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View the profiles of students and alumni who have participated in various GSPD initiatives. Do you have a suggestion for a student or alumni profile? Let us know!

  • Postdoctoral Scholar Profile: Elizabeth Crofton

    Elizabeth Crofton, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Dr. Crofton was a postdoctoral scholar in the UNC Chapel Hill Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program from 2017-2020. Dr. Crofton conducted her postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Dr. Melissa ...

  • Student Profile: Shveta Parekh

    Student Profile: Shveta Parekh

    Shveta Parekh is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience program in the Psychology & Neuroscience department.   1. Tell us a little more about what  you’re  studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on.  My research focuses on the importance of inflammation throughout addiction. I am currently studying the neuroimmune consequences of chronic heroin use ...

  • Student Profile: Xinyu (Jocelyn) Zhu

    Student Profile: Xinyu (Jocelyn) Zhu

    Xinyu (Jocelyn) Zhu is a second-year MPH student in the Nutrition department at Gillings School of Global Public Health. 1. Tell us a little more about what  you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on.  I am currently studying nutrition policy and public health nutrition interventions that target chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. My future research will probably focus on designing and implementing ...

  • Student Profile: Deborah Diekmann

    Student Profile: Deborah Diekmann

    Deborah Diekmann is studying for a Master’s degree in Literature and Cultural Theories at the University of Tübingen, in Germany. She is currently a visiting student in UNC’s Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Department. She is also part of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.  1. Tell us a little more about what ...

  • Student Profile: Linyu Yu

    Student Profile: Linyu Yu

    Linyu Yu is a first year PhD student in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies, within the School of Education. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and what your research focuses on. My current research interests include employing the science of learning (e.g. collaboration, self-regulation, and digital information literacy) to ...

  • Student Profile: Jacob Pawlik

    Student Profile: Jacob Pawlik

    Jacob Pawlik is a 4th year PhD candidate in the polymer/materials division of the Chemistry Department. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying and what your research focuses on. My research focus is on new battery technologies, namely fluoride-ion batteries. Most people associate fluoride with the cleansing agent in your toothpaste (sodium fluoride), ...

  • Student Profile: Erin Davenport

    Student Profile: Erin Davenport

    Erin Davenport is a second year student in Sociology. She recently defended her Master’s degree and is moving on to study for the PhD in the same program.  1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on. For my Master’s thesis I used fieldnotes, photography, and most ...

  • Student Profile: Laetitia Meyrueix

    Student Profile: Laetitia Meyrueix

    Laetitia Meyrueix is a fourth year PhD student in the Nutrition department. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on. The overall objective of my research is to better understand how maternal health affects fetal health. I am currently focusing on understanding the effects of gestational diabetes ...

  • Student Profile: Amy Wright

    Student Profile: Amy Wright

    Amy Wright is a first year student in the Master of Social Work program. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying and what your research focuses on. My concentration is Direct Practice. This year in my field placement I have facilitated a mindfulness group and a social wellness skills group for people with severe and ...

  • Student Profile: David Abraham

    Student Profile: David Abraham

    David Abraham is a fifth year PhD student in the Chemistry department. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and what your research focuses on. As an analytical chemist I’m investigating single-cell signaling in cancer cells by developing cellular preservation strategies and click-chemistry based probes. 2. What are your professional goals after ...