The A-BOM Staff Writers
Ph.D in Neuroscience
Buck Institute for Research
During her graduate career she was the recipient of both a National Science Foundation Fellowship and a Howard Hughes Integrating Medicine in Basic Science Fellowship. Her current research focuses on genetic editing for neurodegenerative diseases and understanding the regulatory pathways involved in Huntington’s disease.
Tim has seen ABOM get started and grow, and he is really excited about all that the alliance will continue to do and is grateful to be a small part of it.
Ph.D Candidate (Biochemistry)
Thanks to her efforts, Lorena was awarded a spot as one of the 2017 Spanish Language AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows. She spent the summer writing for the online news division of Univision Noticias, communicating scientific discoveries to general audiences.
When not in lab or writing articles, she can be found rock climbing, playing soccer, or playing board games with friends, probably while sampling new kinds of craft beer.
B.A. Cultural Anthropology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience
Tyne has always had an insatiable curiosity for science and loves sparking this curiosity in others through teaching, mentoring, writing, and public speaking. Outside of the lab, Tyne is an avid Harry Potter fan. She enjoys traveling with her husband and snuggling her two dogs.
Kristen Nordham is a senior at Vanderbilt University, working on finishing studies in neuroscience and French. Kristen began research experience in high school at nearby UCLA, where she worked in a neurogenetics laboratory studying the genetics of autism. This experience inspired Kristen to find a spot in research at Vanderbilt, and she has been studying Huntington’s Disease and is currently working on a senior honors project.
Outside of class, Kristen volunteers at the Vanderbilt Hospital, and helps organize an annual bone marrow registry at Vanderbilt, and enjoys talking about health and science issues outside of the classroom or lab setting.
After undergrad, Kristen hopes to use her research and science experience in medical school and beyond.
B.S. Cognitive Studies
Sarah is a 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt University where she obtained her B.S. in Cognitive Studies and Medicine, Health, & Society, with a minor in Neuroscience. During her time as an undergraduate, she researched in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Prader-Willi Syndrome Lab and wrote her honors thesis on the various factors affecting the psychosocial outcomes for caregivers of people with PWS.
After college, Sarah worked with the Arc on disability advocacy efforts before spending a year in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. She now works in Nashville as a Research Analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, working in both the Kennedy Center and the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. Sarah hopes to get her M.S. in Genetic Counseling. She is the proud big sister of two brothers, one with Angelman Syndrome, and has been actively involved in special needs community for most of her life.
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