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Academic Associates

Academic Associates

Current and Past Academic Associates

Current Academic Associates

Katie Bradburn, BA
Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, Katie attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Chemistry and Religion.  She spent one semester of her undergraduate career abroad in Chile, studying Public Health and the traditional medical practices of a local indigenous community, the Mapuche.  During her stay, she completed research on the relationship between spirituality and medicine in the modern world.  She continued this research upon her return in her Senior Honor’s Thesis, in which she completed a scientific and spiritual analysis of the therapeutic activity of herbal medicines.  This project was awarded the Currin Medal in recognition of its merit as an outstanding thesis.  Katie was also selected for the Easley Medal by the Religion Department for overall excellence during her undergraduate career. Additionally, during Katie’s college career she worked as a Habilitation Technician for a special needs child.  It was this work specifically that inspired her to work in healthcare and one day serve as a pediatric health care provider. Katie loves traveling, meeting new people, long runs, and dancing in her free time. She will be working at North Shore for two years, and then intends on applying for medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2015.

Alexandra (Alexa) Dattilo, BA
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Alexa recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with specializations in Neuroscience and Cancer Biology. In college, Alexa volunteered for hospice, Chicago Lighthouse and Service for Sight through her sorority, and Health Leads, an organization in which advocates collaborate with physicians, social workers, lawyers, and community organizations to connect clients with the necessary resources to improve underlying factors that contribute to their overall health and quality of life. In addition to this, Alexa’s research experience is broad, including work in a biosafety lab with Herpes-Simplex Virus 1, brain-machine interface and its potential future application to prosthetics, a genetics lab researching the genes responsible for anxiety and drug addiction, and the pros and cons of transradial procedures in interventional cardiology. Alexa was a Panhellenic Council member in charge of Events, a recruitment counselor (for two years), and a member of Delta Gamma. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain her senior year, was a member of the Pre-Medical Student Association, and a teaching assistant. In her free time Alexa enjoys cooking and baking, creative writing, riding horses, and exploring New York with the Team. Alexa is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2014.

Alexandra Dryer, BS
Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Alexandra graduated cum laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and minors in Chinese and Spanish. Alexandra received 1st place at the IEEE Morton Student Contest for her senior design project, an Endurance Hydration Meter. She was able to merge her Electrical Engineering background with her interest in medicine when she began epilepsy research at Lehigh University; examining post-traumatic epilepsy induced signaling pathway disruption using neural circuit architecture for the application of high throughput drug screens. This study was accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience in May, 2013. Alexandra was the Vice President of Chapter Operations for her sorority on Lehigh’s campus, as well as the Director of Member Development and the Assistant Director of the Innovation and Leadership Residency. She was a tutor for Calculus and Spanish throughout college, and a member of the campus Emergency Medical Services. Her international involvement began with a CURE International Missionary trip to Kijabe, Kenya, where she spent two weeks shadowing surgeons in a children’s hospital. She enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and modern art. Alexandra is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the Fall of 2014.

Claudia Gambrah, BA
Born in Ghana but raised mostly in Texas, Claudia graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish with a concentration in public health. Claudia has worked on public health projects at both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Occupational Saftey and Health. During her senior year, Claudia received Latin honors for two theses projects: “Johannesburgo y Cape Town: Estudio comparitivo de los efectos de apartheid” and  “Un rechazo de groupthink: La crónica de Mexico.” During her undergraduate career, Claudia was very involved with the Association of Black Students, serving as President during her senior year. She also tutored Latin American youth in a program called Puertas and taught anatomy and physiology at a local high school. She loves running, dancing, eating ice, listening to music and watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix. Claudia is very excited to be working the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Academic Associate and is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2014.

Zach Kopelman, BA
Originally from Atlanta, Zach graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Biology.  During his senior year, Zach served as the president for the Order of Omega Honor society organizing community service and appreciation events for the student body.  Throughout his undergraduate career, Zach conducted cancer research with PC-3 and K7MZ cell lines under the direction of Dr. Mitchell Chernin.  He was a peer=specialist specializing in the health fields at Bucknell’s career development center organizing various health society related events.  Zach was also a student leader and steering committee member for the Bucknell Brigade through which he traveled to the most impoverished areas of Nicaragua bringing medical care and supplies to locals.  He loves skiing in the winter, lying on the beach, scuba-diving in the summer and golf year-round.  Zach is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2014. 

Zayan Mahmooth, MSPH, BS
Zayan was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and lived and studied in Maryland since he was 12. Zayan completed his B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in three years, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Bioinformatics. During his undergraduate career, he founded the campus Debate team, serving as President. He also mentored disadvantaged Baltimore youth through the Choice program and the Incentive Mentoring Program and volunteered on weekends at Education Based Latino Outreach. Zayan completed his graduate degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, during which he focused on health systems in the International Health department. He was part of the research team on two mental health interventions for torture survivors in Iraq and an evaluation of a mobile health intervention for weight loss for the medically underserved in Baltimore. Zayan is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2014.

