Welcome New Fellows!
Jul 8, 2019 12:00 AM
Kayode was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and has lived in Nigeria, England, and Canada. He obtained an MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of East London, UK, and completed his PhD in Biochemistry from Memorial University, Canada. His doctoral thesis focused on the effects of dietary fats on lipid metabolism and the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. After his doctoral training, Kayode joined the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network as a postdoctoral fellow. There he investigated the mechanisms involved in the adverse outcomes associated with the use of HIV antiretrovirals during pregnancy, with the goal of identifying biomarkers and interventions to prevent adverse birth outcomes in HIV-positive women. Outside of work, Kayode loves the performing arts and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. He looks forward to exploring the national parks and historic sites in Utah.
Nkem was born in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. In 2010, he moved to the United States on a full academic scholarship to attend South Carolina State University where he earned his BS in Chemistry (with honors) in 2014. Nkem subsequently joined the chemistry PhD program at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he worked on the synthesis and preclinical evaluation of peptide receptor-targeted radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and therapy of prostate cancer. In 2019, Nkem earned his PhD in Chemistry. Nkem is very excited to learn more about the intriguing field of clinical chemistry during his fellowship training. In his spare time, Nkem enjoys traveling, playing drums, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. He looks forward to exploring the beautiful Utah scenery and hopefully get into nature photography.
Rami was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He graduated from The Syrian Private University in 2013. In 2014, he started a residency in pathology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Following his residency, he completed a one-year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in oncologic surgical pathology. His academic interests include head and neck and genitourinary pathology. Outside of work, Rami is a lover of the great outdoors, a seasoned cook and an avid reader. Rami enjoys hiking, fitness and yoga.
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.
Alexey was born and raised in Belarus; he moved to the United States after high school. In 2010, he graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in Biochemistry. In 2015, Alexey earned his MD from the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In 2019, he completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. His academic interests include gastrointestinal pathology, head and neck pathology, and statistical/machine learning. Outside of work, Alexey enjoys reading, camping, traveling, and learning.
Samuel was born in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, with a BS in Plant and Environmental Biotechnology. In 2014, he earned his MBBS from the University of Queensland, Australia. He recently completed his AP/CP training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. His main academic interests are gastrointestinal, liver, and pediatric pathology. Outside of work he is an avid surfer, enjoys off-roading and working on automobiles. He is excited to be back in Utah and reconnecting with friends and family.
Jessica grew up in Hettinger, North Dakota. She graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Biology in 2005. In 2015, she earned her MD at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Jessica recently completed her AP/CP residency training at the University of Utah. Jessica spends her free time with her family and enjoying the great outdoor opportunities in Utah.
Jeff is a Bountiful, Utah native. He graduated with dual degrees from Texas Tech in El Paso, where he received his medical degree with distinction in research and scholarship, and from the University of Texas-Houston, where he was awarded a Master of Public Health degree and was elected to the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health. Jeff recently completed his AP/CP residency training at the University of Utah. His research is focused on laboratory developed test regulation, digital pathology, and hematopathology. Jeff plays on a soccer team and enjoys outdoor activities with his family. He is excited about continuing to explore beautiful Utah.
Ted is from Colorado and graduated with a bachelor of science from Colorado State University in 2007. After a career in computer technology at Hewlett Packard and a software startup, he went on to medical school in Toledo, Ohio, then returned to Colorado for pathology residency at the University of Colorado. He is at ARUP for hematopathology fellowship training and is very excited to come to live in this beautiful State where he enjoys hiking.
Ninad grew up in India and graduated with an MSc In Microbiology from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He obtained an MS in Cell Biology from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Following this, Ninad moved to Canada where he earned a PhD in Virology at the University of Alberta. His work involved studying the interaction between poxvirus and the host innate immune system. Ninad spent the past two years working as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. His work focused on the development of Point-of-Care diagnostic for the detection of malaria parasite and DENV to be used in resource-limited settings. As part of this project, he was involved in carrying out a field trial for the malaria diagnostics in rural India. Outside of work, Ninad enjoys travelling, reading and playing computer games.
Emily grew up near Rapid City, South Dakota, before heading to Dartmouth College where she graduated with a BA in Biology in 2010. She attended graduate school in the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University, studying Chlamydia trachomatis pathogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Raphael Valdivia. Following the completion of her PhD in 2017, she accepted an APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Fellowship at the New York State Department of Health-Wadsworth Center. Emily is interested in whole-genome sequencing (WGS) applications in clinical and public health microbiology. During her time at the Wadsworth Center she developed a WGS analysis pipeline and provided ongoing laboratory support for epidemiologic investigations through WGS. When not in the laboratory, Emily will inevitably be outdoors exploring Utah by hiking, climbing, or kayaking with her husband and dog.
