Undergraduate Students

Abigail LaMarca, Tiered Mentoring Student (Reed)

Abigail LaMarca is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Akron.  In high school, Abigail graduated at the top of her class and became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. She has worked in the state of Pennsylvania where she gained technical rescue experience, as well as in the Akron/Canton area.  Abbie’s interest in how drug use affects bone remodeling originates from the opioid epidemic that she has witnessed affect her patients. Abigail volunteers with The Red Cross as a disaster relief technician where she responds to local and national disasters. She is also a part of the Williams Honors College, National Association of Emergency Management, a member of the premedical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, and vice-president of the Biological Anthropology and Human Anatomy Club at the University of Akron. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree Abbie hopes to attend medical school and become a trauma physician.

Kelly Cooper, Tiered Mentoring Student (Reed)

Kelly Cooper is a second year undergraduate student studying biomedical science at the University of Akron. While in high school, Kelly enrolled in College Credit Plus at Lakeland Community College, receiving her Associate of Arts and Science and obtaining her EMT certification. While fulfilling class requirements for EMT training, both in the emergency room and on ride-alongs, she reconfirmed her desire to pursue a career in the healthcare field and hopes to attend medical school after graduating. At the University of Akron, she is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the English Equestrian Team and volunteers in the Akron General Emergency Department. In her free time, Kelly enjoys competing in eventing with her horses.  Kelly is grateful to have the opportunity to begin research in the Andronowski Lab!

Jacob Haschak, Tiered Mentoring Student (Randi)

Jacob Haschak is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in biology at the University of Akron. While in high school, Jacob attended the Medina County Career Center where he was inaugurated into the National Technical Honor Society and placed first in physical therapy at the state level for HOSA, an organization where students compete in medical events. Currently, Jacob is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Health Professions Affinity Community, and is the vice president of the collegiate branch of HOSA, located at the University of Akron. Jacob’s interest in the bone remodeling process originated from his passion for medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jacob desires to become a podiatrist at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

Josh Taylor, Tiered Mentoring Student (Reed)

Josh Taylor is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Akron majoring in biology as a pre-med student. He has been active in a variety of roles in various organizations on campus including: associate of the Zips Programming Network, member of the Biological Anthropology and Human Anatomy Club, and President of Circle K International. During his time at Akron, Josh has worked as a medical scribe at the Aultman-Canton Hospital assisting emergency room physicians. Previously, he was involved with Dr. Randy Mitchell’s lab at The University of Akron working on a phytoremediation study to stabilize martian soil. Also, he has worked in the lab of Dr. Peter Niewiarowski studying the morphology of gecko toe pads in order to synthesize artificial adhesives and understand the relationships between native and invasive geckos to explain why the invasive species are successful. He is currently working in the Andronowski Lab with doctoral student, Reed Davis. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Josh hopes to attend medical school to pursue surgery, trauma, or forensics as a medical examiner.

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