Student Mentors

Lead Student Mentor:

Hannah Hudson

hannah_hudson@med.unc.edu

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MS1

Julie Necarsulmer is a first year MD/PhD student at UNC (class of 2025ish), interested in researching neural-immune interactions.

Julie Necarsulmer is a first year MD/PhD student at UNC (class of 2025ish), interested in researching neural-immune interactions.

Allie Bukowski is a current MS1 whose clinical interests include internal medicine, oncology, and gynecology, and whose research interests include public health, epidemiology, global health, and health policy.

Allie Bukowski is a current MS1 whose clinical interests include internal medicine, oncology, and gynecology, and whose research interests include public health, epidemiology, global health, and health policy.

Boya Wang is a MS1 whose clinical interest is radiation oncology and research interest is in basic science pharmacology and signal transduction pathways.

Boya Wang is a MS1 whose clinical interest is radiation oncology and research interest is in basic science pharmacology and signal transduction pathways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD1

Dani Mohabir is a PhD1 in Health Policy and Management interested in health services research, mental health, and patient outcomes.

Dani Mohabir is a PhD1 in Health Policy and Management interested in health services research, mental health, and patient outcomes.

Alison Mercer-Smith is a PhD1 in Pharmaco-engineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, interested in cell-based drug delivery, oncology, and palliative care.

Alison Mercer-Smith is a PhD1 in Pharmaco-engineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, interested in cell-based drug delivery, oncology, and palliative care.

Nate Diehl is a first year PhD student in the Genetics and Molecular Biology curriculum. His thesis work focuses on developing novel combination treatments for pancreatic cancer, and he aims to drive the discovery of more effective cancer therapeutics as a medical or surgical oncologist in the future.

Nate Diehl is a first year PhD student in the Genetics and Molecular Biology curriculum. His thesis work focuses on developing novel combination treatments for pancreatic cancer, and he aims to drive the discovery of more effective cancer therapeutics as a medical or surgical oncologist in the future.

Clark Cunningham is an PhD1 in the curriculum for Genetics and Molecular Biology whose research interests include genome editing and infectious diseases and clinical interests include surgery.

Clark Cunningham is an PhD1 in the curriculum for Genetics and Molecular Biology whose research interests include genome editing and infectious diseases and whose clinical interests include surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD2

Halei Benefield is a current PhD2 whose clinical interests include internal medicine and oncology and research focuses on public health, cancer, and molecular epidemiology.

Halei Benefield is a current PhD2 whose clinical interests include internal medicine and oncology and research focuses on public health, cancer, and molecular epidemiology.

Nick Brazeau is a current MD1 whose clinical interests include Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Interventional Radiology, and whose research interests are Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, and Public Health.

Nick Brazeau is a current PhD2 whose clinical interests include Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Interventional Radiology, and whose research interests are Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, and Public Health.

Sarah Brnich is a PhD2 in Genetics & Molecular Biology with interests in global health, clinical genetics, pediatrics, breast cancer, women's health, and underserved/Spanish-speaking populations.

Sarah Brnich is a PhD2 in Genetics & Molecular Biology with interests in global health, clinical genetics, pediatrics, breast cancer, women’s health, and underserved/Spanish-speaking populations.

Stephen Kovacs's clinical interests include Internal Medicine and research interests are Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Stephen Kovacs’s clinical interests include Internal Medicine and research interests are Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rashmi Kumar's clinical interests include Oncology and Pediatrics, and research interests are Cancer Epigenetics and Immunology.

Rashmi Kumar’s clinical interests include Oncology and Pediatrics, and research interests are Cancer Epigenetics and Immunology.

Cesar Lopez's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and research interests are Microbiology, Immunology, and HIV.

Cesar Lopez’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and research interests are Microbiology, Immunology, and HIV.

Connor Puett (PhD year 2) has clinical interests in medical and radiation oncology and research interests in medical imaging.

Connor Puett (PhD year 2) has clinical interests in medical and radiation oncology and research interests in medical imaging.

Randall Ung's clinical interests include Neurology and Psychiatry, and whose research interest is Neuroscience (completed his PhD1 already).

Randall Ung’s clinical interests include neurological and psychiatric fields with research interests in neuroscience, specifically how neural pathways engage in stress-related states.

William Weir's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases, and research interests are Bioinformatics and Statistics.

William Weir’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases, and research interests are Bioinformatics and Statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD3

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Izzy Brassfield’s clinical interests include Primary Care and research interests are Bioethics and Philosophy.

Sherry Chao

Sherry Chao has uncertain clinical interests but research interests that include Computational Systems Biology.

Alex Gertner is a PhD3 in the Department of Health Policy and Management interested in access and quality of treatment for substance use disorders, mental health economics, and mixed-methods research.

Alex Gertner is a PhD3 in the Department of Health Policy and Management interested in access and quality of treatment for substance use disorders, mental health economics, and mixed-methods research.

