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José Acosta, B.S.

OrACORe T32 Post-doctoral Training Fellow, 2022-2023

MD Candidate, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2019-2024)


Julia Gottreich, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2023

MD Candidate, Stritch School of Medicine Loyola University Chicago, 2023-2027

Advice: “Ask lots of questions and get to know your mentors. By working hard and staying actively engaged in the projects and trials, you will leave with a wealth of knowledge.”

Paul Kopp, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2023

MD Candidate, Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2023-2027

Mahima Kumara, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2023

M.A. Candidate, Choral Conducting Yale University, 2023-2025

Hanna Mass, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2023

MD Candidate, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2023-2027

Advice: “Enjoy the process and soak up as much as you can! Never be afraid to ask questions and try to engage with as many people as possible.”

Gregory McDermott, MD

Post-doctoral Training Fellow
BS, Middlebury College
MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Omar Musbahi, MD, MSC.

OrACORe T32 Post-doctoral Training Fellow, 2022-2023

MD Candidate, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Imperial College London

Maame Opare-Addo, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2023

MD Candidate, University of Michigan Medical School, 2023-2027

Advice: “There is a lot to learn, but you are surrounded by experienced people who are not only willing to share their knowledge but enjoy seeing you learn and succeed!”


Nazleen Khan, PhD

OrACORe T32 Post-doctoral Training Fellow, 2021-2022

Associate Principal Scientist, Epidemiology at Merck 2022-Present


Aleksandra Kostic, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant,

MD Candidate, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 2022-2026

Advice: “Get comfortable documenting discussions and decisions – you will save yourself hours in the future with just a few minutes of typing in the present.”


Claire McHugh, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2020-2022

MD Candidate, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2022-2026

Advice: “Learn as much as you can, work hard, ask questions, spend time with your colleagues, and get to know your mentors. Everyone is happy to help you and only wants to see you succeed!”


Alec Rogers, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2021-2022

Chloe Schulze

Chloe Schulze, BA, MHA

OrACORe Administrative Assistant, 2017-2022

Education Coordinator at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2022-present


Lacey Smith, MSc

OrACORe T-32 Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2021-2022

MD Candidate, Harvard Medical School, 2018-2023

Zoe Zimmerman

Zoe Zimmerman, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2020-2022

MD Candidate, Yale School of Medicine, 2022-2026

Advice: “Make note of positive qualities you observe in your peers and mentors and try to emulate them yourself!”


Yuri Ahuja, B.S.

OrACORe T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2021

MD/PhD Candidate, Harvard Medical School 2017-2022

Internal Medicine Resident, NYU Langone Health, 2022-Present


Kaetlyn Arant, B.A. 

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2019-2021

MD Candidate, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2021-2025

Peter Bensen

Peter Bensen, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2019-2021

MD Candidate, Harvard Medical School, 2021-2025

Valia Leifer

Valia Leifer, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2019-2021

MD Candidate, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2021-2025

Zoey Song

Zoey Song, DVM, MPH

OrACORe Biostatistician, 2018-2021

PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina, 2022-Present


Patrick Williamson, B.S., M.S.

OrACORe T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2021

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2016-2021

MathWorks 2022-Present


Emma Williams, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2019-2021

MD Candidate, UC San Diego School of Medicine 2021-2025


Michael Zarra, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2019-2021

MD Candidate, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2021-2025

Corin I. Bronsther

Corin Bronsther

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2018-2020

Stellar Health, 2021-present

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Jamie Huizinga

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2018-2020

MD Candidate, University of Michigan, 2020-2024

OBGYN Resident, Grand Rapids Michigan, 2024 – present

Advice: “Enjoy your time! The location, hospital, and all of the wonderful co-workers add to the fantastic experience of working at OrACORe.”

Nora Lenhard

Nora Lenhard, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2018-2020

MD Candidate, Case Western Reserve University, 2020-2024

Resident, Cambridge Health Alliance, 2024 – present

Advice: “Those at OrACORe hold a wealth of methodological expertise–learn as much as you can from them!”

