Welcome New Fellows!
Jul 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Jarom is from Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a BS in Physiology and Developmental Biology. As this year's post-sophomore fellow, he is taking a leave of absence from his training at the University of Utah School of Medicine and will return to graduate with his MD in 2023. Jarom is particularly interested in cancer screenings, diagnostics, and therapies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, weight training, and the occasional meditative yoga session.
Dr. Heather Nelson was born in Santa Clarita, California, where she spent half her childhood before moving to Northville, New York. Heather graduated from Elmira College with a BS in Chemistry and Biology in 2012. In 2018, she earned her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Upon completing her PhD, she pursued a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where her research focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms leading to human islet dysfunction and diabetes. Outside of work, Heather loves to stay active; she runs, bikes, swims, and plays soccer. She is looking forward to exploring the great outdoors and running new trails in Utah.
Dr. Vrajesh Pandya grew up in the western state of Gujarat in India. He graduated with an MSc with a specialization in Microbiology from the M.S. University of Baroda. He then obtained work experience developing analytical assays for biotherapeutic proteins at Intas Biopharmaceuticals, as well as performing cancer research at the Indian Institute of Science. Vrajesh moved to Canada to pursue a PhD at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2019. During his doctoral studies, he discovered a novel biomarker of aggressive ER-positive breast cancer called the BCL-2 Interacting Killer (BIK) by analyzing mRNA and protein levels in primary patient tumors. Subsequently, he investigated the underlying mechanism of BIK-mediated pathogenesis and discovered that BIK induced a novel pathway of cellular evolution called sub-lethal apoptosis, which led to DNA damage and cancer aggression. Vrajesh is excited to learn about the field of Clinical Chemistry during the fellowship program. Outside of work, he can be found fixing things around the house or hiking and camping in the great outdoors of Utah with his family.
Dr. Dharmendra Jain was born and raised in India. He earned his PhD from Amity University Delhi. His core area of interest is transplant immunology with a deeper interest in histocompatibility and immunogenetics. He joins University of Utah with his vast experience gathered by working in both clinical and research laboratories. Apart from his academic interests, Dharmendra loves Bollywood music and has a hobby of playing the mouth organ. He is looking forward to a great learning experience at the University of Utah!
Dr. Hemant Joshi comes from Kathmandu, Nepal. He earned his BS in Biochemistry from Pokhara University and came to Utah for his graduate education. During his PhD, he studied the role of a novel protein CXXC5 in hematopoiesis, primarily during B cell and myeloid cell development. In his postdoctoral training, his work focused on examining T cell responses during influenza infection. Having had his doctoral and postdoctoral training at the University of Utah, Hemant considers Utah his second home and is thrilled to be joining the Clinical Immunology. He loves playing and watching soccer, and listening to spiritual discourses.
Dr. Kyle Fraser 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, then 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.
Dr. Evan Raps graduated from the AP/CP residency at the University of Utah in 2020. He served as the AP chief resident during his senior year. Evan is very familiar with the West and had a career as a professional skier before his academic pursuits. He was an inaugural coach and organizer of the US Freeskiing Olympic Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health ecology and subsequently an MD from the University of Nevada, Reno. Evan loves spending time with his wife and two children, traveling, surfing, music, and of course, skiing/boarding.
Dr. Anthony Cretara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but also grew up in Southern California. He graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in theater arts. He was a professional actor in Los Angeles until he went into teaching English, and eventually into medicine. Anthony is currently studying to become a gastrointestinal pathologist. Outside of work he spends most of his time caring for his 1-month-old daughter, Rose. He is looking forward to exploring Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah.
Dr. Zachary Dong completed his undergraduate degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has lived in six states and two countries, and is a native of the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West. Zach enjoys backpacking, mountaineering, oil painting, photography, calligraphy, music, and learning Latin. Since even prior to medical school, Zach has enjoyed spending time with his wife Neomi, and now their five children.
