Biochemistry Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89
Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89: I found surgery was not my life's work, but this thing called research I ended up loving.
Hannah Arbach ’15: my experience in the biochemistry department has given me the confidence to independently find information and solve problems.
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Cristina Ghenoiu ’04: analyzing the latest breakthroughs in the scientific and medical world is part of my every day job, and exhilarating!
Emily Harcourt ’09: because of my student research experience working the chemistry lab, I work comfortably with different techniques across disciplines.
Insun Yoon '09
Insun Yoon '09, My research experience inspired me to become a compassionate and competent dentist.
Dawn Zhang ’09: I built the skills in my scientific training to help my team synthesize information and advise senior management on strategic priorities.
Tenaya Vallery '10
Tenaya Vallery '10: my undergraduate research experiences at MHC were pivotal to my acceptance to Yale.
Janet Buhlmann '89 PhD.
Janet Buhlmann '89: at Pfizer, I work with academic partners helping to translate their discoveries at the bench into novel therapeutics.
Catherine "Katie" Dietrich ’12, Medical Student at University of Florida
Catherine Dietrich ’12: my work has benefited greatly from the skills I gained in higher level biochemistry classes and my undergraduate lab experience.
Deana Jaber ’05: my teaching positions at MHC helped me discover my passion for teaching and got me thinking about how to become an effective educator.
Hayat R Ahmed ’13: After graduation, I sought to understand the elusive nature of HIV and engage in current strategies to search for a cure.
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14: As a MHC student, I gained the academic foundations of my field and the confidence to make valuable professional connections.
"Emma O'Leary '16 "
Emma O’Leary ’16: Biochemistry fulfills my need to be intrigued, confronted with complex questions, and participate in independent research.
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Abena Opoku ’10: The biochemistry program prepared me to be resilient and press through the challenges I face in the corporate world.
Katherine Kraschel ’06 JD, Associate Counsel
Katherine Kraschel ’06: each day at Harvard Law School, I apply the critical and analytic thinking skills my professors at MHC pushed me to sharpen.
A Zin Oo '06, Senior Index Manager
A Zin Oo '06: a rigorous curriculum, deeply engaged faculty and an extremely diverse student body pushed me beyond the many learning opportunities here.
Shelly T Hsiao '10: I love practicing medicine and feel confident in my skills because of the solid science education and chemistry research experiences.
Angela DiCiccio ’08: my work is a serendipitous mix of my experiences as a biochemistry major and my research with Professor Chen in materials science.
Barsha Dash '14: Pursuing internships outside MHC to amass technical skills and build connections which proved pivotal for acceptance to graduate school.
Rudo Makonza Goto '13
Rudo Makonza Goto ’13: The interdisciplinary nature of Biochemistry enhanced my critical thinking.
Lindsay Sceats
Lindsay Sceats '11: Preparing for my my senior thesis gave me practice in looking at data with a critical eye and forming my own scientific opinions.
Natercia Rodrigues
Natercia Rodrigues '06: it has been a priority to learn within the context of a supportive community that values mentorship.