Preclinical Students

Preclinical Students

Department: Preclinical Students

Lauren Dain

Education: Western Washington University: BS in Behavioral Neuroscience, BA in Philosophy, minor in Chemistry (2018)
Hometown: Spokane, WA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Bio: Lauren is extremely interested in the field of oncology, specifically in pediatrics. With her background education being in neuroscience, Lauren finds she strongly gravitates towards research in glioblastoma and other primary brain cancers. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Lauren loves most outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, and backpacking

Galen Goldscheitter

Education: University of Colorado Boulder, B.S. Chemical Engineering (2017), B.A. Chemistry (2017)
Hometown: Boulder, CO
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Publications 
Bio: Galen has worked with research groups in Colorado and Oregon investigating disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis, most recently how clotting factor deficiencies alter signaling at the PAR1 axis in bones. He is interested in researching how mechanical forces alter cellular and molecular behavior, and how changes at the cellular and molecular level influence bulk tissue morphology and function. Galen enjoys cycling, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, music, and occasionally running.

Sarah Marks

Education: Yale University, B.S. Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (2012); UNC-Chapel Hill, M.S. Biostatistics (2016)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Publications 
Bio: Sarah is interested in using quantitative approaches to  study the delivery of healthcare and improve health outcomes, particularly in underserved populations. She is excited to be in Virginia to see the impact of Medicaid expansion on healthcare in the state. Outside of research, Sarah has visited over 35 countries and looks forward to traveling again; she also enjoys reading and hiking.  

Chelsie Poffenberger

Education: Auburn University, B.S. Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in Psychology (2017)
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications 
Bio: Chelsie is interested in the neuroinflammatory components of the blood-brain barrier and tumor microenvironment. As a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the NIH, she worked to determine the underlying mechanisms, ameliorative properties, and deleterious effects of inflammation in the brain. When she isn’t in the lab, you will find her whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, painting, taking photographs, or searching for her next adventure!

Lia Signaevskaia

Education: University of California, San Diego; BS in Human Biology (2018)
Hometown: San Diego, CA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Publications 
Bio: Lia's past research experiences in pancreatic cancer and the hematopoietic niche have informed her interest in cancer biology and the tumor microenvironment. She is looking forward to expanding her bioinformatics abilities within those fields. Outside of class and lab, Lia enjoys longboarding, dancing, and camping. 

Hannah Stadtler

Education: Davidson College, B.S. with a major in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities (2018)
Hometown: Spotsylvania, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Publications 
Bio: Hannah’s undergraduate work explored hookah smoke and lung cells, but upon graduation her work has focused on infectious disease at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. She is specifically interested in HIV and hopes to expand her experience beyond cell and molecular biology into behavioral and neuroscience research pertaining to HIV. Outside of lab work, Hannah also enjoys the latest Reese’s Book Club pick, sour beer, and spin classes.

John Vio Suemitsu

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, minor in Biology and Psychology (2018)
Hometown: Davao, Philippines
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet 
Publications 
Bio: Vio’s background in lipids biology stems from working in the Wattenberg lab at VCU where he conducted projects that delineated the role of a regulatory protein on sphingolipid biosynthesis. While he maintains an interest in the field of lipids, he is also currently exploring his other interests in pharmacology/toxicology and psychology, specifically elucidating the development of tolerance and addiction to certain drugs and innovating treatments for addiction-related disorders. In his free time, Vio can be found crafting, dancing, weightlifting, tending to his collection of cacti plants, exploring food places, and enjoying outdoor sceneries 

Josephine (Josie) Wallner

Education: University of Washington, B.A. in Mathematics (2016)
Hometown: Seattle, WA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Josie worked in analytics consulting after graduating from the University of Washington, before applying her background in data management and applied mathematics as a research technician in the Physiology department at Northwestern. Her current interests are in the restoration of motor control after spinal cord injury - specifically neurally driven spinal cord stimulation. To recharge she loves biking, hiking & lifting weights or cozying up on the couch with a book.

Kijoon Kim

Education: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2019)
Hometown: Richmond, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Kijoon conducted three years of undergraduate research with Dr C Ross Ethier and Dr Machelle Pardue at Georgia Institute of Technology and worked on projects related to glaucoma and the preservation of vision. Kijoon is hoping to gain a broader neuroscience background implementing behavioral assessments and electrophysiology techniques. Kijoon enjoys playing squash, classical guitar, cooking, and motorsports in his free time.

Steven J. Meas

Education: University of Toronto, B.S. with a double major in Neuroscience and Animal Physiology (2016); University of Toronto, M.S. in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (2018)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Steven has a background in regenerative medicine, developmental biology, neuroscience and hearing biology. He is interested in the interface between regenerative medicine and biomedical engineering, particularly in how strategies can be developed to allow the body to rebuild itself. Outside of the laboratory, he can be found trekking through mountains, relaxing in the park, trying his hand at new sports and/or forming new experiences through travel. 

Yu Par Aung Myo

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry (2015)
Hometown:Mandalay, Myanmar
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Bio: Yu Par is currently exploring her research interests in neuroscience, pharmacology/toxicology and nanomedicine. Her background was in neuroscience, and she wants to challenge herself by going into an area of research that approaches the brain from a different perspective than her previous work, which centered around basic molecular neuroscience. She loves building Legos, cooking and especially going on spontaneous outdoor adventures and food adventures!

Thomas Siff

Education: Liberty University, B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Biomedical Sciences (2019)
Hometown: Hampton, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Bio: Thomas maintains an interest in several fields of research as they relate to cancer biology, including reactive oxygen species metabolism, cell signaling, and immunology. He aspires to perform translational research that transforms novel discoveries in basic science into innovative new treatments for cancer. In his free time, Thomas enjoys Taekwondo, Krav Maga, hiking in the mountains, playing piano and cello, and reading.

Daniel Stamos

Education: University of Michigan, B.S. in Biomolecular Science, (2015); NIH, Intramural Research Training Award (2015-2019)
Hometown: Skokie, IL
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Bio: Danny is interested in hematopoiesis and the signals and epigenetic modifications which govern that process. He is also interested in how the immune system affects the tumor micro environment. When Danny is not studying or in the lab, he enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time in the park. 

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