Patrick Sheppard, BS
Originally from New Hampshire, Patrick Sheppard graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and International Studies. At WPI, Patrick was involved with Engineers without Borders. He was also a Writing Tutor at the WPI Writing Center and a Research Associate on a project to integrate Chinese area studies into WPI’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum. His junior year, Patrick went to South Africa where he grappled with some of the social barriers facing water and sanitation provision in urban slums. This project was an honorable mention for WPI’s President’s IQP Award, and abstracts for the project were accepted to conferences at both Tufts University and UNC Chapel Hill. The summer after his junior year, Patrick worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Clark University on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to analyze the social impact of invasive species as well as the responses to these species from different sectors and at different scales. His senior year, Patrick traveled to Shanghai Jiao Tong University on another NSF-funded project to study the impact of inorganic nanoparticles on the performance of polymeric membranes used for water and wastewater treatment. This project was a top three finalist for WPI’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board MQP Award. Outside of school, Patrick enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and watching Netflix, and he was also a member of Alpha Chi Rho. Patrick will apply to medical school next year for matriculation in 2015.

Tammy Tavdy, BS
Originally from Forest Hills, New York, Tammy recently graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She holds minors in both Chemistry and Theater Arts, and was named to the Dean’s List for all semesters. In addition to serving as Orientation Leader and peer-mentor for biology majors, she has extensive volunteer experience in both medical and non-medical settings. Her volunteering includes working for a nursing home’s recreational therapy program, serving as a “Brandeis Buddy” for developmentally disabled adults, and informing prospective students and their families in her undergraduate Office of Admissions. She was also a Structured Study Group Leader for the Organic Chemistry Department, and was responsible for teaching recitations, holding office hours, and grading students’ work. Tammy is very excited to be pursuing her interest in clinical research as an Academic Associate, and has developed a special appreciation for Emergency Medicine. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys Zumba and cycling classes, trivia nights, cheering on the New York Knicks, and hopes to do some more traveling in the future. She aspires to become a physician, and is looking forward to beginning medical school in the fall of 2014.

Lara Weiss, BSPH
Originally from Short Hills, New Jersey, Lara graduated cum laude in Spring 2012 from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Public Health. She completed a minor in Business Administration. She was inducted into several national and international honors societies throughout her studies. At Tulane, Lara was involved with several organizations including Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and Autism Speaks U. She has extensive volunteer and work experiences in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Following her graduation, Lara conducted clinical research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine investigating the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile-X Syndrome. Lara is excited to be continuing her work in clinical research as an Academic Associate at the Patient Safety Institute and in the Emergency Department. In her free time Lara enjoys indoor cycling, running, swimming and yoga. She is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in 2014.

Benjamin Wie, BA
Benjamin Wie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Society.  At Cornell, Benjamin conducted research in Neurobiology and Behavior as a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar for four years.  These studies examined the mechanisms of learning and recall for olfactory-based learning in mouse and rat models.  He was also heavily involved in Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) as a backpacking guide for courses throughout the year as well as for Outdoor Odyssey, a pre-orientation trip for incoming freshmen.  He got his introduction to outdoor education through being a facilitator at the Cornell Team & Leadership, and worked closely with COE’s world-class trainers as Lead Facilitator his senior year.  Benjamin also played on the Cornell Buds Ultimate Frisbee team, and started on the defensive line his senior year as the Buds advanced to the College National Championships for the fifth consecutive year.  Outside of his major activities, Benjamin also tutored Organic Chemistry and was trained to be a counselor for EARS, Cornell’s student-run counseling and therapy service.  Benjamin aspires to be a physician one day, and is currently interested in exploring surgery as a career path.  As an Academic Associate, Benjamin is excited to contribute to numerous clinical research studies while learning more about medicine in an immersive environment.  In his free time, Benjamin enjoys attending concerts, cooking (but loves eating more), and spending time outdoors.

James Zhou, BA
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, James graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology and Society. In his senior year, James completed his honor’s thesis by examining the protective effects of cysteine dioxygenase deficiency on obesity and weight gain in CDO-knockout mice. James enjoys traveling and has visited Uganda to teach health education and Haiti to implement sustainably-managed water projects. During his undergraduate years, he served as a teaching assistant for introductory physics recitation and laboratory sections. James was also involved in various photography projects and volunteered with several agencies around the Ithaca, NY area. In his free time, James enjoys cleaning, vacuuming, photography, and collecting fountain pens.

Academic Associates Contact Information:
Katie Bradburn, BA kbradburn@nshs.edu 
Alexa Dattilo, BA adattilo@nshs.edu   
Alexa Dryer, BS adryer@nshs.edu  
Claudia Gambrah, BA cgambrahsa@nshs.edu   
Zach Kopelman, BA zkopelman@nshs.edu
Zayan Mahmooth, MSPH, BS zmahmooth@nshs.edu  
Patrick Sheppard, BS psheppard1@nshs.edu
Tammy Tavdy, BS ttavdy@nshs.edu
 Lara Weiss, BSPH lweiss1@nshs.edu
 Ben Wie, BA bwie@nshs.edu
James Zhou, BA jzhou3@nshs.edu

2012-2013 Emergency Medicine Academic Associates

Natali Baner, BS
Eric Boccio, BS
Andrew Chen, BA
Jenny Goltser, BS
Stephanie Haddad, MD
Emily Kintzer, BA, BS
Robert Medairos, BS
Mark Wu, BS

2011-2012 Emergency Medicine Academic Associates

Sandra De Cicco, MD
Jessica Gatt, BS
Alvin Lomibao, BS
Maxwell Mathias, BS
Kate Miele, MA
Robert Spencer, MS
Karen Tenner, BS