Alumni & Careers

Having completed rigorous and well-rounded studies, gained unique real-world experiences, and grown to be outstanding public health professionals, our students go on to do amazing things. Completing their degrees at the University at Albany School of Public Health Department of Biomedical Sciences opens endless opportunities, and our students take full advantage.

Having excelled in their studies and utilized the many resources available at the University at Albany School of Public Health and Capital Region with our partnerships at the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany Cancer Research Center, our Alumni move on to great things in order to improve the human experience. The Alumni of the Biomedical Sciences Department work hard every day to further progress our knowledge and capabilities in Public Health.

Below you will find alumni profiles highlighting some of the work our students have gone on to do after graduation, as well as some advice for finding the right job for you!

Alumni Profiles

Sascha McKeon, PhD

While in the lab, I worked on three species complexes of mosquitoes in Amazonian Brazil. Some projects focused on the population genetics of individual species, specifically local and regionally important vectors of malaria. The first project examined two populations of Anopheles marajoara along the Amazon River and revealed distinct differences to support the hypothesis of incipient speciation, which was later confirmed by collaborators. Another project compared the demographic history of two co-occurring species and revealed that though these species share habitats, there were distinct differences in their ability to exploit the environment and thrive possibly due to biological differences. Lastly, I examined larval ecology, which identified species specific habitats and individual correlations from environmental variables, such as shade, vegetation, and salinity. These lines of inquiry can be used to predict changes in malaria transmission and implement a targeted control strategy. All three of these projects have been published.

Daniel Munson, PhD

Currently I am working as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Jill Slansky at The National Jewish Health campus in Denver, CO. Our lab focuses on identifying altered peptide epitopes in the hope of improving the immune system's response to cancer. Specifically, I work on breast cancer and four of the most predominantly expressed antigens, Her2/neu, Telomerase, NY-ESO-1, and Muc-1. These altered peptides, or mimotopes, have been shown to elicit a more robust response to specific cancer peptides and enhance the ability of low affinity, self-tolerant, T cells present in the body to kill cancer cells presenting the native antigen. My goal is to take T cells isolated from breast cancer patients (in collaboration my The City of Hope Research Foundation) which have had the TCR sequenced in order to determine the most abundant CDR3 regions and use a peptide library produced in baculovirus to identify mimotopes for each epitope, then determine which mimotope(s) elicit a stronger immune response. The hope is that the mimotopes can be used as a vaccination for patients with cancer (breast in my case, but it is applicable to all cancers) to stimulate T cells within the body to divide, activate, and become more reactive toward cancer antigens and thus cancer cells.

Career Paths

  • Investigate scientific questions by directing a research laboratory
  • Work as part of a collaborative team that solves health and disease issues
  • Manage large scientific projects across institutions, states, nations, or the world
  • Teach the next generation of biomedical scientists
  • Inform policy makers regarding matters that impact science and health
  • Help bridge the gap between fundamental science and applied science
  • Be involved in the communication and distribution of scientific and medical discoveries
  • Academic Institutions
    • Universities
    • Colleges
    • Medical Centers and Medical Schools
    • Dental, veterinary and optometry schools
    • Hospitals
    • Research Institutes
    • Community Colleges
    • High Schools

  • Government Agencies
    • NIH - National Institutes of Health
    • FDA - Food and Drug Administration
    • CDCP - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • NSF - National Science Foundation
    • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
    • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • USDA - Department of Agriculture
    • VA - Veterans' Administration
    • DOD - Department of Defense
    • US Congress
    • Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
    • Air National Guard
    • CDC - Center of Disease Control and Prevention
    • Executive Branch of the Federal Government
    • State and county health departments