Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions: Student Work

Jesse Fodero '13, biochemistry & pre-med major, talks about the opportunities available to students in the Pre-Med program.

Andrew Forrestel '12, a pre-med chemistry major, studied the synthesis of polyamines to be used as drug-agents against trypanosomes (organisms causing African-Sleeping Sickness) in the lab of Mary O'Sullivan, PhD. Andrew attends medical school at the University of Rochester.

Juliann Koleszar ‘13, a pre-med biology major, studied the regulation of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and aVb3 by chemokine and hormone treatments in the lab of Susan Aronica, PhD. Juliann attends medical school at Creighton University.

Nathan Olszewski ‘12, a pre-med biology major, studied conjugated cholesterol and its impact on sterol bulk flow and communication in plants in the lab of Robert Grebenok, PhD. Nate attends medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

James Shea '12, a pre-med biology major with a sociology minor, studied the linkage of the Tonawanda Coke Plant's emissions to the high amount of respiratory problems in the Tonawanda, New York area with Erin Robinson, PhD, Director of Environmental Studies. James attends medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Paul Wirth ‘13, a pre-med biology major, studied long-term vocal changes in the killer whale (Orcinus orca) in the lab of Michael Noonan, PhD. Paul attends medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Vincent Bargnes ‘17, a pre-med biology major, studies the impact of supplemental science education programs in the Buffalo Public Schools with Ann Wright, PhD.

Christopher Petrotto ‘13, a pre-dental biochemistry major, collaborated with a local dentist while he was an undergraduate. They then published this work on mini dental implants for long-term fixed and removable prosthetics. Chris currently attends dental school at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Mini Dental Implants: A Retrospective Analysis of 5640 Implants Placed Over a 12-year Period. Shatkin TE, Petrotto CA. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2012; 33 Spec 3:2-9.


The PreMedical Center provides travel awards for students to present their research at national conference. The following pre-medical and pre-dental students presented their research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (Spring 2016) in San Diego.

  • Pre-medical students, Sabrina Fitzgerald ’17 and James Rutowski ’17, collaborate with Dr. Jeremy Steinbacher in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Pre-medical students, Joe Lesh ‘17, Timothy Utz ‘18, and Jesse Fodero ’13, conduct research with Professor Mary O'Sullivan in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Pre-dental student, William ‘Ben’ Swanson ‘17, conducts research with Professor Mariusz Kozik in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Pre-medical student Gurkaran (Gary) Johal ‘18 collaborates with Professor Peter Schaber in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to conduct chemical education research.

Notable Alumni:

Jacob Castiglia '12, Joseph Modica '13, Joseph Pittari '14, and Jesse Fodero ’13 - went on to medical school at University of Buffalo where they helped run the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic in Buffalo.

Kathleen Lillis ’82, MD – Founded and serves as President of Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY

Thomas J. Foels ’77, MD, MMM serves as Chief Medical Officer at Independent Health Association

Michael J Edbauer MBA ’12, DO serves as Chief Medical Officer of Catholic Medical Partners

Jean Wactawski-Wende ’81, PhD, serves as the Dean of the School of Public Health & Health Professions, Professor of Gynecology-Obstetrics at University at Buffalo

Kathryn Grimm '77, MD – Founded and serves as Board Co-Chair of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo.