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 2015 GRADUATES

Sandihya with Will Rogers

My name is Sandhiya Arun and I recently graduated with a Masters degree in Biotechnology from the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics at Texas Tech University. When hunting for grad schools, the aspect that attracted me to the biotechnology program at Tech was the flexibility of the program; where we could tailor it to suit our career needs. In our first year, we were taught and trained in various aspects of biotechnology. The Methods in Biotechnology course, was an eye-opener that gave us insights into both the theoretical as well as practical applications in biotechnology. I was able to equip myself with several lab skills along the way. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects varying from mass spectrometry to gene expression analysis. The biggest advantage of the program is that it gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in research. In my second year, I was introduced to the exciting field of next generation sequencing and was one of the lucky few who had the chance to use the HiSeq 2500 sequencing instrument for my project work. As a research assistant, I helped professors in research work, assisted students in lab work, gave presentations and attended conferences all of which helped me immensely in gaining both knowledge and experience. The two years spent here at the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics has made me a better scientist and in all, a better person equipped with the necessary skills to step into the ever competitive biotech industry with great confidence. Lastly, to say we have one of the best faculty and staff here at Tech would be an understatement. Ever ready to help and always approachable, I thank the entire faculty and staff for their friendliness which made the environment even more welcome. My two years here have embedded in me the discipline involved in being a research scientist, and has inspired me to look beyond the boundaries of textbook knowledge and push myself to achieve greatness. For that, I shall ever be grateful. If you have any questions about the program you can contact me at sandhiya.arun86@gmail.com

Master's of Science in Biotechnology
Sandhiya Arun
Thesis "Transcriptomics of Drought Stress Acclimation Response In Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea L.)"

William B. Graue
Internship "Transcriptomics in Cotton"

Clinton Harmon
Internship "A Proteomic Approach to Studying the Effects of an Anti-Cancer Compound on Breast Tumor Cells"

Nhathanh Phan
Internship "Synthesis of 4', 5, 7-trihydroxyflavone (Apigenin) and Optimization for Large-Scale Production"

Jacaranda Solis
Internship "Project 1: Towards the Solution of the 3-Dimension Crystal Structure of the Plant-Tupe Adenylyl Sulfate Reductase"; "Project 2: Investigation of Four Amino Acids in Synchocystis sp. PCC 6803 Ferredoxin-dependent Glutamate Synthase and Their Possible Role in Binding Ferredoxin"

Twaritha Vijay
Internship "Construction and Expression of Different Lengths of a Pentamer of [GAGVP]5 Elastin Like Polypeptides"

 2014 Graduates (TOP)                                                                                                                                                     

 Nithya Mudaliar

 Nithya Mudaliar

I am a graduate student from the class of 2014. The BTEC Master's Program helped me deepen my understanding of Biological Sciences and helped me get more hands-on experience with research. It was more of a start to end process where I also had input for my research work unlike undergrad! The course work offered throughout the program helped me build on my foundation and broaden my understanding and its application purposes during my research. Along with doing my research, I worked as a teaching assistant for the Methods in Biotechnology course for a year. This helped me gain additional skill sets like training graduate students, planning lab experiments, working effectively in a team and scientific communication. Last but not least, the faculty members and staff at the center were so kind and helpful throughout my Master's journey. I was a bit hesitant to ask them about doubts that I had at the beginning, but I would encourage any new student to just go up to them and ask because they are the best guide you've got. Doing research, managing classes and paperwork can be very taxing, but your patience and your faculty's guidance will take you a long way. Today I am working as a Technician III with the Department of Surgery, TTUHSC, Lubbock. If you have any questions, you can contact me at nithya.s.mudaliar@ttu.edu

Master's of Science in Biotechnology
Sukanyalakshmi Chebrolu- Research Aide, Physiology, TTUHSC, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

John Escobedo- Medical student in the TTUHSC School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas (09/2015)

Ruchi Hooda

Edward Kuenzi

Nithya Mudaliar

Vignesh Namburi-Murugesan

Sucheshanadevi Patil

Jacob Thompson

Nanditha Vaidyanathan- Research Assistant, TTU Chemistry and Biochemistry, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

Justin Williams

2013 Graduates     (top)                                                                                                                                                                

Kate Belus

Our graduating students go on to serve the private sector in prominent positions.