Anna Kahkoska's clinical interests are undecided and research interests are in Nutritional Epidemiology

Anna Kahkoska’s clinical interests are endocrinology. Research interests are nutrition, precision medicine, and population health.

Shan McDonell's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and Primary Care (although he is still undecided) and research interests are Nutrition and Immunology.

Shan McDonell’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and Primary Care (although he is still undecided) and research interests are Nutrition and Immunology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus plans to join the lab of Dr. Garret Stuber in the Neurobiology Curriculum. His lab studies the neurocircuits underlying neuropsychiatric conditions such as addiction and eating disorders. Marcus is undecided in his clinical interests.

Marcus plans to join the lab of Dr. Garret Stuber in the Neurobiology Curriculum. His lab studies the neurocircuits underlying neuropsychiatric conditions such as addiction and eating disorders. Marcus is undecided in his clinical interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD4

Tim Dinh's clinical interests include Medicine, Oncology, Psychiatry, and Infectious Diseases, and research interests are Cancer Biology, Genomics, and Gene Regulation.

Tim Dinh’s clinical interests include Medicine, Oncology, Psychiatry, and Infectious Diseases, and research interests are Cancer Biology, Genomics, and Gene Regulation.

Bryna Harrington's clinical interests include Reproductive Health and Infectious Diseases, and research interest is Public Health, specifically Epidemiology.

Bryna is a 6th year (4th year PhD) student in Epidemiology who is interested in reproductive health, mental health, and infectious diseases. As part of her dissertation research, she spent the year in Malawi.

Dean Nehama

Dean Nehama’s clinical interests include Oncology, Geriatrics, and Endocrinology, and research interests are Aging, Cancer, and Metabolism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Rimland's clinical interests include Internal Medicine, Hepatology, and Neurology, and research interests are Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Casey Rimland’s clinical interests include Internal Medicine, Hepatology, and Neurology, and research interests are Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

CJ Smith's clinical interests include Nephrology and research interests are Autoimmunity and Adaptive Immunity.

CJ Smith’s clinical interests include Nephrology and research interests are Autoimmunity and Adaptive Immunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD5/MS3

Robert Corty's clinical interests include Psychiatry and research interest is Genetics.

Robert Corty’s clinical interests include Psychiatry and research interest is Genetics.

Lee Hong's clinical interests include Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and research interests are Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy.

PhD5, research interests in immunology, cancer immunotherapy, and clinical interests in internal medicine

Brooke Matson's clinical interests include obstetrics and gynecology and whose research interests include embryo implantation, placental development, and preeclampsia.

Brooke Matson just finished her PhD in Dr. Kathleen Caron’s lab in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, where she studied the role of a small peptide hormone called adrenomedullin in embryo implantation and pregnancy.

Kelly Orgel's clinical interests include Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, and Immunology, and whose research interests are Allergy and Immunology.

Kelly Orgel’s clinical interests include Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, and Immunology, and research interests are Allergy and Immunology.

Marni Siegel a current third year medical student with interests in cancer genomics, big data, and DNA/RNA sequencing!

Marni Siegel a current third year medical student with interests in cancer genomics, big data, and DNA/RNA sequencing!

Kurtis Host is a sixth year in the program, and his research focuses on the interaction of an oncogenic virus with the host immune system.

Kurtis Host is a sixth year in the program, and his research focuses on the interaction of an oncogenic virus with the host immune system.

Matt Lipner is a 6th year student in the MD-PhD program studying pancreatic cancer pharmacology with an interest in pursuing a career in radiation oncology.

Matt Lipner is a 6th year student in the MD-PhD program studying pancreatic cancer pharmacology with an interest in pursuing a career in radiation oncology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MS4

Morgan Goheen's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and OB/Gyn, and whose research interests are Infectious Diseases and Global Health.

Morgan Goheen’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and OB/Gyn, and research interests are Infectious Diseases and Global Health.

Ayumi Nakamura's clinical interests include Neurology and whose research interests are Apoptosis in the Central Nervous System and Aging.

Ayumi Nakamura’s clinical interests include Neurology and research interests are Apoptosis in the Central Nervous System and Aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ejiofor Ezekwe's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and Allergy/Immunology, and whose research interest is Immunology.

Ejiofor Ezekwe’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases and Allergy/Immunology, and research interest is Immunology. Ejiofor is completing his PhD in the laboratory of Alex Duncan, MD, PhD, in the Pharmacology Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Rutstein's clinical interests include Infectious Diseases, and whose research interests are Public Health and HIV.

Sarah Rutstein’s clinical interests include Infectious Diseases, and whose research interests are Public Health and HIV.

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Klara’s clinical interests include Medicine, Pediatrics, and Endocrinology, and research interests are Lymphatic Vasculature, Physiology, and Animal Models. Klara completed her PhD in the laboratory of Kathleen Caron, PhD, in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.

julia geddings

Julia’s clinical interests include Pathology and research interest is Venous Thromboembolism. Julia completed her PhD in the Department of Pathology.

 

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