• Corrine Ahrabi-Nejad

    Graduate Degree
    MD / PhD in Biostatistics in 2020 (Alumni)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Christina Duncan

    Corrine is in her third year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program in the child clinical track. This is her first year as a trainee on the training grant. She previously held the position as an associate scholar. Her research interests are broadly in the area of pediatric psychology with special interests in chronic illness management among children and their families. Corrine’s specific research interest focuses on the transition from pediatric to adult care among adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

    Being a part of the Behavior and Biomedical Sciences program will give me the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research and work with an integrated team of medical professionals and researchers. This opportunity will allow me to further develop my research skills within behavioral science and increase my knowledge of how research can inform public health initiatives.
  • Molly Crowe, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2016 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Steven Kinsey
    Research Project or Topic
    Endocannabinoid modulation of secretory and inflammatory causes of gastric pathology
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral, Gastrointestinal Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Former BBS Trainee now a Postdoctoral Researcher in Physiology and Biophysics at Virginia Commonwealth University

    The BBS Training Program has helped expand my research, provided necessary skills for future grant submissions, as well as advanced my development as a researcher. Being a T32 trainee opened up multiple opportunities to meet people outside of my department/program/college and make connections that otherwise would not have been made.
  • Danielle Davidov, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Public Health Sciences in 2010 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Jeffrey Coben
    Research Project or Topic
    Mandatory Reporting in the Context of Home Visitation Programs
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Research and Grants Coordinator, WVU; Assistant Director of Education and Training, WVU
    Current Position
    Assistant Professor (tenure track), Dept of Social and Behavioral Sciences, WVU School of Public Health
  • Danielle Doll, PhD

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    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2015 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    James W Simpkins
    Research Project or Topic
    Role of Mitochondria in TNF-alpha Neurotoxicity in Stroke
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Staff Research Scientist, Mylan Pharmaceuticals
    Current Position
    Medical Science Liaison, Sanofi

    Danielle Doll received her PhD in Neuroscience from WVU in 2015. Danielle worked in Dr. Jim Simpkins lab and her work focused on the role of mitochondria in TNF-alpha neurotoxicity in stroke. After graduating, she worked at Mylan Pharmaceuticals for 2 years as a research and development scientist, where she developed cell-based assays and release test methods. Then she transitioned into her current role as a medical science liaison. She currently lives in West Virginia and covers the northern part of West Virginia and western part of the Pennsylvania as an MSL with Sanofi Genzyme. Her therapeutic area of interest is neurology.

  • Termeh Feinberg, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Epidemiology in 2016 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Kim Innes
    Research Project or Topic
    An Exploration of the Relationships between Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and Herbal Medicine
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, Univ of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral, Yale University Center for Medical Informatics

    Former BBS trainee now a Postdoctoral Researcher at Johns Hopkins University

    The BBS T32 has helped my epidemiology training become more translational by enabling me the opportunity to do a clinical immersion and a lab rotation, in addition to my coursework. Additionally, it has allowed me the time to expand my dissertation health project to multiple medical clinics, strengthening my skills in primary data collection as a survey coordinator.
  • Nick Felicione, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Psychology (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Melissa Blank
    Research Project or Topic
    Characterizing effects of short-term abstinence in electronic cigarette users
  • Richard Felix, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2011 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Albert Berrebi
    Research Project or Topic
    Encoding of Temporal Sound Features in the Rodent Superior Paraolivary Nucleus
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Research Faculty, Washington State University @ Vancouver
    Current Position
    Clinical Neurophysiologist, SpecialityCare Intraoperative Neuromonitoring
  • Joshua Gross, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Cellular and Integrative Physiology (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    David P. Siderovski
    Research Project or Topic
    G protein signaling-dependent mechanisms of opioid and monoamine neurotransmission
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral at Duke University
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral at Duke University
  • Rebecca Hagedorn

    Graduate Degrees
    PhD in Animal Food Sciences (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Melissa Olfert
    Research Project or Topic
    Evaluating college food insecurity and promoting solutions for student well being
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Science Policy Fellow - American Society for Nutrition
    Current Position
    Science Policy Fellow - American Society for Nutrition
  • Rolf Hansen, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2013 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    HanTing Zhang
    Research Project or Topic
    Functional characterization of Phosphodiesterase-4A in behavior and obesity
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, University of Pennsylvania
    Current Position
    Medical Science Liaison at Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Rachel Hostetler

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Ariel Agmon

    Rachel is in her second year as a trainee on the training grant. She is a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program, within the Biomedical Sciences Program. Her lab focuses on uncovering the structure, function and development of the cerebral cortex. Her projects focus on investigating the diverse roles of cortical somatostatin-containing inhibitory interneurons, and how changes in their activity underlie associative learning.

