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Biology graduate, Erika Dreikorn, accepted into Human Genetics Masters program.

October 19, 2016 Tags: News

Ms. Erika Dreikorn graduated with Department Honors in May 2016 after only 3 years at SFU. She is putting her B.S. in Biology (Pre-professional Concentration) to good work as she begins a Master’s program in Human Genetics this Fall at the University of Pittsburgh. Erika’s main goal is “to contribute to the vastly expanding scientific knowledge of various diseases in an attempt to find the cause and/or develop treatment options for families who are forced to cope with such conditions.” The Human Genetics Master’s program is research intensive and provides the option to transfer into a Ph.D. after several years of study.

Erika’s undergraduate research experiences have prepared her well for both options.  While at Saint Francis, Erika worked with her Advisor, Dr. Gail Drus, on research projects involving the effects of exotic plant invasion for which she received undergraduate research grants. The initial research project involved the flammability of volatile organic compounds in Tamarix spp., a major invader of the American Southwest.  Unfortunately, the first project was unsuccessful due to climate control issues in the greenhouse (since rectified). Instead of feeding into frustration from the first failed project, Erika switched gears to study the effects of invasive narrowleaf cattail (Typha angustifolia) in pond systems for which she received a special poster presentation award at Saint Francis University’s Fall 2015 Research Day.  Erika is an achiever who confronts challenges head on, and her perseverance will serve her well in graduate study. SFU Biology looks forward to what her future will bring.


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