I am a graduate from the 2013 class from the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics at Texas Tech University.  I would like to share a bit about how my experience and classes prepped me for work and life outside of graduate school.
First being a nontraditional graduate student I knew that I needed to try to stay ahead of the curve, I did so by always doing my assignments when they were given.  As an undergrad I was always procrastinating, this time around I decided to try a new approach and I felt some of the stress and pressure lift off my shoulders right away.  I carried this into my job search and started right away (the middle of the third semester) and a month before graduation had a job lined up to start a week after graduation!
The second thing that I learned, took advantage of and took with me in my carrier was that most people want to help.  I was always reluctant to ask for assistance, but I knew that in order to succeed in this program and after that I would need assistance.  I took advantage of office hours, the library and study groups.  Now I am not a shy person, but I am very independent.  I do not like to ask for help and nor do I like to bother people.  But asking for assistance with a definition or how to set up an equation is not bothering anyone.  Currently I am in sales and have never worked in a job like this before, I consistently need to ask for help as I learn the ropes in my new position.
The third thing that I can say that I learned from this program is that life is short and you must enjoy it even if you are working hard towards a goal.  Remember to take time to enjoy these next two years.  You will encounter some stressful times with papers, finals and your thesis, but remember to take time for yourself and friends.  Having a good work/school/personal life balance will make a happier, healthier you!  Your stress will decrease and memories will be made.  Now that I am working, I do clock roughly 65-80+ hours of work in an average 7 day period, but I do make time for family and friends.  Life is too short to spend it all on work, reports and papers!

Master's of Science in Biotechnology
Katherine Belus- VWR International Sales Representative (08/2014)

Evan Cain- Quality Manager, Osteogenics Biomedical, Inc., Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

Afia Dasgupta

Abhishek Dass

Rohan S. Ingrole- TTU Department of Chemical Engineering, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

Balakrihna Koneru

Komal Ramesh Kunder

Ramesh Kumar

Archana Muthusubramanian

Rohan Nandkumar- Laboratory Assistant II at SIEMENS Healthcare Diagnostics/Adjunct Faculty at Quincy College (08/2014)

Divya Sarathy

Anukriti Singh- Technician III, Cell Biology Biochemistry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

Amanda Sooter

2012 graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Hbe Rajakaruna

Description: C:\Users\Erandi\Pictures\my\34394_1628241952394_1426935688_31717970_1331328_n.jpg I’m really happy about selecting Biotechnology & Genomics as my Master’s Program. I did my undergraduate in Sri Lanka in Chemistry and I came to the U.S .A and then joined this program in fall 2010. I was able to gain lots of knowledge on various new techniques and got experience on new instruments. Working as a Teaching Assistance for BTECH 5338 class gave me the opportunity to learn arranging labs and how it should be organized with various lab techniques.

All the faculty, staff and graduate students in this department gave me great support to successfully finish my Master’s program. After spending a valuable two years in this department I gained so much experience which helped me to start my career at Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute here in Lubbock, Texas.
I'd really like to thank all the members in this department for helping me to find a way to my future.

 

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Srirupa Cheerla- Research Assistant, TTUHSC, COM Cancer Center, Lubbock, Texas

Shankervivek Jakkula

Bala Meenakshi Purna

Shital Babulal Patel

Jonathan E Pauwels

Hewa E Rajakaruna

Prajna Kudlu Shanbhogue- Medical Research Associate Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

Dhanashree Prakash Vedpathak- Scientific Associate II, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (08/2014)

Spandana Vemulapally- Doctoral Student and Research Assistant at TTUHSC, Lubbock, Texas (08/2014)

 

