Kareem Husain ’09 recently gradated from the USC School of Dentistry and has been accepted to the Yale New Haven Hospital for a pediatric dentistry residency, which he will complete in June of 2015.
Emily Adamson ’07 received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in January of 2013 and will begin an internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in June.
Armonde Baghdanian ’07 completed his MD at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 2012 and is currently completing a year of Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been admitted to Boston University for Diagnostic Radiology, Class of 2017.
Todd Marquez ’05 earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012 and currently provides therapy services to active and retired military in Northern California.
Lynette Bui ’01 attended medical school in Chicago and completed a Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Fontana. She is currently in her fourth year on faculty at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and the Family Medicine Residency.
Lisa (Tolman) von Biela ’80 graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2009 and is currently a civil legal aid attorney in Seattle. She has served on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s The SciTech Lawyer since 2009. She is very excited to report that her debut novel, a biotech technothriller entitled The Genesis Code, will be released in May 2013 in paperback, digital, and limited edition signed hardcover. Lisa is already working on her second novel, The Janus Legacy.
Suzanne Hendrich ’76 earned her PhD in Nutrition from UC Berkeley in 1985. She is now University Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition, at Iowa State University where she has been on the faculty since 1987 and currently serves as faculty senate president. Her research is on gut bacteria/nutrition interactions that may prevent inflammatory bowel disease and diarrheal diseases in general, focusing on dietary fibers and caffeic acids. Dr. Hendrich teaches mostly in the area of food toxicology, and leads a USDA higher education grant helping students and faculty develop growth mindsets and scientific thinking as they explore problems related to world hunger. She also advises an organization that runs a food pantry for students on campus, based on student volunteer effort.
Richard Cicinelli ’68 graduated as a Zoology major from UCLA and completed his medical studies here in 1972. He went on to earn a specialization in psychiatry at UCSF in 1976, and is currently in private practice in Redwood City, California, where he specializes in substance abuse, concurrent disorders, and recovery. Dr. Cicinelli fondly remembers being a student in the very first ecology class offered at UCLA.
Ivan De La Torre ’07 recently graduated from San Francisco State University (August 2012) with a Master’s Degree in Biology (Physiology and Behavior). He was on a Federal grant (NIH MA/PhD Bridge to the Future). He is now returning to the medical side, taking a revolutionary position with the UCLA Health System as a “Patient Champion.”
Bilquees Akhtar ’06 is Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Puma Biotechnology, Inc., in the Los Angeles area. She has received a Master’s in Public Health from CSU Northridge this spring. After graduating from UCLA, Bilquees started working for Cougar Biotechnology, Inc. She was working in the Regulatory Affairs department for a submission of late stage drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer. In July 2009, J&J acquired Cougar. She continues to manage and compile submissions of the New Drug Application for prostate cancer that was approved by the FDA in April 2010.