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 attend Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Danielle Boothe ’15 graduated from a Master of Public Health degree program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Jeff Brabec ’18 is pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Vermont.

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

Alyssa Grube ’14 participated in a Fulbright program in Chile where she studied the biodegradation of fracking fluids.

Aaron Kulig ’17 is enrolled at the Temple University School of Medicine. 

Allison Lutz ’15 is currently enrolled in a master of biology program at Georgia Southern University.

Truc Ly ’18 is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Yale's School of Public Health, where she is focusing her studies on environmental health sciences.

Andrew Maul ’14 is currently enrolled at Harvard Medical School.

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

Erin Netoskie ’17 is enrolled in the tropical conservation biology and environmental science program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Chesney Richter ’14 earned a Doctor of Philosophy at Penn State University and is now a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Arizona. 

Dustin Servello ’16 is pursuing his doctorate in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Ohio State University. 

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

Nikea Ulrich ’17 and Elijah Hall ’18 have received Honorable Mentions for their National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program applications. Their research mentors, Juniata professors Gina Lamendella and Chris Grant, served as mentors throughout the application process.


Amanda Epstein ’13 is employed as a bioinformatics technician at Cold Springs Harbor Labs in Cold Springs Harbor, New York.

Klarissa Juliano ’17 is employed as an immunogenetics technology trainee by the Johns Hopkins Immunogenetics and Transplantation Immunology Department.

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

Mitch Stanton ’15 is employed as a wildlife technician with the Utah Division of Wildlife, removing invasive species using electrofishing techniques.

National Academic Awards/Fellowships

Fulbright Fellows

Nikea Ulrich, 2017
Alyssa Grube, 2014
Erin McClure, 2013
Nicholas Sepulveda, Iceland, 2010

Goldwater Fellows

Bekah Ford, 2018
Katharine Shelledy, Honorable Mention, 2016
Nikea Ulrich, 2016
Lindsey Draper, Honorable Mention, 2009 
Travis Hull , 2008 
Erin Satterthwaite, Honorable Mention, 2008

II-VI Foundation Scholarship

Alyssa Kress, 2011

Amgen Scholarship

Sam Gary, 2015
Steven Strutt, 2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Erin Satterthwaite, 2012
Heather Hassel, Honorable Mention, 2007 

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar

Stephanie Letourneau, 2018
Youn Kyung, 2018 
Katharine Shelledy, 2015
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 

Soumya Polavarapu, Glasgow, 2018 
Acer Van Wallendael, Aberdeen 2009
Nicholas Sepulveda, Edinburgh 2008

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