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Undergraduate Researchers

Taylor Brooks

Undergraduate Researcher

Taylor is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Taylor plans on attending veterinary school to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In the lab, Taylor’s project this year focuses on a small molecule traumatic brain injury therapeutic and its effect on cognitive, behavior, and motor function. Outside of the lab, He enjoys fencing, playing video games with friends, and relaxing with his dog.

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Emma Jones

Undergraduate Researcher

Emma is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Animal Science. After graduation in the spring, Emma plans to attend veterinary school to pursue a career in small animal medicine. Emma's project focuses on how exercise enhances neural stem cell engraftment leading to improved cellular, tissue and functional recovery in traumatic brain injury. Outside of school and the lab, Emma enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outside with her dog.

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Maria Levy

Undergraduate Researcher

Maria is a fourth-year Regenerative Bioscience major with a minor in French. After graduation, she wishes to go to vet school and become a veterinary researcher (hopefully continuing here at UGA!). While not studying or doing research, she enjoys reading and playing the guitar. This semester, she is researching the effect of combined neural stem cell and exercise therapy on enhancing traumatic brain injury recovery. 

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Anna McGarry

Undergraduate Researcher

Anna is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science and a minor in Spanish. I hope to attend veterinary school after I graduate. My research projects have focused on evaluating novel traumatic brain injury therapeutics and their effects on white matter recovery in the brain and improvements in motor function. Outside the lab, I enjoy weightlifting, riding horses on the UGA club team, and finding new places to go out to eat.

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Sivani Shanmugam

Undergraduate Researcher

Sivani is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Dairy Science. After graduating Sivani plans on furthering her education in the field of animal behavioral science and pursuing a career in animal law. In the lab, she assists on a novel project to develop stem cell therapies to improve motor function recovery in traumatic brain injury patients. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her cats and hanging out with friends. 

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Addie Thigpen

Undergraduate Researcher

Addie is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science at UGA. After graduating, she plans on attending veterinary school and pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Addie's current project focuses on regenerative rehabilitation where she studies how exercise can enhance engraftment of neural stem cells leading to improved recovery in traumatic brain injury. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants around Athens, and hanging out with friends.

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Kristy Trung

Undergraduate Researcher

Kristy is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science and a minor in Avian Biology. After graduating, Kristy plans on attending veterinary school to pursue veterinary medicine. In the lab, her research focuses on testing a novel small molecule traumatic brain injury therapeutic and its effect on social recognition, memory, and post-traumatic stress disorder like behaviors (e.g. fear, anxiety, stress). Outside of the lab, Kristy enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes, and cheering on the dawgs.

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Past Undergraduate Researchers

Ben Abaidoo

Ben Abaidoo

Wahenoor Anand

Wahenoor Anand

Aleéja Barnes

Aleéja Barnes

Courtnay Beckett

Courtnay Beckett

Natalie Bishop

Natalie Bishop

James Bolton

James Bolton

Ariana Cherry

Ariana Cherry

Caroline Coleman

Caroline Coleman

Katie Crump

Katie Crump

Lilley Cushman

Lilley Cushman

Neil Doshi

Tina Ethridge

Tina Ethridge

Lily Francis

Lily Francis

Luke Frost

Olivia Fuller

Olivia Fuller

Nik Ghayal

Jessica Gladney

Jessica Gladney

Lauren Griffin

Lauren Griffin

Gail Gustavson

Gail Gustavson

Angela Holder

Angela Holder

Aleia Hollands

Aleia Hollands

Deena Husein

Deena Husein

Kaitlin Jones

Kaitlin Jones

Zachary Jones

Zachary Jones

Andrea Kuehndorf

Andrea Kuehndorf

Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis

Kristian Lewis

Kristian Lewis

Chris Littlejohn

Brandon Lord

Brandon Lord

Brendan Mahoney

Zach Oberholtzer

Zach Oberholtzer

Shuchi Patel

Shuchi Patel

Sonia Punja

Sonia Punja

Hend Rasheed

Hend Rasheed

Amber Reeves

Amber Reeves

Jennifer Roveto

Jennifer Roveto

Sarah Shaver

Sarah Shaver

Kimberly Straub

Kimberly Straub

Shelley Tau

Shelley Tau

Abby Temple

Abby Temple

Sydney Willis

Sydney Willis

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