BIOC Graduate Representative Committee

Committee Roles:

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Karen Noguera

Hello, I'm Karen and I’m from Miami, Florida! I went to college at Boston University and worked in the greater Boston area for a couple of years in a genetics lab. I'm currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Schlebach Lab, where my Ph.D. research project focuses on how membrane proteins are cotranslationally integrated into membranes by the translocon and secondary chaperones; by using next-generation genetic approaches coupled with computational and structural biology I’m trying to gain further insights into the mechanisms of cellular proteostasis. I'm really interested in synthetic biology as well and plan to do more of that in my research! In my off time I really enjoy event planning, reading, and video games. If you ever have any questions about the program, department, etc. please don't hesitate to email me (

Graduate Student with Schlebach Lab

Vice President

Patrick Carmody

Hello, I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Schlebach lab. I am originally from Massachusetts and received a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. I currently study membrane protein biophysics during cotranslational folding with a specific focus on the translational recoding phenomenon known as programmed ribosomal frameshifting. In my spare time I enjoy climbing at the Red River Gorge and white-water kayaking.

Graduate Student with Schlebach Lab
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Robert Simmons III

Hello! I’m Robert, the current Biochemistry GRC Treasurer as well as a fourth year student in the Bochman Lab.  I am the happy owner of a cute bunny (named Cashew)…..which is quickly making me into an expert on stain removal. 


Graduate Student with Bochman Lab
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Morgan Nyman

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan Nyman and I am a third year student in the Dann lab. My current research includes multiple projects involving the study of folate metabolism and the design of more efficient cancer therapeutics. I graduated from Gannon University with degrees in Biology and Biochemistry. My previous research experience in undergrad included understanding ANI1 expression in the fern Ceratopteris richardii, the aggregation of Beta amyloid under various acetylation conditions, and designing an organic synthesis procedure for lanthonine sulfoxide to be used for experiments determining its potential antibiotic properties against Mycobacterium. I am a big proponent for using all areas of science to understand the big picture of the challenges we face in lab and in the world of medicine. Besides science, I love to be outdoors and explore the local coffee shops around Bloomington. So, if you ever need a coffee break or would like to discuss science (or conspiracy theories) I’d be happy to join!

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Graduate Student with Dann Lab