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4th year Accelerated Research Fellow

Emily Knight, M.D., Ph.D

Emily J Knight First Year

Emily was born and raised in Spencerport, NY. She received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She then attended Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, MN, where she earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Translational Science. After medical school, she moved to New York City where she completed two years of residency in general pediatrics at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is participating in the accelerated research program through the American Board of Pediatrics and is happy to be ‘home’  working and living in the Rochester area to complete a fellowship in Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics. Emily's current research interests include brain development and multisensory processing in autism.

Second Year Fellow

Adriana Verwey, M.D.

Adriana Verwey M.D.Adriana was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and raised in a small rural town in Upstate NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Psychology and Chemistry, and specialization in Neurobiology, from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She then attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, where she completed additional training in a rural medicine scholars program. Adriana completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Rochester and graduated with distinction in advocacy. She served as a Chief Resident and faculty for the division of General Pediatrics during the following year before starting fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

During residency, she completed an advocacy project on Inclusive Recreation in the community with support from grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Special Olympics, and the Hoekelman Center. Adriana is working on a Master’s in Public Health degree through the University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences. Her interests are in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through local and national advocacy, community engagement and support, and addressing health disparities. She enjoys spending time with her family, dance, yoga, theater, baking, painting/crafting, and exploring the world through the eyes of her young daughter!

Fellowship at the University of Rochester has provided both Emily and Addie with the incredible opportunity to participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, our University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.