October 15, 2018

Spotlight on Max Shepherd: PhD Candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Max Shepherd is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering. His research focuses on the mechanical design and control of lower limb prosthetics and how prosthetic foot behavior affects the biomechanics of walking.  Max was recently named a Presidential Fellow, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University.   

October 1, 2018

Spotlight on Nyree Zerega: Director of Graduate Studies of the Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Nyree Zerega is the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of the Program in Plant Biology and Conservation at the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, offered jointly with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her research focuses primarily on evolution, systematics, biogeography, and reproductive ecology of plants; as well as conservation of plant genetic resources (especially underutilized crops and their wild relatives).

September 24, 2018

Spotlight on Amanda Corcos: Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry

Amanda Corcos, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in Chemistry researching a new class of polymers, which she is developing into membranes for use in water purification and desalination. She was recently named a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is excited to connect her research to policy that will solve problems.

September 6, 2018

A Week in the Life of Sarah Peko-Spicer: PhD Candidate in Statistics and Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellow

Statistics PhD candidate and Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) fellow Sarah Peko-Spicer researches new methods to measure the effectiveness of social science interventions with an eye on how research can better impact real-world policy and practice.

September 3, 2018

Spotlight on Amanda Nili: PhD Student in Clinical Psychology

Amanda Nili is a PhD student in clinical psychology at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine and The Graduate School. She studies attentional dysregulation, emotional dysregulation, and cognitive function in young children. Amanda was recently awarded a research supplement from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to promote diversity in health-related research.

August 27, 2018

Spotlight on Megha Aggarwal: Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Biosciences

Megha Aggarwal, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in molecular biosciences. She researches molecular structures that can be used to design and develop inhibitors of a family of viruses that includes mumps, measles, Nipah, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5). She aspires to help create drugs that improve the health of humans and animals.

August 13, 2018

Spotlight on Lauren Leydon-Hardy: PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy

Lauren Leydon-Hardy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy who studies the social phenomena that shape what we know and how we know things. She is inspired to develop the implications of her research for the real world. Lauren also serves on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee for the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) that launched this year.

July 30, 2018

Spotlight on Lars Steier: MFA Graduate in Writing for the Screen and Stage

Lars Steier graduated in June 2018 from the School of Communication with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen and Stage. With the support of a sitcom grant from the Department of Radio/Television/Film, Lars wrote and is producing a half-hour television pilot called "Cinerama" that draws from his experience of working in a movie theater in Oregon. In addition, he is currently directing an animated short film that takes place on a spaceship.

July 16, 2018

Spotlight on Sadie Witkowski: PhD Candidate in Psychology

Sadie (Sarah) Witkowski is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology with a focus on Brain, Behavior, and Cognition who researches how sleep can improve memory. She has a passion for science communication and founded the PhDrinking podcast to interview graduate students across fields about their research.

July 2, 2018

Spotlight on Manish Kumar: Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurobiology

Manish Kumar is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology with a PhD in physics who is developing a class of microscopes that can study neurons in action. He is proud that his current work can advance medical research, particularly in neuroscience, by making advanced microscopes faster and more affordable.

June 18, 2018

Spotlight on Alexis Reyes: PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS)

Alexis Reyes is a second-year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) Graduate Program and active member in Northwestern's chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicagos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Beyond her research on genetic integrity in eukaryotes, Alexis is passionate about expanding equitable access to STEM education opportunities and resources for underrepresented students. 

June 5, 2018

Spotlight on Andrew Sabin, PhD, Entrepreneur and Research Engineer at Bose

Andrew Sabin, PhD, an inventor and entrepreneur who is creating new solutions for people suffering from hearing loss, graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He then founded Ear Machine, a company dedicated to creating and distributing novel and accessible hearing tools, such as the EarMachine app.

May 21, 2018

Spotlight on Sarah Bassett: PhD candidate in the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program

Sarah Bassett is a PhD candidate in the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program studying emotions and health in Dr. Judith Moskowitz's lab in Medical Social Sciences. She is currently an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) predoctoral fellow.

May 16, 2018

Hype Your Research: A Visit to Mollie McQuillan's Gender Identity Class

Earlier this month, Dean Woodruff joined Mollie McQuillan, Presidential Fellow and PhD candidate in Human Development and Social Policy, to co-teach Mollie's undergraduate class as part of The Graduate School’s inaugural Hype Your Research visit.

