Chris Bukowski graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with his BS in Biology in 2016. His undergraduate research involved trace element fingerprinting and genomic analysis of Mytilus in the gulf of Maine, along with investigating the social epidemiology of financial debt in the Boston area. Chris joined the Fichorova lab upon receiving his degree, and has been focusing on performing cytokine assays for various ongoing studies. He plans to continue his education in the near future focusing on infectious disease epidemiology and public health.
Tiffany is a current Harvard graduate student studying Immunology. She earned her B.A. in Biology and Art History from Wellesley College in 2015. Her thesis research is focused on the role of exosomes and microRNAs in modulating the immune response to vaginal infections. In addition to the immune system, she also enjoys thinking and writing about 20th century American architecture and design.
Kene is a Bachelor of Science in Public Health candidate at Rutgers University. For the Summer of 2016, she is a research student through the Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS). Her project is focused on the Trichomonas vaginalis Virus, specifically in finding inhibitors that can obstruct the inflammatory pathway used to cause increased inflammation in women with trichomoniasis.
Shani received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She studied Psychology and Public Health. Shani visited her homeland, Jamaica, to conduct her honors thesis research, which consisted of identifying attitudinal variations and breastfeeding patterns among rural Jamaican women. Also, during her undergraduate career, Shani worked in a nueorscience laboratory examining sex differences in stroke outcome. Recently, Shani has completed a post-baccalureate pre-medicine program at the University of Connecticut and shortly thereafter, joined Fichorova’s lab as an intern. During her leisure time, Shani enjoys a good game of tennis, badminton, peer mentoring and performing monologues in her native language.
Sam is entering his senior year at Oberlin College. He studies Biochemistry with a minor in History. Besides enjoying researching in laboratories, Sam is a member of the Oberlin football team and plays as a defensive back. Sam began in the Fichorova lab during the summer of 2015 and has returned twice because he enjoys his time in the laboratory so much. He enjoys data checking and aliquoting for the multiple clinical trials the laboratory partakes in. Outside of the lab, Sam enjoys going to the museum.
Osaruese graduated from Hamilton College with degrees in Biology and Philosophy. His senior thesis focused on measuring the metabolic rate of the Manduca sexta fed on varying concentrations of vitamin C. He has also completed research on mapping the pathways of different neurotransmitters of the Manducasexta. Combining his knowledge in biology, Osaruese focused his philosophy thesis around understanding and attempting to determine the best way to analyze human motivation and behavior. In doing so he speculates, that this is a biological dependence often overlooked when analyzing behavioral patterns. In his spare time, Osaruese participates in spoken word poetry and is a part time trainer in students participating in speech and debate in the greater Boston area.
Rositsa received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology in 2014 from The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, part of The Institute Pasteur International Network, Sofia, Bulgaria. Her research focuses on lactic acid bacteria and probiotics. Rositsa is an Assistant Professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria and a research and development manager of ProViotic AD. She joined Dr. Fichorova’s lab in summer 2016 for a collaborative research project funded by the EU and ProViotic AD. Rositsa enjoys music concerts, motorbike riding, paragliding and other extreme sports.