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Angel Reyes, B.S., MD

OrACORe T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2020

MD candidate, Harvard Medical School, 2016-2021

Radiology Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2021-present

Advice: “Have fun! Get to know your colleagues and do not be shy about asking for advice from people further along in your chosen career path.”


Swastina Shrestha, M.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2013-2015

MS in Biostatistics, University of Michigan, 2015-2017

OrACORe Statistician, 2017-2020

Scientist – Biostatistics, Genesis Research, 2022 – present


Elizabeth Stanley, B.S.E.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2018-2020

MD, MPH candidate, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine & Case Western Reserve University, 2020-2025


Kiran J. Agarwal-Harding, MD, MPH

OrACoRe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2017-2019

Founder, Harvard Global Orthopedics Collaborative

Attending upper extremity orthopaedic surgeon, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2022 – present


Emma Carnes Lape, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2016-2019

PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Syracuse University, 2019-Present

Research Assistant in the Pain and Addiction Research Lab, Syracuse University, 2019-Present

Advice: “For future research assistants: You will have so many opportunities to learn–enjoy them! Be aware that the annual cookie bake-off gets competitive.”

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Angela Chen, B.S., M.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2017-2019

MD/PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania (Perelman School of Medicine & the Wharton School), 2019-Present

Advice: “Actively participate in as many different projects and roles as you can! OrACORe is a phenomenal place to learn all about the research process.”

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Genevieve Silva, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2017-2019

MD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2019-2023

Advice: “Working at OrACORe is such a unique & valuable experience – get involved in as many types of research projects / in as many stages as you can, volunteer for V-Day, and enjoy learning from your diverse team of coworkers!”


James Sullivan, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2016-2019

MD and MS candidate, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University, 2019-Present

Internal Medicine Resident, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2024 – Present

Advice: “Learn to love agendas and an organized computer folder/drive and you will go far – not only at OrACORe but in research, medicine, science, and life!”


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Jennifer Bido, MD, MPH

OrACORe Medical Student Research Assistant, 2013-2018

Orthopaedic Resident, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2018-Present

Advice: “OrACORe truly has the best research mentors around. Absorb as much as you can!”

Carle Illinois College of Medicine first class member. July 3, 2018

Yusi Gong, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2016-2018

MD Candidate, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, 2018-2022

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) T35 Scholar, 2020

Internal Medicine Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2022 – present

Advice: “Enjoy and work hard! Elena and Jeff are incredible mentors that go above and beyond. It’s a wonderful community and we’re all very fortunate to have been a part of it!”

Read about Yusi’s award-winning ‘Smart Toilet’ idea!

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Samantha M. Meints, PhD

OrACORe T-32 Postdoctoral Research fellow, 2017-2018

Owner of Mind-Body Psychological Services

Pain Psychologist, BWH Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Instructor in Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School

Advice: “OrACORe provides incredible training opportunities! Come in ready to take advantage of these as well as the diverse mentorship experiences from this multidisciplinary team!”

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Karen Smith, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2015-2018

PhD Candidate, Health Policy (Decision Sciences Concentration), Harvard University, 2018 – Present

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Taylor P. Trentadue, B.S.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2016-2018

MD and PhD candidate, Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training and Biomedical Engineering and Physiology PhD Programs, 2018 – present

Advice: “In addition to contributing to the meaningful work within OrACORe/PIVOT, I found the opportunities to participate in shadowing, medical teaching conferences, and volunteering at the Brigham and affiliated institutions deeply impactful in developing my interests and career goals.”

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Hannah Kerman, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2015-2017

MD Candidate, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, 2017-2021

Internal Medicine Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2021-Present

Advice: “Keep in touch with your OrACORe mentors and colleagues. It is an incredible group and you can keep learning from them even when you are no longer a direct part of the team!”

