BEST Trainees

Current Trainees

Atlanta BEST Trainees are formally admitted into cohorts each year. They are competitively selected PhD students (3rd year+ and passed doctoral qualifying exams), as well as established Postdoctoral Fellows in Science and Biomedical Engineering disciplines from both Emory University and Georgia Tech. Backgrounds range from Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Genetics, Biostatistics, and Engineering. Find more information on how to apply to the last cohort.

Online Evaluation: BEST Workshop

Last Name First Name Current Status Cohort University Affiliation Unit
Alter, PhD Shawn Associate Consultant, C1 Consulting (former student) 1 Emory University Molecular & Systems Pharmacology
Anderson, PhD Bart Research Scientist, Exicure (former postdoc) 1 Emory University Cell Biology
Andreansky Eric PhD Student 1 Emory University Chemistry
Ferranti, PhD Erin Research Track Faculty, Emory University (former postdoc) 1 Emory University School of Nursing
Gole, PhD Hope Faculty Lecturer, Washington University, St Louis (former postdoc) 1 Emory University Pediatrics
Hill, PhD Alexandra Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Merck Group (former postdoc) 1 Georgia Tech Chemisty
James, PhD Amanda Assistant Director IMSD, Emory (former postdoc) 1 Emory University Department of Medicine- Division of Cardiology
Johnson, PhD Zachary Postdoc at Georgia Tech (former student) 1 Emory University Neuroscience
Jones, PhD Jennifer Nutrition Scientists, Kellogg Company (former postdoc) 1 Emory University Department of Medicine, Division
of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipids
Lamar Tyra PhD Student 1 Emory University Neuroscience
Mahmoudi, PhD Babak Research Faculty, ENTICE, Emory University (former postdoc) 1 Emory University Neurosurgery
Meng, PhD Jia Associate Scientist, Alios BioPharma (former student) 1 Emory University Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Robbins, PhD John Core Facility Manager and Research Scientist, Georgia Tech (former postdoc) 1 Georgia Tech School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Rogers Emily PhD Student 1 Georgia Tech Computational Science and Engineering
Ruppersburg, PhD Chelsey Campaign Staff, Senator Isakson Office (former student) 1 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Thomas Kristen PhD Student 1 Emory University Neuroscience
Watve Samit PhD Student 1 Georgia Tech Biology
White, PhD Douglas Consultant and Project Leader, Takeda Pharmaceutical (former student) 1 Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering
Wilder Catera Post Doc Fellow, University of California- Los Angeles (former student) 1 Emory/GT Biomedical Engineering
York Amanda PhD Student 1 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Ahmed Faisal PhD Student 2 Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering
Ainslie Kylie PhD Student 2 Emory University Biostatistics
Bernardy Eryn FIRST Fellow, Emory University (former student) 2 Georgia Tech Biology
Bhutani Srishti PhD Student 2 Emory University Biomedical Engineering
Brown Nicole Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control Foundation (former student) 2 Emory University Molecular and Systems Pharmacology
Canner, PhD James Pharmacology Director, Aeon Clinical Laboratories (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Department of Pharmacology
Comstra Skye PhD Student 2 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Cook Darcie PhD Student 2 Emory University Immunology/Physiology
Cox Vanessa PhD Student 2 Georgia Tech School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Desai, PhD Tanay 3-D Imaging Specialist, Zeiss (former postdoc) 2 Zeiss Pediatrics- Infectious Diseases
Francis Joshua PhD Student 2 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Freret, PhD Jill Program Coordinator, Emory (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Medicine-Renal Division
Iyer, PhD Srikant Program Manager and Research Scientist, OXIDE, John Hopkins University (former postdoc) 2 Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kishore Ayush PhD Student 2 Emory University Molecular & Systems Pharmacology
Maddox, PhD Stephanie Research Fellow, McLean Hospital (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychiatric Disorders -Yerkes
Medrzycki, PhD Magdalena ASM Fellow, Centers for Disease Control (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Pediatrics
Morris Kevin PhD Student 2 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology/GDBBS
Myers, PhD Kenneth Post Doc Fellow 2 Emory University Cell Biology
Reece David PhD Student 2 Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering
Rye Emily PhD Student 2 Emory University Biochemistry
