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Bio's van Amerikaanse Fulbright Studenten

Hieronder vindt u de bio's van de Amerikaanse Fulbright studenten die graag een bezoek aan uw school brengen.
 
Arjun Adapa

Hello! My name is Arjun Adapa, and I hail from the state of Maryland, close to Washington, D.C., in the United States. Here in the Netherlands, I will be living in Groningen and performing research on delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier, a highly selective membrane, to target neurons within the brain. This work is aimed at developing a more potent and effective form of therapy for specific neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis. Upon returning to the U.S., I will start medical school at the University of Michigan. I will also be looking for outlets and opportunities to play the saxophone, as I love music! I am happy to speak with students about the U.S., its turbulent political landscape, health care related topics, music, food, going to a large public American college, etc. Please contact me at ar.adapa394@gmail.com if you would like to have me! Thanks!

 
Adil Syed

Hallo! My name is Adil, and I’m from a small town just outside of beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee. I graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, and next year I will be attending medical school. I’m thrilled to be spending this year in Amsterdam at VUmc where I am researching personalized treatment strategies for children with brain cancer, especially using new neuroimaging techniques. I’m an avid basketball and football (not “soccer” for now!)  fan and look forward to cheering on AFC Ajax this year. I also enjoy relaxing in Vondelpark and learning to navigate Dutch bicycle traffic. I’d be happy to discuss anything that may be of interest to students, especially neuroscience, medicine, or sports in America. Feel free to reach me at syedadil94@gmail.com.

 
 
 
Annabel Beaver 
Hi!  My name is Annabelle Beaver, and I am originally from Brooklyn, NY.  For the past 3 years I have been working towards my PhD in Animal Science at Cornell University.  This year I will be joining the Quantitative Epidemiology Group at Wageningen University to continue my research.   My project involves developing a mathematical model of the infection dynamics of Johne’s disease (a progressive enteritis affecting ruminant animals) on dairy farms. I would be happy to discuss my research or other topics related to statistical modeling, bacterial pathogenesis, or even scientific writing.  I also have a background in the arts, with a primary interest in Shakespeare, which I would love to share in either a literary or theatrical context.  I can be reached at ab2368@cornell.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Boehnke 
Hello! My name is Richard Boehnke; I am a second-year master student working (hopefully) on my thesis in sustainable energy technology. I started my university career as a ceramic artist at the University of Michigan but ended with a degree in Biochemistry, moved to Vietnam for two years and then India, became a business consultant in Chicago, and, now, have begun my second year at TU Delft. I guess that I decided to take the “road less traveled by”, and, while I’m not yet sure just where I want to go, it has certainly been an interesting ride. Please feel free to contact me at r.f.boehnke@student.tudelft.nl.
 
 
 
 
 
Kristine Chen
Hello, my name is Kristine Chen. I grew up on Long Island in a town near New York City. My parents are originally from Taiwan; I speak English, Mandarin, and a little bit of Taiwanese. I am a recent graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently conducting research in the field of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente in Enschede. My research group within the lab is focused on designing and building a soft robotic exoskeleton that will allow people who are paraplegic to walk. I enjoy staying active by participating in sports and social dance lessons. I also listen to many radio podcast shows. I would be happy to speak about my experience living in America and attending an American university, learning through building in the classroom (the Fab Lab movement), or studying mechanical engineering and the design process. If there's something else specific that you think I might be able to speak to, please don't be afraid to ask! 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob Christ

Hello! My name is Jacob Christ and I am working as a research intern at UMC Utrecht. I am currently a medical student in the United States at the Cleveland Clinic Lernere College of Medicine and am completing this year of research as part of my medical school training. I am originally from New York State where I was born and raised. I attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for my undergratuate training and I now attend medical school in Cleveland, Ohio. I would be happy to discuss the healthcare system in the United States, how the medical training process works there, what it is like to train to be a physician, or any other topic you think may be relevant. Feel free to contact me at J.P.Christ@umcutrecht.nl.

