Junior Fellows

Andrea R. Vogel, PhD

Dr. Vogel earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University. She earned a doctorate in Genetics from North Carolina State University where she used prairie voles as a model system for spectrum disorders, such as autism. Her research included aspects of behavior, genetics, and neurobiology, centering around the vasopressin 1a receptor in the ventral pallidum and retrosplenial cortex. While a graduate student, she mentored graduate and undergraduate students while overseeing the laboratory’s animals. She was also very involved in outreach with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Genetics Graduate Student Association. From there, she took a post-doctoral position at Cornell University to focus on reproductive genetics of putative coding genes. She has published her research in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at several national meetings. Dr. Vogel chose the NBBTP Fellowship to supplement her background with animal research with further biosafety training to pursue her biosafety career goals.

Haley L. DeMers, PhD  

Dr. DeMers earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Davis and her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. As a doctoral student, her research focused on the development of an antibody-based rapid diagnostic for Ebola virus and characterization of the capsular polysaccharide of Burkholderia pseudomallei as a diagnostic biomarker of melioidosis. During her graduate work, she engaged in multiple leadership roles by mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Dr. DeMers continued as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and focused on biomarker discovery for early diagnosis of Bacillus anthracis, Burkholderia pseudomallei, and Francisella tularensis. Dr. DeMers has presented her research at several national and international scientific meetings and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. DeMers aims to combine her research background with further biosafety training and education to promote innovative problem solving in response to global biosafety issues.

Kenneth Shenge, PhD, MPH  

Dr. Shenge earned his Bachelor of Agriculture degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria and his doctorate in Molecular Plant Pathology from the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania on a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship. During his doctorate research, he focused on resistance mechanisms in tomato to bacterial spot (Xanthomonas axonopodis (syn. campestris) pv. vesicatoria) and bacterial speck (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato), pathogen-host interactions in the pathosystems, and epidemiology of the tomato diseases in Tanzania. Dr. Shenge’s interest in understanding the intersection of food safety, agriculture, and public health led him to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Arizona, with a focus on Applied Epidemiology. During his MPH studies, he interned with the Office of Border Health in the Arizona Department of Health, where he developed a database of mosquito-borne diseases in the US-Mexico Border region and analyzed and interpreted data on knowledge, attitudes, and practices of border communities regarding mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Shenge has held multiple prestigious positions with Ahmadu Bello University, The Ohio State University, and USDA Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Shenge is interested in combining his biosafety training with his knowledge of molecular plant pathology, food safety, and public health to create safe environments for research with infectious agents.

Senior Fellows

Jennifer Diethelm, MPH

Jennifer Diethelm earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College during which time she coordinated disease ecology research and completed an undergraduate thesis on the treatment of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infected amphibians. She also had the privilege of presenting these findings at the Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Conference.  Diethelm then earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California Davis where she researched pesticide efficacy among native mosquito species at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District for her graduate thesis. The research contributed real -time data on resistance and susceptibility of native mosquito species as part of the county-wide integrated pest management program. Pursuing a long-time commitment to One Health, the collaborative effort to integrate the knowledge of numerous professions to find new and holistic approaches to complex issues impacting global health, she volunteered to help establish the One Health Bat Rabies Education Team. Jennifer chose the NBBTP Fellowship training to combine her passions for public health and safe research in pursuit of her biosafety career goals.

Zhong Qian, PhD  

Dr. Qian completed his BS in Biology with a concentration in environmental microbiology from Zhejiang University and his doctoral degree in Genetics with specialty in molecular microbiology from Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. During his Ph.D. study, he was focusing on the regulation mechanism of sugar metabolism in thermophilic bacterium, Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis. He discovered a novel gal operon and revealed the two-component regulation mechanism as well a new glucokinase which is not ATP-dependent. Then he joined Dr. Sankar Adhya’s laboratory in National Cancer Institute in the US. He started to work on chromosome structure in E. coli. He characterized a novel role of galactose repressor and discovered a new non-coding RNA, which significantly contributes to DNA condensation in the cell. He then found the DNA-RNA interaction is important for the condensation function of ncRNA in chromosome structure. Dr. Qian has received the “outstanding young scientist” award from Human Proteome Organization and invitations for oral presentation from ASM. He has published his research data in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and been invited for review articles. Dr. Qian has great interests in learning and applying biosafety and biosecurity to promote a safe research environment internationally.