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Laura Shum, PhD

Laura ShumLaura received her undergraduate degree cum laude in biological sciences from SUNY Brockport. Laura defended her dissertation, "Mitochondrial Metabolism in Bone Physiology and Pathology" under her advisor, Roman A. Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D. Laura's research interest centers on  The role of estrogen and mitochondria during the differentiation of osteoprogenitors, and how this relates to osteoporosis. 

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at UConn Health Center

Daniela Geba, PhD

Daniela Geba

Daniela obtained her MD degree from the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania and received training in epidemiology at University at Buffalo. Her research interest is in the broad area of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on diabetes mellitus. Daniela's Profile

Research Mentor: Ann Dozier, PhD

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Geisinger Health System

Molly Jaynes Wilson, PhD

Molly Jaynes

Molly received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in music from the University of Cincinnati. She defended her dissertation, “Motor Sequence Performance and Pattern Awareness: Impact of Dystonia” in October 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Mink. This research, for which she was awarded a F31 fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, focused on motor learning in musicians and nonmusicians with a neurological disorder called dystonia.

Research Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD

Now: Molly is an Associate for Academic Analytics, a higher education data solutions company.

Aisha Siebert, PhD

Aisha Siebert Aisha completed her Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health with a focus in Toxicology and Molecular Epidemiology in gene-environment interaction. Her previous research included studies of prenatal polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)-induced genotoxicity as well as nutritional deficiency and epigenetic regulation of the retinoblastoma (Rb) gene cascade. Aisha is an MD-PhD student and completed two years of medical school before joining the TBS PhD program. She is currently researching specific mechanisms of epigenetic regulation of gene expression, including environmental determinants and imprinting. Her lab is working to characterize the metabolic effects of specific venom proteins produced by Nasonia species. Potential medical applications of this research include utility as pesticides and specific inhibitors of conserved metabolic pathways implicated in human disease pathogenesis.

Research Mentor: John (Jack) Werren, PhD

Now: Aisha is currently finishing Medical School.

Abeer Abu Zeitone, PhD

Abeer Abu Zeitone

Abeer obtained her B.S degree in Pharmacy and M.S degree in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Jordan. She is pursuing her PhD in the Clinical Research Track, studying Long QT syndrome (LQTS) which is an inherited cardiac channelopathy disease. Her translational biomedical research project involves utilizing the clinical information obtained from LQTS patients to investigate and find effective strategies to treat and reduce the risk of cardiac events in this group of patients.

Research Mentor: Arthur J Moss, MD

Now: Abeer is currently a Fellow for the Department of Neurology at Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET).

Lesley M. Chapman, PhD

Lesley Chapman

Lesley obtained her B.S. degree in Biology at Duke University. She completed an undergraduate research project in the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy where she became interested in the genetics of infectious disease. Lesley is currently working at the National Institutes of Health.

Research Mentor: Craig Morrell, DVM, PhD

Now: Lesley is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Carolyn Glass, MD, PhD

Carolyn Glass

Carolyn Glass obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a Neuroscience degree, Cum Laude. She initially trained as a Physician Assistant in Neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine (M.S. Degree) and decided to pursue medical school four years later at the University of Texas Medical Branch where she graduated with her MD degree with Magna Cum Laude research distinction. She was one of six residents nationally who was accepted into an integrated vascular surgery program. After four years of vascular surgery training at the University of Rochester Medical Center, she decided to pursue her passion for basic science by matriculating into the CTSI Translational Biomedical Science PhD Program. Her current area of research involves identifying critical genes using high-throughput sequencing in the hematopoietic system.

Research Mentor: Archibald Perkins, MD, PhD

Now: Assistant Professor at Duke Medical Center.

Cindi Lewis, PhD

Cindi Lewis

Cindi obtained her BSc. degree in Biotechnology at Claflin University, followed by a year in the field of Cancer Biology Genomics at the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic. She has opted to focus on the clinical to community scope of translational research. She has worked with Dr. Nancy Chin on two research projects: a qualitative study with AIDS Care in the community of Rochester to investigate HIV+ patient experiences with services provided by this organization; and a study that established a sustained partnership between UR and the Health Department of Leh, (Ladakh, India) for initiating and maintaining programs to reduce tobacco usage in the community of Leh. She has also worked in Spanish Harlem, NYC with the National Development and Research Institute (NDRI), under the direction of Dr. James McMahon to examine the experiences of HIV+ heterosexual men in coping with their diagnosis. Her involvement in these projects have solidified her resolve to work with vulnerable populations in the area of improving access to care, quality of services rendered and delivering culturally appropriate health and science information to improve health outcomes.

For her dissertation, Cindi is working as part of a community outreach group directed by the UR HIV Vaccine Trials Network clinical research site. She has selected to work on the informed consent process in order to improve the understandability of the informed consent process for a wider cross section of individuals under the direction of Dr. Michael Keefer and Dr. Amina Alio.

Research Mentor: Amina Alio, PhD

Now: Cindi is the Executive Director of Practice Implementation at Advocate Community Providers (ACP), a diverse network of practicing physicians and providers in New York City.