Ashlee Junier '16

I initially entered the University of New Haven as a forensic science major, and by sophomore year I had added a double major in biology. It was not until the beginning of my junior year that I learned about the genetics and biotechnology program from a friend and went to my advisor for more information. I was immediately excited by the program and everything it had to offer. As someone who loves biology, especially genetics, the opportunity to take higher level biology and genetics courses through this program was a huge factor in my decision to add a third major. The amazing faculty in the biology department worked with me to be sure that I would be able to graduate on time with all three of my degrees. It is clear to everyone in this program that the faculty’s first priority is their students. Additionally, courses like Molecular Biotechnology gave me the opportunity to learn more about the applications of biotechnology in the “real world” through numerous guest speakers, site visits, and seminar opportunities. I’m so glad that I got involved in the genetics and biotechnology program at the University of New Haven and cannot wait to see where the field of biotechnology will take me in the future.



Dylan Haenel '15, Biotechnology

Dylan graduated from the University of New Haven in May 2015 with a B.S. in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry and Sustainability. He worked in Dr. Eva Sapi's Lyme disease research team looking for a new alternative antimicrobial agent to treat the morphological forms of Borrelia burgdorferi. He presented part of his research at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) held at Philadelphia in 2015 and for the Honors undergraduate showcase hosted by University of New Haven in 2015. Currently he is writing his papers on Lyme to later be published for the use of the greater Lyme disease scientific community. After a short time off from school, he plans to go to graduate school.



Christina Kling '14, Biotechnology & Biology

Christina Kling majored in Biotechnology and Biology with a biochemistry concentration. Christina was a John Hatfield Scholar. She completed two SURF projects, one on mycobacteriophage and the second on Lyme disease. While an undergrad at the University of New Haven, she mentored students at the Sound School, and worked as a lab assistant for the Molecular Biology course for two semesters and as a lab and lecture assistant for the Chemistry Department for three years. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical SciencesClick to read more about Christina. 


Samantha Roy '13, Biotechnology & Forensic Biology

Samantha graduated with a B.S in both Biotechnology and Forensic Biology with a minor in Chemistry in the spring of 2013. During her time at the University of New Haven, Sam was a teacher’s assistant for both molecular biology and biochemistry. She spent two years interning and collaborating in the Biochemistry Department at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT where she was able to gain experience as a research assistant. In the fall of 2013, Sam moved to Denver, Colorado where she was hired as a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Sam is currently doing proteomics research in the Skagg’s School of Pharmacy.


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