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Current Trainees

Rawaa Aljammal

Daniel Liss

Daniel is in his first year as a trainee on the training grant. He is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering program in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. As part of his work with Dr. Jessica Allen, he studies how conscious perception affects locomotive disturbances through aging. His current research is analyzing perception thresholds to locomotive disturbances in young adults through kinematics, kinetics and muscle activity to reduce falls in elderly individuals. "Being a trainee will give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge inside and outside my field of research. As a doctoral student, I am excited about this opportunity to extend my network of fellow researchers and enhance my abilities to become a well-versed researcher."

Kelly Weaver

Kelly is a second year PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Mariette Barbier, in the Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Cell Biology. She is also currently a trainee in the Cell Biology Training Program. She studies the respiratory disease whooping cough (pertussis), which affects people of all ages, but is notably fatal in infants. This is significant as pertussis is on the rise in the United States despite thorough acellular vaccine coverage.  Her current research focuses on evaluating the immune response to both acellular and whole-cell pertussis vaccination to inform the formulation of a next generation pertussis vaccine that will stimulate long-term protection against pertussis. “As a member of this training program I have unique opportunities such as attending skill-based workshops, multidisciplinary networking, and the support to organize conferences and symposiums as a student led team. This program provides us as trainees with the guidance to develop leadership and professional skills alongside a diverse group of colleagues.”

Associate Scholars

Janelle Chuah

Jessica Clemente

Celia De La Torre

Andrew Giromini

Nairrita Majumder

Abha Maskey

Fatimah Matalkah

Nicole Mihalik

Huy Pham

Gage Pyles

James Scripter

Catherine Smith

Hunter Snoderly

Allison White

Skye Hickling