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Mitch McDonald

About Mitch McDonald

Mitch McDonald

 
  • Undergraduate university:Grand Valley State University (B.S. in biomedical sciences)
  • Thesis: TBD
  • Mentor: Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D.
  • Experience: Mitch worked at VAI for almost 10 years on a variety of different projects in different fields. He first worked for three years as an undergraduate intern with Dr. Brian Haab identifying and investigating diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for pancreatic cancer. He then worked for six years with Dr. Bart Williams investigating the roles of Wnt-signaling in tissue (mainly bone) development and homeostasis as well as disease. Just prior to joining Van Andel Institute Graduate School, he worked with Dr. Heidi Lempradl utilizing Drosophila to investigate the intergenerational inheritance patterns of metabolism.
  • Hometown: Greenville, MI
  • Hobbies: Mountain biking and cycling (pretty much any outdoor activity really); building things and home projects; time with friends, family and our pets.