May 8, 2018

Spotlight on E. B. Hunter: Combining Theatre and New Immersive Technologies

How do you create theatre that allows audiences to feel like meaningful participants? E. B. Hunter, PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama program, answers this question by combining theatre with new immersive technologies like mixed reality and video games. In her work, audience interactivity—analog and digital—takes center stage.

April 24, 2018

Spotlight on Adelita Mendoza: Northwestern Alum and Postdoctoral Associate at Washington University

Dr. Adelita Mendoza studies how zinc regulation impacts cell signaling and homeostasis. A recent graduate of Northwestern University's Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program (IBiS), Adelita is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Washington University in St. Louis.

April 10, 2018

Spotlight on David Miller: Draw-A-Scientist Test Study

David Miller, a PhD candidate in psychology, was surprised when he learned many years ago about the original Draw-A-Scientist-Test (DAST) study. Researchers had asked nearly 5,000 children in the 1960s and 1970s to draw a scientist.

April 2, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Northwestern Graduate Student: José Luis Quintero Ramirez

This profile is part of our new ‘Day in the Life of a Graduate Student’ series highlighting the stories of graduate students across Northwestern. José Luis Quintero Ramirez is a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Public Culture, a program in the School of Communication.

March 27, 2018

Spotlight on Carola Salvi: Postdoctoral Fellow and Avid Photographer

Dr. Carola Salvi came to Northwestern as a visiting scholar from Italy to work in Mark Beeman’s Creative Brain Lab. She is now a postdoctoral fellow studying the changes in the brain during creative problem solving, specifically the “Eureka!” moment that is reached after a problem-solving impasse.

March 14, 2018

Spotlight on Yijuan Du: Postdoctoral Fellow at Feinberg School of Medicine

Yijuan Du investigates pathophysiology and treatment for Parkinson's disease as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently works in Dr. Jim Surmeier's lab and is a participant of the INVO practicum.

March 2, 2018

Spotlight on Stefan Kathman: TGS Chemistry Alum

Stefan graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Chemistry in 2009. He worked for two years at Cubist Pharmaceuticals on discovering new antibiotics for drug-resistant bacteria. In 2016, he graduated from Northwestern University with a PhD in Chemistry.

February 22, 2018

Spotlight on Anna Leenay: TGS Alum and Alumnae Graduate Fellowship Recipient

Anna Leenay, 2015 Recipient of the Northwestern University Alumnae Graduate Fellowship, graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with an MS and BS in Environmental Engineering. Currently, Anna works as an Environmental Engineer at Jacobs (formerly CH2M), where she works mostly on remediation projects, which involve investigating, remediating (removing pollution), and monitoring of contaminated sites.

February 16, 2018

Spotlight on Jessica Creery: PhD candidate studying memory, sleep, and meditation

Jessica Creery is a PhD candidate studying memory, sleep, and meditation in Dr. Ken Paller's Cognitive Neuroscience lab. She graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Cognitive Science.

February 9, 2018

Spotlight on Elizabeth Morrissey

Senior Program Coordinator Beth Morrissey first became interested in international education during a semester abroad studying English Literature in England.

February 5, 2018

Spotlight on Dean Procter: Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology-Immunology

Dean Procter is a postdoctoral fellow in Microbiology-Immunology working in Derek Walsh's lab through Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, he attended the University of Sydney for his undergraduate and graduate degrees.

January 29, 2018

Spotlight on José-Mac Techner, MD-PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

José-Marc Techner is a MD-PhD candidate as part of the National Institutes of Health funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

January 17, 2018

Spotlight on Andreea Micu: Performance Studies Graduate Student and Public Humanities Graduate Assistant

Andreea Micu, a PhD student in the Performance Studies program, is working on a dissertation titled, “Performing the Commons: Urban Insurrection, Aesthetics, and Economic Crisis in the South of Europe.” This year, Andreea was also the Public Humanities Graduate Assistant at the Chicago Humanities Festival, an assistantship supported by The Graduate School, during which a graduate student engages in substantive public humanities projects with mentorship from practitioners at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

January 17, 2018

Spotlight on Jaclyn Hugg: Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

“I like to create things essentially from nothing,” Jaclyn says. “I like to lead the way into different areas and figure out solutions to better serve students and alumni.”

January 4, 2018

Spotlight on Dana Bozeman, Associate Director of Student Engagement

Associate Director of Student Engagement Dana Bozeman has worked with graduate student populations for over eight years. Although she originally planned to start her career in human resources, she quickly found that her passion resided within the student affairs track.