• Jacob Boos

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Werner Geldenhuys

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Werner Geldenhuys

    Jacob is a fourth year Ph. D. student in the Neuroscience program in the School of Medicine and in his second year as a trainee on the Stroke T32 training grant. His research in Dr. Werner Geldenhuys' lab focuses on mitoNEET, a protein integral for mitochondrial function, and its role as a drug target for novel therapeutics to combat neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease in addition to post-stroke recovery.

    “Being a trainee on the Stroke T32 training program has allowed me to collaborate on research projects with colleagues using approaches outside of my comfort zone while also allowing me to attend national conferences to further expand my network of colleagues and collaborators to provide a cross-translational approach to my research. I look forward to the opportunities provided including, but not limited to, professional development, networking and collaborating with other scientists.
  • Jacob Bumgarner

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Randy Nelson

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Randy Nelson

    Jacob is a first year Associate Scholar on the Stroke T32 grant. He is a second year Neuroscience PhD student and Swiger Fellow studying in Dr. Randy Nelson’s lab. As Dr. Nelson’s trainee, Jacob examines how exposure to light at night can affect circadian rhythms and their regulation of cerebrovasculature and pain.

    “Acceptance to the Stroke T32 program has been an exciting opportunity to improve my professional development, communication, and critical thinking skills. Within the program, I am fortunate to be exposed to novel research and ideas that directly impact the health of our community as well as improve my own research acumen.”
  • Emily Burrage

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Paul Chantler

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Paul Chantler

    Emily is entering her fourth year as a PhD student in the Neuroscience Program. She studies the impact of stress on neurovascular coupling under the guidance of Dr. Paul Chantler. In January of 2020, she presented at the Neuroscience Student Forum, with a talk titled, “Cerebrovascular Dysfunction with Chronic Stress.”

    Being a trainee on the Stroke T32 has given me a chance to expand my horizons and collaborate with individuals outside of my discipline, within West Virginia University, as well as at international conferences.
  • Erica Fenstermacher

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Amy Fiske

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Amy Fiske

    Erika is a first-year trainee on the training grant and a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology. She works in Dr. Amy Fiske’s Mental Health and Aging Lab studying depression and suicide in late life. As a trainee on the grant, she examines suicide risk in older adult stroke patients. More specifically, she is looking at how various coping styles and social support may serve as protective factors for suicide risk in this unique clinical population.

    “My favorite part about being a trainee so far is getting to learn from and collaborate with students and faculty from different areas of expertise. This multidisciplinary experience has motivated me to explore facets of stroke I would not have otherwise and it has strengthened my ability to consume research in the basic sciences.”
  • Krista Garner

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Cellular and Integrative Physiology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Timothy Nurkiewicz

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Timothy Nurkiewicz

    Krista is a fourth year PhD student in the Cellular and Integrative Physiology program in the WVU School of Medicine. She works with Dr. Timothy Nurkiewicz where she studies the cardiovascular and reproductive ramifications of maternal inhalation exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENM). Currently, she is working on assessing the critical window of gestational exposure to pinpoint the time at which the greatest detriment to microvascular function and fetal outcomes occur. Specifically, she is interested in how exposure alters components of the renin-angiotensin system and therefore alter microvascular function and health outcomes.

    As a trainee I am able to hone my research and professional skills by being exposed to scientists outside of my discipline. Additionally, this T32 will provide ample opportunities for potential collaboration and intellectual guidance.
  • Kristen Pechacek

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Cole Vonder Haar

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Cole Vonder Haar

    Kristen is in her second-year on the training grant and is a third-year Behavioral Neuroscience student in the Department of Psychology. She works with Dr. Cole Vonder Haar and studies chronic psychiatric and cognitive impairments after brain injury. Her current project is looking at an anti-inflammatory treatment to reduce injury-induced impulsivity and inattention.

    "I enjoy being a trainee because it allows me to broaden my research and scientific perspective by working with faculty and students from different areas."
  • Gabriella T. Ponzini

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Shari Steinman

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Shari Steinman

    Gabriella T. Ponzini is in her second year as a trainee. She is also a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. As part of her research with Dr. Shari Steinman, Gabriella studies methods to improve attitudes towards and knowledge about anxiety disorders and related disorders, as well as their evidence-based treatments. As a trainee on the grant, she will have the opportunity to study post-stroke survivors' experiences with anxiety.

    As a trainee, I will have the opportunity to conduct research to understand why and for who anxiety disorders develop in post-stroke patients. This research will help me develop methods to improve early recognition of anxiety disorders and access to evidence-based mental health care for patients. I will also have the opportunity to experience new research methods in basic science and learn from colleagues in various disciplines, which will help inform my clinical research in the future.
  • Bailey Whitehead

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Zachary Weil

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Stroke and its Co-Morbidities (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Zachary Weil

    Bailey is in his first year on the Stroke T32 training grant as an associate scholar. He is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program in the School of Medicine. His research in Dr. Zachary Weil's laboratory focuses on traumatic brain injury and the comorbidities that may exist between TBI and ischemic strokes, with a particular interest in both vascular responses and mitochondrial consequences to the paired injuries.

    "The opportunity to be a part of this training program is an exciting chance to expand my connections in the field of stroke research and grow a deeper appreciation and knowledge for the work that is being conducted in the field. Meeting and learning from experts and fellow researchers is a great opportunity that will aid me in developing more skills and understanding a great deal more to aid me in becoming a better scientist and researcher."

National Institute on Aging (T32 AG052375)