Timothy Monko

Entering Class - 2016

E-MAIL: monko001@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Lebanon Valley College, B.S. in Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Summa Cum Laude

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:
Camille DeClementi, VMD ’90 Scholarship (September 2013- May 2016) Awarded to exceptional biochemistry students; Alumni Scholarship (September 2015 - May 2016), Awarded to students with high academic performance and extracurricular involvement; Vickroy Scholarship (September 2012 – May 2016) Awarded to students in the top 10% of their high school class; First Place in the Chemical Sciences at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD (October 2014); Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (Nominated November 2015); Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Inducted Spring 2014); Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for Students with Disabilities (Inducted Spring 2014); Owen A. Moe Biochemistry Award - Awarded to one exceptional student in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; First Place at Lebanon Valley College’s Annual Symposium for Research

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
Erica L. Unger, Ph.D (Jan. 2014 – May 2016), Department of Biology, Lebanon Valley College

  • Assessed novel object recognition and anxiety-like behavior in a perinatal iron deficiency rat model and evaluated deficits in serotonergic neurotransmission in the brain.
  • Developed a method to simultaneously quantify neurotransmitters in rat brain homogenate and PC12 cells using Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography (HILIC) Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I have always wanted to investigate more deeply into science, so once I learned about research as an undergraduate, I knew that I had to go to graduate school.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I was initially interested in UMN to work with Dr. Michael Georgieff in order to continue my research with iron deficiency. However, as I explored the school I knew that it was the only graduate program that I wanted to attend.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Caitlin Durkee: “Better is the enemy of good” as she quoted Alfonso Araque’s “Mejor es enemigo de lo bueno”

Timothy Monko