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Tess Champ

Tess Champ

Advisor: Katalin Gothard

Research Interests: Neurophysiology 

Personal Interests: Reading, hiking, and traveling. 

Email: champ5@email.arizona.edu

Lizzie Church

Lizzie Church

Advisor: Carol Barnes, Ph.D. 

Research Interests: Electrophysiology of memory and aging

Personal Interests: Reading, traveling, and going to concerts.

Email: echurch@email.arizona.edu

Melissa Dennis

Melissa Dennis

Advisor: Christopher Banek, PhD

 

Research Interests: Cardiovascular and Renal Physiology, Polycystic Kidney Disease

 

Personal Interests: Hiking, working out, and drinking lots of coffee

 

Email: melissardennis@arizona.edu

 

Publications:

Parvin , I., Gauthier, M., Dennis, M. and Banek, C. (2021), Sequential Afferent-Targeted and Total Renal Denervation and Impact on Regulation of Arterial Pressure, Glomerular Filtration, and Sodium Handling in Sprague Dawley Male Rats. The FASEB Journal, 35:. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.04343

 

Gauthier, M., Dennis, M., Parvin, I., Schwartz, K. and Banek, C. (2021), Cannabinoid Administration Does Not Affect Mean Arterial Pressure or Glomerular Filtration Rate in DOCA-Salt Hypertensive Rats. The FASEB Journal, 35:. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.04100

Jean Dill

Jean Dill

Advisor: Andrew Fuglevand, PhD

Research Interests: Neurophysiology: Cognitive Development, Learning and Memory, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Cognitive Resilience, Movement/ Motor Control

Personal Interests: Volleyball, hiking, traveling, running, aerial silks, rock climbing, scuba diving, learning to play piano, spending time with family and friends

Email: jema919@email.arizona.edu

Catherine Ellis

Catherine Ellis

Advisor: Floyd "Ski" Chilton, Ph.D. 

 

Research Interests: Relationships between diet, gastrointestinal function, inflammation and metabolism.

 

Personal Interests: Playing piano and classical guitar, painting, drawing, walking, cooking, being surrounded by nature.

Email: ceellis@email.arizona.edu

Publications: 

Murillo F, Arrieta M, Ellis C, Dobles E. (2018). Homeostasis del magnesio: Implicaciones fisiológicas y patológicas. Revista médica de la Universidad de Costa Rica 11(2). 

Keila Espinoza (Activities Committee)

Keila Espinoza

Advisor: Dr. Heddwen Brooks 

Research Interests: Menopause, sex differences, metabolic syndrome, Calprotectin KO 

Personal Interests: Videogaming, drawing, dancing, and going out with friends 

Email: espinoza5@email.arizona.edu 

Sadia Falana

Advisor: Jared Churko, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology, hiPSC disease modeling, Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Personal Interests: Swimming, Watching movies, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends

Email: sfalana1@email.arizona.edu

Kyle Filicetti

Kyle Filicetti

Advisor: Erika Eggers, Ph.D. 

 

Research Interests:  Neurophysiology, Diabetes, Cardiovascular physiology 

 

Personal Interests: I spend my time playing guitar, skiing, traveling, camping, and drinking a lot of esspresso.  

 

Email: kylefilicetti@email.arizona.edu

Sam Gilman

Sam Gillman

Advisor: Scott Boitano

Research Interests: Respiratory Physiology, Asthma, Pain

Personal Interests: Cycling, Running, Badminton

Email: samgillman@email.arizona.edu

Adrian Grijalva

Adrian Grijalva

Advisor: Steven Goldman, M.D. 

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Email: adriangrijalva@email.arizona.edu

Yassin Hamzaoui (Recruitment Committee Representative)

Yassin Hamzaoui

Advisor: Dawn Coletta

 

Research Interests: Diabetes and Endocrinology

 

Personal Interests: working out, learning car stuff, and donut/coffee connoisseur!

 

Email: yhamzaoui@email.arizona.edu

Kyra Hermanson (Program Committee)

Kyra Hermanson

Advisor: Ashley J. Snider

Research Interests: Sphingolipid metabolism

Personal Interests: Playing bartender at home and hanging out with my pets, friends and family.

Email: khermanson@email.arizona.edu

Stephen Hutchinson

Advisor: Michael Grandner, PhD

 

Interests: Role of metabolism and obesity in aging.

 

Personal Interests: Rock climbing, weightlifting, snowboarding and science fiction.

 

Email: Shutchison@email.arizona.edu

Allison Kath

Allison Kath

Advisor: Chi Zhou, Ph.D.

