The Department of Biological Sciences Welcomes New Students-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Department of Biological Sciences Welcomes New Students

With classes for the 2008-2009 academic year beginning today, the Department of Biological Sciences would like to welcome all of its new students.

Six Ph.D. students, Jineta Banerjee, Santosh Chandrasekaran, Mark DeBlois, Cassandra Priddy, Jonathan Raso and Yang Yang are joining the department. Next week, these students will begin their first lab rotation. A series of three lab rotations give the students a chance to learn more about the department's faculty as well as research being conducted within the faculty labs. After completing their lab rotations and the core courses in cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, the new students will select a research advisor, marking the beginning of their doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon.

Additionally, fifteen masters students, one of the largest classes within the history of the department, begin their studies. Fourteen students, Arshi Arora, Jen-Hao Cheng, Katherine D’Aco, Swetha Garimalla, Ashwini Jagannath, Rupinder Khandpur, Senthilkumar Muthiah, Vamsee Pillalamarri, Shannon Quinn, Balamuruganand Selvaraj, Irtisha Singh, Rohini Sinha, Shreedharan Sriram and Arpit Tandon, are pursing an M.S. in Computational Biology. One student, Joe King, is working toward an M.S. in Biological Sciences.

Ninety-two sophomores also declared a primary major in biological sciences or the unified major of biology and psychology.