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The Student Spotlight series features students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing and School of Medicine. Our spotlights dive into the student experience on campus. You’ll meet students working on research in our state-of-the-art labs and discover what they like best about the curriculum. Learn why they chose UMass Medical School and Worcester for their graduate education. Students in all three schools share their off-campus experiences in the Worcester community, from working with patients through the Worcester Free Clinics to hiking with friends at Mount Wachusett on weekends. Read more below.

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    Graduate School of Nursing student reflects on starting nursing school during pandemic

    Oscar de la Rosa has worked as an EMT and a public health prevention specialist. He is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the Graduate School of Nursing.

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    PhD candidate studies mental illness progression and alcoholism

    Jenya Kolpakova, a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ neuroscience program, came to the United States from Ukraine when she was 15. She is studying changes in the brain due to binge alcohol drinking.

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    Medical student values prevention as a ‘powerful tool’ in primary care

    Over the years, Andrew Cauley, SOM ’23, witnessed family members facing a number of chronic health-related issues. His experience with loved ones influenced his decision to enter medicine from a preventative health care perspective.

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    Mother of two and former educator leads quality improvement project while pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

    Amanda Hazeltine, RN, a GEP to DNP student in the Graduate School of Nursing, worked in health care communications and education for 13 years prior to becoming a nurse.

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    Scientific discovery propelled Cesar Bautista Sotelo on journey from Texas to Massachusetts

    Cesar Bautista Sotelo, PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is using cutting-edge techniques to study how cells and the genome shed offer information on human development, aging and disease.

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    Inspired by grandfather, Elke Schipani pursuing neurology

    Elke Schipani, SOM ’21, grew up caring for her grandfather, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when she was 6. The many hours spent with him influenced the career path she has chosen.

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    Heather Lovelace working as aesthetics nurse practitioner; serves in new teaching associate position

    Heather Lovelace, FNP-BC, RN, fourth-year DNP student in the Graduate School of Nursing, came to Massachusetts from California to earn her doctorate degree.

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    Webb Camille sees research as key to improving health of patients

    MD/PhD student Webb Camille sees a future as a hospitalist as well as a researcher, allowing him to do bench and clinical research that will ultimately benefit his patients.

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    Second-year med student Angela Essa studying diet and hypertension in pregnant women

    Angela Essa, SOM ’23, said she has “always been really curious about medicine and the biology of disease and how we treat it.”

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    ‘My heart is in community health’ says Graduate School of Nursing student Helen Tsiagras

    Helen Tsiagras, RN, Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the Graduate School of Nursing Graduate Entry Pathway Program, began her nursing career during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also serves as secretary for the Graduate Student Nursing Organization.

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    MD/PhD student Laël Ngangmeni dedicated to women’s health equity and justice

    MD/PhD student Laël Ngangmeni, MBS, started school when she was 3 in her home country of Cameroon. A natural-born learner and curious thinker, Ngangmeni knew science was her calling.

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    Inspired by care cousin received for rare genetic disorder, Ryan Barrette wants to give back

    Born and raised on Cape Cod, Ryan Barrette, SOM ’21 knew he would have a future in medicine after witnessing the care given to his cousin, who was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome.

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    Like mother, like daughter: GSN student Emily Davenport grew up with extra caring touch

    Emily Davenport always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Now in her third year on the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track, she began work as an RN at UMass Memorial Medical Center when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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    PhD candidate Mohona Gupta seeks answers in retinal degenerative disease

    Mohona Gupta, third-year PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, moved to Massachusetts from Kolkata, India in 2018 to attend UMass Medical School. It was the first time she had ever left her hometown, her family and her house for more than a few days.

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    Mina Botros connects patients to care through Worcester Free Clinics

    Second-year School of Medicine student Mina Botros is the co-president of the Worcester Free Care Collaborative, a group of free medical programs in the greater Worcester area that offers free patient care. 

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    GSN student Irina Rojas inspired to pursue medical career after surviving Hurricane Katrina

    Graduate School of Nursing student Irina Rojas knew health care was her calling when she witnessed doctors and nurses caring for New Orleans in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

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    Anne Carlisle researches cancer cell metabolism at GSBS

    Anne Carlisle, PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, came to Massachusetts from Nebraska in 2015. She is studying in the Dohoon Kim lab, investigating the role of selenium in cancer cells.

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    GSN student Madeline Lane sees nursing as ‘perfect marriage’ of science and education

    GEP-DNP student Madeline Lane, GSN ’23, serves as a co-president for the Graduate Student Nursing Organization. She plans to become an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and is passionate about connecting with others and serving diverse groups.

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    Medical student Sean Teebagy committed to community

    Sean Teebagy, SOM ’23, is an aspiring physician, a Shrewsbury native and Holy Cross graduate. The son of a physician, he is passionate about helping others and giving back to his community.

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    From Kolkata to Worcester, GSBS student Kasturi Biswas drawn to science of the brain

    Kasturi Biswas, a PhD candidate in neurobiology, traveled from her native India to Massachusetts to study at UMass Medical School.

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