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"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Ferra of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major

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Well Prepared

A degree in Biology also prepares you for any kind of career by building your abilities in:

  • analysis of complex systems,
  • project management,
  • investigative procedures,
  • quantitative skills in math and statistics,
  • communications skills in written, verbal and graphical form,
  • computer skills,
  • skills you can take to the bank!

Our alumni are leaders in all areas of biological sciences in Michigan and beyond. Here are just a few places that LSSU Biology Alumni are now working:

  • Michigan Dept of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Parks Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Private Environmental Consulting Companies
  • Local Conservation Districts
  • Conservancies
  • Zoos
  • As private Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Optometrists
  • In small and large clinics (e.g., Mayo Clinic)
  • As Veterinarians
  • In private research labs
  • In university and other government labs
  • In private companies of all kinds and sizes Across the U.S. and Canada and abroad
Continuing into the Health Profession

The following is a list of students who have been accepted into graduate universities. They plan on continuing their education in the health profession.

  • Jonathan Behring, Hillman, MI - Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
  • Kyle Blau, Rapid River, MI - Detroit Mercy, School of Dentisty
  • Peter Bonneau, Canton, MI - Wayne State University, School of Medicine
  • Rachel Hall, Southgate, MI - University of Toledo, College of Health Science & Human Service (Physician Assistant Program)
  • Jessica Hartwig, Iron Mountain, MI - Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry
  • Christina Lazzari, Watton, MI - Ohio State Univeristy, College of Dentistry
  

LSSU has a great reputation for placing Biology students in graduate and professional schools, such as:

  • Kansas State University
Prepared Graduates

"I appreciate everything you have done for me! My education and experiences at LSSU have lead me to a really good career. At work I apply my knowledge of animal biological systems, laboratory experiences, and interaction skills. I eventually would like to do teaching part time at a community college here in Madision. There is a course at a community college here that Covance is involved in that teaches animal husbandry and care for laboratory animals, which is a top priority at my company."

--Kelly Marsack
Safety Pharmacologist, Covance Laboratories Inc.
LSSU Biology Alum
Masters in Conservation Biology

 

"Personal relationships with the professors - and not just one professor, all professors. Also, the atmosphere at LSSU is very friendly and offers rewarding opportunities to be involved in campus life.”

--Nicole Hawdon ‘04


Investigat- ing the Use of QPCR: An Early Detection Method for Toxic Cyano- bacterial Bloom

Garrett Aderman

Harmful algal blooms (HABs), including cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), are a global phenomenon. In the US, annual economic loss due to HABs was recently estimated at $82 million. Furthermore, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the frequency and duration of CHABs in freshwater systems will increase as a result of climate change and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment. Due to the ability of some strains of CHAB genera to produce toxic compounds, larger and more sustained CHAB events will become an even greater threat to drinking water. Of all the known cyantoxoins, one of the most ubiquitous is microcystin (MCY). Humans are primarily exposed to cyantoxins through drinking water consumption and accidental ingestion of recreational water. The increasing risk presented by these toxins requires health officials and utilities to improve their ability to track the occurrence and relative toxicity. Current tracking methods do not distinguish between toxic and non-toxic strains. Biochemical techniques for analyzing the toxins are showing considerable potential as they are relatively simple to run and low cost. My goal was to develop a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method to measure the amount of mcyE gene in a Lake Erie drinking water and compare the levels of the mcyE to toxin produced. This is the first step to determining if the presence of mcyE of the mycrocystin synthestase gene cluster in Microcystits, Planktothrix and Anabaena cells can be used as the quantitative measurement in an early detection warning system for recreational and drinking waters.

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