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Rameez A. Qudsi, MD, MPH

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2015-2017

Pediatric Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2020- Present

Advice: “Truly enjoy and absorb the world-class research environment and leadership at OrACORe. Know that it is a privilege to train and work there, as the mentorship and time invested in each trainee is un-matched in helping you grow as a researcher and person. Learn everything you can across the board but do make a rank-list of priorities to focus on, re-visiting periodically to ensure you are getting good exposure to many things but making good progress on your core projects.”

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Amelia Winter, B.A.

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2015-2017

M.D. Candidate, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, 2017 – present

Advice: “Enjoy your time working for and with such great people – it goes by so quickly! Take the time to learn as much as you can before you head off on your professional paths. Because of my various roles on multiple projects, I felt so much more prepared to start medical school after working for OrACORe. It also helps that Jeff is a wonderful mentor when applying and guided me every step of the way. Lastly, don’t be afraid to reach out to OrACORe alums if you’re thinking about or currently applying!”

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Amish J. Dave, MD, MPH

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2016

Attending Rheumatologist, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Advice: “You will learn so much for one another and build lifelong friendships along the way. Cherish the opportunities to discuss your research and lives with one another. These relationships are priceless.”

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Bhushan Deshpande, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2014-2016

Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, 2016-2020

Internal Medicine Resident, University of Michigan, 2020-Present

Advice: “Take a moment every once in a while to reflect on how much you have learned. Being exposed to so many aspects of clinical epidemiology, study design, critical appraisal of research, and biostatistics during my short time at OrACORe was invaluable. But the most important things that I took away from my time at OrACORe were the relationships I built, the friendships I made, and the mentorship I received. Couldn’t have asked for a better post-college job.”

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Savannah Smith, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2013-2016

Medical Student, George Washington University School of Medicine, 2016-2020

General Surgery Resident, Emory University, 2020-Present

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Ilana Usiskin, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2014-2016

Medical Student, Yale School of Medicine, 2016-2020

Internal Medicine Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2020-Present

Advice: “Find projects that challenge you and help you learn new skills. I have been amazed by how often I use the skills I developed at OrACORe in my training to be a physician and researcher.”


Kristina Klara, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2013-2015

Medical Student, Yale School of Medicine, 2015-2020

Internal Medicine Resident, Johns Hopkins University, 2020-Present

Advice: “Treasure the time you have with the amazing folks at OrACORe, and take them up on their offers of mentorship and career advice!”

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Griffin Michl

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2013-2015

Senior Software Engineering Manager, Reddit

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Emily Sparer-Fine, ScD

OrACORe T32 Predoctoral Training Fellow, 2014-2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2015-2018

Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, 2018-2019

Director, Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2019-Present

Advice: “Enjoy your time with the group, collaborate, ask questions, and learn from one another!”

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Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2015

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2021-Present

Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Public Health, 2017-Present

Director, Sports Equity Lab (SELY), Yale School of Public Health

Advice: “Drs. Katz and Losina are among the strongest research faculty, mentors, and organizational leaders you’ll ever meet. They combine rigorous science and top-shelf methods expertise, with compassionate and authentic leadership, to create an enriching learning environment addressing current real-world problems. Their skills are uncommon. Learn from their examples and instruction as much as you can, while you can! You’ll be surprised how and when you use it later on.”

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Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2013-2014

Associate Professor (tenured), Public Health Sciences, Division of Environment and Public Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2020-Present

Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Public Health Sciences

Deputy Directory, MD-MPH Program

Advice: “The Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training (COMET) Program provides a truly unique training opportunity in musculoskeletal disorders nestled across top-notch institutions that nurture and encourage transdisciplinary research. If you are interested in cutting edging clinical research methodology and population-levels sciences in orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders, the COMET program is the nexus for next level MSD training. As a postdoctoral fellow, the COMET faculty at OrACORe, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health supported me in finding my research niche through mentorships and strategic partnerships with stakeholders in my clinical and research interest. During my COMET postdoc fellowship, I was awarded a NIOSH K01 award that ultimately launched my academic and research career.”


