Neuroscience Program Alumni
The following are some of the success stories from past members of Dr. Mickley's neuroscience laboratory as well as alumni publications.
Ye-hun Kim - Former Lab Director 2007-2008
Last Update: Yeyhun was born in Ansan, South-Korea. She attended the College of Wooster in 2007 and graduated with a bachelors degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. She started graduate school at the University of Virginia studying neural diseases but her primary professor moved to Children's Hospital Boston (affiliated with Harvard University) where she continues her studies. The area of Neuroscience that interests her the most is memory. She became interested in the BW Neuroscience lab because her academic advisor at the College of Wooster informed her about it. The Neuroscience lab was very fun and exciting for her. She had utilized her skills from prevous research and helped add techniques of our lab. She stated "Everyone in the lab is so friendly and understanding! It has been a great year for me to learn and grow.
" I was able to take steps closer to my ultimate goals and be very happy at the same time!"
Last Update: Bruce Kinley graduated Baldwin Wallace University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. While working in the Mickley Laboratory, he also completed work in Dr. Morris' Zebrafish Laboratory. As of 2008, Bruce has been working at a V.A. hospital near the Cleveland Clinic but has recently been accepted to study Nursing at Case Western Reserve Nursing School.
Last Update: January 2012
Cynthia was Dr Mickley's Laboratory Director and Secretary of the Baldwin Wallace University IACUC for 2 years before attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine where she completed her Ph.D. and her M.D in 2010. Her interests include neurology and neurological surgery. Cynthia's dissertation project investigated the role of Receptor Tyrosine Kinases in the organization of the somatosensory cortex and subcortical somatosensory areas. Specifically, she is interested in the role of ephrin ligands and Eph receptors in creating, maintaining, and re-establishing the precise topographic connections seen withing the somatosensory system. In 2011 she began her residency in Neurology at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
"I am still very active in athletics (volleyball and basketball mostly these days). I am also still in involved in student life activites and of course, lots of Brain Awareness Week activities. I also teach and tutor fairly regularly. This year I have taught Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience for the local community college. I also tutor for the medical, graduate and nursing schools. Following graduation from medical and graduate school, I plan to complete a residency in neurology or neurological surgery. My ultimate goal is to become an active clinician while maintaining a research laboratory in Neuroscience. I also hope to teach medical, graduate, and/or undergraduate students. My experience in Dr Mickley's laboratory was priceless. I was fortunate enough to enter the laboratory as a college freshman, achieved my Senior Associate Status as a sophomore, and was a published co-author on papers and posters before I graduated. Then, as laboratory director, I was able to manage all different aspects of the laboratory, all of which have been very helpful and have given me an edge in graduate school. I loved the sense of togetherness and cooperativity that the Mickley lab fostered. I also love the Friends of Mickley dinners each year at SFN where I get to keep in touch with all of my lab friends."
Last Update: Debbie earned her M.S. in Biometry from Medical University of South Carolina. In order to increase her knowledge as a biostatistician, Debbie worked in our lab as our statistician for a period of time and now works in a similar capacity for National City Bank.
Amy Jo Marcano-Reik
Last Update: Amy went on to graduate school immediately after graduating from Baldwin Wallace University. As of 2010, she attends the University of Iowa in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience PhD Program. Amy works with Dr. Mark S. Blumberg studying cortical development and neuronal activity during somatotopic organization and sensorimotor integration. She also study developmental changes in cortical activity patterns during sleep and wake states (state-dependent activity during infancy).
"I married Barry Reik, who also attended BW, in June of 2004. Dr. M was at our wedding :) I am also a kickboxing and aerobics instructor for the University of Iowa. I plan to stay in academia. I absolutely love research and teaching! I couldn't see myself anywhere else.
The BW Neuroscience Lab prepared me for my future in many ways. The hands-on experience was the most valuable training one could receive for preparation for graduate school. Giving presentations at conferences is a wonderful skill to already have when entering graduate school as well. And just the lab's collaborative, supportive, and fun environment really inspired me to continue my education and research. I enjoyed learning new techniques, coming up with testable hypotheses, reading, and everything else that came with the experience.
My favorite lab memories involve sitting around the tables, mounting and staining tissue slices with lab mates/friends for HOURS, while listening to music and chatting. Somehow, histology was a lot of fun then :) I always looked forward to going into lab. I also enjoyed our Jeopardy games! I remember when we celebrated Dr. M's Dean position too! And the labbies threw a going away party for me before I left to study abroad-with a pinata and the goggles :) There are just so many great memories!"
Last Update: After graduating from Baldwin Wallace in 2002, Jenn got married and then spent the following year as Lab Director of Brian Thomas' Learning Lab at BW. Jenn resides in Kansas City, Missouri where she hopes to do ABA therapy with autistic children while researching graduate programs at Rockhurst University or the University of Kansas.
Anaibelith Del Rio Perez
Last Update: Anailbelith earned her B.S. in Biology from BW in 1999. She then performed research for a year at Case Western Reserve University where she authored 3 published papers on dermatology research with Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D. Anaibelish was married to Richard A. Del Rio. Anaibelith completed her medical training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and is now practicing medicine as a Pathologist at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, OH.
Milan Radojicic, M.D.
Last Update: Milan attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University where he also studied synaptic physiology in the mammalian olfactory bulb and neocortical epileptogenesis. Milan then did his surgical internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He did a neurosurgery residency at the Louisiana State University but is now in Family Practice in California.
Kristi Randall, D.V.M.
Last Update: Kristi earned her veterinary degree from the Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dawn Remmers-Roeber, Ph.D.
Last Update: Dawn received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Animal Learning and Physiology from Kansas State University in 1996 before she came to work as the Neuroscience Laboratory Director. Currently she is working at the University of Texas at Arlington as Director of Student Affairs for the Honors College and Adjunct Faculty in the Psychology Department. For the Honors College, she advises students, issues scholarship funding, advises the student constituency council, manages the residential mentor program, and executes all sorts of student development programming. She also occasionally teaches General Psychology and Human Sexuality for the Psychology Department.
Last Update: Louie obtained his B.S. in Biology from BW in 1998, finished graduate work at Cleveland State University, and is now teaching biology and physical science classes at Brecksville-Broadview Hts High School. He also coaches cross-country and track. He is also currently working on a Masters in Biology at Cleveland State University. Additionally, Louie is married to Jessica Vensel (who is also BW Class of '98 and Lab Alum).
Last Update: Immediately after graduating from Baldwin Wallace University, Sunny worked at the Cleveland Clinic's Biological Resources Unit for a year and then relocated to Birmingham, Alabama to move closer to her husband's family. As of 2008, Sunny works for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)'s newly-established Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET) in the Neurology Department. Sunny is a Research Technician for Talene Yacoubian MD/PhD, where she is just beginning research on Parkinson's Disease.
"My time working in the lab definitely guided my life to the position I have now. My favorite lab memory would be all the fun times we had as a group of friends, especially at conferences!"