Biology Major

Rebecca Jahns

Rebecca (Riediger) Jahns – Class of 2014 – Biology Husbandry assistant-LTE at the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, in Green Bay Wisconsin. What you do: I currently work as a swing keeper taking care of various species of animals at our facility, from reptiles to birds to mammals and everything in between! I completed two avian internships…

Katherine Caflisch

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Program; Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics track Est. graduation date 2022 What you do: I work in an infectious diseases lab where I study the potential of a class of viruses (called “bacteriophages”) to be used as a therapeutic alternative to antibiotics as the drug-resistant crisis looms…

Kaitlyn Kiecker

Research Technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota   What you do: I work in a pre-analytical laboratory in the Biorepositories Program at Mayo Clinic. My department is responsible for all DNA and RNA extractions, mostly from fresh blood, but also frozen blood, cells, tissue and saliva. I work in a very team-oriented lab, so…

Sarah Kruckeberg (2014)

Sarah Kruckeberg (’14)

Sarah Kruckeberg, a 2014 Bethany biology graduate, is currently in the South Dakota State University pharmacy graduate program. WHAT YOU DO • • • At work I make sure prescriptions get entered and filled correctly, counsel patients on how best to take their medications and possible side effects, and do follow ups with them to…

Heather Carmichael (2014)

Heather Carmichael (’14)

Heather, a 2014 Bethany graduate, went on to graduate in May 2018 from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences’ Program in Physical Therapy with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is currently a Traveling Physical Therapist. WHAT YOU DO • • • As a generalist in physical therapy, I have the opportunity to treat…

Allison Petzel (2008, Biology, Exercise Science)

Allison Petzel

What you do: Physical Therapist at Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota I work in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. My typical work day involves a wide range of patient diagnoses ranging from acute injuries to post surgical patients. I see patients ages 10 all the way up to patients in their 90s….

Kristen (Scislow) Budahn (2008)

Kristen (Scislow) Budahn (’08)

Kristen Budahn, a 2008 Bethany graduate, is a family practice physician with Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe, Minnesota. WHAT YOU DO • • • I practice full spectrum family medicine at a rural hospital/ clinic. I see patients from birth until death in the clinic and hospital. I also see patients in the hospital…

Megan Slaker (2011)

Megan Slaker (’11)

Megan, a 2011 Bethany graduate, is currently a Ph.D. student at Washington State University in the neuroscience program. WHAT YOU DO • • • During my first semester at WSU, I looked at the prevention of relapse by diminishing drug-addiction memories. I am currently examining the molecular components of the formation of neural connections. I…

Alyssa Rau

Alyssa Rau

Alyssa is a Biology major from Sarona, Wisconsin. Tell us about your internship with the DNR in Spooner, Wisconsin. I worked mostly at the fish hatchery where I helped in the process of hatching eggs and transporting them to holding tanks and eventually into public lakes. I also had the opportunity to band geese, shock…

Kelly Widhammer

Kelly Widhammer

Kelly is a Biology major, also seeking minors in Chemistry and Business Administration. Her hometown is Oak Harbor, Washington. Tell us about your independent research project. My research project was basically testing combinations of spinach juice and chemicals on the ion channels of bullfrog tadpole skins. The lab experience that I’ve gained is one of…

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