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Student Research Week Committee

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Mariacristina Mazzitelli
Mariacristina is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. She joined Dr. Neugebauer's lab and she is currently working under his mentorship, studying the brain mechanisms of pain. Mariacristina is originally from Italy where she grew up and received her master degree. Mariacristina and her husband love traveling and playing tennis together. She also enjoys baking and working out, as well as playing board games and spending time with her friends.

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Peyton Presto
Vice Director of Operations
Peyton is an MD/PhD student in her second year of graduate studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. She works in Dr. Neugebauer’s lab and is studying neuroinflammatory mechanisms of pain, particularly in regard to the transition from the acute to chronic phase and to potential sex differences. Peyton is from Cullman, Alabama, and attended The University of Alabama, where she received degrees in chemical engineering and finance. Her hobbies include running, playing trumpet, listening to audiobooks, and spoiling her cats.


Emily Vanderpool
Vice Director of Marketing
Emily is a second year Ph.D. student with a concentration in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She is a member of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh’s lab studying biofilms in sinusitis. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Emily worked as a 7th-12th grade science teacher. After teaching for 5 years, she decided to take the advice she gave her students- do the thing that scares you! In her spare time, Emily loves to cook and bake and is an avid collector of elephant tchotchkes.

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Nicholas Evans
Vice Director of Poster Competition
Nick is a second year student in the M.S. in Biotechnology program. He is researching in Dr. Almodovar's lab in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology, and is studying the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the lung microenvironment. When he's not busy with coursework or research, Nick enjoys cooking and exploring new recipes from across the globe. He also enjoys playing video games with his friends and is looking forward to hosting more dinners once COVID-19 is no longer a threat.