Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Miranda Melo
    Nursing

    Miranda Melo feels well prepared for her nursing career. Her past clinical rotations included working at Lowell General Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England.

  • Isaura Jimenez
    Nursing

    Three bus rides, a different language and a challenging curriculum were not roadblocks for Isaura Jimenez on her path to a nursing degree. She saw them as challenges to be met.

  • Akshay Alamuri
    Exercise Science

    Akshay Alamuri says UMass Lowell fit his family’s budget – and his own goal of becoming a physical therapist.

  • Jessica Ross
    Applied Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Science Option

    Jessica Ross landed a job after graduation as a research associate in the gene therapy analytical development department at Sarepta Therapeutics.

  • Chandni Shahdev
    Public Health – Epidemiology

    Her master’s degree in public health and research experiences helped Chandni Shahdev get a job with the CDC Foundation, working with employers to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • Marbella Leal
    Nursing

    An Honors College student fellowship gave Marbella Leal a chance to work with at-risk students and do research with a professor.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    Kelsey Gonzalez cares for asylum seekers as program manager for Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health.

  • Amina Mohammed
    Nursing

    Amina Mohammed is the first Youth Poet Laureate of Worcester and a first-year nursing major who loves helping people, especially children.

  • Lindsey Roberts
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    Lindsey Roberts worked her way through the clinical laboratory science program and a master’s degree, too. Now she’s the laboratory supervisor at Lowell Community Health Center.

  • Dannalee Watson
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Dannalee Watson loves working in hospital labs, where she analyzes patient samples for signs of disease. She says it’s like being a medical detective.

  • Caroline Owusu
    Nursing

    Caroline Owusu lost an internship because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and found a passion for research.

  • Yonnie Collins
    Exercise Science, Family Health Nurse Practitioner

    With her people-first approach, Yonnie Collins found success in her coursework and her extracurricular activities.

  • Andrew  Stanwicks
    Exercise Physiology

    The summer after his freshman year, Andrew Stanwicks worked in a hospital rehabilitation research lab.

  • Jack Callahan
    Public Health

    Jack Callahan is pursuing a public health degree to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

  • Alexa DeVito
    Nursing

    A research scholarship taught nursing student Alexa DeVito more about her chosen profession – and gave her a faculty mentor.

  • Hannah Allgood
    Exercise Science

    Honors student Hannah Allgood came to UML for undergraduate research opportunities.

  • Stacey Nwachukwu
    Public Health

    Stacey Nwachukwu is helping communities and influencing policy at the Statehouse.

  • Thavaleak Prum
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    Thavaleak Prum came to UML to pursue her dream of transforming people’s lives through research.

  • Amanda Baptiste
    Exercise Physiology and Education

    Through leadership opportunities as a student-athlete, exercise physiology graduate Amanda Baptiste found her voice — and discovered her calling to become a high school biology teacher.

  • Kate Killion
    Public Health – Dietetics

    Kate Killion came to UML because it’s the only university in New England that offers a dietetics degree with a public health perspective.

  • Lawreta Kankam
    Public Health, Pre-med

    Lawreta Kankam is passionate about public health. She plans to go on to medical school so she can provide both care and preventive health programs for underserved groups.

  • Lianna Partee
    Nursing

    UML prepared Lianna Partee for a career that she’s passionate about. After completing her nursing degree here and working as a registered nurse for a year, she returned to earn a master’s degree in gerontological nursing.

  • Meredith Ritze
    Family Health Nursing (NP)

    After 12 years working as a registered nurse at Lowell General Hospital, Meredith Ritze developed specialized skills caring for people who struggle with urology issues. She applied to UMass Lowell to become a nurse practitioner to further her career.

  • EJ Judge
    Applied Biomedical Sciences, Master of Public Health

    EJ Judge received his Master of Public Health degree during the pandemic, which provided real-world opportunities to learn what epidemiology is all about.

  • David Nguyen
    Nursing

    Nursing student David Nguyen learned how to provide hands-on care to COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.

  • Alexander Sarazen
    Exercise Science

    Exercise science alum Alex Sarazen ’17 went on to chiropractic school and now treats athletes at his own clinic. He also teaches classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

  • Sundus Siddique
    MPH in Epidemiology, Doctor of Science in Public Health Candidate

    Sundus Siddique, a physician and public health researcher, has published studies and presented at conferences about healthy workplaces.

