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NINR Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Fellow Profiles

Vivian de Alvarenga Guedes, PhD

Vivian Guedes

Bibliography

 

 

Dr. Guedes is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Tissue Injury Branch.

Keywords
Traumatic brain injury, neurodegeneration, biomarkers, exosomes, symptom science

Achievements/Awards

  • NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2021
  • NINR Director’s Excellence Award for 2020
  • NINR Methodologies Boot Camp organizing committee

Education

  • University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (PhD, Neurophysiology)  
  • University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Physical Therapy) 

Tokunbor A. Lawal, PhD, FNP-BC

Tokunbor A. Lawal

Bibliography

 

Dr. Lawal is an NIH Independent Research Scholar in the Tissue Injury Branch with a research focus on characterizing the functional properties of variations in genes associated with skeletal muscle excitation-contraction coupling. 

Keywords
Neuromuscular disorders, congenital myopathies, ryanodine receptor type 1-related myopathies, preclinical disease models

Achievements/Awards

  • NIH Independent Research Scholar Award (2020)
  • Voting Member, NINR and Clinical Center Nursing Department Research Intramural Scientific Review Committee (2017-Present)
  • RYR-1 Foundation Individual Investigator Award (2019) - MitoQ and n-3 PUFA: a novel therapeutic approach for RYR1-related myopathies 

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University (PhD, Nursing, 2016)
  • Marymount University (MSN, 2011)
  • Georgetown University (BSN, 2007)
  • University of Maryland (BS, Biology, 1999)

Joshua J. Todd, PhD, CCRP

Joshua Todd

Bibliography 
ORCID Profile 

 

Dr. Todd is a clinical trialist in the Tissue Injury Branch whose research is focused on developing small molecule and gene transfer-based therapeutic approaches for rare neurogenetic disorders of muscle with a focus on congenital myopathies and lysosomal storage disorders.

Keywords
Neurogenetics, clinical trials, neuromuscular disorders, preclinical development

Achievements/Awards

  • Invited Guest Editor for Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) collection on RYR1-related disorders and malignant hyperthermia (2020)
  • Appointed voting member of the NIH Clinical Center Central Scientific Review Committee (2020)
  • Awarded over $500,000 USD in competitive research funding: RYR-1 Foundation Individual Investigator Award (2019) - MitoQ and n-3 PUFA: a novel therapeutic approach for RYR1-related myopathies
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Bench to Bedside Award (2018) - Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Rycal ® treatment for RYR1-related myopathies
  • The NIH Director’s Challenge Innovation Award Program (2017) - Transforming Orphan Drug Research via Translational Science Collaborations

Education

  • Ulster University, Northern Ireland (PhD, Biomedical Science, 2016)
  • University of the West of England, UK (BSc, Sports Science – Nutrition, 2013)

Ruel R. Billones, PhD, EdD

Ruel R. Billones

ORCID Profile 

 

 

Dr. Billones is a postdoctoral fellow in the Symptom Science Center. 

Keywords
Symptom Science, behavioral phenotypes of craving in addictive disorders, mindfulness

Education

  • Ateneo de Davao University, Philippiines (PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2017)
  • EdD, Counseling, Asia Graduate School of Theology

Sara Mithani Ladhani, PhD, RN

Randy Vorn

Bibliography 

 

Dr. Ladhani is a postdoctoral fellow in the Tissue Injury Branch.

Keywords
Traumatic brain injury, sleep, biomarkers, neurodegeneration, glymphatic function

Achievements/Awards

  • Young Investigators Research Forum, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2020)
  • Graduate Partnership Program, National Institutes of Health (2018-2020)
  • Jonas Healthcare Scholar (2018-2020)
  • W.E. Van Doren Scholarship (2018)

Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD, Nursing Science 2020)
  • Case Western Reserve University (BSN, 2016) 

Rany Vorn, PhD, RN

Randy Vorn

Bibliography 
ORCID Profile 

 

Dr. Vorn is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Tissue Injury Branch.

Keywords
TBI, symptom science, vascular physiology

Achievements/Awards

  • Chung-Ang Young Scientist Scholarship Award (2017)
  • Chung-Ang Young Scientist Scholarship Award (2015)

Education

  • Chung-Ang University College of Nursing, Korea (PhD, Nursing, 2020)
  • Chung-Ang University College of Nursing, Korea (MSN, 2017)
  • Life University College of Nursing, Cambodia (BSN, 2012)

Brian S. Wolff, PhD

Brian Wolff

ORCID Profile 

 

Dr. Wolff is an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) postdoctoral fellow in the Symptom Management Branch.

Keywords
Cancer-related fatigue, cognitive and motivated behaviors

Education

  • Georgetown University (Ph.D. in Neuroscience, 2013)

Hannah Allen, BS

Hannah Allen

 

 

Hannah Allen is a clinical post-bac fellow in the Symptom Management Branch. She is interested in cancer-related fatigue both from the patient care perspective and from a research perspective, and has worked as a nursing assistant in an oncology-focused progressive care unit.

Keywords
Cancer-related fatigue 

Achievements/Awards

  • Neuroscience Honors Thesis - The cocaine-and amphetamine regulated transcript immunoreactive central circuitry controlling brown adipose tissue and white adipose tissue in mice. 

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh (BS, Neuroscience, Psychology, summa cum laude; Minor in Chemistry, 2020)

Sara Flash, BS

Sara Flash

 

 

Sara Flash is a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow in the Advanced Visualization Branch.

Keywords
Cognition, virtual reality, memory, post-traumatic stress disorder, health education and communication

Achievements/Awards

  • Behavioral Neuroscience Lab Research Assistant, Muhlenberg College (2018-2020)
  • RJ Fellows Honors Program, Muhlenberg College (2016-2020)
  • NASPA Certified Peer Health Educator(2018)

Education

  • Muhlenberg College (BS, Neuroscience; Minor in Public Health, 2020)

Ethan Smith, BS

Ethan Smith

 

 

Ethan Smith is a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow in the Tissue Injury Branch.

Achievements/Awards

  • Canadian Network on Hepatitis C summer student fellowship; awarded $4500 grant to fund summer research position.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program; awarded $2000 grant to fund summer research position.

Education

  • University of Toronto (BS, Immunology and Human Biology, 2020)
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