Success Tags: Biology

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‘A professor, a father, a friend,’ Bohmfalk set to retire

Dr. John Bohmfalk has a special knack for adding heart to the rather analytical world of biochemistry. His joyful, compassionate temperament, enthusiastic teaching style and occasional eccentricities have helped decades of Hastings College students navigate the complexities of life-focused sciences — and life itself. “Dr. Bohmfalk was a professor, a father and a friend to …

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Video: Hemje ’10, first generation college student, finds success as family physician

Dr. Mackenzie Hemje, a 2010 Hastings College graduate, is a family physician in Hastings, Nebraska. He chose Hastings College because he could play a sport, be involved in other activities and excel in a rigorous major. Hemje said biology faculty and campus connections helped him secure the necessary experiences he’d need for acceptance into medical …

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Molly Mitchell

Mitchell ’17 studying abroad to get PhD in food safety microbiology

Molly Mitchell, a 2017 Hastings College biology graduate, used her Hastings College connections to study abroad in Ireland. But her path to an international graduate program was not straightforward. Mitchell was studying biology and had planned to go to medical school, but was feeling lost. An internship the summer before her senior year pushed her …

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Pregnancy inspires ’98 grad to pioneer new treatment for transplant patients

After watching patient after patient die following a bone marrow transplant, Dr. Shernan Holtan ’98, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology, oncology and transplantation at the University of Minnesota, set out to find a better way to help her patients accept transplanted marrow — and the donor immune system that comes with …

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Jerabek develops cancer technology, professional skills with Biocept internship

As a junior in college, biology major Grant Jerabek is already taking steps to improve modern cancer technologies. Jerabek’s internship this summer with San Diego, California-based Biocept Inc. takes him into the lab, immersing him in experiments that can be used to develop enhancements for the company’s medical technology. Biocept, a molecular oncology diagnostics company, …

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Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium fuels Ocander’s marine biology aspirations

An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf of Mexico. Since that day, she’s aspired to make a positive impact on aquatic ecosystems, despite her …

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