Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Alumni

From 2006-2012, Professor Soechting kept in touch with alumni by e-mail to publish a yearly newsletter and a running list of our students' impressive accomplishments.  Prof. Soechting has now retired, but he and Prof. Flanders continue to proudly marvel at these numerous accomplishments:

Received a PhD in Neuroscience:

  • Katherine Himes ’99 - Univ. Minnesota (2007)
  • Jessie Luoma ’03 – Univ. Minnesota (2010), postdoc Stanford Univ.

Received a PhD or graduate degree in another field:

  • Eugene Y. Vasserman ‘03 – Computer Science, Kansas State (2010) - Assistant Professor, Department of Computing and Information Sciences
  • Matthew Dufek ’02 - Pharmaceutical Sciences, Univ. North Carolina (2011) - Genentech
  • Tate Winter ’04 - Pharmaceutical Sciences, Univ. Minnesota (2010) – Boston Scientific
  • Tom Meyer ’07 – Hamline Law School (2012) – intellectual property law
  • Desiree Abu-Odeh ’10 – MS in Bioethics, Univ. Minnesota (2012)

Received an MD:

  • Stephanie Buchanan ’08 – Wright State University (2012) – General Surgery Residency, Ohio State
  • Ken Dodd ’08 – Univ. Minnesota TC (2012) – Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Callie Cox ‘07 – Des Moines University (2011) – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Narayan Kissoon ‘07 – Univ. Minnesota (2011) – Neurology Residency, Mayo Clinic 
  • Mara Bann ’06 – Johns Hopkins (2011) – Internal Medicine Residency, Univ. Washington
  • David Bearl ’06 – Univ. Minnesota (2011) – Pediatrics Residency, Creighton Univ., Univ. Nebraska
  • Ronda Farah ’06 – Univ. Minnesota (2011) - Dermatology
  • Dan Mark '06 – New York Medical College (2012) – Pediatrics Residency, MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, SC
  • Sarah Rustad ’06 - Saba University, Dutch Antilles (2011) – Family Medicine Residency, Univ. Minnesota 
  • Maya Babu ‘05 – Harvard Univ. (2010), MBA Harvard) – Neurosurgery Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Sibyl Siegfried ’05 – Univ. Wisconsin (2011) – Family Medicine Residency, Group health, Seattle
  • Philip Barbosa ‘04 - Univ. Minnesota TC (2010) – Urology Residency, Stanford
  • Sean Marquis '04 – Ross Univ. (2009) – Emergency Medicine Resident, Univ. Toledo
  • James Slotto ‘04 – Uniformed Services Univ. (2008) – Navy Flight Surgeon
  • Melissa Wayne Engel ’04 – Univ Minnesota (2008) – Board Certified Pediatrician
  • Josh Froman '03 - Univ. Minnesota (2007) – General Surgery Resident
  • Kelly Casperson '01 - Univ. Minnesota (2005) – Urology Resident
  • Jenny Reifel Saltzberg ’00 – UCLA (2004) – Emergency Medicine Residency, Now Univ. Maryland

Enrolled in a graduate program:

  • Kyle Christensen ’12 - Michigan State Univ., Neuroscience
  • Sofiya Hupalo ’12 – Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, Neuroscience
  • Carley Karsten ’12 – Univ. California, Irvine, Neuroscience
  • Desiree Abu-Odeh ’10 – Columbia School of Public Health, MPH in Sociomedical Sciences
  • Tom Bedor ’10 – Univ. Minnesota, MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Ricky De Mello ’10 – Univ. St. Thomas Law School
  • Kacey Rajkovich ’10 – Univ. Texas-Southwestern, Neuroscience
  • Robert Wickham ‘10 – Yale Univ., Neuroscience
  • Tatiana Anderson ’09 – Univ. Washington, Neuroscience
  • Preethi David ’09 – Univ. Minnesota
  • Krista M. Johnson ’09 – Univ. Minnesota, Pharmacy
  • Mike Keebler ’09 – Cambridge Univ., Pharmacology
  • Matthew Lewis ‘09 – Cornell Univ., Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Anh Tran ’09 - University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Fulbright Full Grant
  • Kirubel Zeleke ’09 - Tulane University School of Public Health, 
  • Natalie Zlebnik ‘08 – Univ. Minnesota, Neuroscience
  • Angela Walker '08 - Univ. Texas-Southwestern, Neuroscience 
  • Aida Attar '07 – UCLA, Neuroscience 
  • Amanda Kinnischtzke ‘07 – Univ. Pittsburgh - Neuroscience
  • Sonya Polson ‘07 – Univ. Pittsburgh - Neuroscience
  • Kelly Sovell ‘07 – Univ. Minnesota, MPH Epidemiology
  • Jonathan Ehrich '06- Univ. Washington, Neuroscience
  • Kim Krawczewski ‘06 – Purdue Univ. - Neuroscience
  • Paul Johnson '06 – Scripps Research Inst., Neuroscience 

