Best of Both Worlds

Heather Tran Smail ’14 grew up dreaming of a career in the health field, whether it be pharmaceuticals or in research. When she discovered LVC’s biochemistry and molecular biology major, she knew it was right for her.

Graduate Success

Biochemistry & molecular biology graduates pursue careers in medicine, life science research, pharmaceutical sciences, bioanalytical chemistry, and microbiology, among other interesting career choices.

Recent graduates are working as analysts, lab technicians, associate scientists, emergency medical technicians, analytical chemists, biology lab technicians, and quality control bacteriologists. Others are pursuing graduate degrees at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, University of Delaware, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, Penn State University, Thomas Jefferson University, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, University of Maryland, and National Institutes of Health, among others.

Amy Evans received her biochemistry and molecular biology degree from LVC

Forensic Scientist Brings Closure to Military Families

As a forensic scientist and DNA technician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Amy Evans ’16 provides a critical service to families—she helps identify military members who went missing during deployment.

Kyra Valent's experiences at LVC prepared her for a career in medicine

Medical Fellowship in Spain Helps Kyra Valent Confirm Career Path

Kyra Valent '17 shadowed doctors and observed surgery during a three-week fellowship with The Atlantis Project in Spain, confirming her desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Dr. Sophia Lunt, an LVC graduate, is now a professor at Michigan State University

Alumna Dr. Sophia Lunt Receives Grant for Transformative Cancer Research

Lebanon Valley College alumna Dr. Sophia Lunt received the AACR-Incyte NextGen Grant for Transformative Cancer Research in recognition of her work with pancreatic cancer.

Where Our Alumni Are:

2021 Alumni

Zachary Balodis: Pharm D Program; Thomas Jefferson University

Erica Coles-Dietrick: Master of Biomedical Sciences program; Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Evan Crawford: High school teacher; Lebanon High School (Fall'21)

Evan Danielewicz: Raw materials scientist; Eurofins

James Garraway: Analytical Technician; EMD Electronics, Tamaqua, PA

Jessica Heister: Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University; 4-year scholarship through the U.S. Navy through the Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP)

Christian Lantz: NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Ph.D. program

Elizabeth Lyter: Salus Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Elkins Park, Pa.

Emily Mackey: Assistant Scientist; PPD, Richmond, VA

Tatyana Opalko: Associate Scientist; Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

2020 Alumni

Kyle Patrick: Ph.D. Program, Penn State College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences
Brandon Roy: Ph.D. Program, Cornell University, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Julia Weber: Ph.D. Program, Penn State College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

2019 Alumni

Joshua S. Abbott: Quality Control Lab Technician, Polytek Development Corp,
Easton, Pa. 

Kevin J. Beaver: Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Adam R. Bennett: Pharm D. Program, Chemistry, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Md.

Alexa E. Bowman: Scientist I, Eurofins, Lancaster Laboratories,
Lancaster, Pa.

Kylie M. Dunham: Vet School (DVM Program), University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, Tenn.

Madison E. Martin: Ph.D. Program, Biomedical Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa.

Abigail (Abbey) Samuelsen: Lab Technician, Department of Anesthesiology, Penn State College of Medicine

Rachel E. Switzer: Analyst in the Food Chemistry Department, EMSL Analytical, Cinnaminson N.J.

Robert F. Tesoriero: Ph.D. Program, Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

2018 Alumni

Andrew Brown: M.S. ’20 Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware Staff Scientist, QPS Holdings, Newark, Del.

Emily Gilbert: Doctor of Pharmacology Program, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Nicole Lloyd: Associate Scientist, Eurofins, Lancaster Labs

Tyler Malachowski: Associate Scientist, Eurofins, Lancaster Labs

Ciara Marshall: M.D. Program, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa. 

Julia Rutherford: Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 

2017 Alumni

Megan Kimmel: DPM '21, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York City

John McHale Jr.: Biotechnician, Merck

McCauley Meyer: Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry, Penn State University, University Park

Austin Minnich: Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Debra Nye Gauker: Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy, PharmD 20, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie, Pa.

