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Alumni in Biology

Knox biology majors show success in all kinds of postgraduate endeavors, from Teach for America and the Peace Corps programs to graduate school to work in an Abbott or Pfizer research lab.

As a Knox Biology graduate, you'll be well prepared to join the current biology alumni who have gone on to successful, rewarding careers as researchers; wildlife conservationists; doctors, nurses, dentists, and other kinds of health practitioners; lab technicians, teachers in grade schools, middle schools, and high schools; college professors; lawyers; editors; research analysts; product managers, and business and marketing representatives. Read below for recent examples.

Graduate School
Medical School
Conservation/Botany/Horticulture/Agriculture/Environmental Science
Veterinary/Animal Science/ Wildlife

Graduate School
Graduate Student, Master in Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Stephanie Lashway '12.

Graduate Student, Geology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Kathryn Quesnell '12.

Graduate Student, Ph.D. Program, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana. Mackenzie Loyet '10.

Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Benjamine Meline '07.

Graduate Student, Master of Science in Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Illinois. Katherine Chi '07.

Graduate Student, Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Illinois. Nathan Harres '06.

Graduate Student, Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Akwasi A. Asabere '05.

Medical School
Medical Student, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. David Kurian '11.

Medical Student, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Anita Ahuja '11.

Student, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois. Kelly Wiggen '11.

Medical Student, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Shaunak R. Mulani '12.

Medical Student, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Kristin Miller '10.

Medical Student, Ph.D Program in Neurological Sciences, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Sarah George '06.

Medical Student, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. Kelsea Lipe '02.

Medical Student, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis, Missouri. Annie Luzar '07.

Neurology Resident, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Ravi Menon '97.

Medical Student, Department of Biochemistry, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois. Sidharth Mahapatra '01.

Graduate Student, Osteopathic Medicine Program, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Oklahoma. Anthony Dunn '96.

Graduate Student, Ph.D. Program in Plant Sciences, Utah State Univeristy, Logan, Utah. Sallee Reynolds '01.

Graduate Student, Masters Program in Forestry, Southern Illinois University, Kenny Ruzicka '04.

Student, School of Dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Janelle Curtis Eckdhal '01.

Medical Student, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Alisa Pantanakasame '03.

Medical Student, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Agnieszka Kula '00.

Graduate Student, Master of Science Program in Nursing, Pace University, White Plains, New York. Marcia Robinson '01.

Student, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois. Benjamin Wax '01.

Pathology Resident, Emory University Hospital, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dorothy Kurylo '95.

Student, Occupational Therapy Program, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Amanda Taylor '00.

Physician Assistant Student, Midwestern University, Downer's Grove, Illinois. Jennifer Rose '96.

Student, Dental School, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Casey Moore '05.

Business/ Finance/Technology
Underwriter, American Republic Insurance, Grimes, Iowa. Michelle Goodwin Anders '97.

Marketing Representative, Levi, Ray, & Shoup, Inc., Springfield, Illinois. Brett Barnhart '92.

Program and Finance Coordinator, Crossroads Fund, Chicago, Illinois. Karin Candelaria '91.

Assistant Manager, Wells Fargo Financial, Glendale Heights, Illinois. Ryan Cannady '99.

Inside Account Specialist, The Valspar Corporation, Wheeling, Illinois. Thomas Fester, Jr. '01.

Product Specialist, Molex, Lombard, Illinois. Mark Wilgen '97.

Network Services Analyst, State Farm Insurance, Lexington, Illinois. Brian Wetter '95.

Technical Consultant, Yahara Software, Madison, Wisconsin. Adam Steinert '99.

Systems Analyst, IBM, Finance Information Technology, Southbury, Connecticut. James Styblo, Jr. '92.

Graduate Student, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Katherine Chi, '07.

Systems Administrator, WW Grainger-Grainger Parts, Northbrook, Illinois. Jennifer Rangel '00.

Trust Operations, Premier Bank, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Jennifer Beebe Punzel '97.

Graduate Student, Epidemiology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Annie Luzar, '07.

Manager, Pezza Landscape, Warrenville, Illinois. Timothy Parmenter '88.

Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs, Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois. David Krueger '01.