Laurel Cobban, MPH

OrACORe Senior Project Manager, 2008-2014

Director of Research Administration, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine

Advice: “Get ready to learn! Two years at OrACORe is like getting your unofficial MPH and intensive training in project management. I’m forever grateful for what Jeff and Elena have taught me and what I continue to learn from them 13 years later. They are unwavering in their commitment to rigorous study design, research operations and data analysis. They are incredible mentors and care deeply about the people they work with. They are the best of the best.”

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Elizabeth Dervan, JD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2012-2014

Law Student, Yale Law School, 2014-2017

Health Policy Fellow, U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Democratic Staff, 2017-2018

Senior Advisor, Office of Legislation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2023-Present

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Yan Dong, M.S., PhD

OrACORe Biostatistician, 2013-2014

Biostatistician, OPKO Health, 2014-2018

Associate Director, Biostatistics, BeiGene, 2022-Present

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Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD

OrACORe T32 Trainee, 2012-2014

Associate Physician in Rheumatology, BWH, 2014-Present

Co-Director of Health Equity Initiatives, BWH

Director of Diversity and Health Equity Research, BWH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Rheumatology, Inflammation and Allergy at Harvard Medical School

Advice: “Jeff Katz, Elena Losina and Jamie Collins are wonderful mentors and colleagues and provide consistent support, guidance and wisdom far beyond the direct projects you work with them on. I find myself thinking back to conversations from nearly 10 years ago when I write grants and papers.”

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Stephanie P. Chen, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2012-2013

Medical Student, Stanford School of Medicine, 2013-2018

Ophthalmology Resident, University of California San Francisco

Ophthalmology Specialist, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics


Anthony Perruccio, PhD

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellow, 2010-2012

Scientist, Schroeder Arthritis Institute, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network

Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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Julian Polaris, JD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2010-2012

Law Student, Yale Law Student, 2012-2015

Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2016-2017

Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2017-2018

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Bill Reichmann, PhD

OrACORe Biostatistician and T32 Predoctoral Training Fellow, 2006-2012

Associate Healthcare Consultant, Analysis Group Inc., 2012-2015

Senior Biostatistician, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, 2015-2017

Senior Manager/Associate Director, Biostatistics, Karyopharm Therapeutics, 2018-2019

Associate Director of Biostatistics, Anchiano Therapeutics, 2019-2020

Director of Biostatistics, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, 2020-Present

Advice: “Take advantage of all the opportunities to learn; not only from those within OrACORe, but within the entire BWH/Harvard/Partners network. It’s a large and wonderful community providing no shortage of ways that you can learn new things, whether it be seminars or just networking with colleagues.”

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Benjamin Rome, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2010-2012

Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, 2012-2016

Internal Medicine Resident, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2016-2019

Associate Primary Care Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2019-Present

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2021-Present

Advice: “Jeff, Elena, and everyone in OrACORe are fantastic mentors. My time at OrACORe was hugely influential in my life and career, and many of the skills I use daily I first learned while at OrACORe.”

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Sara Sisto (Burbine), MEng

OrACORe Research Assistant and Project Coordinator, 2009-2012

Masters in Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University, 2012-2013

Manager- Decision Analytics, ZS Associates, 2013-Present

Advice: “A learning and growth mindset will bring you and your teams far. Enjoy the journey as well as the destination!”

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Debra Skoniecki, MS, CNP, ACHPN

OrACORe Clinical Trial Coordinator, 2008-2012

Inpatient Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 2012-2017

Nurse Practitioner, Mass General Department of Neurology ALS House Call Program, 2018-2022

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Alexander M. Weinstein, PhD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2010-2012

PhD Candidate in Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2017

Data Scientist, Zillow, 2017-2018

Senior Data Scientist, Lyft, 2018-2020

Senior Data Scientist, DoorDash, 2020-Present

Advice: “Innovate! Use your creativity and determination to find novel solutions to really hard and important problems.”

