Mike Nguy is current graduate student at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, in the Sociomedical Sciences department. His interests and focuses are finding ways to tie in the intersectional framework of race, class, gender, sexuality, documented status, etc. along with the field of medicine of public health. He is excited to learn more about the growing field of Precision Medicine, while being able to share his experiences and perspectives the Precision Medicine Project and its affiliates.
Social Personality Psychology, CUNY
Akemi Nishida is a doctoral student in the social personality psychology PhD program and an adjunct lecturer in Psychology and Disability Studies at City University of New York. Using frameworks of social justice studies and critical disability studies, her work focuses on the politicization of disabled people and community building in relation to intersecting oppression and privilege. She is also a performer in a project ‘GIMP’ by Heidi Latsky Dance and a starting member of DISLABELEDtv, a media organization by disabled youth/young adults.
Christie Oliver will be starting at Columbia University, School of Professional Studies, as a graduate student in the Bioethics program in Fall 2017. She is from Edinburgh, Scotland and has a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) from University of Aberdeen. Her thesis focussed on fetal testosterone and the role it plays in the development of autism spectrum disorders. She is fascinated by the differences in health care systems globally and is passionate about the development of emerging medical fields. She is an active runner and loves to do yoga.
Visiting Lecturer and PhD Candidate, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Isin Onol (1977, Turkey) has been producing exhibitions and other art related events as an independent curator based in Vienna since 2009. She worked as the director/curator at Proje4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (2006-2009). In 2014, she worked as the guest curator at Schauraum Angewandte, at the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna, as well as teaching as a guest lecturer at the Digital Art program at the University of the Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria.
Graduate Student, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Syed Raza is a master of public health candidate in the department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University where he is also completing a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health. His work focuses on the political economy, sociocultural aspects, and research methodologies of public health. His research interests include historical sociology, geopolitics, science and technology studies, social epidemiology, world-ecology analysis, and critical animal studies.
Performance Studies, NYU
Leticia Robles-Moreno is a PhD student at New York University’s Department of Performance Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with emphasis in Linguistics and Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She also holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has taught Spanish, Latin American culture, and Writing classes in several college levels.
Taylor Santoro is a graduate student in the Bioethics program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies. In May 2017 she graduated with honors from Wake Forest University with a double B.A. in Economics and Studio Art. After graduate school she plans to attend medical school and continue to pursue her research interests in the biomedical field. In her free time she focuses the majority of her time between her passion for cooking and completing her current painting projects!
Graduate Student, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
Srishti Sardana is a graudate student at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Research Assistant at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center. She has assisted on various projects with the aim to build skills needed to conduct high-impact mental health research in low-resource settings.
Department of English, Rutgers University
Katherine Schaap Williams is a doctoral candidate in the department of English at Rutgers University. She has held fellowships from the graduate school and the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, where she is a fellow in the 2011-2012 “Public Knowledge: Institutions, Networks, Collectives” seminar. Her research interests include sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, disability studies, and performance theory, and she is writing a dissertation tentatively titled Irregular Bodies: Disability on the Early Modern Stage.
Jeremey Shropshire is a Louisiana native from Hammond, La. He is a recent graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. At Xavier, Jeremey conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Stassi DiMaggio in the Department of Organic Chemistry. His project focused on developing stimuli-responsive nanomaterials in order to be used as potential drug-delivery systems. He is also a Minority Access to Careers Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Psychologist, Gender and Culture Studies, Universidad de Chile
Iván Smirnow received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the Universidad Diego Portales, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Personal Coaching and Leadership from the University of Barcelona. He plans to apply to the Masters Program in Gender and Culture Studies in Latin America, Department of Philosophy and Humanities a the Universidad de Chile with a proposed thesis: “Cuerpos-hechos-por/para-el-trabajo: cuerpo, memoria y trabajo precario.”
Natalia Romano Spica is a graduate student in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University, where she also earned her B.A., double majoring in Biology and Medicine, Literature and Society. Born in the US and raised between Europe and the US, she has had the opportunity to explore life sciences and clinical research alongside her studies in the Classics, the Arts and the Humanities. She plans to continue her lifelong journey of bridging the sciences and the humanities as a physician.
Doctoral Candidate, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
Didier Michel is a sound artist and PhD student in Ethnomusicology. His work focuses on the spiritual or phenomenological dimensions of “black” engagement with sound technology among Afrofuturist-identified music-makers and listeners in Haiti and the United States.Doctoral Candidate, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
Didier Michel is a sound artist and PhD student in Ethnomusicology. His work focuses on the spiritual or phenomenological dimensions of “black” engagement with sound technology among Afrofuturist-identified music-makers and listeners in Haiti and the United States.