Kean Student & Professor Honored by NJ Assembly as Leading Women in Science

March 21, 2014

Trenton – Dr. Dil Ramanathan, an assistant professor at Kean University’s New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics, and Kelly Bachovchin, a Kean graduate student in biotechnology, were honored in the state Assembly chambers today for their contributions to women in the sciences. Assembly members Annette Quijano and Joseph Cryan sponsored a resolution acknowledging their work and presented the two women to their colleagues in the Assembly.

“In recent years, one of the largest and growing industries in New Jersey is the field of life sciences,” said Assemblywoman Quijano. “At the forefront of this field are many smart, innovative, and noteworthy women. We are proud of the work of Dr. Ramanathan and Ms. Bachovchin.”

Dr. Ramanathan is the graduate coordinator of Kean’s MS / Biotechnology program. Her areas of expertise are physical and analytical chemistry. In 2008, she established the Biotechnology Club at Kean and has served as the organization’s advisor ever since. The club’s 50 members promote science education in middle schools and high schools throughout New Jersey.

Many of Dr. Ramanathan’s students have secured internships at various pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey, while others have presented research papers at local, national, and international conferences.

Ms. Bachovchin recently was named as Kean University’s 2014 Research Student of the Year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Kean last year and now is on track to earn a master’s degree this year.

Her research projects consisted of creating small-molecule compounds as potential treatments for multiple myeloma and fungal diseases. She created a library of 27,000 compounds to be tested against biological targets at a local biotech company.

Ms. Bachovchin played four years of field hockey as an undergraduate and currently plays lacrosse as a graduate student.

“We are tremendously proud of these two great scientists,” said Dr. Dawood Farahi, president of Kean University. “And we’re grateful to Assembly members Quijano and Cryan for recognizing their talents and their leadership.”

The trip to Trenton was coordinated with the Center for History Politics & Policy.

Shane Derris is the Assistant Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.