Undergraduate Students

Name, Mentor

Catherine Johnson, Cristina Howard

Catherine is a third year student studying Environmental Public Health and plans on attending medical school to specialize after completing her undergraduate career. She hopes to specialize in pediatrics or, due to her time involved in microbiology research, infectious disease. She is also a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Women’s Health Education Program.


Allison Howell, Ann Gregory, Natalie Solonenko
Allison is a second-year majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is interested in immunology, virology, and bacteriophage research, and hopes to attend graduate school. She is also involved in the STEM EE Scholars program and volunteers weekly through the Semester of Service program.


Courtney Sanderson, Cristina Howard-Varona

Courtney is a Microbiology major and philosophy minor with a deep passion for conservation and backpacking. She is currently assisting Dr. Howard-Varona with experiments on Cellulophaga baltica; she hopes one day to do research in conservationism.


Haley Leblanc, Natalie Solonenko, Lauren Chittick

Haley is a second year student majoring in Chemistry with a Biology minor. She plans on going to medical school after graduating, and has an interest in surgery. She is also a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence.


Michael Denzel, Natalie Solonenko, Lauren Chittick

Michael is a fourth-year Microbiology major interested in immunology, vaccines, antibiotic resistance, and infectious disease. He enjoys rock climbing, photography, hiking, and playing soccer. He plans on joining the Peace Corps post-graduation, then going medical school. He’s also an avid member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Microbiology Club.


Win Adissem, Natalie Solonenko, Lauren Chittick

Win Adissem is a 4th-year Microbiology Major interested in the discovery of novel phages and their implementation in phage therapy. Win plans to attend medical school after graduation and also enjoys being a resident advisor in Park-Stradley and member of Mentor-A-Buckeye.


Anna Mackey, Ahmed Zayed

Anna is a third-year Mathematical Biology student who is interested in modeling biological processes using statistics. She enjoys learning new things and hopes to attend graduate school, focusing on modeling viral interactions. She is also a member of the Service Engagement Program on campus.