Graduate Program

Erika Deppenschmidt, B.A.
  • Biography

In high school, I worked for two summers full-time as a science apprentice at Monell Chemical Senses Center in the labs of Dr. Paul Breslin and Dr. Alexander Bachmanov. My research at Monell consisted of mice taste preference for the first summer and then determining if there is a correlation between throat irritation and cough sensitivity in relation to citric acid and capsaicin the second summer. This experience led me to want to become more involved in science so I pursued an education in chemistry. I recently graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Chemistry as well as a minor in Mathematics. My research as an undergraduate student has been focused on the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) and the different regulatory arms associated with this pathway while working in Dr. Jun Liu’s lab in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. My initial interested for research in graduate school includes drug discovery and understanding diseases to hopefully cure or treat some of them in the future. Throughout my life I have been heavily involved in sports so I enjoy participating in those when I have spare time. I also enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, as well as going to the beach.



•      Monell Chemical Senses Center Research Symposium (poster presentation) - August 2011
•      Monell Chemical Senses Center Research Symposium (poster presentation) - August 2012
•      Contribution towards Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Poster    - August 2016
•      Notre Dame of Maryland University Research Day (poster presentation) - April 2017


•      Chemistry Academic Achievement Award at Notre Dame of Maryland University (2016)
•      American Chemical Society Student Award (2017)

•      Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honors Society (Spring 2016)
                                  o   President during 2016-2017
•      Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society (Spring 2016)
•      Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society (Fall 2016)
•      Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society (Spring 2017)
•      Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society (Spring 2017)