    Being on the training grant will give me the opportunity to work with researchers outside of my field. As a student in a biomedical focused program, having the chance to work with those involved in behavioral research will allow me to gain a more well-rounded understanding of my own project and will help me answer my research questions on a multifaceted level.
  • Shane Kaski

    Graduate Degrees
    MD/PhD in Cellular and Integrative Physiology (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    David P. Siderovski
    Research Project or Topic
    Evaluation of G protein-biased kappa agonists as dose sparing adjuvants to opioid analgesics
    Current Position
    Returning to 3rd year MD curriculum (clinical clerkships) of the MD/PhD program
  • Lindsay Lueptow, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2015 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    O’Donnell
    Research Project or Topic
    Behavioral Effects of Inhibition of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase 2 (PDE2) in Mice
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, New York University
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Sylwia Mrowka, MD, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2016 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Bernard G Schreurs
    Research Project or Topic
    Cholesterol diet-associated changes in the hippocampus- a prelude to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Deidre O'Dell

    Graduate Degrees
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Bernard G. Schreurs
    Research Project or Topic
    Studying the role of the perineuronal net (PNN) in cerebellar learning and memory by using localized enzymatic degradation or drug repurposing to manipulate the PNN in the deep cerebellar nuclei.
  • Erienne (Pedersen) Olesh, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2017 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Valeriya Gritsenko
    Research Project or Topic
    The Investigation of Motor Primitives During Human Reaching Movements and the Quantification of Post-Stroke Motor Impairment
    Current Position
    Associate Director, WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center
  • Jenny Ozga-Hess, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Analysis in 2019 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Karen Anderson
    Research Project or Topic
    Probability discounting of Lewis and Fischer 344 rats: Strain comparisons as baseline and following acute administration of d-amphetamine
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral Position at West Virginia University
  • Keyana Porter

    Graduate Degrees
    PhD in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    James W Simpkins
    Research Project or Topic
    In vivo assessments of over-expression or knockout of miRNA 34a on stroke severity, and functional recovery
  • Paula Prentice, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2013 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Kevin Larkin
    Research Project or Topic
    Stress and Obesity: Facilitation of Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Nervous System Recovery from Stress while Eating Comfort Foods?
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Medical Psychology Resident, Medical College of Georgia and Charlie Norwood VAMC
    Current Position
    Program and Project Manager, Director and Developer, Arts Council of Johnson County, Kansas City, MO
  • Cameron Randall, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Psychology in 2017 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Daniel McNeil
    Research Project or Topic
    Fear of Pain and Dental Care-Related Fear: Associations with the MC1R Gene
    Current Position
    Senior Fellow, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Margeaux (Gray) Schade, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2017 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Hawley Montgomery-Downs
    Research Project or Topic
    Effects of Systematic Sleep Fragmentation on Tolerance and Threshold in a Pressure Pain Task: Associations with Sustained Attention
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, Biobehavioral Health at Penn State College of Health and Human Development
    Current Position
    Postdoctoral, Biobehavioral Health at Penn State College of Health and Human Development
  • Lexie Schmidt

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Biology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Sadie Bergeron

    Lexie is in her second year as a trainee on the T32 and is about to begin her third year as a PhD student in the Department of Biology, emphasizing in neuroscience. Her lab studies specific genetic and environmental factors that regulate normal neural development and what occurs at molecular, neuroanatomical and behavioral levels when these factors are altered. Her research focuses on an early expressed homeobox gene relating to the development and function of visual neural circuits implicated in neurodevelopmental diseases, such as schizophrenia and autism.

    Working along this training grant will allow me the opportunity to ask and improve on basic science related questions and learn to better communicate research across different disciplines. The training grant also offers the ability to be immersed in clinical and/or industry, in order to better prepare my future as a well-rounded researcher.
  • Michael Seminerio, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences in 2012 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Rae Matsumoto
    Research Project or Topic
    Pharmacological Characterization of an Optimized Sigma Receptor Ligand
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Postdoctoral, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics, University of Chicago
    Current Position
    US Medical Lead (Migraine and Headache), Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Merideth Smith, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Amy Fiske
    Research Project or Topic
    Giving Support and Mental Health in Older Adults at Risk for Vision Impairment
    Current Position
    Staff Psychologist @ PSIMed, Behavioral Health Management Company
  • Doug Thornton, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Health Services and Outcomes Research in 2017 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Nilanjana Dwibedi
    Research Project or Topic
    Combined use of SSRIs and platelet aggreg- ation inhibitors in those with co-occurring heart disease and depression or anxiety
    Current Position
    Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Houston School of Pharmacy
  • Kristen Trexler, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2019 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Steven Kinsey
    Research Project or Topic
    Psychoactive properties of cannabinoid administration, behavioral effects of cannabinoid withdrawal
  • Ryan Turner, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience in 2015 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Charles Rosen
    Research Project or Topic
    Lessons in Modeling, Preventing, and Treating Neural Injury: Improving Bench-to- Bedside Translation
    Current Position
    Neurosurgery Resident, WVU
  • Tricia Wilkins, PhD

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy in 2013 (Alumni)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Usha Sambamoorthi
    Research Project or Topic
    Healthcare Quality and Expenditure Benchmarks along the Continuum of Care: The Role of Primary Care Use and Community Healthcare Resources
    Post Graduate Position Upon Graduation
    Project Officer and Pharmacy Advisor, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
    Current Position
    Director of Pharmacy Affairs, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Desiree Williford

    Graduate Degrees
    PhD in Psychology (In Progress)
    Master of Public Health (MPH) (In Progress)

    Training Program

    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Christina Duncan
    Research Project or Topic
    Profile-based examination of youth and parent information management strategies and adolescent electronic cigarette use

The BBS Training Program is supported by a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) sponsored predoctoral training grant (T32 GM132494).