The Citizen Science Lab is a true community collaboration. The collected hard work and involvement of all our staff, interns, partners, advisors, instructors, collaborators and visitors will help our organization, and our community, flourish.

Meet our Citizen Scientists

  • Lifelong Scientist

    Andre Samuel, Ph.D. Director

    Andre Samuel, a long-time resident of Washington, DC, graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in Biology. Following graduate study at the George Washington University in Genomics and Bioinformatics, he received his PhD in Biology from Duquesne University. At Duquesne, his research focused on studying the structure and function of the cold shock related proteins in E. coli. As a Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Samuel founded the S.I.G.M.A Science Mentorship Initiative, a summer study program designed to introduce diverse ninth graders to the University’s lab with the long-term goal of encouraging the pursuit of careers in scientific research. Dr. Samuel’s research experience includes studying toxicology and carcinogenicity effects of novel drugs, hookworm vaccine development and tuberculosis reactivation in non-human primates. Dr. Samuel has a passion for STEM education and life science research. He believes that creating fun engaging and hands on lab experiences for people is the best pathway to an interest in STEM.

  • STEM Enthusiast

    Carrianne Floss, M.S.Ed. Program Manager

    Having always loved science ever since she was young, Carrianne Floss enrolled at Duquesne University where she received her B.S. in Biology. After receiving her Biology degree, she continued her education at Duquesne University and graduated in 2012 with her M.S. in Secondary Science Education. While studying for her Master’s degree, Carrianne traveled to Ireland to teach biology.


  • Shannon Lafferty Intern

    Shannon is currently a senior biology major at Duquesne University and working towards a minor in psychology. She enjoys working with kids and getting them excited about science. Aside from working with kids she also enjoys the research aspects of biology and the wide array of things you can do with biology. Upon graduating from Duquesne Shannon hopes to work with a science company doing research or communicating with others to help convey science to the public much like The Citizen Science Lab does.

  • Colin Moore Intern

    Colin is currently a senior Biomedical Engineering major at Duquesne University with a minor in mathematics working towards his Masters degree in Bioengineering. Though in the past he has done research in evanescent field radiation and photoacoustic spectroscopy for early-stage detection of melanoma, he is also skilled in electronics and is fluent in 14 different programming languages. He also has a great interest in drone technology and has held aerial data acquisition contracts with several major companies. Colin enjoys sharing his knowledge of engineering and hopes to inspire a passion for learning and a determined spirit in students at the Citizen Science Lab.

  • Cynthia Thomas Laboratory Technician

    Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Her future career and educational goals are to earn a doctorate degree in molecular genetics and conduct research on diseases that primarily affect people of color. She would also like to go on to build a science institute that emphasizes the career development of women and girls in the sciences. In the lab, she enjoys teaching the students and watching their growth in their learning. Growing up, Cynthia had amazing mentors and teachers who inspired her to pursue her dreams in science and hopes to inspire young students in the same way.

  • Carlosa E. Roberts-Jackson Intern

    Carlosa will graduate this year from Point Park University with bachelor's in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry. Her research experience includes working with polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering applications and performing physical/analytical testing of polypropylene products. She would like to use her education to work with youth and help generate an increased interest in sciences through after school programming and activities. Carlosa’s future plans are to continue her education pursuing her post doctorate in stem cell research or nanotechnology.

  • Sophia Baker Intern

    Sophia is currently a student in the Biomedical Engineering program at Duquesne University. When she graduates, she hopes to receive a minor in chemistry and mathematics along with her bachelor’s degree in engineering. She plans to graduate from Duquesne in 2020, and continue her education in chemistry while pursuing a career involving nanotechnology and cancer research. Aside from research, she would like to continue helping educate high school and middle school students.

  • Jacob Salvatore Intern

    Jake is currently a Biomedical Engineering major at Duquesne University. Jake enjoys teaching the community about science and hopes to spark an interest in his students. After graduation, he plans to pursue his business aspirations and attend graduate school to receive his M.B.A, helping him to one day start a company that creates medical devices to make life easier for patients.

  • Ashton Callipare Intern

    With future plans of working in zoological veterinary medicine, Ashton has always strived to strengthen the link between science and the public. She is expecting to graduate from Duquesne University in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Biology, and a double minor in Mathematics and Biochemistry. Ashton is using her time at the Citizen Science Lab to develop her knowledge and skills for helping others become excited about science and bioconservation.

  • Tejire Arijaje Intern

    Tejire is a senior at Duquesne university studying biomedical engineering with a minor in mathematics. She has a passion for mathematics and the hard sciences. Tejire excelled as a data analytics intern with GlaxoSmithKline and plans to pursue a career in the business side of pharmaceuticals. In addition to her career goals, she is passionate about volunteering and has spent years working at a children’s afterschool program. She hopes that where ever her career path takes her, she will always have time to educate the youth and be a positive force in people’s life.


  • William Generett, J.D. CEO, Urban Innovation 21

  • Alan Seadler, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Research & Technology, Duquesne University


Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski
Dr. Matthew Fagerburg
Dr. Janine Bartholomew
Dr. Margaret McLaughlin
Ms. Alana Kulesa
Ms. Geri Baker
Mr. Jason Brown

Ms. Linda Ortenzo
Dr. Caroline Evans
Dr. John Law
Mr. Mark Krotec
Dr. Nancy Trun
Dr. Alexandra Santau
Dr. Andre Samuel

Mr. Larry Miller
Dr. Nicole Bieak Kreidler
Mr. Sam Reiman
Dr. Edwina Kinchington
Ms. Jade Leung
Mr. Dennis Dudley
Dr. Elizabeth Woo

Ms. Jill Jones
Mr. William Generett
Ms. Shelly Renee Brown
Mr. Scott Lammie
Mr. Frank Arzenti
Mr. John Radzilowicz
Dr. Alan Seadler


Andre Samuel, Ph.D.
Stuart Chantily, Ph.D.
Amanda Dumi, Ph.D. Candidate
Shiv Upadhyay, Ph.D. Candidate
Sam Doctor, B.S.
Carrianne Floss, M.S.Ed.


Holy Family Academy
Propel Schools
Duquesne University
The Carnegie Science Center
TechShop Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Camp

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