Termpanit (Natty) Chalermpalanupap (Neuroscience)
I am a 5th year graduate student in the Neuroscience Program in the Graduate Division of Biomedical and Biological Sciences. I’m originally from Thailand, but came over to the U.S. to attend college and I graduated from Emory in 2010 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. I’m currently co-mentored between Dr. David Weinshenker’s lab in the Department of Human Genetics and Dr. Allan Levey’s lab in the Department of Neurology. My dissertation project involves trying to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease by looking at the role of abnormal tau proteins in a brainstem area called the locus coeruleus and its involvement in initiating pathology. My overall research interest extend beyond Alzheimer’s disease as I’m also interested in positive cognitive health and finding ways to help our brains age gracefully.
Xia Hong (Physics)
I went to undergrad at Tsinghua University in China, where I double majored in physics and math and did research in single molecule biophysics. After that, I came to Emory to continue studying biophysics and I switch direction to soft materials after my first rotation project in Eric Weeks’ lab. Soft materials are very common in our daily lives including sand, peanut butter, ketchup, shaving cream, etc. My current research is on a simple model soft material, emulsion, which are tiny oil droplets in water. I focus on how emulsion flows and the most important discovery is we can have both water-like flow behavior and avalanche-like flow behavior in the same system and we figured out how and why this transition happens. Along with the physics PhD program, I also study in a joint master program in computer science. My backgrounds in different fields, in addition to the wide application of soft materials in other realms, have shaped the interdisciplinary characteristics of my research. Next year, I will take my passion for teaching and research to next stage, hopefully a post-doctor position, and ideally a faculty position doing both research and teaching in the future.
Erin Keebaugh (Pathology)
I am a recent graduate of Emory’s Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program. As a graduate student, I performed research on Drosophila’s immune response against natural pathogens in Emory’s Biology department. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher and I study the interaction between Drosophila hosts and their gut microbiota.
Jasmine Miller-Klein (Cancer Biology)
I am a 4th year in the Cancer Biology program in the Department of Surgery. My research interest focuses on understanding drug-resistance in cancer and developing targeted nanomedicine therapies to overcome this drug-resistance. My research is focused in a sub-type of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). About 60% of TNBC patients are resistant to chemotherapy treatment and within 3 years many of them will have their cancer return and they will die of their disease. To understand why these patients are resistant to chemotherapy I look for the presence of cancer stem cells, or the cells thought to be the seed from which tumors grow. It is proposed that patients with drug-resistant TNBC have more cancer stem cells than those who respond to treatment. To overcome this drug resistance I am developing nanoparticles that can be targeted to the cancer stem cells. The thought is that if we can kill the “seeds” then the tumors cannot grow back. Outside of lab, I am very involved in community development and empowerment programs throughout Metro Atlanta. The programs are mostly aimed at a two-fold purpose, development of the individual and development of the community, as these two processes are dependent on one another. I was attracted to the ORDER fellowship because not only am I interested in teaching but I am interested to see what empowerment could look like in an academic setting.
Adriana Miu (Clinical Psychology)
Hello! My name is Adriana Miu, and I am currently a 4th year graduate student in the Department of Psychology- Clinical Psychology program. I am originally from Hong Kong and San Francisco. During undergrad at Stanford, I studied psychology, economics, and education, and I enjoyed learning from different disciplines. After graduation, I did a one-year AmeriCorps fellowship teaching high school math. Inspired by my teaching experiences, my current research focuses on the effects of fixed vs. growth mindsets on coping and psychopathology, specifically depression. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, hiking, and trying new food.
Rebecca Roberts (Psychology)
I am a graduate student in the Psychology Department's Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program and work with Dr. Kim Wallen at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. I have always been fascinated by nonhuman primate behavior, especially social behavior and cognition. For my thesis, I am investigating the cooperative and prosocial tendencies of rhesus monkeys living in a large, socially-naturalistic group using a voluntary, touch-screen computer system. The monkeys have free access to the computers, and we are interested in seeing if rhesus monkeys can work together to solve computer tasks and how they distribute small food rewards to their partners. In our course, "Flowkeyroads/Brancer: An Interdisciplinary Mashup of Research Tracks," you will hear about the history of the field and learn about research on the complex social cognitive abilities of our nonhuman primate relatives.