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Email: allisonkath@email.arizona.edu

Kora Kostiew

Kora Kostiew

Advisor: TBA

 

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Email: korakostiew@email.arizona.edu

Lauren Loreto

Lauren Loreto

Advisor: Heddwen Brooks, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology and Cardiovascular Disease; Hypertension; Reproductive Physiology; Nutritional Sciences and Disease

Personal Interests: Reading, cooking and baking, spending time with loved ones and traveling. 

Email: loretol@email.arizona.edu

Aiden McRobbie-Johnson

Aiden McRobbie-Johnson

Advisor: Lalitha Madhavan, MD, PhD

Research Interest: Neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Parkinson's Disease 

Personal Interests: Hiking, yoga, baking, and cooking

Email: amcrobbiejohnson@email.arizona.edu 

Arezou Mobramaein

Arezou Mobramaein

Advisor: TBD

Research Interests: Systems physiology, Gastrointestinal diseases, Gut microbiome, Immunobiology 

Personal Interests:  Trying new foods, watching crime movies, forensic science, spending time with my family and friends

Email: amobramaein@email.arizona.edu

Raul Nava

Advisor: Patrick Ronaldson, PhD

Research Interests: Parkinson's disease and L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia

Personal Interests: playing guitar, listening to music, and reading

Email: rauln@email.arizona.edu

Stanley Ndugba

Advisor: John Konhilas, Ph.D.

 

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Email: chinaenyendugba@email.arizona.edu

Publications:

Amu EO, Ndugba SC, Olatona FA. Knowledge of Cervical Cancer and Attitude to Cervical Cancer Screening among Women in Somolu Local Government Area, Lagos, Nigeria; Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care. 2019; 31 (1) 76–85.

 

Irin Parvin

Advisor: Chris Banek

Research Interests: Cardiovascular and renal physiology

Personal Interests: Reading, Gardening, Traveling and Cooking

Email: irinparvin@email.arizona.edu

Publications: 

Parvin , I., Gauthier, M., Dennis, M. and Banek, C. (2021), Sequential Afferent-Targeted and Total Renal Denervation and Impact on Regulation of Arterial Pressure, Glomerular Filtration, and Sodium Handling in Sprague Dawley Male Rats. The FASEB Journal, 35:. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.04343

Gauthier, M., Rafet Dennis, M., Parvin, I., Schwartz, K. and Banek, C. (2021), Cannabinoid Administration Does Not Affect Mean Arterial Pressure or Glomerular Filtration Rate in DOCA-Salt Hypertensive Rats. The FASEB Journal, 35:. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.04100

Felipe Polk

Felipe Polk

Advisor: Paulo Pires, PhD

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Email: fpolk@email.arizona.edu

William Powell

Will Powell

Advisor: Frank Duca, Ph.D. 

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Email: williamhpowell@email.arizona.edu

Nik Rodriguez

Advisor: Ralph Fregosi, PhD

Research Interests: motor unit control, mind-body relationship

Personal Interests: pursuing Doctor of Physical Therapy, running, biking, reading

Email: nikolasrodriguez@catworks.arizona.edu

Izzy Thesz

Izzy Thesz

Advisor: Michael Grandner, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Sleep habits and exercise/academic performance, improving sleep efficiency

Personal interests: Anything outdoors, exercise, coaching cheer/tumbling, spending time with loved ones

Email: ikethesz@email.arizona.edu

Ann Thomas (Recruitment Committee Representative)

Ann Thomas

Name: Ann Thomas

Advisor: Dr. Heddwen L. Brooks

Research interests: Reproductive physiology and Neuroendocrinology

Personal interests: I love reading, eating good food, hiking, long road trips, karaoke, outdoor picnics, and drinking my body weight's equivalent of coffee. 

Email: annthomas@email.arizona.edu 

Matthew Vance

Matt Vance

Advisor: Kirsten Limesand, PhD

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Email: mvance1@email.arizona.edu

Thomas Whitmore (Teaching Committee)

Advisor: Jennifer Teske, Ph.D. 

 

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Personal Interests: Cooking, Hiking, Scuba Diving

 

Email: twhitmore14@email.arizona.edu

Nathan Wright

Nathan Wright

Advisor: John Konhilas, PhD

 

Research Interests: Cardiovascular and Reproductive Physiology, CVD (Cardiovascular Disease), affects of sex differences on the heart.

 

Personal Interests: Being a Father, Photography, Gardening, and Swimming.

 

Email: naw12@email.arizona.edu

Linda Wu

Linda Wu

Advisor: Dawn K. Coletta, PhD

Research Interests: Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Personal Interests: Major foodie, dance, yoga, binge watching shows, and hanging out with friends and family!

Email: lindawu@email.arizona.edu