Past Students

Jessica Vorse, B.S.

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The College of Wooster, B.S. in Biology, 2019

UNE, M.S. in Marine Science, 2022 (expected)

Jessica is a M.S. student in Marine Science and is co-advised by Dr. Kristin Burkholder (School of Biological Sciences) and Dr. Carrie Byron (School of Marine and Environmental Programs).  Jess’s research focuses on post-harvest conditions that impact microbiological safety of edible seaweed.  Her work is truly interdisciplinary and allows her to engage in microbiology bench work while also interacting with   collaborators in the Maine seaweed industry.

Katharina Roese, B.S.

she/her/hers

UNE, B.S. in Medical Biology, 2021

UNE, M.S. in Biology, 2022 (expected)

Kati is a 4+1 M.S. student in Biology and is studying the impact of novel compounds on Staphylococcal biofilm formation and antibiotic susceptibility.  Her work will aid in our understanding of mechanisms by which we may impair bacterial biofilm development and enhance efficacy of existing antimicrobials.

Collen Moody

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UNE, B.S. in Medical Biology, 2022 (expected)

Colleen is studying the effect of post-harvest conditions on microbiological safety of edible seaweed.  Her findings will inform food safety practices used by Maine’s growing seafood industry.

Lyle Massoia

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UNE, B.S. in Medical Biology, 2022 (expected)

Lyle is studying whether microplastics can serve as vectors for pathogen transport into marine organisms used for human food consumption.  Her work will shed light on the potential food safety impact of ocean microplastics.

Justin Dixson

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UNE, B.S. in Medical Biology, 2022 (expected)

Justin is studying whether microplastics can serve as vectors for pathogen transport into marine organisms used for human food consumption.  He also plays hockey for UNE.

Afnan Saleem Yahya

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UNE, B.S. in Medical Biology with minors in Public Health and Health, Wellness, and Society, 2022 (expected)

Afnan’s project examines the potential for novel compounds to increase Staphylococcal susceptibility to antibiotics.