Mixon Robinson (English)
I am a third-year PhD student in the English Department. My research interests include nineteenth-century U.S. literature, law and literature, and the politics of mobility. I am currently in the early stages of a dissertation examining the role of the railroad in nineteenth-century American culture, with a particular interest in exploring literary, visual, and legal archives.
Karl Schmidt (Neuroscience)
I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program. Thus far, my research interests have focused the brain's regulation of motivated behaviors and drug abuse. Prior to graduate school, I investigated neural mechanisms of memory, new drug combinations to improve pain medications, and the effects of exercise on drug abuse. For my graduate work, I have worked in David Weinshenker's lab in the Department of Human Genetics to study the sites of brain activation able to reinforce behaviors in transgenic rodents. I use a technique called optogenetics to turn on specific brain cells using light and measure the resulting changes in behavior.
Sydney Silverstein (Anthropology)
I am a filmmaker and PhD student in Emory's Anthropology department, and a member of Emory's Visual Scholarship Initiative. My doctoral research examines the impacts of the global trade in illicit narcotics within and around the coca-growing regions of Peru, particularly as it intersects with historical economies of licit coca production. I am also interested in visual praxis and methods of (participatory) visual anthropology, including photo elicitation, film, and other forms of critical, creative work. I completed my first film, La Mamá de los Pollitos/The Mother Hen, in 2013 and I am working on a second film project tentatively titled Bodega María.
Mairead Sullivan (WGSS)
I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. My research considers cultural narratives of breasts in order to examine the underlying assumptions of feminist and queer theory. Broadly speaking, I am interested in feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, and critical health studies.
John Trimper (Psychology)
I am a 5th year graduate student working on a PhD in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior through the Department of Psychology. My research focuses on understanding how the brain processes and represents memories. To try to answer these questions, I use a technique called in vivo electrophysiology, which allows me to record the electrical (neural) activity in rats' brains while they're actively performing memory tasks.
Makendra Umstead (Cancer Biology)
I am doctoral candidate in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program working in the Department of Pharmacology here at Emory University. My undergraduate major was in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. I started working in research labs as a sophomore in college; however, it wasn’t until after taking a cancer biology class during my senior year of college that I realized I wanted to combine my love for biomedical research and my knowledge of the drug discovery process with my passion for finding better ways to treat cancer. I started graduate school right after college and joined a lab that has expertise in two major areas: cancer target identification and high-throughput drug screening. We are trying to find new ways to treat a variety of cancers by identifying (1) what is going wrong in those cancer cells and (2) what chemical compounds can be used to fix what is wrong. We specifically focus on understanding the deregulated protein – protein interactions that are occurring in cancer cells and how these changes drive the development of cancer.
Carolina Campanella (Psychology). I am a doctoral candidate in the Cognition & Development Program in Psychology. My research in the Hamann Cognitive Neuroscience Lab focuses on how emotion and sleep may influence and strengthen memory. I am also involved in research investigating how mood (e.g., depression) and anxiety (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder) disorders impact the brain. In addition to teaching undergraduates, I have previously been involved in "Brainy Days", a program whose goal is to encourage 3rd and 4th graders to become interested in psychology and the brain. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, dancing, and staying active by playing lots of sports including: soccer, flag football, tennis, and softball.
Ashley Coleman (Religion). The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. -Audre Lorde. I am excited to share my love of learning with you! I'm a 7th year Ph.D. candidate in Religion; I combine social science and religious studies in my work. (Yay for interdisciplinarity!) My project explores the lived experiences of black women in Puerto Rico in two different sites--those who attend a nondenominational church and those who dance bomba. African Diaspora Religions, moral development, pragmatism, and the psychology of religion are a few of my teaching interests. Ahhh, the future . . . I hope to be a college religion professor and run a nonprofit to help encourage more black men to earn Ph.D.s. I love listening to others' stories (we best learning from each other) and I fancy culinary treasures and the color green. I'm also obsessed with street art and random dancing.
