See What Our Grads Are Doing

Maxwell Marsh, Class of 2014

Max graduated from Plattsburgh in the spring of 2014 with majors in Biology and Ecology and he is currently a Master’s student pursuing an M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy through the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University. He is currently volunteering in Dr. Demian Chapman’s laboratory and working with one of his Ph.D. students to identify the range of shark species used in the shark fin trade. He will be spending part of summer in Belize studying Marine Protected Areas where he will get to work first hand with many coral systems and he hopes lots of nurse sharks.

“My time at Plattsburgh and the connections I have made are ones that will last a lifetime. My education from this university has given me the opportunity to reach for places I had never thought imaginable. I hope to continue building upon the foundation that Plattsburgh has laid for me.”


Karolyn Moody, Class of 2013

Karolyn is a native of Clear Lake, NY and she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS degree in Medical Technology. While a student at Plattsburgh Karolyn was awarded a Hudson Scholarship in Science and Mathematics and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi.

Karolyn is an ASCP certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist and NYS licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist who currently works in the University Of Vermont Health Network’s, Elizabethtown Community Hospital.


Mackenzie Kilkeary, class of 2012

Mackenzie is from Plattsburgh, NY, and he graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He completed undergraduate research involving sex determination of juvenile and unknown Maya skeletal remains under the direction of Dr. Nancy Elwess and Mrs. Sandy Latourelle

Mackenzie left with not only a degree, but with a passion for DNA and molecular biology. He is currently attending Marshall University in West Virginia in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Forensic Science. He is in his second and final year of the program, which emphasizes DNA Analysis and Digital Forensics.

He is currently employed as a part-time DNA technician at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA laboratory, where he assists in serological screening of West Virginia Sexual Assault kit casework. His future plans include finding employment as a DNA analyst, with ambition to one day become a technical leader of an accredited DNA Laboratory.


Jenny Krech, class of 2012

Jenny Krech photoJenny is originally from Rochester, NY and she graduated from Plattsburgh with majors in Biology (B.S.), Ecology (B.S.) and Art (B.A.). She is currently a second year optometry student at Salus University in Pennsylvania. When Jenny isn’t thinking about eyes she enjoys doing art, hiking and hanging out with her friends.


Sara Wood, Class of 2004

Sara Wood majored in Cytotechnology and graduated December 2004. She works as a cytotechnologist at NorDx, a laboratory in Scarborough Maine.

My classes prepared me for Success in Cytology School

"I was impressed that the program was affiliated with one of the top Cytology schools in the country, Fletcher Allen Health Care School of Cytotechnology which was where I was able to go to receive my clinical training - I felt very prepared to enter my field in an entry level position after completing my training." "Well, everything I have accomplished I could not have done had I not attended Plattsburgh State, mainly due to the fact that I did not even know that my profession existed until Plattsburgh began offering it as a major of study. This being said, I have not been out of school that long to have made many accomplishments, yet, but I am rather proud of the fact that for the testing period for 2004, I attained the highest score in the country on the Board of Registry Exam I sat which gave me my qualifications as an ASCP cytotechnologist.

"My advisor, Dr Jose de Ondarza was very helpful in setting me on the right path for success. He ensured I had all my classes in order and applied in a timely manner to my cytology school so I was able to get a place since these programs accept very few students every year and acceptance is tough.

"The program is a very good program and the need for qualified cytotechnologist exceeds the number of us out there. Most of my classmates had a job lined up before we graduated and the other had jobs soon afterwards. The work is challenging but very rewarding. It a great feeling when you are studying a difficult case and you use your training and knowledge to arrive at the correct diagnosis."

Sara's Advice for Prospective Students

"Check into the Cytotechnology major, see what it is all about. It's a very interesting field and the need for qualified cytotechs and other medical technologists is great."

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Beaumont Hall 444
Phone: (518) 564-3155