Dr. Chelsea Kidd grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She ventured to the western part of Virginia to become a Hokie at heart (Virginia Tech) and brother of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She returned to Richmond to complete medical school, AP/CP pathology residency, and the molecular genetic pathology fellowship in her hometown at the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. Chelsea enjoys building things (home improvement, sewing) as well as playing cards (spades, euchre) and is definitely solar powered (loves anything outdoors—biking, kayaking). This year, she is excited to explore the beautiful nature of the western US in between learning a ton at ARUP!
Dr. Bryce Macek is from Winnipeg, Canada. He completed his medical degree at the University of Manitoba (2014). After a brief stint in orthopedic residency, Bryce moved to Edmonton where he completed a residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Alberta (2020). Outside of work, Bryce is into sports, staying active and riding motorcycles.
Dr. Meg Williams is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After receiving her BS in Biology from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, she attended medical school at the University of North Carolina, receiving her MD in 2016. She completed AP/CP residency at the University of Utah in 2020. Meg’s academic interests include hematopathology and molecular pathology. Outside of work, she loves yoga, cooking, and hiking with her dog in the Wasatch.
Dr. Ben Kukull 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, 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.
Dr. Juliana Sobczyk grew up in a small town in northern Idaho. She graduated from Clemson University with a BS in microbiology and continued on to earn her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2016. She completed her AP/CP Pathology residency at the University of California San Diego in 2020. Outside of work, Juliana enjoys surfing and is looking forward to transferring those board skills onto the slopes.
Dr. Emilia Calvaresi grew up in Chicago and subsequently attended Rice University in Houston, where she earned dual degrees in biochemistry and cell biology and English. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Medical Scholars Program, where she obtained her PhD in biochemistry (studying drugs targeting cancer metabolism) in 2014, and her MD in 2017. In Emilia’s spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, and exercising.
Dr. Daniel Farrell was born in Indianapolis but grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bucknell University in 2012 with a BS in physics and then earned his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2016. Dan completed his residency in clinical pathology at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, followed by a fellowship in hematopathology at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dan's research interests include EBV-driven hematologic neoplasms and biomedical informatics, specifically the applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In his free time, Dan enjoys cooking, theme parks, going on walks, and reading about UAV/drone design. He is excited to live in Utah and is eager to explore the multitude of outdoor activities it offers.
Dr. Nicole Stanley was born in Nebraska and earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She then moved to Oregon, where she obtained another bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from Oregon State University. Nicole took a year out of her medical school curriculum at Oregon Health & Science University to complete a Post-Sophomore Pathology Fellowship. Nicole enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and their dog.
Dr. Christopher Caroway grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. He graduated from Warner Southern University with a BA in 2008. In 2016, he earned his MD from St. George’s University, and in 2020, he completed residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. Outside of work, Chris likes to spend time with his family and looks forward to exploring the many beautiful state and national parks in Utah.
Dr. Joe Gormley grew up in Pierre, South Dakota. He graduated from Eckerd College with a BS in Biology in 2002. In 2006, he earned his MD from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He spent over ten years in the United States Navy as an Undersea Medical Officer prior to completing his pathology residency at the University of South Dakota in 2020. Outside of work, Joe enjoys reading books and watching sports when they are not cancelled. He looks forward to visiting the many state and national parks while in Utah.
Dr. Ly Luu grew up in Vietnam. She went to the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She continued her training as a pathology resident at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Ly is interested in surgical pathology and hematopathology. She enjoys cooking Vietnamese food, jogging, and spending time with her husband and little son. She is excited to explore the national parks in Utah.
Dr. Laura Duque Lasio grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in 2013. Laura completed a Combined Pediatrics and Medical Genetics residence at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in 2019, and a Medical Biochemical Genetics fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2020. Laura is most interested in newborn screening implementation, second-tier testing and newborn screening follow up. She has collaborated on research on the critical role of psychosine in screening, diagnosis and monitoring of Krabbe disease and is currently working on the use of triheptanoin in patients with Pyruvate Carboxylase Deficiency. Laura is looking forward to spending time exploring all the hikes Utah has to offer along with her fiancé and two dogs.