Donn Van Deren

Donn Van Deren is a postdoctoral researcher studying the role of the immune system of the brain in neuropsychiatric disorders, specifically chronic anxiety and trichotillomania, at the University of Utah School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Mario R. Capecchi (Nobel Laureate, 2007). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Since he grew up in the military lifestyle, he is a scientist with military-derived core values. For example, he likes his house to be clean and tidy!

Hannah Scolaro

Hannah is an analytical chemist with a background in biochemistry. She is most interested in statistics, genetics, and biomedical technology. When Hannah is not in the lab, she enjoys celebrating charcuterie Sunday and listening to audiobooks.

Lidia Obregon

Lidia is an aspiring physician-author with a background in physiology and cognitive neuroscience. She completed her MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Barcelona in Spain. She’s particularly interested in the interactions between the gut, hormones, brain, and behavior and how quality of life is affected when this axis goes awry.

Jordan Aposhian

Jordan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in English. His course work blended the sciences and humanities to help shape a holistic system for studying the universe. He works as a digital humanities technician for the university while preparing for graduate school. When not working, he enjoys listening to records, playing a game of chess, and practicing his boxing.

Emery Haley

Emery Haley is a nonbinary cell biologist with a passion for diversity in STEM. After earning a Bachelor's in neuroscience from the University of Alabama a Birmingham, they are currently a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology at Van Andel Institute Graduate School and are planning to pursue a career in science communication. Outside of the lab Emery enjoys hiking, yoga, and attending art festivals, or staying home with tea, a good book and their cats.

Olivia Hooks

Olivia recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. While in school, her research focused on the diagnostic potentials of using video camera analysis to measure muscle fatigue. She is pursuing a career as a physician and is interested in women's health, nutrition, and exercise physiology. In her free time, she enjoys playing competitive tennis, attending sporting events, and taking weekend vacations to explore new cities.

Maureen Moroney

Maureen is a research scientist at Iowa State University whose work includes analytical chemistry as well as educational programming and outreach. She received her BS in biology and is currently pursuing an MS in microbiology with a focus on vineyard yeast. She loves travel, sci-fi, philosophy, experimental baking, air hockey, people-watching, and writing poetry. She's still bummed she wasn't cast as a gender-bent Hal in a local production of Proof.

Mariah Austin

Mariah is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on the breakdown of proteins by enzymes and designing substrates that are uniquely susceptible to individual enzymes for use in disease tracking and diagnosis. As a grad student, she most enjoys mentoring new researchers and making scientific illustrations that help convey technical concepts in accessible ways. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing volleyball, biking, hanging out at local breweries, and spending as much time as possible with her dog.

Lexi Puhl

Lexi is a recent graduate of Marist College where she received a BS in Biomedical Science with minors in Chemistry and Psychology and competed in Division 1 collegiate water polo. Currently, she works with children and adults of all ability levels as a swim instructor. She is also working towards becoming a physician and has a special interest in community health education, promoting wellness practices, and pediatric care. In her free time, Lexi enjoys traveling, audiobooks, learning new things, and staying active (especially outdoors).

Beatriz Lima

Beatriz has recently completed her MSc in Oncology at the University of Porto, Portugal. She's interested in the health sciences, particularly Oncology and Immunology, and eager to learn as she explores the Science Communication world. She also loves cats, gaming, reading books, and creative writing.