Recent biology department graduates
Wondering what Calvin biology department students do once they receive their degrees? They go on to pursue all sorts of paths, from zoology and urban development to medicine and law.
Vonny Salim "07 Is a graduate student at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario studying plant-based cures for cancer. Read more about her work >>
Lindsey Walters '03 is a biology professor at Northern Kentucky University. She has a Ph.D. in Zoology and in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University; 2008. Lindsey said, "I study reproductive behavior in cavity-nesting birds and I have banded over 1,400 wild birds since graduating from Calvin. I LOVE teaching; my classes at NKU include Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Evolution, and Introductory Biology."
Brandon Lingbeek '08 lives in Modimolle, South Africa where he is working as a research technician for ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization). Brandon said, "My closest neighbors are a herd of giraffe that live across the dirt road from me."
Jennifer Goedhart Nietz '08 has her M.S. in Ecology from Ohio State University and now teaches introductory biology labs and recitations there. Jennifer said, "Recently appointed to my Township Board of Review and the Agricultural/Natural Resources board for my county- (dipping my toe into political waters to preserve our rural landscape)."
Jesse Antuma '11 is enrolled in the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment's Conservation Ecology master's program starting this Fall 2012. He has been working as a Comercial Services Technicina for a real estate management firm since graduating from Calvin.
Jordan Scott '09 is working on her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.Jordan’s research focuses in solving the molecular mechanisms of hijacking of the human Nedd4 family of proteins by an array of viruses. She uses biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, and computational biology to understand the molecules and mechanisms that control new virion formation from human cells, to provide lipidome and proteome of virions to help identify targets for antiviral therapy.
Laura Holtrop-Kohl '07 received her coordinated Masters in Nutrition from University of Utah and is working as a community dietitian for Harmons Grocery Store in Salt Lake City. She enjoys the endless skiing and running trail out her back door.
Kelsey Bushhouse '10 is a student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Kelsey said, "Veterinary school is amazing, everyday is a new challenge and God keeps opening doors to new opportunities! Just last summer I went on a veterinary mission trip to Honduras for 3 weeks working with veterinarians, doing surgeries, and sharing the Gospel with the local townspeople. It was an amazing combination of international experience, veterinary medicine, Spanish, and missions!"
Jonathan LeCureux '09 lives in Fort Collins, CO where he is a 2nd year PhD student at Colorado State University. Jonathan lists his job title as Research Assistant/Graduate Student/Science Slave. Jonathan loves living in Colorado because they have 300 days of sunshine every year.
Nicole (Roelofs) and Ben Johnson '11 live in Okemos, MI. Ben is a graduate student at Michigan State University in the PhD Microbiology program. After graduating from Calvin, Nicole attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She is now working for Neogen Corporation in the technical service-residues department where she runs ELISA tests for allergens and mycotoxins and travels around the US training people who use their products. Nicole said, “I love working there especially since I am back doing science. We still live in Okemos, MI and love the big university life.”