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Graduate Job Success: Dr. Aparupa Sengupta

Aparupa Sengupta
Aparupa Sengupta

Dr. Aparupa Sengupta has recently accepted a new job as a Biosafety Officer (microbiology/molecular genetics subject expert) at Rutgers University, NJ. Her office will be at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Piscataway Campus, but she will also work at Rutgers’ New Brunswick and Newark Campuses.

She officially started in January 2016. Since her graduation, Aparupa has been working as a Lab Safety Scientist and Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator/Instructor for the Michigan Tech Office of Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

Aparupa received a PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech in 2014. While at Michigan Tech, her advisor was Rupali Datta and her co-advisor was Susan Bagley.

Congratulations, Aparupa!

Kerfoot in Print

KefootCharles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) with Susan C. Savage was published in “Limnology and Oceanography“.
The article covers experiments done on anti-predation defenses in a group of cladoceran taxa over 20 years, both in the New World and Old (Max Planck Center for Limniology, Ploen, Germany). The article emphasizes the importance of evolution in aquatic food webs, and begins to explain why exotic predators may have disproportionate effects on naive prey species. [From Tech Today]

Biotech talk January 28th

Matthew HymesMatthew Hymes, Scientist and Entrepreneur will be giving a Biotech Career talk Thursday January 28th at 12 pm in Dow 642.  

The talk, sponsored by the Graduate Student Government, is open to all majors and degree levels.

Matthew would describe himself as an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for constant learning who found his calling in a molecular biology class at Michigan Tech. He received two degrees from Michigan Tech including a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2000 and a Master’s of Science in Molecular Biology in 2002. He then worked as a researcher at the University of Michigan before earning an MBA in Marketing in 2007 from Baker College. After completing his MBA he took a position with a multibillion-dollar company to understand what is necessary to be a successful global organization. He parlayed this experience into a leadership role with a smaller organization with plans to expand to new markets. After building the foundation for this business, he found an opportunity back in Michigan with a biotech start-up that married his passions of molecular biology and marketing. He is currently helping this organization grow into a successful company as Marketing Director by utilizing his scientific background to create a differentiated brand.  See the flyer below for more details.

Career Talks (Mathew Hymes)

Medical Careers Week, Jan. 19-22

Michigan Tech’s Career Fest presents four days of events designed to highlight careers in the medical field. Open to all students, faculty and the community, Medical Careers Week will be held Jan. 19 to 22. Events will take place in the MUB Ballroom. Here are some highlights of the week’s activities.

  • Jan. 19 — Medical Informatics Day: Learn more about one of the fastest growing parts of the medical field. Medical Informatics applies to a variety of majors including IT, Computer Science, Computer Network System Administration, Health Sciences and Engineering. Lunch-N-Learn Keynote speaker:  James Ryan, DO.
  • Jan. 20 — Medical Device Day: Meet representatives from biomedical companies to see how your major can make a difference. Lunch-N-Learn keynote speaker: Jim Belmonte, Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (St. Paul)
  • Jan. 21 — Medical Careers/Medical Laboratory Science Day: Learn how to attend medical school through the entire application process. Hear first hand from medical students, physicians assistants and laboratory specialists on how to shape your career path in the medical field. Lunch-N-Learn keynote speaker: William Short, MD and medical students from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
  • Jan. 22 — Allied Health Day: Allied Health comprises nearly 60 percent of the healthcare workforce. Lunch-N-Learn keynote speaker: Petio Kotov, MD, Pathology – UP Health System.

For a complete schedule of all activities and events visit the Career Services website.

PhD Position in Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology Available

A PhD position is available with Dr. Amy Marcarelli at Michigan Technological University to join a 5-year, NSF-funded study of the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers across the United States.

Candidates with an M.S. in aquatic ecology or related discipline are preferred.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Marcarelli (ammarcar@mtu.edu) immediately for full consideration. More information on the Marcarelli lab can be found at http://marcarelli-lab.bio.mtu.edu/.

Marcarelli Field Work 2015

Marcarelli Field Work 2015

Four Michigan Tech Students Win Portage Health Foundation Scholarships

January 20, 2016—
The Portage Health Foundation has awarded four scholarships to local area Michigan Technological University students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Recipients are Kelly Larson, Katie Schjoth, Braden Peterson and Dylan Turpeinen.

Read the rest at: http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2016/january/four-michigan-tech-students-win-portage-health-foundation-scholarships.html

Dr. Techtmann welcomed to campus

Dr. Stephen Techtmann is one of many new faculty welcomed to campus this year:

Stephen Techtmann, PhD

Stephen Techtmann joins the Department of Biological Sciences as an assistant professor. Prior to Michigan Tech, Techtmann was at the University of Tennessee. Techtmann earned a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland.

His expertise and interests are microbial ecology of extreme environments with specialization in the collection of genomic and metagenomic data to elucidate the mechanisms of evolution and adaption. He has been published in Current Opinions in Biotechnology and Environmental Microbiology.

In addition to Dr. Techtmann faculty in other Departments can be found in the special edition of Tech Today.