2024 Excellence Award in Biochemistry Recipients

May 2, 2024
Michaela Ryan, Erin Schuette, and Jaden Todd-Nelson

Michaela Ryan, Erin Schuette, and Jaden Todd-Nelson

Congratulations to the 2024 Excellence Award in Biochemistry Recipients, Michaela Ryan, Erin Schuette, and Jaden Todd-Nelson.


Michaela Ryan
Michaela Ryan is a sophomore, undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, majoring in Biochemistry, and plans on pursuing a career as a physician. She is a co-instructor for SCI 299, a pre-health colloquium for underclassmen College of Science students interested in pursuing a pre-health profession. In addition, she is involved in research through the Center for Innovation in Brain Science in Dr. Roberta Brinton’s lab, studying Alzheimer’s disease.

Her on-campus involvements include being an Ambassador and Peer Mentor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and extracurricular clubs such as the Women in Medicine and Science Club and Honors Service Club. Outside of academics, she enjoys cooking, hiking, music festivals, weightlifting, and spending time with her cat, Mushu. She also volunteers with Banner University Medical Center and holds certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nurse Aide.


Erin Schuette
"Hello, my name is Erin Schuette and I am from Omaha, Nebraska majoring in Biochemistry with minors in Biology and Health and Human Values. I am currently conducting research in the Churko Lab at the Sarver Heart Center related to the functions of sarcomeric proteins in human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.

On campus, I am involved in Women in Medicine and STEM, Dosed with Happiness, LINKS Junior Honorary, Phi Delta Epsilon, Unified Pickleball, and CBC Ambassadors. When I have free time, I love exploring Tucson, hiking Sabino Canyon, playing intramural volleyball with my friends, or reading a fantasy novel."


Jaden Todd-Nelson
"I’m pursuing majors in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. I currently work as an undergraduate research assistant in the Koshy Lab through the Department of Immunobiology. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school either through an MD or MD/PhD program. A fun fact about me is I just ran my first half marathon."