Undergraduate Researchers

Sydney Willis

Sydney is a senior studying Animal Science with a career focus in medicine. As an...

Sydney Willis

Sydney is a senior studying Animal Science with a career focus in medicine. As an Animal Science major Sydney has enjoyed working in various labs with livestock and small animals. In the West lab Sydney helps conduct and analyze motor function data of TBI and stroked research animals. In her free time, Sydney loves working out and baking anything gluten free!

Aleéja Barnes

Aleéja is a third-year student majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She became...

Aleéja Barnes

Aleéja is a third-year student majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She became a Regenerative Bioscience Center Fellow in the fall of 2016, where she was involved in the development of a novel therapeutic for stroke. As part of this project, she participated in the study behavioral and motor function changes due to this therapy. As part of this study, she will soon be assessing histological changes in neurual cell survival. In Aleéja’s free time, she loves to listen to music and binge-watch TV shows. Aleéja hopes to attend medical school to become a neurosurgeon after graduating next fall.

Sara Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a current undergraduate researcher at the West Lab. She is pursuing an...

Sara Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a current undergraduate researcher at the West Lab. She is pursuing an Animal Science degree with an Avian Biology minor. She is a third-year pre-veterinary student and an active member in the Collegiate Horsemen's Association, the Block and Bridle group, and the Guide Dog Foundation. Sara has played an integral role in the TBI Gait and Behavior study, the TBI Scaled study, the Vascular Cognitive Impairment Model Development study, and Stroke Therapy projects. When she is not studying, she enjoys riding horses, photography, and spending her time with her sorority (Delta Gamma Fraternity) and her cat, Jameson.

Neil Doshi

Neil is a 2nd year undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology. He is a...

Neil Doshi

Neil is a 2nd year undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology. He is a passionate Regenerative Bioscience Center Undergraduate Fellow and is working with doctoral students Madelaine Wendzik, Holly Kinder, Emily Baker, Erin Kaiser, and Kelly Scheulin. He has been involved in projects such as the Scaled Traumatic Brain Injury project, the Stroke project, the Nanoparticle Biodistribution Study, and many more. Neil has done additional solo gait analysis for the traumatic brain injury projects and has presented his findings via a poster titled “A Comprehensive Assessment of Cognitive and Motor Functional Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury in a Porcine Model” at the 2017 CURO Symposium. Some of his hobbies include photography, playing sports and video games. After graduating from UGA in 2019, Neil desires to attend medical school.

Andrea Kuehndorf

Andie has worked in the West Laboratory for three semesters now as an undergraduate researcher....

Andrea Kuehndorf

Andie has worked in the West Laboratory for three semesters now as an undergraduate researcher. Andie plans to graduate in May 2017 and work as a laboratory assistant in Atlanta. Andie likes to run, travel, read and spend time with her sorority.

Lauren Griffin

Lauren Griffin is a second-year undergraduate working in the West Laboratory. Lauren is a recipient...

Lauren Griffin

Lauren Griffin is a second-year undergraduate working in the West Laboratory. Lauren is a recipient of the Spring 2017 CURO Research Assistantship scholarship for her research in the pig ischemic stroke model. Lauren’s current research is focused on changes gait and behavioral in TBI studies. She plays an integral role in the analysis and interpretation of the biomechanical deficits in the pediatric TBI model. Lauren is pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering with a Biomedical Emphasis, and she hopes to continue in the research field once graduating. Additionally, Lauren is an Honors College student and Dean’s List member. Outside of academics, she is an active leader in Cru and the Director of Sisterhood in her sorority, Delta Gamma.

Zachary Jones

As an undergraduate researcher, Zack enjoys his work with the TBI Gait and Behavioral project....

Zachary Jones

As an undergraduate researcher, Zack enjoys his work with the TBI Gait and Behavioral project. He especially likes socializing the animals, assisting with gait analysis, and generally gaining experience in the lab. When not focusing on research, he spends his time playing for the ultimate Frisbee club team, drumming, or hiking.

Ebenezer Abaidoo

Ben is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, majoring in...

Ebenezer Abaidoo

Ben is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, majoring in Applied Biotechnology. In the West Laboratory, Ben plays a vital role in the data collection and interpretation for the Normal Pig Gait Study. His work includes aiding in animal habituation, surgeries and gait analysis. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia in the Spring of 2018 with a B.S.A.B in Applied Biotechnology, one of his academic goals is the pursuit of a PhD in the field of regenerative medicine. He intends to engage in more research, potentially conducting large-scale experiments using stem cells to treat diseases without an effective cure.

Lily Francis

Lily is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the Honors...

Lily Francis

Lily is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the Honors Program and majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. During Lily’s time in the West Lab, she has taken part in large scale research projects assessing the effects of novel stroke therapeutics in a translational swine model.  She is now engaged in studying the potential effects of nanoparticle delivery of therapeutics in our stroke swine model. Lily is looking forward to learning new laboratory techniques and presenting in the CURO Symposium. She would like to attend medical school or pursue an MD/PhD degree once she graduates.

Ariana Cherry

Ariana is an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science and Applied Biotechnology. As part of...

Ariana Cherry

Ariana is an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science and Applied Biotechnology. As part of the West lab, she will be working on the TBI Behavioral and Gait study and model development. Utilizing computational approaches, she analyzes changes in key motor function parameters, learning, memory and other aspects of cognition. In the future, Ariana would like to earn her master's in immunology and continue pursuing research. Her hobbies include dancing, reading and shopping.

Olivia Fuller

Olivia Fuller is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. She has been in...

Olivia Fuller

Olivia Fuller is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. She has been in the West Laboratory since 2015 and has worked alongside doctoral students Madelaine Wendzik, Erin Kaiser, and Holly Kinder. She has been a Regenerative Bioscience Fellows since 2015.  Her research projects have focused on the development of porcine stroke, vascular cognitive impairment, and pediatric traumatic brain injury models. Olivia has played key roles in the data collection and analysis of behavior and gait function. Outside of the West Laboratory, Olivia works at Winder Corners Animal Clinic, is an active member in Pre-Vet club at UGA, and volunteers at various places. She plans on graduating from UGA in May 2018 with aspirations to attend The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Lilley Cushman

Lilley Cushman is a second-year biological sciences major at the University of Georgia. After completing...

Lilley Cushman

Lilley Cushman is a second-year biological sciences major at the University of Georgia. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school. She’s thrilled to be a part of and passionate about the research the West laboratory is conducting. Her other interests on campus include being a member of the UGA Eventing team and being a member of the sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Kimberly Straub

Deena Husein

Aleia Hollands

Kaitlin Jones

Jennifer Roveto

Kristian Lewis

Sarah Shaver

Brandon Lord

Jessica Gladney

Amber Reeves

Shelley Tau

Caroline Coleman

Courtnay Beckett

Tina Ethridge

James Bolton

Natalie Bishop

Katie Crump

Gail Gustavson

Angela Holder