Chloe Fender

"I graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT with a B.S. in Biology. While there my research focused on water quality in systems around Utah. I measured water quality through macroinvertebrate community structure. I also explored the potential for airborne pollutants to become embedded in the snowpack and impact the water quality as the snow melts. After graduating, I worked in a genetic screening lab and then with the Utah Department of Natural Resources conducting bird and bug surveys. I enjoyed pursuing these topics and I am excited about the opportunity to continue studying toxicology. I look forward to rotating through different labs this year and plan to land somewhere that I can apply ecotoxicology principles."

Andre Schaum

“I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in May 2020 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology. Throughout my time as an undergraduate, I was involved in research ranging from the development of a soil analysis project for General Chemistry students to the investigation of chlorinated pesticides in bee pollen. My current research interest is the analysis and source identification of PFAS in the environment and am now working on a PFAS forensics project in the Field lab.”



Connor Leong

“I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Biology.  My undergraduate research used Zebrafish to evaluate the toxicity of benzothiazole. Currently, I am interested in developing assays, to measure new Zebrafish behavior endpoints.  It excites me to rotate through all the labs, and see the diversity of toxicology research.”

Yi Zhang

“I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Biochemistry and Biophysics. I am most interested in studying how the environmental chemicals will cause diseases, such as cancer, and the possible prevention. But I am also interested in the other topics. I hope I can find the topic that fit me the best as I discover more of the environmental toxicology.”

Christian Rude

“I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2017 with a BS in chemistry. My main project during undergrad involved measuring acrylonitrile migration from plastic cups into hot water using SPME-GCMS. Between then and now I spent time in youth ministry, substitute teaching, medical scribing, and working in the QC department of a mint oil/flavoring company. I am looking forward to exploring opportunities in rotations but feel most excited about projects with Dr. Tilton’s 3D lung cell models or evaluating potential nanoplastic toxicity with Dr. Harper.” 

Nicholas Korjeff

“I graduated from Oregon State University majoring in an interdisciplinary biology research program with a focus on Toxicology and Biotechnology. During my undergraduate career, I worked in a molecular therapeutics laboratory which focused on the development of small molecules to help combat Bcl-2 driven cancers. I remain interested in clinical work, both in vivo and in vitro, and hope to gain more experience in the drug development pipeline as I continue down the path of molecular toxicology.”

Ryan Lopez

"Graduated from OSU with a bachelors in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Toxicology. Currently, I am working in Robyn Tanguay’s lab researching the effects of Graphene Oxide exposure to developing zebrafish. My research interests include understanding mechanisms of action for various chemicals and the effect of engineered nano-materials on organisms."

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