 
 
 
Tien Dang

Hello! My name is Tien Dang and I recently received my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire. I’m originally from Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when I was nine years old. For the next nine months, I will be conducting my research at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam on the Vascular Side Effect of Cancer Treatment. After the Fulbright, I hope to enroll in a U.S. medical school. Besides being passionate about medical research, I really like to read and travel. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series, Pendragon series, and My Sister’s Keeper. I have also traveled through many U.S. states and other countries like Belarus. When I traveled, I love to exchange my culture and languages with other people. Thus, I would love to come to your high school to talk about the American life style or culture, my research or fields of study, or anything else that might be helpful. Please feel free to contact me via email at ttz8@wildcats.unh.edu. I look forward to hear from you soon! 

 
 
Elias Eells
Hello! I'm Elias Eells and I grew up close to Louisville, Kentucky, home to Muhammad Ali and Louisville Slugger baseball bats. I went to school at a small college named Furman University in South Carolina where I studied Classical Philology. I am currently working on my Research Master's at Leiden University, also in Classics and work preparing digital editions of Ancient Greek manuscripts and papyri. In addition to my studies, I love to sing and am looking forward to finding a choir to sing with while I'm here in the Netherlands. I am happy to talk about American politics and current events, life at a small school, or anything else that you think might be helpful or interesting. I can be contacted by email at promethean777@gmail.com and look forward to hearing from you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jay Garcia

Hello! I’m Jay Garcia. I’m from the Dominican Republic, though I’ve since migrated to West Philadelphia. There, I studied biology at a small Quaker college. This year, I’m at the medical center in Groningen, researching Huntington’s Disease. I’ve been involved with this and similar topics (like Alzheimer’s) for four years, and have been a basic paramedic for three. In June, I’ll be returning to Philadelphia for medical school, hopefully with a focus on pediatrics. I’m playing baseball and rugby while I’m here, though I also have a long and proud history of playing dodgeball. Please contact me at f.j.garcia@umcg.nl!

 
 
 
Dominic Giardino 
Hallo! My name is Dominic, and I recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in clarinet performance. Having grown up in a military family, I have had the great pleasure of calling many places home including Virginia, California, Rhode Island, Florida, and even Germany! I am now doing my graduate studies on historical clarinets and historical performance practice at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. After my Fulbright year, I hope to remain in Den Haag to complete my Master's Degree at the conservatoire where my research will be focussed on Transatlantic musical exchanges between Europe, North America, and the West Indies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. My primary focus is performing on and understanding the historical predecessors to the modern Boehm and Oehler system clarinets that are used throughout the world today. I am honored to be here learning and making music with some of the world's finest musicians in the field. Please contact me at dominicgiardino@yahoo.com is you would like to talk more. 
 
 
 
 
Aria Hamann
Hallo, I'm Aria. I am from the wonderful state of Oregon, but I went to university in Santa Barbara, California at a small school called Westmont. I just completed two Bachelor's, one in Studio Art and one in Physics. Next year I will begin a PhD in Applied Physics in Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently researching in the Water Management department at The Delft University of Technology. My goal is to create powerful and flexible computer simulations of Managed Aquifer Recharge operations. I hope to be part of long-term, sustainable water solutions. Feel free to contact me at: ariahamann@gmail.com. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
 
 
 
 
Maddie Keefer
Hoi! My name is Maddie and I am working at TU Delft for the next nine months as a flood management researcher. Originally, I am from a small coastal town in the state of North Carolina. I received my Bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. My research at TU Delft includes looking into the natural flood risk reduction systems that exist in the Netherlands and their possible applications in the Unites States. Engineers in the Netherlands are exploring new ways to harness nature’s power to protect against flooding vulnerability, and I am excited to apply some of those same ideas to a United States case study. It would be my pleasure to speak with students about my research interests and background, as well as engineering in general. I am also happy to talk with students about living the U.S. or my experiences thus far in the Netherlands! Please feel free to contact me at keefermadeline@gmail.com
 
 
 
Daniel McCusker
Hello! My name is Dan and I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In May 2016, I completed my bachelor’s program in physics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I am now working towards my Masters degree in Applied Physics at TU Delft, and hope to return to the US to complete my Ph.D. in physics after my two years in the Netherlands. During my time at Georgetown, I spent a lot of time thinking about science and its role in society.  I worked on a group project in which we directly lobbied congressional offices to support a renewable energy workforce bill and to increase National Science Foundation funding. TU Delft is a great place for me to continue exploring these intersectional issues, as it is an international scientific community reflecting many different experiences, perspectives, and priorities. I am happy to talk to your students about American politics  and civics, the legislative process and the upcoming presidential election. In my free time I play a lot of guitar, both electric and acoustic, and am hoping to start a student jazz combo! You can contact me at daniel.mccusker.3@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
 