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Ara Nazarian, PhD

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009-2011

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, 2012-2017

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, 2017-Present

Vice Chair of Research Affairs, Carl J. Shapiro Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2020-Present

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Margaret R Stedman, MPH, PhD

OrACORe T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010-2011

Program Director & Mathematical Statistician, SRP/DCCPS/NCI/NIH, 2011-2015

Research Engineer and Senior Biostatistician, Nephrology Division of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University, 2015-Present

Advice: “1) Stay connected and get involved. Particularly in times like these where we are separated by COVID. 2) Having a family and finding the balance between family and work life are well worth it.”

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Hanna Gerlovin, PhD

OrACORe Project Coordinator and Research Assistant, 2008-2010

Statistical Data Analyst, Data Coordinating Center at Boston University, 2010-2012

Masters of Arts in Biostatistics at Boston University, 2012

Graduate Research Assistant, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University on the Black Women’s Health Study, 2012-2018

Doctorate of Philosophy in Biostatistics at Boston University, 2018

Biostatistician, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University on the Black Women’s Health Study, 2018-2020

Associate Director Biostatistics and MVP Innovative Analytics Core, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center at Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System, 2018-2022

Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) 2022-present
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Seoyoung C. Kim, MD, ScD, MSCE

OrACORe T32 Fellow, 2009-2010

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2017-2022

Senior Clinical Trial Physician, Bristol Myer Squibb, 2022-Present

Advice: “Find a study idea that you are truly excited about! Do not feel shy to ask around for advice if needed.”

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Katherine P. Liao, MD, MPH

OrACORe T32 Fellow, 2008-2010

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Attending Rheumatologist, VA Boston Healthcare System


Kelly Corbett, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant and Project Manager, 2007-2009

Medical Student, Dartmouth Medical School, 2009-2013

Pediatric Resident, Hasbro Children’s Hospital at Brown University, 2013-2016

Pediatric Critical Care Fellow, University of Utah, 2016-2019

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 2019-Present

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Holly Holt, PhD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2007-2009

PhD Candidate in Entomology at Penn State University, 2009-2015

Monarch Joint Venture Science Coordinator, 2016-2017

Research Square Academic Editor, 2018-2019

ORAU Research Associate, 2019-Present

Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Science Writer, 2019-Present

Advice: “Enjoy your time at OrACORe! The skills you learn here will take you to new destinations, and the friends you gain en route will last a lifetime!”


Nina Niu Sanford, MD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2008-2009

Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, 2009-2013

Intern Year, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2013-2014

Resident, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, 2014-2018

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Department of Radiation Oncology, 2018-Present

Chief of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Advice: “Working at OrACORe is such a great experience because it provides research training in study design, methodology, manuscript preparation and submission, etc, that can be broadly applicable to any field of medicine. The work environment is also very collegial and the mentorship is fantastic.”

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Courtenay Kessler, PhD, SM, MA

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2004-2006

OrACORe Project Manager, 2006-2008

Completed SM at TH Chan School of Public Health from the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health (now SBS), with certificates in Maternal and Child Health and Women, Gender, and Health, 2008

University of Wisconsin Population Health Fellow, 2008-2010

Assistant and Associate Researcher, Center for Urban Population Health through UW-Madison, 2010-2014

PhD Candidate, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, 2014-2021

Researcher II, Insight Policy Research, 2021-Present

Advice: “During my time at OrACORe, I learned so much. This included research methods, statistical programming, grant-writing, and presentation skills. I think the most key lessons I learned were about how to be a generous and generative mentor. Dr. Katz and Dr. Losina remain some of the best mentors I have experienced, and I truly learned what it meant to work as a team, develop the next generations of scholars, and to take care of the people working with you. I have always had good fortune in working with supportive managers, but OrACORe leadership remains the gold standard.”

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Alisha Heather Creel, PhD

OrACORe Research Assistant, 2002-2004

PhD Student, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, 2004-2008

Research Assistant, Center for Communication Programs, JHSPH, 2005-2008

Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, 2008-2010

Research Scientist/Manager, ICF International, Public Health and Survey Research Division, 2011 – 2014

Principal Associate, Abt Associates, Division of Data Science, Surveys and Enabling Technology, 2014 – 2018

Associate Director, Westat, Large Surveys Practice, 2018-current

Advice: “Absorb all you can from the great OrACORe mentors!”

