Undergraduate Researchers

Neil Doshi

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

Neil Doshi

Neil is a third 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.

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.

Lily Francis

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

Lily Francis

Lily is a third-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.

Zach Oberholtzer

Zach is a third-year undergraduate majoring in biology and sociology at the University of Georgia....

Zach Oberholtzer

Zach is a third-year undergraduate majoring in biology and sociology at the University of Georgia. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Zach plans on attending medical school as well as attaining a Master’s in Public Health to eventually work in the field of public health. In the lab, Zach assists with TBI Gait studies as well as performing experiments to assist with the study of nanoparticles and their effect on stem cell viability. Outside of the lab, Zach enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and involvement with his extracurricular activities, like Shop with a Bulldawg.

Lilley Cushman

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

Lilley Cushman

Lilley Cushman is a third-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.

Shuchi Patel

Shuchi is a third-year undergraduate researcher in the West Lab. She is pursuing a Bachelors...

Shuchi Patel

Shuchi is a third-year undergraduate researcher in the West Lab. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Cellular Biology with the intention of attending medical school. She has a passion for working with animals and is an active member of her community through organizations such as, Red Cross, Guide Dog Foundation, and Georgia Recruitment Team. In the West Lab, she works closely with pigs to develop novel treatments for traumatic brain injuries, and is eager to learn more about regenerative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors whether it be photographing, drawing, or hiking.

Ben Abaidoo

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

Ben Abaidoo

Ben Abaidoo is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, majoring in Applied Biotechnology. In the West Laboratory, Ben has played a vital role in the data collection and interpretation of the Normal Pig Gait Study, aiding in animal habituation, surgeries and gait analysis. His latest work is in characterizing and assessing anxiety-related behaviors in the porcine model. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia in the Fall of 2017 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.

Hend Rasheed

Hend is a 2nd year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and minoring in Spanish and Pharmaceutical Sciences....

Hend Rasheed

Hend is a 2nd year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and minoring in Spanish and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is very excited to be a part of the West Lab, as she finds regenerative medicine extremely interesting. She has helped the graduate students with the Acute iNSC Transplantation project and working with the other undergraduates to design their own project to characterize anxious behavior in pigs. She hopes to eventually attend medical school. Outside of the West Lab, she is on the exec board for Red Cross and for her service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma. She also works in another lab in the Ecology department here at UGA, for which she has perviosuly presented at the CURO symposium.

Wahenoor Anand

Wahenoor is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of...

Wahenoor Anand

Wahenoor is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Wahenoor aspires to attend medical school. Passionate about the capabilities of regenerative medicine, Wahenoor has taken part in research assessing combined nanoparticle and neural stem cell therapies in a pig model of stroke. Outside of the West Laboratory, Wahenoor serves as a resident assistant, volunteer at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, and is active in the Student Health Advisory Committee and Sikh Student Association. He reads books and watches movies avidly, enjoys stargazing and dancing, is an ardent lover of nature and cars, stays up-to-date with the most recent technological advances in medicine and global current affairs, and works out religiously when not spending time with his family. He constantly aims to achieve his personal best and push himself well past his comfort zone.

Abby Temple

Abby Temple is a third-year student double majoring in Genetics and Philosophy. She intends to...

Abby Temple

Abby Temple is a third-year student double majoring in Genetics and Philosophy. She intends to attend medical school and pursue a career in neonatology. Abby is currently working on a joint research project with the other undergraduate students in an effort to characterize anxiety in piglets and barrows, as well as facilitating graduate student Beth Waters with her studies. Outside of the lab, Abby loves to read and spend as much time with children as possible!

Sonia Punja

Sonia is a 4th year undergraduate at UGA majoring in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis...

Sonia Punja

Sonia is a 4th year undergraduate at UGA majoring in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and plans to attend medical school. She has a strong interest in regenerative medicine and hopes to continue being involved in the field in the future. She has assisted graduate students with Gait Analysis and the Acute iNSC Transplantation study. Currently, she is working with the other undergraduates on a study characterizing anxious behaviors in a pig model. Along with research in the West Lab, she also works in a Cellular Biology lab. She is excited to learn more about regenerative medicine during her time here. In her free time she likes to hike and read.

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Kimberly Straub

Gail Gustavson

Ariana Cherry

Sara Lewis

Angela Holder

Lauren Griffin

Aleia Hollands

Deena Husein

Andrea Kuehndorf

Jennifer Roveto

Kaitlin Jones

Sydney Willis

Sarah Shaver

Kristian Lewis

Jessica Gladney

Brandon Lord

Aleéja Barnes

Amber Reeves

Shelley Tau

Caroline Coleman

Courtnay Beckett

Tina Ethridge

James Bolton

Olivia Fuller

Katie Crump

Natalie Bishop