The Illustrious Alumni of Our Department

Caleb Marceau

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2007 (SKC)
BS 2009 (UM)
PhD 2017

SKC Research Topic:
Sulfolubus extremophiles

Current Position:
(Scientist II) NGM Biopharmaceuticals in San Francisco

Josh Marceau

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2007 (SKC)
BS 2009 (UM)
PhD 2017

SKC Research Topic:
Sulfolubus extremophiles

Current Position:
Post-doc Fred Hutchinson

Katie McDonald

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2007 (SKC)
BS 2010 (UM)
MS 2013

SKC Research Topic:
Mercury in osprey & lake trout

Current Position:
Tribal Policy Advisor

Noel Higgins

Degree(s) Received:
AS General Science 2010 (SKC)
BS Education 2016 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
E. Coli source tracking

Current Position:
HS Teacher, Browning, MT.

Jamie Cahoon

Degree(s) Received:
ASN 2010 (SKC)
BS 2013 (SKC)
BSN 2014 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) E. coli source tracking. 2) Salix-based OChem education modules

Current Position:
Head, Diabetes Program, Conf. Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Amy Stiffarm

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2012 (SKC)
MPH 2017

SKC Research Topic:
1) Phage hunting/sequencing.  2) Flowering Rush genetics

Current Position:
Research Assistant, James Bell Associates, Missoula, MT.

Robert Bruton

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2012 (SKC)
BS 2014 (UW)

SKC Research Topic:
Mercury in seals

Current Position:
USDA research chemist

Wastewin Smiley

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2013 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Ledum antioxidants. 2) Mercury in lake trout/seals.

Current Position:

Rachel Brown

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2014 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Immune response to proteins isolated from extremophiles from the Berkeley Pit, Butte, MT

Current Position:
Joined military
Now deceased

Loretta Grey Cloud

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2015 (SKC)
MPH 2018

SKC Research Topic:
Phage infection genetics

Current Position:
Completed Post-bac – NIDCR

Trey Saddler

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2015 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Hair mercury levels in indigenous populations. 2) Mercury in Lake trout/seals

Current Position:
Data Scientist – NIEHS

Marthe Van Sickle

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2015 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Immune response to proteins isolated from extremophiles from the Berkeley Pit, Butte, MT

Current Position:
Completed post-bac - NIAID RML  Entered law school in 2017 (UM)

AJ Somers

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2016 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Repressor gene sequences in bacteriophages. 2) GC-MS analysis of PCBs in fish/seals

Current Position:
Associate Researcher, Bristol Myers Squibb

Meg Sherry

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2017 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Protein expression from Pichia pastoris

Current Position:
Job in law enforcement, Polson, MT.

Mariah Friedlander

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2017 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Isolation of proteins from extremophiles from the Berkeley Pit in Butte, MT. 2) DNA isolation for immune response tracking

Current Position:
Hydro-electric position through SKC tribal energy

Felicia Blandov

Degree(s) Received:
AS 2018 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Detection of Hg methylators and demethylators in Flathead Lake

Current Position:
Transfer to University of Alaska in 2019-2020 (home community/dental program)

Japhanna Burns

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2019 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Immune reactions of human lung cells from Hantavirus-like particles. 2) Detection of Hg methylators and demethylators in Flathead Lake

Current Position:
Montana State University, Dept. of Microbiology. Ph.D. program, Jan. 2020.

Audrey Romine

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2019 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Hantavirus protein studies for innate immune reaction

Current Position:
Applying to Physical Therapy programs

Cheyne Littlesun

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2020 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Comparison of soil microbiomes from natural & managed ecosystems on the Flathead Indian Reservation

Current Position:
Graduate School, Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) at University of Washington

Mary "India" Ortgies

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2020 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Inflammatory & growth response of human microglia after environmental chemical exposure

Current Position:
Graduate School, Industrial Hygiene at Montana Tech

Marshand Vasquez

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2021 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
1) Structure-function of mitochondrial TOM proteins.  2) Culturally responsive biomedical education.

Current Position:
Applying to medical school

Marietta Stringer

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2021 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish species in Flathead Lake

Current Position:
Phlebotomist; Applying to graduate school

Danny Obrecht

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2021 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:
Digital production of biomedical information during the COVID-19 pandemic

Current Position:
Pharmacy School, University of Montana

Rachel Matt

Degree(s) Received:
BS 2021 (SKC)

SKC Research Topic:

Assessment of diabetic outcomes using the differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocyte cell model system

Current Position:
Pharmacy School, University of Montana