Schlingmann, PhD Barbara Post Doc Fellow 2 Emory University Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Stauffer Brandon PhD Student 2 Emory University Molecular and Systems Pharmacology
Uddin Yusuf PhD Student 2 Georgia Tech School of Biology- Molecular Biophysics
Umstead MaKendra PhD Student 2 Emory University Cancer Biology/Pharmacology
Vinal Kellie PhD Student 2 Emory University Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Williams, PhD Natecia Teacher, Atlanta Girls School (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Ophthalmology
Yang, PhD Liquan Senior Scientist, Caprico Biotechnologies (former postdoc) 2 Emory University Department of Neurosurgery
Zoeller Elizabeth PhD Student 2 Emory University Cancer Biology
Bachman Haylee PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bajic Marko PhD Student 3 Emory University Genetics and Molecular Biology
Belle Jessica PhD Student 3 Emory University Environmental Health Sciences
Berendes David Postdoc at Georgia Tech (former student) 3 Emory University Environmental Health Sciences
Bishof Isaac PhD Student 3 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Coleman Brilee PhD Student 3 Emory University Molecular and Systems Pharmacology
Demissie Aida PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech Chemistry/Biochemistry
Dunn Amy PhD Student 3 Emory University Neuroscience
Ende Zachary PhD Student 3 Emory University Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Faraji Mojdeh PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech Bioengineering
Forrest Osric PhD Student 3 Emory University Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Geng, PhD Jiafeng Post Doc Fellow 3 Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry
Giddens Michelle PhD Student 3 Emory University Neuroscience
Hoffer Eric PhD Student 3 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Inman, PhD Cory Post Doc Fellow 3 Emory University Department of Neurosurgery
Jaiswal, Phd Poonam Post Doc Fellow 3 Emory University Cell Biology
Kalelkar Pranav PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kolawole, PhD Elizabeth Post Doc Fellow 3 Emory University Department of Microbiology and Immunology- School of Medicine
Morrissette Arthur PhD Student 3 Emory University Neuroscience Graduate Program
Nicosia John PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech/Emory Joint Biomedical Engineering
O'Flaherty Brendan PhD Student 3 Emory University Neuroscience
Peake Bridgette PhD Student 3 Emory University Molecular Systems and Pharmacology
Pellegrini, PhD Kathryn Post Doc Fellow 3 Emory University Urology
Petersen Christopher PhD Student 3 Emory University Immunology and Molecular pathogenesis
Price Phillip PhD Student 3 Emory University Neuroscience
Robbins Julianne PhD Student 3 Georgia Tech Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Torres Erica PhD Student 3 Emory University Genetics and Molecular Biology
Akhter Erica PhD Student 4 Emory University Neuroscience
Barham Morgan PhD Student 4 Emory University Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Cliburn Rachel PhD Student 4 Emory University Neuroscience
Colin Alyson PhD Student 4 Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry
De Leon Desiree PhD Student 4 Emory University Neuroscience
Gerber Kyle PhD Student 4 Emory University Molecular & Systems Pharmacology
Gonzalez Casanova, PhD Ines Post Doc Fellow 4 Emory University Department of Global Health
Hoffman Carlie PhD Student 4 Emory University Neuroscience
Kotlar Alex PhD Student 4 Emory University Genetics & Molecular Biology
Li, PhD Jianing Post Doc Fellow 4 Emory University Division of Pediatrics GI-Hepatology
Lindsly, PhD Casie Post Doc Fellow 4 Emory University Physiology department
Lynn Sabrina PhD Student 4 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Maher Kelsey PhD Student 4 Emory University Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Mascuch, PhD Samantha Post Doc Fellow 4 Georgia Tech Biology
Murphy Lauren PhD Student 4 Emory University Neuroscience
Ogbonmwan, PhD Yvonne Post Doc Fellow 4 Emory University Psychiatry
Petree Jessica PhD Student 4 Emory University Chemistry
Priyamvada Lalita PhD Student 4 Emory University Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Reese Heather PhD Student 4 Emory University Environmental Health Sciences
Reimche, PhD Jennifer Post Doc Fellow 4 Emory University Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Squires Katherine PhD Student 4 Emory University Molecular & Systems Pharmacology
Takushi Sarah PhD Student 4 Emory University Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Yonezawa Aline PhD Student 4 Emory/GT Biomedical Engineering