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Meet Our Student Ambassadors (2022-2023)

Take a moment to get to know our MD/PhD program student ambassadors. Feel free to reach out with any questions about research, student life, or experiences within the program. You may email them by clicking on their names below.

  • Anna Aristarkhova

    Anna Aristarkhova

    Year in Program: MS1

    University/College: UMass Amherst

    Post Grad Activity:  Research Tech at MGH, volunteer at the Trevor Project​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation​

    Clinical Interests: Neurology​

    On campus Involvements: Women's Health and Medical Ethics OEE​

    Favorite thing about UMass Chan: I love the flexibility in our schedule. We can either go to class in person, or work through lectures on our own. This gives us time to explore things we are interested in, like shadowing different specialties. And, the WIN weeks are pretty exciting, too!

  • Emma Austen Holt

    Emma Austen Holt

    Year in Program: MS2​

    Hometown: Austin, TX​

    University/College: Barnard College​

    Post Grad Activity: Research assistant at New York State Psychiatric Institute​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Neuroscience​

    Clinical Interests: Psychiatry, neurology​

    On campus Involvements: Understanding and Preventing Suicide OEE Leader, Community Garden Member

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanLearning communities​

  • Jillian Belgrad

    Jillian Belgrad

    Year in Program: G2

    Hometown: Weston, MA​

    University/College: Colgate University ​

    Post Grad Activity: 2 years Post-Bacc Researcher NIH​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Khvorova Lab, RNA Therapeutics Institute​

    Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Neurology, Internal Medicine​

    On campus Involvements: Learning communities, Curriculum development, Peds interest group, Neuro interest group, Free clinics ​

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanThe friendly, outgoing people and collaborative culture! ​

  • Bethany Berry

    Bethany Berry

    Year in Program: G3

    University/College: Williams College​

    Post Grad Activity: Research technician at Wesleyan University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Dr. Mark Johnson Laboratory studying meningioma and normal pressure hydrocephalus​

    Clinical Interests: Neuro-related fields​

    On campus Involvements: MD/PhD Student Council Representative, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Diversity Interest Group, Student Trustee

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanThe people!​

  • Chantal Ferguson

    Chantal Ferguson

    Year in Program: MS4 (MD/PhD Year 8)​

    Hometown: Brookline, MA​

    University/College: Wesleyan University ​

    Post Grad Activity: Research Associate at MGH​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Khvorova Lab, RNA Therapeutics – Development of therapeutic siRNAs for neurodegenerative diseases (AD) ​

    Clinical Interests: Neuro-Interventional Radiology ​

    On campus Involvements: Interdisciplinary research projects, MSC Community Committee​

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanMentors, people ​

  • Carly Hebert

    Carly Hebert

    Year in Program: G3​

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA ​

    University/College: Wash U in St Louis ​

    Post Grad Activity: CDC Public Health Research Fellowship ​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: CPHR ​

    Clinical Interests: Infectious disease ​

    On campus Involvements: Free clinics, Health Professionals for Human Rights, Infectious Disease Interest group, Quality Improvement, PURCH​

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanThe people and the diversity of research opportunities! ​

  • Tyler Long

    Tyler Long

    Year in Program: MS1

    Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

    University/College: Wheaton College

    Post Grad Activity: Research Tech – The University of Chicago

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Microbiome (Host-Microbiome interactions)

    Clinical Interests: Gastroenterology/Infectious Disease/Pathology

    Favorite thing about UMass Chan: The Vista Curriculum and House Learning Communities that foster and engaging, connected learning environment

  • Abiola Ogunsola

    Abiola Ogunsola

    Year in Program: G3​

    Hometown: Philadelphia, PA​

    University/College: University of Pittsburgh​

    Post Grad Activity:  Few years as research tech at Pitt​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Behar Lab: Immune response to TB​

    Clinical Interests: OB/Gyn, Family​

    On campus Involvements: Co-chair Community Development Committee of MSTP-Student Council; Co-president of White Coats 4 Black Lives; Treasurer of UMass Chan's SNMA chapter

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanWorcester MA is such an amazing place to train as a physician!​

  • Michela Oster

    Michela Oster

    Year in Program: MS2

    University/College: UMass Amherst​

    Post Grad Activity: Research for 1 year at HMS​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Molecular medicine/systems biology​

    Clinical Interests: EVERYTHING – I am open to learning about everything​

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanThe collaborative science environment​

  • Jenny Powers

    Jenny Powers

    Year in Program: G1 ​

    Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN​

    University/College: Rollins College​

    Post Grad Activity: Scribe for Abbott Northwestern Hospitalists, Research Associate (University of Minnesota and UMass Chan)​

    Research/Lab/Thesis: Orzalli Lab – Innate cutaneous responses to virus infection

    Clinical Interests: Infectious Disease, Dermatology, open/undecided!​

    On campus Involvements: MSC Community Development Committee Co-Chair, ID interest group, medical genetics interest group

    Favorite thing about UMass ChanThe people! And all the options available to get involved on campus​

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