Complete List of OrACORe Alumni


José Acosta, B.S. – Post-doctoral Training Fellow

Julia Gottreich, B.A. – Research Assistant

Paul Kopp, B.A. – Research Assistant

Mahima Kumara, B.A. – Research Assistant

Hanna Mass, B.S. – Research Assistant

Gregory McDermott, M.D. – Post-doctoral Training Fellow

Omar Musbahi, M.D., MSC. – Post-doctoral Training Fellow

Maame Opare-Addo, B.S. – Research Assistant


Nazleen Khan, PhD – Post-doctoral Training Fellow

Aleksandra Kostic, B.S. – Research Assistant

Claire McHugh, B.S. – Research Assistant

Alec Rogers – Research Assistant

Chloe Schulze – Administrative Assistant

Lacey Smith, MSc – T32 Pre-doctoral Research Fellow

Zoe Zimmerman, B.S. – Research Assistant


Yuri Ahuja, B.S. – T32 Pre-doctoral Research Fellow

Kaetlyn Arant, B.A.– Research Assistant

Peter Bensen, B.A. – Research Assistant

Valia Leifer, B.A. – Research Assistant

Zoey Song, DVM, MPH – Biostatistician

Patrick Williamson, B.S., MPH – T32 Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Emma Williams, B.A. – Research Assistant

Michael Zarra, B.S. – Research Assistant


Kiran J. Agarwal-Harding, MD, MPH – T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Corin Bronsther – Research Assistant

Jamie Huizinga – Research Assistant

Nora Lenhard, BA – Research Assistant

Angel Reyes, BS – T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow

Swastina Shrestha, MS – Research Assistant then Statistician

Elizabeth Stanley, BSE – Research Assistant


Emma Carnes Lape, BA – Research Assistant

Angela Chen, BS, MA – Research Assistant

Genevieve Silva, BS – Research Assistant

James Sullivan, BA – Research Assistant


Jennifer Bido, MD, MPH – Medical Student Research Assistant

Yusi Gong, BS – Research Assistant

Samantha M. Meints, PhD – T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Karen Smith, BA – Research Assistant

Taylor P. Trentadue BS – Research Assistant


Hannah Kerman, MD – Research Assistant

Rameez A. Qudsi, MD, MPH – T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Amelia Winter, BA – Research Assistant


Amish J. Dave, MD, MPH – T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Bhushan Deshpande, MD – Research Assistant

Savannah Smith, MD – Research Assistant

Ilana Usiskin, MD – Research Assistant


Kristina Klara, MD – Research Assistant

Griffin Michl – Research Assistant

Emily Sparer-Fine, ScD– T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow

Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH– T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH – T32 Research Fellow

Laurel Cobban, MPH – Senior Project Manager

Elizabeth Dervan, JD – Research Assistant

Yan Dong, MS, PhD – Biostatistician

Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD – T32 Research Fellow


Stephanie P. Chen, MD – Biostatistician


Anthony Perruccio, PhD – T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Julian Polaris, JD – Research Assistant

Bill Reichmann, PhD – Biostatistician and T32 Predoctoral Research Fellow

Benjamin Rome, MD – Research Assistant

Sara Sisto (Burbine), MEng – Research Assistant

Debra Skoniecki, MS, CNP, ACHPN – Clinical Trial Coordinator

Alexander M. Weinstein, PhD – Research Assistant


Ara Nazarian, PhD – T32 Research Fellow

Margaret R. Stedman, MPH, PhD – T32 Research Fellow


Hanna Gerlovin, PhD – Research Assistant

Seoyoung C. Kim, MD, ScD, MSCE – T32 Research Fellow

Katherine P. Liao, MD, MPH – T32 Research Fellow


Kelly Corbett, MD – Research Assistant

Holly Holt, PhD – Research Assistant

Nina Nui Sanford, MD – Research Assistant


Courtenay Kessler, SM, MA – Research Assistant


Alisha Heather Creel, PhD – Research Assistant

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