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Former Lab Members

Lab Members

Full-Time Staff

  • Allyssa Abel, M.P.H – Research Associate
    “As a member of the asthma team, I have been able to connect with Rochester families who have children who are severely suffering from asthma. Asthma is a debilitating chronic illness, so working with a group of passionate clinicians, researchers, and students at the University of Rochester to optimize asthma care for youth in the surrounding neighborhoods has been an extremely rewarding and humbling experience. This work has grown very close to my heart because Rochester is my hometown. Therefore, I view it as a great privilege and honor to be serving on this team and serving my community.” – Allyssa Abel
  • Peggy Collins – Research Associate
  • Jason Noomani – Research Associate
  • Dhristie Bhagat – Medical Student Summer Intern
  • Hillary F. Goldman – Research Analyst
    "Just about the greatest feeling in the world is to hear firsthand from families and nurses that our program has benefited their children. This feedback fuels my motivation to continue working for the ever evolving Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma. What a joy it is to work for a program whose outcomes are so in line with my personal values!" – Hillary F. Goldman
  • Alex Hoey – Research Associate
    “Working for the Asthma Team has provided me with invaluable insight into the worlds of both research and clinical care. It’s easy to come into work in the morning when you work with a group that is so passionate about aiding the Rochester community. What I love most about our program is the foresight, as we attempt to create new models of care that may benefit children with asthma for years to come.” – Alex Hoey
  • Heather Holderness – Health Project Coordinator
    "It is a true privilege to be a part of such a dynamic research team that not only conducts the highest quality research but also serves to provide the utmost care and compassion for our community. The families in our community with whom we work experience significant barriers to good health, but the relationships and interactions we are able to build with them help us to better understand these gaps so that we are ultimately able to help break down these barriers and improve their, and our community’s health." – Heather Holderness
  • Rebecca Holman – Research Associate
  • David Chaves Lopez – Research Associate
    "The greatest benefit of being part of The Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma is that I have the opportunity of working directly with caring parents, kind and enthusiastic youth and sincere school nurses. In addition to this, my co-workers are supportive and professional, making our research become more significant and beneficial for our Rochester Community, particularly the families whom we work with." – David Chavez Lopez
  • Stefanie Thorsness – Research Associate
  • Elise Wiesenthal, B.S., R.N. – Research Analyst
    "Working with the asthma study team has given me so many opportunities to grow, both professionally and personally. I have had the chance to work with and learn from an amazing group of dedicated, compassionate individuals. I have gained an understanding of the effort that goes into each large scale project, and I am really enjoying the opportunity to become involved in many different aspects of research. Additionally, the interactions we have with families in our programs allow us to shape our studies to the needs of the community. It is so rewarding to be welcomed into the home of a subject, and see the positive effects of our asthma research on a child's life." – Elise Wiesenthal
  • Julia Weaver – Research Associate
    “I feel very fortunate to be able to be part of such a caring team. Everyone on the Asthma Team is committed to improving the lives of the families we work with, not only through helping the child’s asthma but in any way we can help. It is so rewarding to hear parents tell us that they believe that we are really making a difference in the Rochester community.” –Julia Weaver
  • Eleni Wechsler – Research Assistant Strong Staffing
    “Being able to work with children and their families throughout Rochester has been an extremely rewarding experience. Helping these families is what drives our team and each and every member of our team is passionate about the work they do. It is extremely refreshing to work in that type of environment and I am so lucky to be a part of this team.” – Eleni Wechsler
  • Michelle Benassai – Research Assistant Strong Staffing
    “I am so grateful to have spent nearly 3 years working with the asthma team as a research assistant. It has been incredibly rewarding and enlightening to interact directly with inner-city families dealing with asthma. I have learned the importance of meeting the community’s unique needs to improve the delivery of health care, and it’s been such a privilege to work with a passionate research team dedicated to serving the Rochester community.” – Michelle Benassai
  • Kerry Blauvelt – Motivational Interviewing Counselor
    "In the Asthma Team, I have found an environment that is helping me to grow immensely as a professional. Along with the experience I am gaining as a Motivational Interviewing Counselor, I have encountered a variety of opportunities to expand my skills. Whether it’s trying to figure out how to present abstracts and data in a clear, concise poster, or facilitating a presentation and discussion about a research project with a diverse audience of community members, or finding creative solutions to connect with teens and caregivers that are difficult to reach, I am continuously being challenged to think and act in new ways. I’ve only been with the team for a few months and I am eager to see what challenges and opportunities the rest of my time here will hold!" – Kerry Blauvelt
  • Joana (Jojo) Coelho – Research Associate
    “Observing the families, researchers, primary care practices, and school faculty of the Rochester community come together to improve the life of children with asthma is a truly awe inspiring experience. Every day, I look forward to the opportunity of working with the Asthma Team to try to improve the education around asthma management and accessibility to treatment for the current and future families of the Rochester community. For me, learning about the economic and social barriers faced by our families in seeking care for their asthma or in their day-to-day life makes the work we and others in research and public health do that much more imperative. Providing support and counsel to our families is the most important and rewarding part of this experience for me and as someone who aspires to career in pediatrics and primary care, I hope to take the lessons I have learned from my colleagues in medicine, in research, in the community, and in the families we work with to continue to develop and grow as an individual and a healthcare professional.” – Joana Coelho


Student Lab Members

  • Katelyn Cappotelli – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Meghan Doran – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Leanne Garcia – Student Intern
  • Nicole Itzkowitz – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Tylia Johnson – Summer Intern
  • Carson Klasner – Summer Intern
  • Jacob Marling – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Jessica Parmelee – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Christina Sanchez – High School Student Summer Intern
  • Jennifer Selland – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Hannah Slavin – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Shivali Murkerji – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Iman Ali – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Makenzie Gabriel – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Paige Brugger – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Ashima Sharma – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Lydia Goff – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Brianne Landwersiek – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Olivia Moutevelis – Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Lauren Hoffman – Undergraduate Research Assistant