Preclinical Students

Preclinical Students

Department: Preclinical Students

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. 

Marc Kealhofer

Education: University of Chicago, B.S. in Statistics; Johns Hopkins University, Sc.M. in Epidemiology
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Marc is interested in the genetic and epigenetic factors that contribute to psychiatric disorders and how they manifest in different environmental contexts, as well as the statistical methods that facilitate those analyses. As a master’s student and data analyst at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, he worked on a variety of projects, including studying insurance policy and its effect on access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, the role of comorbid mood disorders in predicting SUD progression and recovery, and the genomics and epigenomics of mood and psychotic disorders. Marc enjoys running, playing music, and coxing boats in his free time.

Zoe Moyer

Education: Wellesley College, B.A. in Biological Chemistry and B.A. in French Cultural Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies (2015)
Hometown: Portola Valley, CA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Zoe is pursuing a career in translational biomedical research and medicine after the loss of her father-in-law to pancreatic cancer inspired her to advance personalized medicine towards improved patient quality of life. Her B.A. is ASBMB-certified with distinction and her research background includes synthetic nanoparticle systems under Dr. Robert Langer at MIT, antimicrobial resistance under Dr. Keiji Fukuda at WHO, and immuno-oncology under Dr. Chang-Zheng (Eric) Chen in Silicon Valley. Zoe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has backpacked around the world ever since. 

Hannah Shadowen

Education: University of Virginia, B.S. in Neuroscience (Minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality), Master of Public Health
Hometown: Richmond, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Hannah Shadowen is interested in studying chronic health conditions with a particular focus on mental health from a population and epidemiologic perspective. She is interested in how social determinants of health impact patients and their well-being. Hannah is a Richmond native who enjoys rock climbing, running, good books and spending time with friends and family.

Anne Skelton

Education: University of Denver, B.S. in Biology and Psychology (2016)
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: After spending two years as a clinical research coordinator in pediatric orthopedic hip preservation and sports medicine, Anne developed an interest in bone and muscle physiology. Her current interests involve understanding the factors which influence osteoblast differentiation and growth plate closure as they relate to orthopedic pathology. She has recently taken up running, frequenting many of the trails around Richmond, and will gladly show pictures of her cat, Tom.

Augustus (Gus) White

Education: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, B.A. in College Scholars with a Concentration in Health Economics and Policy (2018)
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: Healthcare Policy and Research
Bio: Gus' research interests lie in the fields of behavioral economics and public policy, particularly as they apply to public health. The current focus of Gus' research is on using techniques in behavioral economics to assess abuse liability of electronic cigarettes as well as better understanding state-level trends in opioid use and health insurance coverage. Outside of research, Gus enjoys playing golf and following his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. 

Yi (Daniel) Zhou

Education: McGill University, B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology (2014), M.Sc. in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (2017)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Daniel is interested in how environmental and genetic factors interact to affect brain structure, function, and behavior. Currently, he is interested in approaches that integrate molecular, neuroimaging, and clinical data in order to better understand the development of mental health disorders. He is excited to be in Richmond and is looking forward to exploring the music scene, drinking craft beers, swimming in the James River and everything else the city has to offer. 

Susie Turkson

Education: University of Chicago, B.A. in Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience (2012); Eastern Virginia Medical School, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences (2017)
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
PhD Advisor: None chosen yet
Graduate Program: None chosen yet
Publications
Bio: Susie is interested in exploring sex differences in the relationship between chronic stress/disease and neurocognitive outcomes. Susie is an avid baker whose personal interests include culinary adventures and advocacy.

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