Jasmine Olvany: 
Fulbright Finalist, Budapest, Hungary, then Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. program, Cleveland, Ohio

Corey Sell: 
Medical School, Pennsylvania State University

Jonathan Snyder: 
Ph.D. Program, Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Viktoria Van Nederveen: 
Ph.D. Program, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. 

Kyra Valent: 
Doctor of Osteopathy Program, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. 

2016 Alumni

Kelsey Dissinger: Quality Assurance Specialist, Microbac Laboratories, Cortland, N.Y.

Amy Evans: M.S. ’18, Forensic Science; Forensic Scientists Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory at Dover Air Force Base

Austin Hornberger: Water Treatment Specialist, Chem-Aqua, Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Cody Lloyd: Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry, Penn State University

Tim Monko: Ph.D. Program in Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

William Sausser: Forensic Scientist, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Forensic Services

Victoria Seader: Associate Scientist, Eurofins Laboratories, Lancaster, Pa.

Sonam Sherpa: DO ’19, Resident in family medicine, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.

Andy Thurby: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Blacksburg, Va.

2015 Alumni

Nate Bell: Analyst, Eurofins, Lancaster Laboratories, Lancaster, PA

Amelia Capuano: Laboratory Analyst, Chemical Solutions Ltd, Harrisburg, Pa.

Benjamin Hoerner: lab technician, vivoPharm LLC, Hummelstown, Pa.

Bradley Krisanits: M.S.’17, Ph.D. Program, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina

Laura Misiewicz: Pharm.D. ’19, pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy

Alyssa Shultz: Scientist, Glaxo SmithKline, Marietta, PA

Andrew Stoltzfus: Ph.D. program, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Md.

Rebecca Wise: Ph.D. Program, University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

2014 Alumni

Shirley Guzman-Caballero: (Vaccine Drug Development) VDPD Scientist 2, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories PSS, West Point, Pa.

Nicol Hessong: RN ’16, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Pediatric ICU Nurse, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.

Aaron Rarick: Laboratory Technician, Silliker - Merieux NutriSciences, Allentown, PA

Kelsey Robinson: DO’18 PCOM, Resident OBGYN, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wa.

Heather Tran: Associate Scientist, Eurofins - Lancaster Laboratories, Lancaster, PA

2013 Alumni

Christina Belousov: DDS ’20 New York University College of Dentistry, Captain, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas

Jared Cicero DPM ’17: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Pa.

Katalyn Funk: Analytical Chemist at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate; Lititz, Pa.

Allison Gerber: M.S. Program in Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; Ph.D. '21, BCMB, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Nathan Hepler: Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State University Department of Biology, Cosgrove Lab, Ph.D. ’19, Plant Biology, Penn State University

Seth Polydore: Ph.D. ’18, Genetics, Penn State University, Postdoc, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Data Science Facility

Halley Washburn: Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Thomas Jefferson University

2012 Alumni

Colleen Delaney Lewis: Ph.D., Research Assistant, Rutgers University

Lindsey McMahon: MSN ’18 University of Maryland, Baltimore, ICU Nurse, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Susan Menges Hurley: M.S. ’16 The Pennsylvania State University, Quality Assurance Specialist-HACCP, Nestle Purina, Mechanicsburg, PA

Lindsey Wenger: PharmD ’16, Pharmacist, Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, Pa.

2011 Alumni

Dr. Stephanie Bratton: D.O. ’16, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, pediatrician, Shoptalk Community Health, Dorchester, Md.

Dr. Patricia Cunfer-Young: Ph.D. ’16, Associate Scientist, Emergent Biosolutions, Gaithersburg, Md.

Allyssa Staboleski: Manager, clinical operations-molecular diagnostics, Health Network Laboratories

Brian Stefaniak: AV Technician, Shumaker Plan Design Transform, Lancaster, PA


Gary Lam ’09: Ph.D., Cellular Molecular Development Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Johanna Scarino Lemons '06: Molecular biologist in the Diet and Gut Microbiome Group, USDA; Ph.D., Princeton University

Dr. Kenneth Potter ’09: M.D., anesthesia/critical care attending physician at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, Va.

Jeffrey Raber ’97: CEO/CVO The Werc Shop, President KinetiChem, Ph.D. ’02, Chemistry, University of Southern California