in the Dike 14 area. As of 2008, Sarah has worked at a laboratory at Case Western Reserve continuing in the research field.


Sara E. Gombash

Last Update: Sara is currently a student in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). She is most interested in studying neurodegenerative disorders. For the future, she interested in working in both neuroscience academia as well as industrial research.

"The lab has changed the way I think about science and our world in general. I have always been interested in research, and for me, the lab confirmed my feelings. I gained knowledge about multiple techniques and procedures, which I am continuing to use in my graduate school research. My lab experience taught me about research I loved as well as research that I hated. Not only did I gain factual knowledge in the lab, but I had an amazing group of supportive friends. In the lab I worked with other students not majoring in neuroscience, or some interested in medical school, graduate school, or both. The lab is a wonderful experience for anyone in science and interested in research."

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