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University of DelawareSummer 2014
In This Issue:
Convocation 2014
Doctoral Hooding 2014
Commencement 2014
"Kudos to You!"
Happy Retirement!


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Department of Biological Sciences

2014 Convocation Ceremony

Friday May 30, 2014


Biology Sign 

The Convocation ceremony for the Department of Biological Sciences was held on Friday, May 30, 2014. 
The Distinguished Alumnus Address was given by Dr. Steven Linberg Ph.D.  Dr. Linberg received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware.  Dr. Linberg has more than 35 years in the regulatory industry with an emphasis on drug and biologics development, clinical trial design, and interactions with the FDA.  Dr. Linberg currently teaches graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University. 

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Dr. Steven Linberg, Distinguished Alumnus Speaker and Dr. Randall Duncan, Chair, Biological Sciences.

Dr. Steven Linberg addressing the 2014 Graduates.
  Graduation Image   
  Congratulations & Best Wishes
to all the 2014 Graduates!



Department of Biological Sciences Faculty starting the procession to begin the 2014 Convocation ceremony.







Graduate students, Seema Bhatlekar, Vimal Gangadharan, Senem Kurtoglu and Jomnarong Lertsuwan, taking their seats to begin the Convocation ceremony.






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Saleena Malik, Shreya Jammula, Fanta Kalle






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Emily Jacobson, Sarah Frantz





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Patrick Kukulich, Greg Meighen, Rebecca Gaffney







Dr. Patricia Walsh presenting the Academic Excellence Award to Dylan Kahler.

Dr. Patricia Walsh congratulating Laura Powell on receiving the Undergraduate Research award. 





Melissa Watras with her puppy.  Melissa participates in the Puppy Raisers of the University of Delaware (PROUD).





Shaili Patel, Dr. Carlton Cooper





Dr. Salil Lachke and Seema Bhatlekar






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Vignesh Viswanathan, Kristine Olli, Daniel Barnes, Padma Srinivasan, Smriti Agrawal, Rachel Andrews, and Deborah Kamin Mukaz


Graduate Student Jomnarong Lertsuwan receiving congratulations from Kornkamon Nopmongkol, and Jom's parents.







Padma Srinivasan is congratulated by her family.






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Vimal Gangadharan, Shirin Modarai, Dr. Randall Duncan and Vignesh Viswanathan






Smriti Agrawal and Dr. Melinda Duncan








Dr. Robert Mason congratulating Jack Pike.









Congratulations to all

2014 Graduates!!















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Seema Bhatlekar, Padma Srinivasan, Vimal Gangadharan, Senem Kurtoglu, Jomnarong Lertsuwan, Lauren Sakowski, Shirin Modarai, Serge Ongagna, Jack Pike, Vignesh Viswanathan







2014 UD Doctoral Hooding Ceremony






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Dr. Grace Hobson, Lauren Sakowski, Jack Pike








Dr. Catherine Kirn-Safran hooding Padma Srinivasan.





Carla Spence











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Dr. Robert Sikes, Dr. Grace Hobson, Dr. Daniel Simmons, Dr. Robert Mason, Dr. Catherine Kirn-Safran, Dr. Fidelma Boyd and Dr. Randall Duncan.







University of Delaware


Saturday, May 31, 2014


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Caroline Berger, Alyssa Costa, Dr. Deni Galileo, Barak Balva, Anna Jachec








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Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered the 2014 Commencement Address and Biological Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Deni Galileo.






Seema Bhatlekar gives a thumbs up at the 2014 Commencemnt Ceremony.





"Kudos To You!"




Dr. Donna Woulfe and Dr. Anja Nohe were promoted to Associate Professor.  



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Dr. Donna Woulfe and Dr. Anja Nohe









Phi Beta Kappa

Inducts New Members


The following Biological Sciences students were inducted into the Alpha of Delaware Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on May 3, 2014: Elizabeth Baker, Leonard Belotti, Enoch Cheung, Mitali Desai, Keara English, Sarah Frantz, Rebecca Gaffney, Marisa Goshorn, Dylan Kahler, Peter Kotsopey, Rebecca Krain, Christine Kurian, Christine Manta, Gregory Meighen, Laura Powell, Sylvie Smith, Kevin Walsh, Sarah Weiskopf, Benjamin Woratyla, Cullen Worsh, and Kevin Zhang. 





Nadezda Stepicheva

Graduate Teaching Award


Nadezda Stepicheva, graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

ARVO Meeting


Winners of the 2014 UD Department of Biological Sciences travel award attended the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting which was held in Orlando, Florida. 



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Smriti Agrawal, Archana Siddam, Carrie Barnum, Mallika Pathania, Soma Dash, and Yichen Wang






Dr. Deborah Allen

Dr. Deborah Allen Honored with

Alberts Award    


Dr. Deborah Allen was honored by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and received the 2013 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education.  Dr. Allen was cited by the society for her "pioneering and influential work in biology education."  As the director of UD's Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, Dr. Allen was an early proponent of problem-based learning -- a teaching method in which students work collaboratively to solve real-world problems that are challenging and complex.   

Serge Ongagna-Yhombi

Serge Ongagna-Yhombi Receives 1st Prize for Best Poster Presentation


At the Seventh Annual Frontiers at the Chemistry-Biology Interface Symposium (FCBIS) which was held at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmcy, Serge Ongagna-Yhombi won first prize for best poster presentation.

Dr. Salil Lachke              







Senior Thesis Mentoring Award
At the UD Senior Thesis Symposium which was held on May 3, Dr. Salil Lachke, assistant professor Biological Sciences, received the 2014 Senior Thesis Mentoring Award.
Soma Dash


Graduate Student Honored at Eye Research Conference
Soma Dash, a second year doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has won the Members-In-Training Outstanding Poster Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).  Soma Dash currently works in the laboratory of Dr. Salil Lachke.


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Dr. Anja Nohe, Jeremy Bonor, Hemanth Akkiraju

Dr. Anja Nohe - UD researcher seeks help for those with osteoporosis


Dr. Anja Nohe calls osteoporosis, "a significant disease and a silent disease," affecting some 10 million Americans and leading to more deaths from osteoporosis-related fractures among women in the U.S. than breast and ovarian cancer combined. 
Continue reading Dr. Nohe's research article by clicking on the link.  
Dr. Cooper & Dr. Payne


Awarded for Community Outreach!! 


Dr. Cooper and Dr. Payne recently received exemplary achievement in their efforts for community outreach.













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Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Vishnu Mohanan


Crohn's Disease Research


 UD scientists Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, assistant professor, and doctoral student Vishnu Mohanan sleuth out proteins involved in Crohn's disease, information critical to the development of novel therapies for the inflammatory bowel disease.  


Continue reading about this research by clicking on the link. 

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As the saying goes, it is hard to say good-bye, but the Department of Biological Sciences wants to wish Dr. David Smith, Dr. Rivers Singleton, Dr. Daniel Simmons, Linda Dion, Dr. Robert Hodson and Susan Campbell, all the best in the their new venture called "Retirement". 
We Will Miss All of You!


Contact Info

Pamela Vari 

Department of Biological Sciences