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Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni

From pharmaceuticals to forensics, from medicine to materials science, our programs will prepare you for success—whatever your field. We’ll get you ready to achieve in health-related fields like medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, in industrial or government research laboratories, or as a secondary-school science teacher. The major in chemistry is also an excellent foundation for careers in environmental studies, law, business, education, technical writing and editing, and scientific information retrieval.

For our graduates, a major in chemistry or biochemistry becomes a launching pad to professional achievement.

Industry    

  • Therese Dorigan ’88 earned her law degree and currently practices environmental law in Oak Brook.
  • David Anderson ’04 is working as a research chemist at Integrated DNA Technologies (Coralville, Iowa) and has a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from Iowa State University.
  • Kristi (Lee) Lanzo ’10 and Dess Cook ’15 work as chemists at Polymer Ventures in Burr Ridge.
  • Drew DeJarnette ’11 is solving crimes at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with an M.S. in forensic science from Michigan State University.
  • Alexis Burnelli ’14 works as a research chemist at INX International in West Chicago.
  • Corianne Randstrom ’15 works as an analytical chemist at AbbVie pharmaceuticals in North Chicago.

High School/Secondary Education

  • Sarah Palandri ’02 teaches at Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst.
  • Jessica DeVito ’04 teaches at Barrington High School.
  • Samuel Bartlett ’14 teaches at Rantoul Public High School.

Health Professions

  • Cynthia Bugajski ’01 is currently a pediatric physician with the DuPage Medical Group. She has an MD from UIC.
  • Ashley Spindler ’08 completed the physician assistant program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and is working in the Chicago area as an emergency room physician assistant.
  • Ryan Applegate ’08 is working as a physician assistant after completing his degree at the University of Iowa.
  • Michael Gannon ’11 completed a doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015.
  • Amanda Andersen ’11 completed her M.D. at Southern Illinois University in 2015 and is starting her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix.

Some of our most recent graduates are working toward post-graduate degrees in exciting and prestigious programs:

  • Katherine Lupo ’12 and Michelle Fleetwood ’13 are pursuing Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Kaitlin Hoepfner ’13 is pursuing a PharmD at Midwestern College of Pharmacy.
  • Rachel Trumpy ’14 is pursuing her M.D. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
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