Graduate Student, Wildlife Biology, Texas State University. Mary Tibbets '06.

Branch Manager, Finlay Fine Jewelry, Aurora, Illinois. Heather Raz Moats '97.

Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California; Member, National Academy of Sciences. Denis Baylor '61.

Biology Teacher, Kewanee/Wethersfield High School, Kewanee, Illinois. Logan Willits '11.

Science Teacher, Wake County Middle School, Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtney Kirchmann '91.

Chemistry Teacher, Richard Milburn Academy, Amarillo, Texas. Sarah Crespo '12.

Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Sandwich High School, Sandwich, Illinois. Joshua Hamer '00.

Teacher, Teach for America, Opaloosa, Louisiana. Krista Nieraeth '04.

Teacher, Sheridan Elementary School, Elgin, Illinois. Gayle Wittle Hassan '92.

Science Teacher, Mother McAuley High School, Orland Park, Illinois. Amy Fox Hastings '01.

Microbiology Instructor, Nashville State Community College, Nashville, Tennessee. Jennifer Carey Anderson '98.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Clare Beelman '91.

Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Charles Czuprynski '76.

Lab Instructor, Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa. Erma Selser '89.

Family Educator, Maryville-Columbs Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Rudderham '01.

Environmental Science
Ecologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, Washington. Ruth Yender '83.

Intern, Wetland Restoration, V3 Companies, Woodridge, Illinois. Ryan Arch '06. Environmental Science and Biology major.

Environmental Scientist, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Niles, Illinois. Linda Nachowicz '89.

Environmental Scientist, Nova Consulting Group, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Sara Biner Brugam '99.

Ecological Restoration Technician, McHenry County Conservation District, Woodstock, Illinois. John Peters '90.

Environmental Specialist, City of San Jose, San Jose, California. Kirsten Struve '90.

Physician, St. Francis Center for Health -- Internal Medicine, Peoria, Illinois. James Adams '88.

Optometrist, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois. Sasha Murphy '11.

Physician, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon, Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Alison K. Snyder-Warwick '00.

Research Assistant, Psychology Lab, Ohio State University Medical Center. Sara DeMaria '11.

Registered Nurse, Pediatrics, OSF Medical Center. Whitney A. Mackie '09.

Physician, Rheumatology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhassest, New York. Maria Louise Barilla-LaBarca '90.

Family Physician, Terre Haute, Indiana. Brett Beckman '89.

Chiropractor, Cox Chiropractic, Barrington, Illinois. Chad Binger '97.

Medical Technologist, OSF School of Histotechnology. Eileen Harrington '10.

Radiologic Technologist-Student, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Michael Brayton '95.

Nurse Practitioner, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago, Illinois. Kathleen Cathey '90.

Physician, Self-Employed Medical Practice, Beverly Hills, California. Susan Mathison Cohen '91.

Resident Physician, Barnes Hospital/ Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Blake Cooper '92.

Registered Nurse, Rose Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. Lisa Crause '88.

Physician, Cook County Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Denise Cunill '94.

Medical Student, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Presley '07.

Epidemiologist, Ohio Department of Health, Newark, Ohio. Medha Deoras '88.

Pediatrician, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis. Minnesota. Edward Martin '83.

Optometrist, Anderson Vision Care, Anderson, Indiana. Margaret Walker '88.

Pharmacy Technician, Bromenn Healthcare, Normal, Illinois. Jade Hellie '01.

Attorney/Partner, Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Benson, Springfield, Illinois. J. Randall Cox '88.

Attorney, Lanciloti Law Offices, Springfield, Illinois. Richard Lanciloti '88.

Law Student, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Jason Seung Hyun Yi '02.

Forensic Scientist, DNA Analyst, Trace Evidence Department, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Lab, Cleveland, Ohio. Lisa Slovek '97.

Forensic Scientist, Illinois State Police, Joliet, Illinois. Julie Kluber Smith '98.

Lab Technician, State Crime Lab, Division of Forensic Science, Oregon State Police, Portland, Oregon, Chrystal Bell '97.

Assistant Scientist, Pfizer, Inc. Groton, Connecticut. Ruth Olech '98.

Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Costa Rica. Kourtney Cone '07. Behavioral Neuroscience minor.

Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois. Gregory Bradley '90.

Research Scientist, McArlde Laboratory for Cancer Research, Madison, Wisconsin. Alana Brennan '99.

Analytical Chemist, Silicon Valley Chemlabs, Sunnyvale, California. Christopher Farrar '88.

Clinical Research Associate, Cancer Institute, Kansas City, Kansas. Kristine Allmendinger '02.

Research Associate and Statistician, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Marcus Chibucos '95.

Research Associate, NYU/HHMI/Medical Center, New York, New York. Sunita De Souza '90.

Survey Analyst, Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, Iowa. Eric Eckdhal '00.

Research Technician, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Natalie Lanciloti Ellingson '97.

Clinical Research Training Manager, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois. Jennifer Samen Gilmore '94.

Microbiologist, Dow Chemical Company, Dow Biocides, Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Kip Conwell '98.

Assistant Scientist, Abbott Loboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois. Brian Droz '97.

Project Manager, United Science Industries, Woodlawn, Illinois. Daniel King '01.

Product Manager, Leica Microsystems, Bannockburn, Illinois. Lon Nelson '98.

Product Manager, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois. Steven Ellingson '97.

Youth and Family Minister, Rocksbury Road Church of Christ, Janesville, Wisconsin. Joel Bradshaw '00.

Development Director, Alzheimer's Association, Wes Des Moines, Iowa. Paul Crawford '96.

Peace Corps, Health Promoter, Guatemala. Katie Walker '11.

Peace Corps, Morocco. Katie Driver '01.

Peace Corps, Honduras. Lindsey Roland '03.

Peace Corps, Cameroon. Elle Bechtold '03.

Emergency Responses Member, St. Louis Patners-Americorps, St. Louis, Missouri. Emily Kunz '99.

Unemployment Insurance Tax Technician, Department of Labor and Unemployement, State of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. Amy Albert Wilson '88.

Sales Professional, Sanofi-Synthelabo, Hickory Hills, Illinois. Alan Bentley, Jr. '93.

Pharmaceutical Sales, Merck & Company, Inc., West Point, Pennsylvania. Melissa Collings '95.

Pharmaceutical Representative, Sanofi-Synthelabo, Durham, North Carolina. Ryan Guynn '97.

Multimedia Supervisor, Borders, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michael McFadden '95.

Technical Sales Representative, Stratagene Cloning Systems, Chicago, Illinois. Jason Rahal '88.

Botanist, United States Forest Service, La Grande, Oregon. Susan Geer '88.

Horticulturist, John Henry Company, Lansing, Michigan. Meghan Moriarty Nester '01.

Resource Conservationist, Stark County Soil/Water Conservation District, Toulon, Illinois. Jannifer Stevens Powelson.

Veterinary/Animal Science/Wildlife
Shelter Adminsitrator, Knox County Humane Society, Galesburg, Illinois. Marjorie Hulick '94.

Wildlife Biologist, USDA APHIS Animal Damage Control, Chicago, Illinois. Robert Sliwinski '88.

Naturalist/Wildlife Laboratory Technician, Cook County Forest Preserve, Schaumburg, Illinois. Deborah Antlitz '91.

Avian Reintroduction Database, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois. Starr Bushey McKinney '02.

Veterinarian, Hyde Park Animal Clinic, Chicago, Illinois. Craig Miller '96.

Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Schulman Associates IRB, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael Bailey '99.

Freelance Medical Editor, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Lisa Angert Davis '92.

Science Writing Intern, Illlinois Legislative Research Unit, Springfield, Illinois. Caroline Coatney '11.

Athletic Trainer, Orthopaedic Sports, Inc., Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Jonathan Beaty '00.

Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation / Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, Chicago, Illinois. Stephan Bitter '90.

Counselor, Mary Davis Home, Galesburg, Illinois. R. Troy Jackson '90.

Tour Coordinator, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Sarah Hultine '02.

Therapist, ABC Counseling, Normal, Illinois. Laura Jennings-Mitchell '01.

Arabic Linguist, U.S. Army. Kim Speidel '99.

Plant Purchaser, Mariani Landscape, Lake Bluff, Illinois. Jennifer Goldsberry Quandt '92.

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