Biology student spends summer researching on Belle Isle
The Wayne State University rising sophomore specializes in muck these days. Walker is a research assistant in WSU School of Medicine professor Dr. Jeffery Ram’s aquatic research lab, located in Belle Isle’s historic aquarium. It’s here that he'll spend much of his summer, wading through the lakes and lagoons of Detroit’s island park, searching for new samples of water mites to poke and prod.
Q&A with Dr. Milad Eshaq — English alumnus and dermatologist
Dr. Milad Eshaq, CLAS ’09, did not follow a traditional academic path to his medical degree. Eshaq chose to study English during his undergraduate studies — a decision he has never regretted. After attending the Medical College of Wisconsin and completing a residency in dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Eshaq is now serving as a faculty member for the Department of Dermatology at U-M.
English student connects cultures with bilingual book
Christiana Castillo is a Wayne State senior, double majoring in English and peace and conflict studies. "Peace and justice have always been incredibly important topics to me, and WSU is the only university in Michigan that offers a peace and conflict studies undergraduate program," says Castillo. "I’ve always been passionate about writing, communicating and telling stories, so an English major seemed to be a great fit for me as well."
Global studies student hopes to help Detroit with technology
Connor Tukel wants to make the world a better place — and he's starting with Detroit.
Public health student raises human trafficking awareness through research
Oksana Doubrovski is a public health major with a minor in biology at Wayne State University. The pre-med student has taken a unique path — including switching her major three times — and is now doing extensive research on human trafficking in the Detroit area.
Political science student lends voice to underserved on campus and beyond
Sophomore Dalia Ibrahim is working to make an impact at Wayne State before she goes on to change the world. Ibrahim, a political science major, has dedicated much of her time as an undergrad to helping marginalized populations both on and off campus.
Love for astronomy takes alumnus across the country
Soon after graduation, Tupper moved to Washington, D.C., where he climbed the ranks of NASA leadership. Today, he serves as director of the Resource Management Division, responsible for the formulation, justification and execution of NASA’s approximately $5.6 billion science budget.
WSU senior Bana Kabalan represents art and science in her everyday life
Even beyond the classroom, Kabalan puts her passions to work. She works at Recycle Here! in Detroit, where she helps educate community members about recycling and spends much of her time using recycled materials in her artwork. She recently collaborated with other Detroit artists to create a float for The Marche du Nain Rouge with the help of Recycle Here! Her art was also featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, with an interactive ofrenda for its Dia De Los Muertos exhibit.
Alumnus Dr. Dennis Barrie's love for museums started at a young age when his parents dragged him kicking and screaming to every museum they could find.
Five questions with biochemistry major Riane Dixon
While in the lab, I created a new strain of Vibrio cholerae by altering its DNA. Now that I'm in more advanced chemistry labs, I realize how that early research gave me a tremendous head start.
Psych student presents research in Detroit and beyond
While many Wayne State students have the opportunity to share research, Jasmine Hect was able to share hers across the world. Hect, a pre-med psychology major, recently traveled to Vienna, Austria, to present her research on maternal prenatal stress programming and fetal neuroconnectivity conducted at Wayne State.
Tevin Monroe, warrior at heart
Wayne State students, professors, faculty and even the community recognize the friendly face of Tevin Monroe. With a passion to see everyone as more than just another face, Monroe advocates his beliefs to love everybody for who they are, not who they appear to be.
SARAH SILVER - SPEAKING UP FOR DETROIT
As Sarah Silver was wrapping up her bachelor’s in East Lansing, she had her eye on heading out of state for her communication sciences and disorders graduate degree. She was accepted by two of her top choices but opted to stay in Michigan after realizing her best choice was just a short drive from home.
WSU senior Bana Kabalan represents art and science in her everyday life
Bana Kabalan has been a part of ecological research and art exhibitions throughout Michigan for several years. The Wayne State University biology student discovered her passion for science and art while in high school at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills.
Biological sciences alum left a lasting impact on campus
Dr. Heather Gietzen, CLAS ’98, earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Wayne State before going on to earn her doctorate of dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in orthodontics at U-M. She now has a successful orthodontic practice in Lowell, Michigan, where she is also very involved in her community. Gietzen, whose maiden name is Zablocki, admits that she was reluctant to apply to Wayne State at first.
Detroit water department adopts app developed by alum
In the summer of 2014, Abess Makki (Nutrition and Food Science ’15) walked into the DTX Launch Detroit student tech accelerator at TechTown Detroit with an idea to develop a shower head that monitors water usage, hoping to help consumers conserve water and save money. But by the time the 10-week program ended, he decided to make a more monumental difference.
Athraa Hannawa - Researching cancer from a different perspective
After her 11-year-old brother was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer, Athraa Hannawa, 22, decided to use her passion for sociology to understand why certain populations are more likely to get cancer.
Q&A with Mukund Mohan
Mukund Mohan, an economics major with a passion for public health issues, is on a mission to "change the world.” A pre-med student and public health minor, Mukund is currently researching how to improve heart disease outcomes at Wayne State’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). We sat down with him to discuss his undergraduate research and WSU experience.
William Ahee, the road to Harvard Law
Alumnus William Ahee has made a habit of taking on challenges. From Detroit’s food economy to global climate change and now Harvard Law School, Ahee is using his Wayne State education to address important issues facing Detroit and the world.
LAURA GUNTHER, ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
Many students spend their college years hoping to find themselves and discover their true calling. Laura Gunther uncovered her passion far earlier than that.
Abbass Berjaoui helping Detroit overcome health disparities
Abbass Berjaoui, a second-year student pursuing a bachelor’s in biology, is no stranger to the consequences of health disparities. It’s the reason he was compelled to create MedEq: Medical Equity at Wayne State. MedEq is a nonprofit student organization that aims to reduce health disparities and promote equity in the health care system.