  • Augustin Cruz
    Exercise Science

    Augustin Cruz came to UMass Lowell for its exercise science program and the wealth of research opportunities for undergraduates.

  • Suparlan Lingga
    Public Health – Health Care Management

    Suparlan Lingga ’17 came to UMass Lowell to further his education in public health. Now he coordinates the Indonesian government’s work with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health, education and safety.

  • Kristina Ogbarmey-Tetteh
    Nursing

    Kristina Ogbarmey-Tetteh took advantage of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences’ Student Resource Center as a first-year student, and then became a tutor herself.

  • Jessica Dossantos
    Nursing

    Jessica Dossantos chose UMass Lowell for its patient simulation labs – and because her twin sister liked the university, too.

  • Jennica Hamm
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    Jennica Hamm was mentored and is now a mentor herself, helping first-year students get acclimated to campus and academic life.

  • Anthony Milisci
    Public Health, Political Science

    As a dual major in public health and political science, Anthony Milisci leads a student club that promotes organ donation, and he also serves on the Student Government Association.

  • Coral  Gonzalez
    Nursing

    Coral Gonzalez set her sights on becoming a nurse after she was hospitalized in middle school. The Honors College student won one of the first Oprah Winfrey Scholarships to help her succeed.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.

  • Sergio Rodriguez
    Exercise Science

    Sergio Rodriguez mentors incoming transfer students as a TAP peer ally.

  • Bryanna Ippolito
    Nutritional Science

    After working with Alzheimer’s patients while in high school, Bryanna Ippolito is pursuing her bachelor's in nutritional science and developed a program for students who someday may be working with Alzheimer’s patients to understand what it’s like to live with the disease.

  • Nicole Haas
    Public Health

    Nicole Haas always knew she wanted a career helping people. The Master of Public Health major landed an internship with the Revive Recovery Center and is taking on one of the most challenging public health crises of the last 20 years: the opioid epidemic.

  • Isabella De Souza
    Nursing

    Isabella De Souza has won two scholarships that will allow her to study Spanish abroad, so she can bring multiple languages to her future nursing career.

  • Andreas Himariotis
    Exercise Science

    A scholarship introduced Andreas Himariotis to research – and a possible career as a sports researcher.

  • Nicolas  Troisi
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Nicolas Troisi gained extensive experience from his clinical lab rotations and landed a full-time job as a medical laboratory scientist at Winchester Hospital. He started in April, before he even graduated.

  • Abdul Hameed
    Public Health – Healthcare Management

    A practicum in infection prevention at a hospital prepared Abdul Hameed for a job with the CDC, preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and other health-care facilities.

  • Valeria Saldana
    Public Health

    Valeria Saldana knew she had found a welcoming community from her first visit to campus.

  • Angeline Castillo
    Public Health

    As a well-being coach, Angeline Castillo reaches out to other health sciences students to ease their stress.

  • Marita Merheb
    Pharmaceutical Sciences

    As a pharmaceutical sciences major interested in research and business, Marita Merheb pursues all opportunities to advance her goals.

  • Nery Rodriguez
    Public Health

    For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.

  • Iffat Farah
    Master of Public Health, Healthcare Management

    Iffat Farah works as a community workforce program coordinator for the Lowell Community Health Center.

  • Shannon Gray
    Public Health

    Shannon Gray started earning her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology as an undergraduate. Her internship with the Uxbridge Board of Health broadened her exposure to the role public health professionals play and strengthened her skills.

  • Haley LaFreniere
    Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy

    Motivated to help patients regain strength to live their best possible lives, Haley LaFreniere was inspired early on by her mom to pursue a health-related field.

  • Christianto Putra
    Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Christianto Putra conducted research on titanium dioxide, a common food additive, for his dissertation and published the results in the Journal of Nutrition.

  • Patrick Pang
    Exercise Physiology

    Patrick Pang knew he wanted hands-on experience conducting research. As a college freshman in the Immersive Scholar program, he conducted research on protective wear that helps prevent injuries.

  • Gerry Siracusa
    Exercise Science, MBA

    Gerry Siracusa is combining his degree in exercise science with an MBA, which will help him open his own physical therapy practice someday.

