EYH 2017 Organizing Committee:
Laura Manning, Co-director
Alyssa is a neurobiology PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies the way neuron in the mammalian brain communicate with one another. She holds a MEd in science education, and loves to teach biology to students of all ages. EYH gives Alyssa the opportunity to combine her passion for science education with the ability to give back to the Chicago community. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring with her husband and very large dog.
Cassandre Coles, Fundraising Committee, Lunch Committee
Dimple Modi, Volunteer Committee
Dimple Modi is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Chicago with a focus on Ovarian Cancer Biology. In addition to research, she is involved in volunteer organizations focused on promoting science education to the youth. Apart from science, she enjoys traveling and exploring diverse global cultures and cuisines.
Kathleen Proudfoot is a Ph. D. student in cell and molecular biology at the University of Chicago. She is interested in how cells segregate chromosomes with high fidelity in order to avoid aneuploidy, the hallmark of many genetic diseases and cancer. In addition to science, she enjoys exploring her artistic side, particularly through drawing, writing, and classical singing.
Polina Navotnaya is a PhD candidate in experimental physical chemistry at the University of Chicago. Her work is focused on quantum electrodynamic processes happening upon interaction of light carrying orbital angular momentum with matter. In her free-of-lab time she enjoys playing guitar, photography and outdoor activities. She is very interested in promoting scientific thinking outside of classroom.
Caitlin Castro is a postdoc at the University of Chicago. She is interested in immunology, specifically the structure and function of unusual T cell receptors and their role in tumor recognition. In her free time Caitlin enjoys photography, opera, and architecture, and volunteers as a tour guide with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Folabomi (Bomi) Oladosu is a post-doctoral research fellow at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Recently receiving her PhD in neurobiology, she now studies the underlying mechanisms that drive pelvic pain disorders in women. As a new Chicago resident and a food lovers, she enjoys exploring all the wonderful restaurants and cafes the city has to offer.