 
 
Brianna Natale
Hello! My name is Brianna and I'm currently a graduate student at Radboud University. I've lived in upstate New York my entire life, and I recently received my bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology from Le Moyne College. Here in Nijmegen, I am pursuing a master's degree in Behavioral Science Research. Within the field of behavioral science, I am particularly interested in studying how a woman's psychological health during pregnancy can impact her child's long-term psychological development.  I would be happy to discuss ways in which psychology and biology are interrelated, the general process of conducting scientific research, or anything else you feel might be relevant and interesting for your students.  Please contact me at B.Natale@student.ru.nl if I can be of any help!
 
 
 
Neil Rens

Hallo! My name is Neil and I studying health economics and policy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Originally from San Diego, California, I recently completed my bachelor in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. With my previous studies, I founded a company focused on creating new medical devices aimed at empowering patients. Now I am exploring how healthcare systems can be designed to be more efficient while providing higher quality services and broader access. When I return to the US, I will begin medical school at Stanford University, where I will pursue my combined interests in medical technology, policy, and care. I would love the opportunity to visit your school and discuss topics like healthcare, medicine, engineering, and studying in the US. With my interests in policy and economics, I closely follow US politics and am also happy to engage in discussion about the upcoming election. Please contact me at neilerens@gmail.com.

 
 
Dillon Roseen
Hoi! My name is Dillon Roseen and I am a Masters student in Law and Politics of International Security at Vrije Universiteit. I was born in Texas and hail from Atlanta, Georgia where I studied Economics, International Affairs, and Law at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an undergrad, I worked in Washington, D.C. on several occasions, including at The White House, and hope to return one day as an attorney bridging the gap between human rights and  security. Some topics I would love to discuss with your students are: the (crazy) world of American politics, including the current presidential election… getting into and succeeding at an American university… America’s role in international security… etc, etc! Feel free to email me at dillonroseen@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Alana Slavin
Hello! My name is Alana Slavin and I am a Masters student in Economics at Vrije Universiteit, where my research will focus on economic determinants of health for undocumented immigrant and refugee populations. I was born in California and hail from Los Angeles, California where I studied Economics and Spanish (BA) at Loyola Marymount University. As an undergraduate student, I volunteered at a Clinic and domestic violence shelter within Los Angeles. I hope to pursue an MD within the United States after I graduate. In the future, I aspire to work as an MD and public health official, particularly addressing the needs of immigrant and refugee populations. Some topics I would love to discuss with the students are: healthcare systems in the USA, the political climate of the United States, the refugee and immigrant "crisis" in the United States, topics of social justice within the USA, and more! Feel free to email me at alanazslavin@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
Alex Weintraub
Hello! I am from Boca Raton, FL and am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York City. I received my BA from Swarthmore College, where I studied Visual Studies and French Literature. Here in the Netherlands, I will be based out of Amsterdam conducting research for my dissertation on Vincent van Gogh and his media. I have presented my work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Museum and my film criticism has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. I would be glad to discuss my research, contemporary art and film, or US pop culture with your students. I can be reached at agw2114@columbia.edu.
 
 
 
 
 
Christine Yurechko
Hi!  I'm Christine. I'm originally from outside of Washington, DC, but most recently, I've been living in New York City, where I practiced criminal law as an attorney for the last three years.  I'm currently a student at VU Amsterdam pursuing a Master's of Law in Transnational Legal Studies, and conducting a year-long research project in Dutch and European privacy law, specifically as related to criminal and counterterrorism investigations by law enforcement.  In my free time, I enjoy biking, swimming, and exploring all of Amsterdam's museums and parks.  I'm happy to talk with your students about the American law and criminal justice systems, life in New York City, or the best places to live, work, study, and travel in the United States.  You can reach me at cyo200@student.vu.nl.

 

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