Graduates @ Corthals Lab

 

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Maryia ‘I can blanch that!’ Bezugly

My name is Maria Bezugly and I am incredibly proud to be a part of the Corthals Team. My current interests lie in forensic anthropology, but they have evolved from a passion for the arts. I emigrated from Ukraine with my family about 18 years ago to begin a life in the USA. My family’s’ hopes for me were to obtain an education and an opportunity to do the type of work that I wanted to do. And so, I have been lucky to have a chance to explore my drawing skills and evolve them in the world of art. In high school, I took a particular liking into the world of European art and ancient archaeology. I then attended Hunter College, part of the City University of New York at which point, the scientific and medical field piqued my curiosity into the biology field.  Nevertheless, I continued to dive deeper into art and took courses on Biblical archaeology and Middle Eastern art and culture. When I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, I obtained a position in a particularly stimulating and unique field of work- on the role of genes and chromosomes in cancer, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  This position has provoked many of my thoughts about the role of genetics in pathogenesis as well as the applicability of cutting-edge technology for the future of molecular testing. From that point on, I had a strong desire to apply my love for art, my experience in clinical work and my inquisitive determination into the world of forensic science. I joined the Masters program at John Jay College and took an interest in forensic pathology.

At the present time, I am currently working in Mount Sinai as well as focusing on completing my degree at John Jay. My Masters thesis is guided by Dr. Corthals and it focuses on  the detection of trauma in the setting of decomposed or charred tissue.

Bridgette ‘I can 3D that!’ Katamani

Coming from thousands and thousands of miles away to further my education was as good as it could get, but finding a Professor who challenges you and adds value and experiences to your education is an icing on the cake. My name is Bridgette Ama Katamani am graduate student studying Forensic science with a molecular biology track. My undergraduate studies was in Laboratory Technology at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I became interested in Forensic Science by all the CSI movies I watched but really because I want to be a pioneer in Forensic Science in my country. I met Dr. Corthals when I took her anthropology class as a choice of an elective. This class natured my interest in anthropology and I decided to join the Corthals lab to do my thesis work. My thesis involves the use of an open source software to construct 3D images from 2D images of bones that we took at the Lab using an iPhone and a camera and also to determine whether we can do an accurate reconstruction of some of the bones we broke into parts. This is to find an easier way to do reconstruction and rendering when we go out onto the field. As the resident animation lady my job is to 3D everyone I see….

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