Brian Dias (Neuroscience). I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Thus far, I have investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying stress and antidepressant treatments in the rat, sexual behavior in lizards, and courtship in fruit flies. I currently study fear in mice and am particularly interested in understanding how organisms bear imprints of their ancestral environment. I have just returned from teaching neuroscience to Buddhist monks in India as part of the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, and I am looking forward to incorporating some of this teaching experience into my ORDER module. When not in the lab, I can be found lounging in coffee shops or running moderately long distances.
Kelly Lohr (Neuroscience). I am a third year student in the graduate Neuroscience program. My lab is located in the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. I am interested in how the interaction of genetic and environmental factors can make us more or less susceptible to developing a neurological disease. I am currently studying a specific protein that packages neurotransmitters and sequesters toxicants in the group of neurons that dies in Parkinson's disease. Because of the important jobs of this protein, it can control both neurotransmitter output and the vulnerability of these neurons to toxic insult. This could be important for understanding both how these cells die in Parkinson's and how to create therapeutics for the treatment of this disease.
Julia Haas (Philosophy). I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy. I am currently completing a graduate certificate at the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, with my research focusing on weakness of will. I work as an associate editor at The American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and serve as the managing editor of The Neuroethics Blog. In my spare time, I like to hike in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Constance Harrell (Neuroscience). As a student in the MD/PhD program, specifically in neuroscience, I research the relationship between psychosocial stress and physiological stress. I am interested in how these stressors interact to affect the body and the brain, especially as pertains to mental health disorders. My current research studies the effects of a high-fructose diet on both insulin resistance and depressive- and anxiety-like behaviors in rats. At the same time, I'm also working on a project exploring the relationship between HIV and psychosocial stress on mental health and learning. In sum, I'm truly fascinated by the brain-body relationship, and how it works when something goes wrong; that is, under stress! In the long term, I hope to become an academic physician-scientist, teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in my own lab, while simultaneously practicing as a neurologist or endocrinologist and teaching medical students and residents.
Jason Shepard (Psychology). I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Emory University, where I work in the Cognitive and Linguistics Systems Lab with Phillip Wolff. I am also an affiliate of the the Neuroethics Program and the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. Before arriving at Emory, I earned an MA in philosophy at Georgia State University, where I worked primarily under the advisement of Eddy Nahmias. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of South Alabama, where I earned BAs in psychology and philosophy. My primary research interests revolve around issues related to the way we think about ethics, actions, and the minds of others. More specifically, I attempt to answer questions such as: (a) What makes an action intentional? (b) What criteria do we use when assigning responsibility? (c) What is the ordinary concept of free will and how is it (or isn't it) challenged by findings in neuroscience and psychology?
Josey Synder (Religion). I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Division of Religion. My research focuses on the reception history of biblical texts. This means I study the wide variety of ways different communities have interpreted biblical texts over time. I am especially interested in Jewish midrashic interpretation and the interaction between early Jewish and early Christian interpretations. My dissertation focuses on the biblical figure of Lot's wife, the unnamed woman who looks back at the destruction of Sodom and is transformed into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). I consider a wide variety of interpretations of this biblical character, both ancient and modern. For modern interpretations, I am especially interested in the numerous poems (religious and secular) that have been written about her.
Lena Suk (History). I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Latin American history. Last December, I returned from twenty months of archival research in Brazil and have begun writing my dissertation entitled, Girls' Night Out: Cinemas, Leisure, and Gendered Spaces in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1920-1960. One of the topics I examine in my dissertation is how people of varying gender, race, and class backgrounds interacted with each other within the emerging space of movie theaters. How did movie theaters, as a social and physical space, impact individuals' interpretations of themselves and of the people around them? In my teaching, I strive to incorporate diverse media like music, film, maps and other visual texts.
Eladio Abreu (Physiology)
Going Viral: Infectious Diseases, Ideas, & Politics (2012-13)
Rebecca Levine (Population Biology, Ecology, & Evolution). My objective as a scientist is to explore the ecological processes that allow diseases which originate in wildlife to spread and persist in human populations. My dissertation research focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of West Nile Virus in Atlanta, GA as a model system of how a mosquito-borne pathogen behaves in an industrialized urban area. I hope that my research will ultimately help improve the health of people, wildlife, and the environment. I believe that both teaching and learning are exciting. For me, teaching is an adventure, and for my students, learning is nothing less; that adventure should be engaging, inferential, and experiential. My goal is to provide hands-on activities and experiences in which students are given the tools they need to discover their natural world, where their learning takes place through guided exploration. As such, my teaching incorporates field trips, experiments, and independent projects. I hope to provide experiences for students to connect with the wondrous questions that arise when they contemplate their natural environments.
