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 postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School, 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.”
Alison Ludzki is a PhD student in Kinesiology studying the ways that diet and exercise can reduce insulin resistance and other metabolic diseases. She spends her time outside of lab training with the Ann Arbor Running Company, and doing science writing.
Deanna Montgomery is a PhD candidate in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan trying to develop a drug to treat cocaine addiction. Outside of lab, she can often be found writing, baking, or playing piano.
Nicholas Lesniak is a PhD candidate in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan studying how our gut bacteria protect us from disease. When not working on his research project or science communication, he enjoys woodworking and rock climbing.
Joseph (Joe) Iafrate is a PhD candidate in the Applied Physics program at the University of Michigan. He wants to understand how to use light and electric fields to control and measure electron spins in semiconductors. His favorite topics of conversation include physics, board games, Disney music, and Major League Baseball (especially the Detroit Tigers).
Stephanie Hamilton is a physics graduate student studying the orbits of the small bodies beyond Neptune in order learn more about the Solar System's formation and evolution. As an additional perk, she gets to travel the world as part of the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration. When she gets a spare minute in the midst of hectic grad school life, she likes to read sci-fi books, binge TV shows, write about her travels or new science results, or force her cat to cuddle with her.
Patricia DeLacey is a PhD student in Biological Psychology at the University of Michigan. She studies high-altitude adaptations in gelada monkeys, a species of monkeys that lives in the highlands of Ethiopia. She travels to the Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia to study a wild population of geladas. When she's not working on her research, she enjoys running in the arboretum, yoga, and exploring new hiking trails.
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.