Success Stories

 
 

CHRISTIN HANIGAN
Cancer Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins
Co-Founder, Araminta Freedom Initiative

Programs of Study: Biochemistry & Mathematics

Class Year: 2002

After graduating from Seton Hill, Christin completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the National Institutes of Health.  During this time, she applied to graduate school and matriculated to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Cellular and Medicine Program in 2003.  Christin completed her graduate research in cancer epigenetics, the study of heritable changes to gene expression without changes to the DNA sequence. 

During her thesis research, Christin discovered a novel mutation in a colon cancer gene, which leads to a resistance to a certain class of drugs.  Christin’s thesis dissected the mechanism related to resistance.  In 2008, Christin earned her Ph.D. and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins.  She continues to in the field of cancer epigenetics but is focused on understanding the intersection of cancer epigenetics with another commonly dysregulated pathway in cancer, polyamine catabolism. 

Christin, who was recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Alumna of Seton Hill University, co-founded Araminta Freedom Initiative, an organization established to awake, equip and mobilize volunteers to eradicate domestic minor sex trafficking in the Baltimore region.


Sister of Charity Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Sister Mary Ann Winters, S.C. (SHU ’67) has served students as a chemistry professor and her fellow Sisters of Charity in various leadership positions. After graduating from Seton Hill in 1967 with a degree in biochemistry, Sister Mary Ann earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She began teaching chemistry at Seton Hill in 1972 and also served as department chair. Sister Mary Ann was elected to serve the Sisters of Charity in 1981 as a member of the leadership council and then as Major Superior from 1985 to 1993. Throughout those years, she made great strides in engaging the congregation in collaborative decision making. This gave rise to the formation of the Korean Province, the beginnings of what is now Caritas Christi, the dedication of local communities as peace sites and the initiation of a development office. While serving with the Sisters of Charity, Sister May Ann served on Seton Hill’s Board of Trustees as well as the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital Board and Ethics Committee, the tri-diocesan Sisters Leadership Council, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Federation of the Sisters of Charity. In 1993, she returned to her home state of Arizona where she served her local church as Chancellor for the Diocese of Phoenix. Today, Sister Mary Ann serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Chemistry Program at Seton Hill, a pastoral ministry at Caritas Christi and a formation ministry director for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.

Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award.