Rebecca Meyer (Neuroscience)
Celeste Lee (Sociology), author of conference presentation on ORDER
Ajit Chittambalam (Liberal Arts)
Yue Ding (Biophysics), author of conference presentation on ORDER
iSearch: Illuminating Identity (2012-13)
Fernando Esquival-Suarez (Spanish). My background in philosophy and the training I received at the Institute of Cultural Studies PENSAR in my hometown Bogota, Colombia, in addition to my doctoral formation in Hispanic literature at Emory, have shaped the interdisciplinary characteristics of my research. In my dissertation, I explore how cultural hierarchies between countries are produced. Through early twentieth century travel narratives on Argentina, I examine how Spanish intellectuals positioned their culture as origin and tradition of Spain's former colonies. My second project examines sports as spaces where social conflicts take place. As a product of those inquiries, I taught the module: "Foreign Players: Soccer, Masculinities, and Immigration in the U.S". This class explored the unique form in which American soccer has developed. This specificity shows particular racial and gender dynamics in the contemporary United States. Next year, I will take my passion for teaching and research to my first professional appointment at Spelman College.
Laura Gray (Physics). I participated in the ORDER program when I was a 4th year graduate student in the physics department. I went to undergrad at NC State, where I double majored in physics and history and did research for 2 years in the physics department studying granular materials. I came to Emory to continue studying soft matter physics. Soft materials include sand, peanut butter, shaving cream, and plastics. My current research is on polymers and focuses on the transition between liquid-like and solid-like behavior. I also study polymer solar cells and am looking at how to improve their electronic capabilities. I am not sure exactly what the future will hold, but I would like to stay in academics either doing research or teaching, or ideally, both.
Victoria Templer (Psychology). During my undergraduate education, I greatly benefited from the close relationships I formed with my professors at Franklin & Marshall College. It is because of these outstanding mentors that I pursued a PhD in Psychology with an Animal Behavior and Neuroscience focus. My principle teaching objective is to motivate students by displaying my natural enthusiasm to understand the mind, brain, and behavior and to personally engage students in this scientific process. I hope and plan to make teaching a large part of my future in academia. My research interests are in the overlapping fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, and Cognitive Science. Generally, I am interested in memory, cognition, and the interface of brain and behavior with an evolutionary perspective. My broad research goal is to determine what cognitive and neural mechanisms underlie behavioral specializations in humans and nonhumans. Working with Dr. Robert Hampton in the Laboratory of Comparative Primate Cognition at Emory University, I am currently exploring monkey memory systems and examining the extent to which nonhuman primates exhibit functional parallels to human explicit memory, including memory awareness and a few different types memory for order. My long-term goal is to conduct research that informs cognitive evolution and helps the treatment and prevention of cognitive and memory disorders.
Bentley Gibson (Psychology). I have spent my graduate career in the Emory Infant and Child lab studying the development of racial/ethnic minority children's racial preferences and racial identity. I received my Master's replicating the original Mamie and Kenneth Clark doll study on modern-day African American preschoolers, working with Dr. Philippe Rochat. The main research goal that I have is to continue to examine how people become racialized. Some of the questions that drive my research are: What roles do our racial identities and stereotypes play on the way we think and behave? When do children develop racial attitudes and racial identities? What racial stereotypes stand-out to children and do these stereotypes change over time or remain the same? The research I'm currently conducting is one of the largest developmental studies on African American's implicit (unconscious) racial attitudes between ages 6 and 22 years old. Of particular interest, is what predicts African American's tendency to have positive attitudes about their racial in-group. Several potential contributing factors are being examined: how strongly individuals identify with their own racial group, the impact of racial socialization (parental racial attitudes/behaviors), race composition of school and socio-economic status. My teaching experience includes Psychology courses such as Experimental Methods and Statistics in Psychology. Becoming a teacher-scholar for the ORDER program gave me an opportunity to teach about my research on the development of racial attitudes. The main objective of my module was to allow students to explore race as a social construct, learn more about their own racial attitudes and where they stem from as well as to understand ways to decrease their biases. Students enjoyed the module and made statements in their final feedback such as, I learned stuff that I didn't know about myself; and It taught me a lot about race. It gave me a different perspective and a new way of thinking about it as a social construct. This experience was highly beneficial because it prepared me to teach about a highly sensitive topic such as race to a diverse group of students as well as to connect my work to the studies of graduate students from other fields.