2011 Graduates      (top)

Monish Makena

Monish Makena

I believe a person can only be successful if opportunity meets with hard work. The Biotechnology master's program at Texas Tech University has given me the right opportunity to pursue my career goals. This is a unique program, where one year of essential course work is offered and in the second year (the internship year) we can choose to work in an academic lab or industry setting. During the first year, we were trained by distinguished faculty both in theory and lab. Importantly, they laid a platform to think scientifically, independently and propelled our scientific curiosity. Though I wanted to pursue research, without prior experience, I wasn't sure how I would adapt to the research environment. The program provided me with an opportunity to work under Dr. Patrick Reynolds at the TTUHSC Cancer Center in the second year, where I developed a strong liking for cancer research and continued to pursue my doctoral degree there. The work I did in the internship is published in Clinical Cancer Research, which is among the top ten journals in Cancer research. My most liked aspect of the program is the faculty; they are extremely friendly, with valuable research experience and always ready to help students. Further, students in this program will have access to first rate cutting edge instruments and the latest software. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who is aspiring to a career in biotechnology or related fields. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact me at monish.makena@ttuhsc.edu

 

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Sesha Raghavan Krishnamachari- Research Associate, Center of Excellence in Neuroscience at TTUHSC, El Paso, Texas (08/2014)

Srinivsan Krishnan, pursuing a Ph.D. with Dr. Altenberg at TTU

Subashri Kumar

Monish Ram Patrudu Makena, pursuing a PH.D. with Dr. Reynolds at TTU

Shirisha Meda- QC specialist II at Bayer CropScience (08/2014)

Vivek K. Madem

Shamitha Rao Morey- Scientific Officer, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, India (08/2014)

Kamakshi Suresh Nayak- Process Development Specialist at Shire HGT Boston, MA (08/2014)

Sujata Nerle- Sr. Research Associate at Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA (08/2014)

Hersharan Nischal- Senior Research Assistant Non-Clinical, IMM Human Genetics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Hardik Patel

Nandini Pichamoorthy- Research Technician, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC, NY (08/2014)

Garima Pratihar- Quality Control Specialist II at Bayer Crop Science (08/2014)

Robin Rajan- Research Associate, Cancer Immunology, TTUHSC, Abilene, Texas (08/2014)

Yue Su

2010 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Siva Prasad Ankeshwarapu

Supriya Bikkina

Neha Shashank Dole

Ruchi Anil Joshi

Trupti Shrikant Kale

Chandana Kolluru

Mahima Das Kruthiventi

Paresh Chandrakant Kurkure

Harshad Mahadeshwar- Institutional Associate Scientist III, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas (08/2014)

Nishanth Makthal

Prachi Pradip Nakashe

Mithun Reddy Pasham- Research Assistant III, Lab Manager, Boston Children's Hospital (08/2014)

Bhavya Pataliya- Technical Solution Architect at Genome International Corporation (08/2014)

Trinadh Kumar Potina- Senior Business Analyst in the A&I team of Technology & Services, Bengaluru, India (08/2014)

Paurvi Ravindra Shinde

2009 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Mruvil Vikas Abooj

Vikas Belamkar-Ph.D. Genetics (Agronomy), Ohio State (08/2014)

Vidya Dhanapal- Research Assistant at Intelligent Bio-Systems (08/2014)

Priyanka Gupta- Research Scientist III, Boehriniger Ingelheim (08/2014)

Viritha Kaza- Accenture Service Pvt. Ltd., Ann Arbor, Michigan (08/2014)

Subramanya K Srikar Lingaraju- Research Teaching Specialist at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (08/2014)

Sanjeevadutt Surya Ven Nemani

2008 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Sarada Deepthi Madireddy

Adam Royce Rampy

2007 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Joseph Ware Bass

Brent Caldwell

Cody Daniel Hamrick

2006 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science /Doctor of Jurisprudence

Ann Elise McMinn

Colton John Wilson

Erin Rebecca Winfrey

2005 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Angela Marie Burrell

Kanisha Pradip Shah

2004 Graduates     (top)

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Vinaya Kumar Mandava

2003 Graduates     (top)                                                                                                                                                                   

Master's of Science in Biotechnology

Raviprakash Govindrao Dani

Sarah Louise Learmonth

Lawrence Anthony Shaw

 

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