Nilu Goonetilleke is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology within the UNC School of Medicine. She studies the immune cell response to several major human infections, like HIV, and develops strategies to limit the causes and spread of disease.
Senior Marketa Burnett is an undergraduate researcher double-majoring in psychology and African, African American, and diaspora studies within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She is also a McNair Scholar and serves on the Campus Health Advisory Board. Her research focuses on the concept of inferiority amongst African-American youth and its effects on educational outcomes.
Junior Marielle Bond is an undergraduate researcher in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences double-majoring in biology and philosophy. Her research focuses on how signaling proteins involved in cell division can cause cancer and how those protein pathways can aid cancer treatments.
Neeta Vora is a medical doctor and assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology within the UNC School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of fetal factors in the initiation of spontaneous preterm birth. She is a member of UNC’s Caregivers at Carolina program, which supports young doctors who see patients and also conduct research.
Hendrée Jones is the executive director of UNC Horizons, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine, and an adjunct professor in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is an internationally recognized expert in the development and examination of both behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for at-risk pregnant women and their children.
Brittney Luc-Harkey is a doctoral candidate in the Human Movement Science Curriculum in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine. She works in the Sports Medicine Research Lab, and her research focuses on developing non-surgical interventions that decrease disability and improve long-term outcomes in individuals with joint injury and disease.
Junior Adrienne Bonar is an undergraduate research assistant at the Carolina Affective Science Lab who is double-majoring in psychology and women’s and gender studies. Her research focuses on how people’s body states and knowledge about emotions shape their emotional experiences.
Jesalyn Bolduc is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Basic and Translational Research at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. Her research focuses on the processes in the body that are responsible for aging, as well as aging associated diseases such as osteoarthritis.