Lab Members

Current Lab Members

 

Amy D. Parente, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Courses that Dr. Parente Teaches

  • CHEM 101           Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 121/122    General Chemistry I
  • Chem 222/223     General Chemistry II
  • Chem 331/332     Biochemistry I
  • Chem 338/339     Biochemistry II

 

1995                    B.S. with Honors in Chemistry, summa cum laude

                             B.S. with Honors in Biology, summa cum laude

 

1997                  M.S. Chemistry
1999                  Ph.D. Bioorganic Chemistry
____________Thesis: “Rolling Circle Transcription: Mimicking Viroid Replication.”
____________Advisor: Eric. T. Kool, PhD

 

1999 – 2003       American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Research Fellow

_____________Thesis: “Regulation of the Protein Kinase PKR by Hepatitis Delta Virus RNA.”
_____________Advisor: Philip C. Bevilacqua, PhD

 

Juliane E. Harmon

 

Biochemistry Major, Class of 2013

Research Project: Detection of DNA damage in brown bullhead fish using comet assay

Hometown: North Tonawanda, NY

Julie plays shortstop for the Mercyhurst softball team

 

 

Mike Gigliotti

 

Biology Major (Biochemistry Minor), Class of 2013

Research Project: Use of FLU-MAG SELEX in the development of an aptamer for sucralose

Hometown: Plano, TX

Mike played hockey for 15 years prior to coming to Mercyhurst.

 

 

Gregg Robbins-Welty

 

Biochemistry major (Gerontology minor), class of 2014

Research Project: Use of FLU-MAG SELEX in the development of an aptamer for sucralose.

Hometown: Mayville,NY

Gregg is a nationally recognized banjo player!

 

 

Erin Cox

Biochemistry and Health Policy double major, class of 2015

Research Project: Immunological Detection Methods for the Artificial Sweetener Sucralose in the Environment

Hometown: McMurray, PA

Erin enjoys running and has participated in several half-marathons!

 

 

Kristen Vidmar

 

Chemistry major, class of 2014

Research Project: Detection of sucralose in Lake Erie using LC-MS.

Hometown: Willoughby, OH

Kristen loves to travel and has been to six different countries in Europe!

 

 

Jenn Coulombe

Biochemistry major, class of 2014

Research Project: “Molecular Cloning in the Biochemistry Laboratory – Manipulation of the fusion protein MGH.”

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Jenn works as a sports photographer for Mercyhurst!

Lab Alumni

 

Nicole E. Frederickson

 

Biochemistry Major, class of 2012

Senior Research Thesis: Immunological Detection Methods for the Artificial Sweetener Sucralose in the Environment

Hometown: Jamestown, NY

Currently attending Marquette University, for their Physician’s Assistant program

 

 

Ashley E. Westgate

 

Biochemistry Major, class of 2012

Senior Research Thesis: Analytical Detection Methods for the Artificial Sweetener Sucralose in the Environment

Hometown: Edinboro, PA

Currently in the Americorps, then University of Sciences for Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy