Elyse Aurbach is a Lecturer with the Program in Biomedical Sciences and postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience studying depression at the University of Michigan. If she isn’t teaching or in lab obsessing over her experiments, she can be found logging in activity data on a swim or trying out an ambitious recipe from one of her favorite foodie blogs.
Brandon Patterson is a PhD Candidate in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, studying how ultrasound waves interact with the human body. When Brandon is not working on research and science communication he is actively involved in education outreach and writing a children's book.
Katherine (Katie) Prater is a postdoctoral fellow in Neurology at the University of Washington studying immune factors related to anxiety and fear behavior. When she is not sciencing with her labmates, Katie can often be found playing computer games with her husband, playing board games, or reading a good book. She also may be found playing with her “love” bird, known to some as “the destroyer of worlds.”
Wahida is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of rheumatology at the University of Michigan. Wahida studies environmental instigation of rheumatoid arthritis in specific genetic settings. When she is not postdocing, Wahida likes to travel, read, and walk her dog.
Kim Daley is a physical chemist at the University of Michigan doing research with lasers. She is also passionate about social justice, intersectional feminism, science fiction, and exercise.
So'Phelia is a dual degree MPH/MSW student with the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work. So'Phelia's academic interests include the effects of discrimination, microaggressions, and racial stress on the mental and physical health of African Americans. When So'Phelia is not being studious, she enjoys reading and finding new dogs to play with.
Jimmy Brancho is a Ph. D. candidate in inorganic chemistry at the University of Michigan focused on figuring out new ways to create cheap, stable materials that put visible light to work. He spends his free time developing a science writing portfolio, seeking out new board games, and writing a very bad novel.
Ryan McCarty is a PhD student in the Joint Program in English and Education, studying the ways that individuals learn while translating between diverse language settings. He's also likes a little bit of comic books and politics in his life, along with as much time as possible bumming around with his family.
Alison Ludzki is a PhD student in Kinesiology studying the ways that diet and exercise can improve insulin resistance and other metabolic diseases. She spends her time outside of lab running, coaching youth track, and doing science writing.