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METEOR Cohorts

METEOR Program Cohorts


METEOR Cohort 1 (Started Summer 2012)

Mark Hanna

Mark graduated from UCLA as an undergraduate and completed his Master’s degree in Global Medicine prior to being accepted to GW’s School of Medicine. He has previous clinical research experience from the Cedars Sinai Medical Center trauma center and will be working with Dr. Boniface on the use of ultrasound in the emergency department.

Keith S. Boniface, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Yushekia Hill

Graduate of Howard University. Worked at NIH. Previous experience in nanomaterials and will be working with Dr. Ivor Horn who’s research interests focus on racial and ethnic child health disparities and provider communication with African American parents from diverse socio-economic backgrounds in the pediatric primary care setting.

Ivor Horn, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Children’s National 

Eric Strong

Eric is a Florida native and has previous research experience in the use of UV light in cancer treatment. His research project is examining how lateralization varies during four different language tasks, and across specific regions of interest (Wernicke’s area, the cerebellum, middle frontal gyrus, and inferior frontal gyrus) between epileptic and non-epileptic adults.

William Gaillard, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s National

Cohort 1 at FDA (July 2012) - From left, Eric Strong, Mark Hanna, and Yushekia Hill

Cohort 1 Student, Mark Hanna presenting his poster during 2014 GW Research Day.

METEOR Cohort 2 (Started June 2013)

From left, Yodit Tsegaye, Sophia Akhiyat, Eussra El-Magbri, and Nicole Findlay

Sophia Akhiyat

Sophia is a graduate of the University of Florida. She was a member of the University Scholars Program of the University of Florida School of Medicine where she conducted research in oncology and viral proteins. She is working with her mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Berger, on writing a textbook chapter regarding stress and fatigue in residency programs, as well as conducting educational research of anesthesia residency training programs.

Jeffrey Berger MD MBA
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
The George Washington University

Lumbley J, Akhiyat SM, Berger JS, Casabianca AB.  “Stress and Fatigue Management”  Fundamentals of Patient Safety in Medicine & Surgery. Stawicki SP, Moffatt-Bruce S, Galwankar S, Papadimos TJ eds.  Wolters Kluwer Health (India) Pvt Ltd, 1st Edition. March 24, 2015.  ISBN: 13: 978-93-5129-350-7

Eussra El-Magbri

Eussra is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a summer student research intern at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh looking at the molecular and genetic mechanism that underlie the association between vitamin D insufficiency and asthma. Under the mentorship of Dr. Dinesh Pillai, she will continue this line of research to examine the potential use of exosomes as therapeutic targets to address the two most pressing health care issues seen in children in the US: obesity and asthma.

Dinesh Pillai, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Children’s National

Nicole Findlay

Nicole is a graduate of McMaster University in Canada and completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She has previous research experience in infectious disease, including HIV, and reproductive health. Under the mentorship of Drs. Susie Bathgate and Charles Macri, she is working on a multi-site research protocol on angiogenic biomarkers for the prediction of preeclampsia, as well as the relationship between fibroids and prolonged exposure to estrogen-mimics and other compounds in hair straighteners.

Susie Bathgate MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The George Washington University

Charles Macri MD
Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The George Washington University

Yodit Tsegaye

Yodit is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. She worked at the NIH as a summer intern in the National Cancer Institute. She is working on the AsthMAP2 study which is trying to determine the role of Vitamin D in asthma severity and asthma control. In the future, her project will focus more on aging and asthma and determining whether or not asthmatics have older stem cells that are not as equipped to respond to lung damage.

Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics
Children’s National

Visit to the FDA (from left, Sophia Akhiyat, Yodit Tsegaye, and Nicole Findlay. Eussra El-Magbri not pictured)

Cohort 2 at NIH (June 2013) - from left, Nicole Findlay, Eussra El-Magbri, Sophia Akhiyat, and Yodit Tsegaye

Members of Cohort 2 present their research at GW's Research Day on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

METEOR Cohort 3 (Started June 2014)

Lauren Hanna
Lauren is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she conducted research as a student intern in the Brain Tumor Translational Research Lab ensuring quality control in the preservation and processing of brain tissue.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Macri, she is working on a long-term research project focused on environmental causes of fibroids that may explain ethnic disparity between the White and African American population.  She is also being mentored by METEOR Cohort 2 student, Nicole Findlay, on a retrospective study assessing the effect of hypertension on the severity of fibroids.

Charles Macri, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The George Washington University
Kaylah Maloney
Kaylah is a graduate of The City College of New York, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology and was a mentor for CityPeers, a program for freshman pursuing biology majors.  She worked as a student research intern on a project determining a better enzyme replacement for treatment for Fabry disease.  Working with a team of three mentors, she is now involved in both quantitative and qualitative research projects focused on pediatric oncology.

Cohort 3 member, Kaylah Maloney, was featured in an article in the SMHS e-newsletter:

Reuven Schore, MD
Attending Physician, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Leukemia & Lymphoma Program, Division of Oncology
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Children’s National

Katherine Patterson Kelly PhD RN
Nurse Scientist  Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes Children’s National

Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes
Professor, Department of Pediatrics Children’s National
Ruthanna Okorosobo
Ruthanna is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship where she conducted research on the inner mitochondrial membrane protein implicated in neurodegeneration and later worked as a research technician at the Neurotoxicology Laboratory for Health Canada.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Adre Du Plessis, she is participating in a research study to characterize heart rate variability as a measure of cortical control of the autonomic nervous system in pediatric populations with congenital heart disease and neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalolopathy. 

Adre Du Plessis, MBChB
Chief, Division of Fetal and Transitional Medicine
Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
Children’s National

Library of Medicine: From left to right: Ruthanna Okorosobo, Dr. Lisa Schwartz (director), and Kaylah Maloney.

METEOR Cohort 4 (Started June 2015)

Hannah Robinson
Hannah is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. She served as a summer intern at the Donald Guthrie Foundation for Education and Research assisting in laboratory technicians, the IRB coordinator, and clinical research coordinators. She is working with her mentors on mobile health technology to improve adherence to cancer prevention and treatment.

Neal Sikka, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
The George Washington University

Cherise Harrington, PhD

Assistant Professor of Prevention and Community Health
The George Washington University

Jacklyn Omorodion
Jacklyn is a graduate of McMaster University, where she completed her senior thesis and served as a Research Assistant working to develop a gene panel for a whole genome sequencing project related to neurodevelopmental conditions. Her research focuses on myasthenia gravis, under the mentorship of Drs. Kaminski and Kusner, both faculty of the GW Institute for Neuroscience.


Henry Kaminski, MD
Meta Amalia Neumann Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology
The George Washington University

Linda Kusner, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
The George Washington University

From left to right: Jacklyn Omorodion and Hannah Robinson