Lab Tales Contributors


Ginger Anderson,

Ginger Anderson is currently a PhD student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, concentrating in Biomedical Engineering. Before starting her PhD, she worked as a nuclear and electrical engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat. While there, she completed her Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Connecticut. Ginger completed her undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. She started conducting research at Andrews University with Dr. Desmond Murray during high school. Ginger’s passion for research began then and provided her with the firm background that put her on the right track to pursue her PhD.

Aaron Cali,

Aaron S. Cali is a junior design engineer-in-training (EIT) at H.T. Lyons in Fogelsville, PA. As a university student at Penn State, he participated in extra-curricular organic chemistry research and earned both the President’s Freshman Award and the PSU Schuylkill Physics Award. Now a recent college graduate, he is learning how to apply the diverse discipline of mechanical engineering to commercial and industrial HVAC design. Aaron is an affiliate member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and Professional Engineering (PE) credentials.

David Chavez,

David Chavez is a project leader and team leader in the Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a E. O. Lawrence award winner and a Distinguished Alumnus of the California Institute of Technology. He is also an adjunct Professor of Chemistry an the University‎ of New Mexico-Taos. He hosts undergraduates every summer, offering hands on research opportunities in organic chemistry. He was a former participant in ACS Project SEED I and II, and a former mentor and coordinator for this ACS program.

Deepa Issar,

Deepa Issar is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering. Her interest in research began at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where she was given the opportunity to design and implement a research project on the effects of alternating electric fields on small cell lung cancer. As a freshman in college she got involved in computational neuroscience research and works in the Visual Neuroscience Lab at Pitt. Moving forward, she hopes to integrate her knowledge of systems engineering, research, and medicine to help develop better diagnostic tools for brain disorders.

Felicia McClary,     

Felicia McClary is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she works as a Country Program Analyst to strengthen President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative. Prior to joining USAID, Dr. McClary was a senior engineer at Intel Corporation. The recipient of multiple performance awards, she designed a professional development training strategy for the career advancement of technical professionals in her organization’s business group. Dr. McClary dedicates her spare time to promoting interest in pursuing STEM disciplines through mentorship, early-learning projects in underserved communities, planning the next big project, and global travel.

Javon Rabb-Lynch,

Michelle Stofberg, 

Michelle Stofberg is a senior at Emory University pursuing a B.S. degree in Chemistry. Her interest for research began with an opportunity offered by her chemistry professors, Dr. Nichole Powell and Mrs. Brenda Harmon, at Oxford College of Emory University to work on an independent research project. This experience inspired her to pursue further research under Dr. Lanny S. Liebeskind while at Emory University. The curiosity fostered in these experiences has now driven her to pursue a career in medicine where she hopes to continue investigating the complexities of chemistry.

Princella Tobias, Chapter Editor,

Princella Tobias is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Benton Spirit Community Newspaper ( She is also the Community Outreach Director for the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST Early) nonprofit organization. In these dual capacities she has worked with the Benton Harbor Area Schools, Benton Harbor Charter School, Helping Our Youth Achieve (HOYA) and the Berrien County Juvenile Center. Her achievements include: Andrews University Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Northside Business Association Award, WCA Woman of the Year Award, Southwest Michigan Race Relations Council Award, NAACP Award, and Stewards of Michigan’s Great Southwest Innovation Recognition Award. In addition, her newspaper was endorsed by the State of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Benton Harbor Task Force as the number one communication media for renewing the Benton Harbor community. Her varied professional experiences also includes Public Relations / Human Resources Consultant, Rainbow PUSH, Chicago, IL; Constituent Assistant, United State Senator Carol Mosely-Braun (IL); and Constituent Assistant and Liaison, United States Senator Alan J. Dixon (IL). She has played a major role in the development and implementation of BEST Early's public science initiatives, such as Lab Tales.



Wendy Bindeman,  

Keith Campbell,

Charlotte Herber,

Natalie King,

Samantha Piszkiewicz,

Samantha Piszkiewicz's high school research experience resulted in a first author paper in Chemical Communications and propelled her to Caltech where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry. She is currently a PhD candidate in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biophysics at UNC Chapel Hill where she is dedicated to providing similar early research experiences to UNC undergraduates and local high school students. Her first mentee was recently awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from UNC's Office of Undergraduate Research and is preparing to present his work at the 30th Anniversary Symposium of the Protein Society.

Elizabeth Snyder,

Elizabeth Snyder is currently a PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Her start was humble at Finger Lakes Community College where she began doing research with James Hewlett, who inspired her to continue her education all the way into a PhD program. In addition to an A.S. in Biotechnology, she also has a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Biology from SUNY College at Brockport. She is a mentor for 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program which actively recruits women into STEM fields. She received an award in 2013 from SUNY College at Brockport for tutoring students in the sciences who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Upon graduating in 2018, she hopes to pursue a career in undergraduate biology education.

Yusheng (Eric) Zhang,

Yusheng (Eric) Zhang is currently a first-year MD/PhD student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He developed an interest in medicine and in research while attending college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry in the spring of 2015.

Desmond H. Murray, Chapter Editor,

Desmond H. Murray is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Andrews University, Chemistry Instructor for Berrien County Math Science Center, and Founder of Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST Early; Over the last 20 years teaching both high school and college he has advocated for and facilitated seamless early research. Murray has mentored about 1000 students in early research experiences he describes as ‘incubators of innovators.’ He was recognized as the 2012 College Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teachers Association for his ongoing passion, mission and work to realize the universal adoption of early research.