Alana Cianciulli ’19, B.S. in Biology

Alana Cianciulli joined the McNulty Program as a Fellow in the summer of 2018.  This weekend, she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Philosophy.

As a McNulty Fellow, Alana worked with biologist Matthew Nelson for several years, studying the molecules and signaling pathways that regulate sleep in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) nematodes. She has presented her work at several local and national conferences, most notably at The American Society of Cell Biology meeting in Philadelphia in December 2017, the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in April 2018 and at the CeNeuro 2018 Meeting at University of Wisconsin Madison in June 2018.  She is currently awaiting the publication of a journal article detailing this work, now under revision. A couple weeks ago, as her last semester at SJU was winding down, Alana was invited to speak about her experience in Dr. Nelson’s lab at SJU’s Be The One Symposium.

While at SJU, Alana was a Maguire Scholar and was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the Sigma Zeta National Science and Math Honors Society and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, as well as the Phi Sigma Tau honor society for philosophy students.  She served as vice president of Active Minds, organizing events to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.  She also served on the Standards Board of the Phi Sigma Sigma Iota Rho Chapter at SJU, and at the Institute of Clinical Bioethics Health Promoter Program.

This summer, Alana begins a one-year position as a clinical research assistant in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  While there, she plans to apply to medical schools for entrance in Fall 2020.

Many many congratulations and well wishes, Alana!