Enrolled in MD/PhD program:

  • Jenny Zick ’10 – Univ. Minnesota

Enrolled in medical/dental school:

  • Benjamin Best ’12 - Medical College of Wisconsin 
  • Krishna Pundi ’12 – Univ. Penn.
  • Tyler Rehbein ’12 – Univ. Minnesota TC
  • Lauren Smith ’12 – Univ. Maryland, Baltimore
  • Tarini Goyal ’11 – Univ. Minnesota
  • Matt Goodmanson '11 - Northwestern University
  • Pouya Hemati ’11 – Univ. Minnesota TC
  • Arman Cicic ’10 – Des Moines Univ.
  • Amy Erickson ‘10 – Des Moines Univ. 
  • Armin Jewell ’10 - Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rachel Kyllo ’10 – U Penn
  • Janaki Paskaradevan ’10 – Johns Hopkins
  • Anna Schnurrer Steffan ’10 - Univ. Minnesota TC
  • Rima Chakraborty '09 - University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Keta Desai ’09 – Univ. Minnesota Dental School
  • David Horn ’09 – Medical Coll. Wisconsin 
  • Kiran Kanth ’09 – Univ. Minnesota TC 
  • Emily Kidd ’09 – Boston Univ. 
  • Jessica Novak ’09 – Univ Wisconsin
  • Nick Sausen ’09 – Univ. Minnesota
  • Charles Vasquez ’09 – UCLA 
  • Carmen Avendano ‘08 – St. George's Medical School 
  • Nils Westfall (Wubbels) ‘08 – Univ. Minnesota
  • Jo Barta ‘07 – Univ. Minnesota
  • Brittani Conway ’07 – Univ. Minnesota TC 
  • Joseph Page ‘07 – Rush University 
  • Trent Tollefson ‘07 - Univ. Minnesota TC 
  • Blake Daley ’06 - Touro University Medical School
  • Dan Mark '06 – New York Medical College
  • Twinkle Pandian ‘06 – Mayo
  • Shivang Patel ‘06 – Touro Univ. Coll. Osteopathic Med.
  • Dustin Sperr ‘06 - Univ. Minnesota TC 
  • Jon Papic ‘04 - Univ. Minnesota TC 
  • Sean Marquis ‘04 – Ross Univ. 
  • Heidi Skoog  L'Esperance ’03 – Michigan State University

Employed:

  • Katherine Himes ’99 – PhD ’07 – Assistant to Sr. Vice President, Academic Affairs, UM
  • Megahn Beck ’04 – MS Genetic Counseling – Genetic Counselor, Kaiser Permanente
  • Meredith Seaborn ’04 – Neurological Technical Consultant, Medtronic
  • Karen Baker ’08 – MPH, Data Analyst, Hennepin County Medical Center 
  • Josiah Severin ’09 - Clinical Studies Specialist, Medtronic
  • Samantha Lundeby ‘09 - Project Coordinator, Dittman Research Corporation, Anchorage, AK
  • Katherine Ferguson ’12 - Specialty Care, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Joined Phi Beta Kappa:

  • Brittani Conway  - studied Spanish (2007)
  • Alexander Hartmann – studied Chinese and Korean (2007)
  • Sonya Polson  - studied French (2007)
  • Kelly Sovell – studied Italian (2007)
  • Kelsey Pflepsen – studied Spanish (2011)
  • Katherine Ferguson – studied Spanish (2012)

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