Meet Our Graduate Students

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Photo of Christina ClineChristina Cline

Christina is currently in the PhD program in the Department of Biological Sciences.  She received her B.A. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 and her teaching certification from N.I.U. in 2000.  She spent 14 years teaching high school science and most recently received a Master of Science in Human Anatomical Science (HAS) from NIU in May of 2017. In this program, she taught both cadaver-based and models-based human anatomy to undergraduate students. Her research interests are in Science Communication, particularly in how scientists communicate effectively with the public. She hopes to focus her research on how to best teach students in their medical education, and strategies for successful communication with their patients. She is excited to return to graduate-level anatomy and looks forward to a successful semester.

Photo of Alexandra DaemickeAlexandra Daemicke

Alex graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She is now a second-year graduate student in the Human Anatomical Sciences program. Upon graduation, Alex is excited to continue sharing her passions for teaching and the human body as a college professor.

Photo of Ty HarmstonTy Harmston

Ty is a second year student in the HAS program, and received his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences at NIU in 2017. He intends to pursue professional school in the health field after completing the HAS program.

Photo of Geoff FernquistGeoff Fernquist

Geoff graduated with his bachelors in Exercise Science from BYU. His goal is to teach anatomy to medical students after completing his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He is excited to share his knowledge with future students.

Photo of Summer PeilaSummer Peila

Summer is currently a first-year graduate student in the Human Anatomical Sciences program. She has always been fascinated by anatomy, and got her BS from Western Illinois University in Zoology with a minor in Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy. She can't wait to learn everything this program has to teach her and is excited to pass this knowledge on to future college students. 


Photo of Emma RudolphEmma Rudolph

Emma is a first year graduate student in the Human Anatomical Sciences program. After graduating from University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, she is excited to continue her studies focused in anatomy and the related studies. Alongside studying anatomical sciences, Emma is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Dance Instructor. She is looking forward to sharing and growing her                                               passion for teaching in the field of anatomy.


Photo of Rucha ShahRucha Shah

Rucha is a second-year graduate student in the Human Anatomical Sciences program. She completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from University of Illinois-Chicago and looks forward to share the anatomical knowledge and teaching experiences gained in the program throughout the community. After graduation, she plans to peruse into the healthcare field as a Physician Assistant.