Ben is from Seattle, Washington. He moved to Portland, Oregon, after high school to study at Reed College and complete his BA in biology. After graduation, he traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, on a Fulbright Fellowship grant in virology. He remained in Prague where he earned his MD from Charles University. Ben returned to the United States as a pathology resident at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, completing his training in 2019. Ben spends his free time hiking, skiing, playing piano, going to films, and catching up with friends and family. He is excited about being in Utah and exploring the beautiful backdrop of easily accessible mountains along with the top-notch pathology department and diagnostics at ARUP and the University of Utah.
Lincoln was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. He graduated with an AB 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, Lincoln enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, and fishing with his wife and two boys.
Dr. Joshua Klonoski completed his AP/CP residency training at the University of Utah and is excited about staying on for fellowship training with our neuropathology faculty and a program that receives cases from a large geographical area. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Colorado State University and completed an MD/PhD program at the University of South Dakota. His basic research field involves superinfections and molecular virology, but in his spare time, Josh enjoys music, hockey, cycling, kayaking and swimming.
Mara was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, and was raised in Burke County, Georgia. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BS/MS in biology in 2003. In 2014, she earned an MD/PhD from Boston University School of Medicine where her dissertation research involved vitamin D metabolism and prostate cancer. Mara’s outside interests include swimming, socializing, and exploring new places. She is excited to have new experiences in Utah.
Matt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After six years in the business community, he shifted gears, pursuing a career in medicine. Matt attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he earned his MD and also completed his AP/CP residency. His current focus is general surgical pathology with an emphasis in genitourinary and breast pathology. Matt grew up riding horses and has picked up hiking, but is most looking forward to exploring the many other outdoor activities available in Utah.
Kyle was born in Tampa, Florida, but lived most of his life in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011, and completed medical school at George Washington University in 2015. Kyle’s academic interests include general surgical pathology and cytopathology. Interests outside of work include swimming, surfing, fishing, and cooking/baking.
Aneta grew up in Krakow, Poland, where she obtained her Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology at Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. She then moved to Sweden and studied posttranslational processing of complex secretory glycosaminoglycan-linked proteins and their interaction with extracellular matrix. In 2003, she presented her PhD thesis at the Uppsala University in Sweden and obtained her doctoral degree in Medical Biochemistry. Her interest in structural-functional aspects of a protein domain involved in proteolytic self-cleavage linked to protein-glycosaminoglycan coupling led to her spending two years working at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw in the Max Planck/Polish Institute of Science Junior Research Group of Dr. Matthias Bochtler. She later moved to the United States where she worked as a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studying regulation of apoptosis by Bcl-2 family. Interest in nonsense codon suppression and nonsense-mediated RNA decay led her to work on a pre-clinical readthrough therapy study in MPSI-Hurler syndrome mouse model. At this pivotal point she decided to pursue a career in clinical biochemical genetics. After enjoying warm weather and Southern hospitality, Aneta is very excited to move to Utah and in her free time enjoy some of the greatest nature attractions of the US.
Makenzie grew up in the foothills of East Tennessee. She attended East Tennessee State University and obtained a BS in Health Sciences with a concentration in Human Health. Her undergraduate studies uncovered a passion for the laboratory as it relates to medicine and human health. To advance her career in this area, she joined the Biomedical Sciences PhD program at Quillen College of Medicine, ETSU. During her PhD training, she studied the role of cannabinoid receptors in late stage atherosclerosis, specifically as it relates to gene regulation. This work instilled in her a desire to connect her background in human health with genetics. She took a Clinical Variant Scientist position at ARUP Laboratories where she developed a better understanding of the role of genetics in disease and found a desire to take the next step toward becoming a laboratory directory. In addition to her passion for genetics, Makenzie is mom to a goldendoodle named Howard. She enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful scenery in Utah.
Jian grew up in Chongqing, China. In 2001, he graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a BS in Biological Technology. In 2007, he earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the same university. Since graduate school, Jian has been studying the genetic basis of various human diseases. Outside of the lab, Jian enjoys reading, hiking and swimming. Jian and his family are excited about exploring the many national parks in Utah.