  • Rabia Haider
    Nutritional Sciences and Master of Public Health

    Knowing how cultural differences make an impact on health, Rabia Haider is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree.

  • Nancy Pin
    Nursing

    Nancy Pin is on her way to becoming a family nurse practitioner so she can help the community.

  • Michael McCormack
    Medical Laboratory Science

    The Medical Lab Science program helped Michael McCormack use his problem-solving skills to land a job learning how diseases occur.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • Sandra Ocampo
    Master of Public Health, Dietetics

    Sandra Ocampo switched her career from investment management to dietetics.

  • Ellen Panetto
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

  • Susan Mullaney
    Nursing

    Susan Mullaney, who earned a doctorate in nursing practice in 2015, is a vice president at UnitedHealth Group, where she focuses on keeping seniors healthy. She joined the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which sets curriculum standards for nursing degrees.

  • Emmanuel Idehen-Ovabor
    Business and Pre-med

    Inspired by his mother’s careers in health care and business, Emmanuel Idehen-Ovabor is working toward a master’s in health care administration while also pursuing his dream of becoming a pediatrician.

  • Kyle Mehan
    Nutritional Science

    Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

  • Haylee Dussault
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

  • Michelle Palladino
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Vincent Ciaramella
    Exercise Science

    Even as a transfer student and a commuter, Vincent Ciaramella found friendship and a helpful community at UMass Lowell.

  • Jeremy Duford
    Nutritional Science

    A first-generation college student, Jeremy Duford was nervous about starting college. He says the River Hawk Scholars Academy was a tremendous support.

  • Toni Laracuente
    Health Information Management

    Toni Laracuente credits the Health Information Management program with helping her land a job before graduation.

  • Olivia Houle
    Exercise Science, Clinical Option

    Exercise Science major Olivia Houle plans on pursuing a career researching prosthetics and orthotics.

  • Lou Coiro
    Physical Therapy

    During his long career, Coiro has opened two physical therapy clinics, treated thousands of patients and hired many UMass Lowell students.

  • Richard Juknavorian
    Health Information Management

    Richard Juknavorian ’98 gets involved in the university whenever he can. He mentors students, serves on the advisory board of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, donates to scholarships and hosts events.

  • José Archila Quezada
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    José Archila Quezada found support and a network of friends in the MAGIC program, which helps students from underrepresented groups pursue medical school.

  • Matthew Fowler
    Nursing

    After Matthew Fowler's mother underwent heart surgery, he observed the nurses, who worked with both intelligence and kindness. The experience inspired him to choose nursing as his career.

  • Michael Hines
    Exercise Science

    Michael Hines, a former college athlete who wants to own his own athletic or physical therapy facility one day, is following the exercise and fitness management degree pathway.

  • Annie Soup Koagne
    Public Health

    Annie Soup Koagne is getting everything she can out of UMass Lowell, while working to make it a better place.

  • Mindasari Daniar
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

  • Andrew Farkas
    Health Informatics

    Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.

  • Cassie Harding
    Public Health

    Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.

  • Monica Kong
    Public Health

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students, gave Monica Kong the confidence she needed to succeed – and lead.

  • Halle Anderson
    Exercise Science

    A serious knee injury gave women’s soccer player Halle Anderson the chance to explore her artistic interests.

  • Ashley  Ventrillo
    Public Health

    Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.

  • Juana Guerrero
    Nursing

    Juana Guerrero came to UML with strong academic credentials. A support program helped boost her confidence and leadership skills, too.

  • Katie McGourty
    Applied Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Katie McGourty took advantage of UML's Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program and completed her master’s in one year. She landed a job with Pfizer Inc. in the inflammation and immunology department before she graduated.

  • Stefany Campbell
    Public Health, Healthcare Management option, B.S. to MPH

    Stefany Campbell was hired by Comprehensive Environmental Inc, a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm, before she graduates.

  • Alytah Noum
    Public Health

    For her practicum course experience, Alytah Noum was hired by the Lowell Community Health Center as a community health worker.

  • Tara Lynch
    Psychology, Public Health

    Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

  • Simone Peironnet
    Radiological Sciences and Protection

    Simone Peironnet secured a job with Boeing as a health physicist before graduating from UMass Lowell.