School of Molecular Biosciences

Q&A with genetics and cell biology student Jacob Satake

Following graduation in May, Jacob Satake will be off to medical school at WSU Spokane’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. From Spokane and a graduate of North Central High School, Jacob is currently majoring in genetics and cell biology in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s School of Molecular Biosciences.

Meet the researchers: Dr. Alan Goodman

Dr. Alan Goodman is leading research in the College of Veterinary Medicine into the immune response to infectious pathogens like Coxiella burnetii and West Nile virus. Goodman joined the college in 2014 and currently serves as an associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences and as an affiliate faculty member in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health.

Alan Goodman, an associate professor in the chool of Molecular Biosciences in Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, poses with vials of flies that he uses in his research in Pullman.

Q&A with graduate student Jimena Ruiz

Jimena Ruiz is a first-generation college student from Los Angeles who is pursuing a PhD in Molecular Biosciences from WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jimena is investigating the influences of mitochondrial stress and lipids on dietary-induced ferroptosis, which is associated with neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine PhD student Jimena Ruiz poses for a photo in her lab.

Q&A with biochemistry student Maggie Munoz

From Vancouver, Washington, Maggie Munoz recently graduated from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. While she has wrapped up her undergraduate studies, she plans on staying on campus to continue her research on Lyme disease and relapsing fever in the lab of Dr. Troy Bankhead before pursuing a doctorate in molecular biology.