Department of Biology
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
firstname.lastname@example.org curriculum vitae
Class of 2024
Sam Kim (Summer 2023 – present)
Class of 2025
Jessica Cramer (Summer 2023 – present)
Class of 2009
Nicolette Belletier (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
Thesis title: The reproductive polyphenism in Acyrthosiphon pisum: anterior-posterior patterning of oviparous and viviparous oocytes.
Earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Liz Gavis at Princeton University, worked as a medical writer for Oxford PharmaGenesis, and is currently a Scientific Specialist at the pharmaceutical company Parexel. LinkedIn Profile
Class of 2010
Thesis title: Differential gene expression in viviparous versus oviparous development in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Worked as a technician in the laboratory of Jay Kolls, first at the Health Sciences Center at Louisiana State University and then at the University of Pittsburgh. Hillary then went on to earn an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Jeffrey Hildebrand, also at the University of Pittsburgh. LinkedIn Profile
Thesis title: Functional disruption within the terminal system of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Thesis title: Oogenetic expression of a putative terminal system gene in the polyphenic insect, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Earned her Associate of Applied Science degree through the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Reading Area Community College and is now working as a technician in the Chemistry Department at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA.
Thesis title: Differential expression of components of the Torso signaling pathway among asexual and sexual morphs of the pea aphid.
Class of 2011
Joanna Barkas (Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: The role of capicua and torso-like in the terminal and dorsal ventral patterning systems of the pea aphid.
Emma Hedman (Summer 2009 – Fall 2009; Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: Investigating the role of juvenile hormone in the reproductive polyphenism of the pea aphid.
Currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Amelie Raz (Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in the evolutionary loss of sexual plasticity in aphids.
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Peter Reddien’s lab at MIT.
Class of 2012
Lizbeth Frontino (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)
Thesis title: The evolution of the terminal patterning system in hemipteran insects.
Currently working as an ophthalmic technician with plans to attend optometry school in the fall of 2014.
Swampnima Shrestha (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)
Thesis title: Investigation of the terminal patterning system in hemipteran insects using RNA interference.
Currently pursuing a degree in Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Class of 2013
Thesis title: The Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Reproductive Polyphenism of Pea Aphids.
Thesis title: Knocking down developmental genes in the pea aphid: are short interfering RNAs the answer?
Class of 2014
Emily Lemieux (Summer 2013 – Spring 2014)
Thesis title: Characterization of the distribution of Capicua protein in the pea aphid.
Thesis title: RNA interference of developmental genes in pea aphids.
Class of 2015
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in the reproductive polyphenism of pea aphids.
Worked as an assistant in a veterinary clinic in Philadelphia for two years and is currently pursuing a VMD degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Class of 2016
Thesis title: RNA-seq analysis of sexual- and asexual-fated Acyrthosiphon pisum embryos.
Thesis title: Effects of Juvenile Hormone and Reproductive Polyphenism in Pea Aphids.
Worked for a year as a technician in George Shaw’s lab at Penn Med, earned a masters degree in Public Health at Drexel University, and is currently pursuing a VMD at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Thesis title: MAP kinase activity and function in oocyte differentiation in the pea aphid.
Worked for a year as a technician in Paula Oliver’s lab at Penn Med and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biosciences at the University of California, Irvine.
Class of 2017
Grisilda Bakiasi (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014; Fall of 2014 – Spring of 2015; Fall of 2015 – Spring of 2017)
Thesis title: Do Differences in Gene Expression Underlie the Evolution of the Photoperiod Response in Pea Aphids?
Thesis title: Evolution of pea aphid photoperiod response.
Thesis title: Juvenile hormone titer and reproductive fate specification in the pea aphid.
Currently working as a research assistant at Temple University Hospital with plans to begin medical school at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Fall 2022. LinkedIn Profile
Class of 2018
Thesis title: The arbiter of (reproductive) fate: juvenile hormone’s putative role in pea aphid cyclical parthenogenesis.
Worked for two years as a research assistant in Ralph Stottman’s lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health at the Yale School of Public Health. LinkedIn Profile
Thesis title: Maintenance and loss of a polyphenism.
Class of 2019
Maiko Sho (Summer of 2018 – Spring of 2019)
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in specifying reproductive fate in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Earned a MS in Physiology at the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program at Georgetown University, then worked as a technician in Joyce Slingerland’s laboratory at Georgetown, and is now pursuing a medical degree at Georgetown. LinkedIn Profile
Class of 2020
Thesis title: Investigating the Maternal Signal for Sexual/Asexual Fate Specification in the Pea Aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum
Thesis title: Expression of Juvenile Hormone Receptor as a Potential Mechanism for the Evolution of the Reproductive Polyphenism in the Pea Aphid
Julia Frederick (Summer 2017 – Spring 2020)
Thesis title: The Role of Juvenile Hormone Signaling in Specification of Asexual Fate in the Pea Aphid
Amanda Perna (Summer of 2019 – Spring 2020)
Thesis title: The Nature of the Maternal Signal in the Pea Aphid
Currently working as a technician at Johnson & Johnson.
Class of 2021
Thesis title: The reproductive polyphenism of the pea aphid: What role does juvenile hormone play?
Thesis title: In search of the maternal signal responsible for the reproductive polyphenism in the pea aphid.
Emily worked for two years as a Research Assistant for the Science and Society team at the Pew Research Center and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. LinkedIn Profile
Class of 2022
Claire Johnson (Spring 2022)
Thesis title: T. H. Morgan, Nettie M. Stevens, and the trouble with aphids.
Thesis title: What makes an aphid asexual? JH, insulin and the search for virginoparin.
Class of 2023
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in the pea aphid reproductive polyphenism.
Currently working in Gerd Blobel’s laboratory at Penn Med.