Lab Alumni Update!

A few of our former graduate students have started new positions recently. It is exciting to see our student each advance in their careers, and we can’t wait to hear all about their new opportunities!

Melanie Jalloh (MS 2015) is a Lab Manager at Columbia Irving Medical Center.

Mark Zierden (PhD 2016) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Lindroth lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kayleigh Jones (PhD 2017) is a Senior Scientist position at Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services (PMRS, Inc.)


2018 Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry

We had a fantastic time at the 2018 Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry Symposium at Penn State! Thank you to the organizers for putting together a wonderful program and providing the opportunity for us to share our research.

The symposium also provided us with an extended Valentine lab family reunion! In addition to Ann and current graduate students Anna Gallo and Lauren Profitt, Ann’s former graduate students Kathryn Cole (Christopher Newport University) and Kate Buettner (Gettysburg College) attended along with their undergraduate students.

Buettner Lab (Gettysburg College): Olivia, Katie, and Alex
Cole Lab (Christopher Newport University): Jacob, Samantha, and Courtney
Thank you to the PSU Bioinorganic groups!

Corey’s off to UPenn!

We wish Dr. Corey Herbst-Gervasoni the best as he starts a postdoc position in David Christianson‘s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Thanks for the many years of being a great labmate and friend! Thankfully you’ll only be in West Philly, so we’ll see you soon!

Corey, Anna, and Lauren at the Phillies game!

YCC Poster Session Recap

Last evening was the ACS Philadelphia Local Section Young Chemists Committee Annual Poster Session, held at Temple University. Two of our undergraduate students (Jack and Ethan) and two of our graduate students (Anna and Lauren) presented. Great work everyone!

Congrats to Anna for winning the University of Pennsylvania Student Choice Award for favorite poster!

Congrats to all other winners, especially those from Temple University who won 1st and 3rd place in the graduate section:

1st: Connor Koellner from the Zdilla lab
3rd: Natalia Molina from the Willets lab.

(L) to (R): Jack Lehman, Lauren Profitt, Ethan Kimmett, Anna Gallo
Anna Gallo won the University of Pennsylvania award!


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Anna Presents at the GRC/GRS!

Anna presented a poster at the Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference and a talk at the Bioinorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar on her work investigating the interactions between titanium dioxide and Rhodococcus ruber. If you have any questions or comments about our lab’s work, please let us know!

Jack Nicoludis (Harvard) put together a wonderful program and we look forward to next year’s GRS chaired by Tasha Manesis (Ohio State) and Kyle Rodriguez (University of Fribourg)!

Photo credit: Jack Nicoludis, the Bioinorganic GRS chair!

CST Graduation!

Today was the College of Science and Technology Winter Graduation! Again we congratulate Dr. Corey Herbst-Gervasoni for earning his PhD. The hooding ceremony makes it official!

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Chemistry After Dark

Corey presented his thesis work to fellow graduate students at Chemistry After Dark on Friday. Great job, Corey!


Lab members past, present, and honorary came out to support Corey!

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(L to R): Jodi Kraus, Mark Zierden, Ethan Kimmett, Anna Gallo, Kayleigh Jones, Olivia Stepanic, Lauren Profitt, and Corey Herbst-Gervasoni