Emily Sechrest is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Wen-Tao Deng in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. Originally from northeast Ohio, she received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences from West Virginia University in 2021 after completing her B.S. in Biology from Bethany College in 2012. Beginning with her dissertation research and continuing into her current project, Emily has had the opportunity to study multiple inherited vision disorders that cause blindness, including retinitis pigmentosa and blue cone monochromacy. She hopes to stay within the vision field, specifically devoting time to research that aims toward development of new strategies that treat blinding diseases. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with a local cat rescue.
Katrina Wilhite is from Reno, Nevada and is currently a postdoc in the School of Public Health. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Saint Francis University, her Master's at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Phd at Australian Catholic University. She loves to learn, travel, swim, journal, be outdoors as much as possible, and brew beer with her husband. She hopes to continue her career in the public health field with a focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle in a 24-hour day and health equity.