Diane Wiener (Biophysics)
Layers of Human Experience: Molecules, Methods, and Metaphysical Madness (2011-12)
Michelle Manno (Sociology)
Dennis Mishler (Biology)
David Pen-Guzman (Philosophy)
John Sexton (Biomedical Engineering)
Alexis Wells (Religion)
Sex, Drugs, and Vodou Spirits: Exploring Health from Molecules to Society (2011-12)
Neil Anthony (Biophysics)
Bonnie Fullard (Anthropology)
Whitney Peoples (Women's Studies)
Andrei Popa (Psychology)
Kate Stokes (Immunology)
Good Germs, Bad Angels, Mutant Mice, and the Secret to Success (2010-11)
Laura Braden (Sociology)
Crystal Jones (Microbiology)
Laura Mariani (Neuroscience), blog post on ORDER program
Jackie Wsye Rhodes (Religion)
Blood, Brains, Death, and Disease (2010-11)
Flora Anthony (Art History)
Justine Liepkalns (Biology)
Erin Robbins (Psychology)
Jacob Shreckengost (Physiology)
Taken Out of Context (2008-09)
Melissa Bobeck (Chemistry)
Matthew Campbell (Psychology)
Kazem Edmond (Physics)
Nafees Khan (Educational Studies)
Lerone Martin (Religion)
Who Cares? Perspectives in Chemistry: Proteins, Patients, Prisoners (2008-09)
Brooke Dodson-Lavelle (Religion)
Barret Michalec (Sociology)
Pablo Romagnoli (Emory Vaccine Center)
Li Sun (Physics)
Sarah Vitorino (Women's Studies)
Translating Life: Bridging the Languages of Science and Human Spirit (2007-08)
Jennifer Fugate (Psychology)
Carlo Manzo (Physics)
Maria Rosa-Rodriguez (Spanish & Portugeuse)
David Simpson (Biomedical Engineering)
Jenn Wilhelm (Neuroscience & Physiology)
Method to the Madness (2007-08)
Laura Brannen (Art History)
Seth Childers (Chemistry)
Jacob Kagey (Genetics and Molecular Biology)
Neil Milan (Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution)
Shana Topp (Chemistry)
The Many Faces of Technology (2007)
Lyndsey Darrow (Epidemiology)
Heather Jamerson (Sociology)
Alaine Keebaugh (Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution)
David Tan (Organization & Management)
Where the Wild Things Are (2006)
Zoe Donaldson (Neuroscience)
Cria Gregory (Nutrition and Health Sciences)
Nikki Khanna (Sociology)
Suzette Pabit (Physics)
Gelsy Torres-Oviedo (Biomedical Engineering)
You've Got Questions . . . You've Got Answers! (2006)
Judy McMillon (Immunology & Molecular Pathogenesis)
Jaime Hatcher (Neuroscience, Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases)
Lizbeth Martin (Neuroscience, Psychiatry)
Drew Palmer (Chemistry)
Manu Platt (Biomedical Engineering)
Small Questions, BIG ANSWERS! (2005)
Catherine Bradley (Environmental Studies)
Gianguido Cianci (Physics)
Bill Fantegrossi (Neuroscience)
Amanda Freeman (Neurology)
Anne Riederer (Environmental Health)
Choose Your Own Adventure (in Science!) (2004)
Jason Davis (Psychology)
Steven Girardot (Chemistry, Public Health)
Piotr Habdas (Physics)
Brenda Minesinger (Genetics)
Christine Schaner (Developmental Biology)
Size DOES Matter (2004)
Kris Bough (Pharmacology)
Denise Flaherty (Pathology)
Wade Neiwert (Inorganic Chemistry)
Lisa Rattiner (Psychology)
Kenneth Walsh (Chemical Biology)