Meet the 2021-2023 iTHRIV Scholars

Julia Basso, PhD

Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Martha Ann Bell, PhD

Research Project:  Examining the clinical utility of dance to support social skills and behavioral and neural synchrony in individuals with autism spectrum disorder

 

Jessie Gibson, PhD, RN

Acute and Specialty Care Department, UVA School of Nursing

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Bethany Teachman, PhD

Research Project:  Measurement and Modification of Threat Interpretation Bias to Reduce Anxiety in Huntington’s Disease

 

Lee Ann Johnson, PhD, RN

Acute and Specialty Care Department, UVA School of Nursing

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Sarah Ratcliffe, PhD
Research Project:  Comorbidity Profiles and Their Influence on Treatment and Survival Among Underserved Individuals with Advanced Lung Cancer

 

Shawna Klahn, DVM

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, VT Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Assosciate Professor

Primary Mentor: Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD
Research Project: Nanopulse stimulation as an ablative immune modifier in spontaneous canine

diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

 

Gregory Madden, MD

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, UVA School of Medicine

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: William Petri, MD, PhD
Research Project: Immune profiling to stratify Clostridioides difficile infection outcomes

 

Kazlin Mason, PhD

Department of Human Services, UVA School of Education and Human Development

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Silvia Blemker, PhD
Research Project: Improving speech outcomes for cleft and craniofacial conditions through applications of machine learning algorithms and patient-specific pre-operative assessment

 

Adema Ribic, PhD

Department of Psychology, UVA College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Jessica Connelly, PhD
Research Project: Vision deficits of non-retinal origin in preterm infants: circuit mechanisms and noninvasive approach for prevention and treatment

 

Meet the 2020-2022 iTHRIV Scholars

Laurie Brenner, PhD

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Department of Neurology, NeuroNEXT Scholar

Primary Mentor:  Kevin Pelphrey, PhD

Research Project:  Is autism-plus-epilepsy an autism subtype with a focal neurobiological basis?

 

Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, PhD

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Assistant Professor

Primary Co-Mentors: Warren Bickel, PhD and Matthew Hulver, PhD

Research Project: Neural and metabolic correlates of carbohydrate reward

Brittany Howell, PhD

Frailin Biomedical Research  Institute

at VTC

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD

Research Project: A pilot study of the role of gut dysbiosis in the neurodevelopmental consequences of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Lisa Letzkus, PhD, RN

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

Primary Co-Mentors: Karen Fairchild, MD, and Doug Lake, PhD

Research Project: Neurodevelopmental infant cardiorespiratory evaluation (NICE)

Nicole Long, PhD

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Primary Mentor: Carol Manning, PhD

Research Project: Mnemonic brain states and selective memory deficits in healthy aging

Kaitlin Love, MD

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Department of Endocrinology

Primary Mentor: Zhenqi Liu, MD

Research Project: Effect of Glucagon Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonism on Microvascular Perfusion, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Glycemic Variability in Type 1 Diabetes

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Sora Shin, PhD

Frailin Biomedical Research  Institute at VTC

Assistant Professor

Primary Mentor: Warren Bickel, PhD

Research Project: Deciphering the role of leptin receptor neural circuits in mediating early life trauma-induced binge eating behavior

Kara Wiseman, MPH, PhD

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and Neurobehavioral Sciences

Primary Mentor: Lee Ritterband, PhD

Research Project: Establishing the effectiveness of publicly available smoking cessation resources:  Does rurality matter?