2018 Summer Research Program Students

June 7, 2018

The Institute for Public Health welcomes the students participating in the 2018 Summer Research Program.

The program is supported by the Institute for Public Health and it’s Global Health Center of Washington University in St. Louis, the Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, and Pediatrics in Washington University’s School of Medicine, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Charitable Giving Program, Stephanie and Chris Doerr, and Dr. and Mrs. Mark Stephen Gold.


Through this competitive opportunity, students work closely with outstanding faculty mentors on special research projects focused on public health and global health. The program includes a series of seminars offered throughout June and July, as well as a culminating symposium, all of which will be open to the public. 

2018 Participants

Learn more about this year’s student participants. Click here to read their brief bios.

  • Adjoa Cofie, Stockton University (Mentor: Haina Shin)
  • Jelena Debelnogich, Kent State University (Mentor: Jason Newland)
  • Swetha Nakshatri, Washington University in St. Louis (Mentor: Jeffrey Gordon)
  • Sharon-Rose Nartey, University of Notre Dame (Mentor: Christina Stallings)
  • Lorcan O’Byrne, University College Dublin (Mentor: Rumi Price)
  • Margot Palmer, The University of Georgia-Athens (Mentor: James Fleckenstein)
  • Marissa Rasgado, DePaul University (Mentor: Shanti Parikh)
  • Taylor Ross, University of Missouri-Columbia (Mentor: Ali Ellebedy)
  • Kricia Ruano, Williamette University (Mentor: Tarek Alhamad)
  • Adetutu Sadiq, University of California-Berkeley (Mentor: Mark Manary)
  • Austin Smarsh, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Mentor: Patricia Cavazos-Rehg)
  • Laura Whitehill, University College Dublin (Mentor: Bobbi Pineda)
  • Sarah Wishloff, Amherst College (Mentor: Mark Manary)
  • Tiffany Xie, Indiana University-Bloomington (Mentor: Kathleen Bucholz)
  • Celia Zhou, Wake Forest University (Mentor: Philip Budge)