Welcome New Fellows!
Jul 25, 2018 12:00 AM
Grace grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a BA in Biology and Classics before pursuing a PhD in Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Her work investigated the maintenance of bacterial chromosome architecture and the role of the bacterial global transcription regulator Lrp in regulating cells' response to nutrient starvation. She enjoys reading, running, singing and knitting, and is looking forward to enjoying the incredible scenery and listening to the Utah Symphony.
Cassi is a Farmington, Utah native who obtained a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Biology and an MD from the University of Nebraska. After an internship in OB/GYN which left her unsatisfied, she transferred to the AP/CP program at the University of Arizona where she will complete her PGY-2 year in June. Preliminarily, she is interested in Hematopathology. She and her husband, Aaron, who is a computer/IT specialist, just welcomed their first child, son Anders, born in late April.
Jindong grew up in Tianjin, China. He graduated from Beijing Medical University with a Bachelor of Medicine. In 2006, he earned his PhD in oncology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His PhD work was focused on the DNA replication and transcription mechanisms of EBV. Outside of work, Jindong enjoys hiking and traveling. He looks forward to exploring the many wonderful hiking trails and parks in Utah.
Mariana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a BS in Biology in 2010. In 2014, she earned her MD degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She later moved to the Houston-Galveston area to complete a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her research focused on hepatitis C. Outside of work, Mariana enjoys interior design and event planning. She is very excited to experience snow for the first time and hopefully learn how to ski!
Ryan enjoys sports and the outdoors. He plans on learning to ski and rock climb while here in Utah. Ryan also enjoys playing the guitar, cooking and reading.
Briana was born in Japan but grew up mainly in Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Molecular Biology and Microbiology in 2009 and received her MD from Howard University College of Medicine in 2013. Her dedicated academic interests include hemoglobinopathies and red cell genotyping. Outside of work, Briana enjoys theater and gardening. She may attempt snowshoeing during this year in Utah.
Lincoln was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. He graduated with an A.B. in Biochemistry and German from Bowdoin College in 2008. During medical school at the University of Colorado, he completed a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Kampala, Uganda, where he studied interventions to reduce mortality from TB, Cryptococcus, and Kaposi sarcoma in rural HIV-infected patients. In 2018, he completed an AP/CP residency at the University of Washington. His interest in global health developed during a surgical pathology rotation in Kijabe, Kenya, and a laboratory medicine elective in Naivasha, Kenya. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, and fishing with his wife and son, which increases his excitement for living in Utah.
Bekah was born in New Jersey and lived in Pennsylvania for a short time before moving to Canton, Michigan, where she spent her school years. She graduated with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University in 2009, a degree which included completion of an internship with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) in Detroit. Bekah worked as a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist in the Division of Medical Microbiology at HFH from 2010 to 2012. In 2017, she completed her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology at the University of Michigan where her dissertation work focused on identifying risk factors for infection with the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae. Bekah has spent the past year instructing the next generation of Medical Laboratory Scientists as an Assistant Professor in the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Outside of work, Bekah enjoys reading, traveling, and cuddling with her two cats. She is also looking forward to kayaking the waterways of Utah with her husband, Ben.
Dr. Brittany Young is an MD/PhD from St. Louis University. With a Bachelor’s in Biology and Spanish awarded summa cum laude from Creighton, she entered the joint degree program. Meshing well with her chosen residency, Brittany’s PhD is in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. She enjoys watching sports, especially football and has already begun exploring her new environment.
Originally from southern India, Selvaraj completed his medical education at Coimbatore Medical College in Tamilnadu, India. In 2019, he moved to Houston, Texas, to pursue his PhD in Biology at the University of Houston. After his PhD, he completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine from June 2014 to June 2018. Outside of work he enjoys reading and music.
Aida grew up in Europe and graduated with a MD/PhD from Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany. Her career interest in basic science and clinical research brought her to Washington University in St. Louis where she pursued her postdoctoral training. After completing her AP/CP Residency and Hematopathology Fellowship at the University of Kansas, Aida is excited to further her training at the University of Utah and to be part of ARUP Laboratories. She grew up skiing in the Alps and is looking forward to skiing in Utah with her family.
Jon was born and raised in a rural community just outside Lansing, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan. He graduated with BS degrees in both chemistry and biochemistry. In 2014, he earned his MD at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. While in residency at the Cleveland Clinic he pursued many different interests including clinical methods for diagnostic mass spectrometry as well as unique presentations of gastrointestinal dysplasia in inflammatory conditions. He enjoys cooking (but mainly eating) international food, running, backcountry camping, and of course skiing. Jon will be coming to Utah with his wife Emily, an OB/GYN who is also joining the University of Utah, and both are eager to escape the clouds in Ohio to explore the mountains under Utah sunshine.
Brandy was raised in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2010 with a BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as a BA in Chemistry. There, her research focused on the characterization of novel BACE1 isoforms and their role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. She earned her medical degree from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in 2014, where she also completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology in 2018, additionally serving as chief resident. Her husband and dog relocated to Utah with her—all are looking forward to the hiking and other outdoor recreation available in the area.
Joy enjoys distance running, crochet, cake decorating, baking and pencil art. Joy moved here with her cat Dash, who thinks he is a dog because he loves to play fetch.
Kati was born in Burlington, Vermont (in the same room where she later had her residency office!), and over her childhood moved around between Vermont, Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2005 with a Cum laude BA in History. In 2008, she earned her MA in History from the University of Sydney. In 2014, she graduated with an MD from the University of Vermont College. She enjoyed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center, completing it in 2017. When not at work, Kati loves to sail and enjoy any time on the water (which will be difficult in Utah) with her husband and daughter. Kati and her family are excited about exploring everything that Utah and the western part of the United States has to offer.
Amy was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and grew up in Minnesota. She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She lived abroad for two years in Mozambique working for the United States Peace Corps, and returned to teach middle school and high school sciences for a year in Minnesota before applying to medical school. Amy attended the University of Minnesota medical school and completed her pediatrics training at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital. Some of her interests within the field of genetics include patient and parent education and creating resources to strengthen patient understanding of their medical condition and genetic testing. She enjoys camping and hiking in Utah and the surrounding areas.
Filippo was born in Italy, growing up in Partanna, a small hill town located in the west of Sicily. He graduated from the University of Parma with a MSc in Biology and Biomedical Application in 2013. In 2017, he earned his PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Parma. His PhD work focused on functional and molecular analysis of Organic Cation Transporters (OCTs and OCTNs) in human airway epithelial cells and macrophages. Outside of work. Filippo loves to travel with his fiancée. He likes to play soccer and climbing. In March 2016, Filippo lived in Salt Lake City for a few months. He believes Utah provides the perfect balance between nature and city life.
Najla was born in Seattle, Washington. She grew up between the United States and Saudi Arabia. She graduated from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2006. Shortly after, in 2011, she obtained an MS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. In 2018, she earned her PhD in Biochemistry Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University. Her PhD work focused on investigating the mechanism of chromosome crossover resolution during meiotic cell division and its impact on infertility. Outside of the lab, Najla loves traveling, theater, and shopping. She looks forward to attending the Sundance Film Festival! She is a mom of a little boy and is excited about the many family friendly activities Utah has to offer.
Miekan grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Biochemistry in 2016. Miekan has dabbled in several areas of research including enzymology and microbiology and also enjoys teaching, both as a tutor for the School of Medicine and as a music teacher for local kids. Outside of school and work, Miekan is an avid amateur musician and also enjoys reading, art, cooking, and gardening.