Alumni Lab Members

Emily Curd

Position: Graduate Student, UCLA

Jessica Furtado

Position: Prep Person

Lab Member Since: 2015

Jessica is an undergraduate student in the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and she hopes to pursue a career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has been working in the Riley lab since the Spring of 2015 and assists in lab prep work and caring for Doc the African Grey.

Gina Chesmore

Position: Undergraduate Researcher

Lab Member Since: 2015

Gina is an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with an interest in Evolutionary Biology. As an Animal Science major on the pre-veterinary track, she joined the Riley lab in Spring 2015 to gain exposure to antibiotic research and development. Gina is responsible for the organization of laboratory data and expenses, also assisting in the care of Doc the African Grey Parrot and Monty the Python.

Michael Feldgarden

Position: Research Scientist at the Broad Institute

Meghan Gerson

Position: Interim Director, UMass STEM Ambassadors Program

Lab Member Since: 2014

Meg was brought into the Riley lab in 2014 as director of the UMass STEM Ambassadors Program, a new outreach effort spear-headed by the Riley Lab. STEM AP seeks to increase retention rates of undergraduate STEM majors by providing students a supportive academic and social community rich in a culture of research and inquiry. Meg came directly from the University of New Mexico where she worked as a Program Specialist for the STEM Gateway Program, designing programing to promote accelerated student achievement in STEM disciplines. In 2012, she graduated with a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and in 2006 received her M.S.Ed. from Niagara University in Secondary Science Education. Meg has a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Jenna Farrell

Position: Executive Director, Massachusetts Academy of Sciences

Lab Member Since: 2009

Jenna was a Massachusetts Academy of Sciences intern during her senior undergraduate year at UMass Amherst and became the Executive Director upon graduation. Jenna is responsible for administering the portfolio of programs the Academy offers, as well as fundraising, partnership building, and operations management. Additionally, she oversees student interns and the care of the MAS mascots, Charles Darwin the Bearded Dragon, Monty the Python, and Doc the African Grey parrot.

Sarah Goodwin

Position: Graduate Assistant - STEM Ambassador Program

Lab Member Since: 2014

Sarah is the graduate assistant for the STEM Ambassador program, a new outreach effort spear-headed by the Riley Lab. STEM AP seeks to increase retention rates of undergraduate STEM majors by providing students a supportive academic and social community rich in a culture of research and inquiry. Sarah is also a graduate student in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her thesis work focuses on vocal communication and evolution in songbirds, with a special emphasis on how males and females assess and compare sexual signals.

Danielle Federa

Position: Co-Director, Information and Project Management, Institute for Drug Resistance Database Manager, Riley Lab

Lab Member Since: 2009

Federa got her MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and spent over 20 years as a management consulting specializing in the integration of strategic and financial planning. She developed a Thought Leadership practice within the firm to guide clients in the prudent acquisition and implementation of emerging technologies. She founded a successful consulting firm that provided services to the health services sector and recently expanded her portfolio to include information management through the completion of a Masters in Information and Library Science degree. Currently, Federa is responsible for the strategic and operational planning for the Institute for Drug Resistance.

Matt Fullmer

Position: Siemens

Osnat Gillor

Position: Assistant Professor, Ben Gurion University

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