STAFF & SUPPORT
EVELYN GARCHAR, MS
Evelyn earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from Youngstown State University. She comes from the Perlmutter lab where she examined the effect of various drugs therapies in the treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency using the mouse model. When not in the lab, Evelyn can be found listening to music, dancing, and enjoying the company of those who mean most to her.
Camille just graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The College of Wooster, a liberal arts college located in Wooster, Ohio. At Wooster, she tutored fellow students in chemistry and biology, worked as a TA in introductory chemistry courses, played for Wooster’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, performed viola with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, and competitively figure skated at a local rink. Her independent study research project investigated the evolutionary implications of AMPK regulation of enzymes involved in energy storage. In her free time, Camille continues to play ultimate and figure skate while enjoying the company of friends and family.
Diane has been employed at Pitt since 2000 and graduated from Pitt in 2011 with a BA. Diane enjoys spending time with her family, riding motorcycles, playing/watching sports and watching movies.
LUIS HORTELLS, DVM, PHD
Luis grew up in Aragon, Spain and earned his DVM from the University of Zaragoza. After that, he took an internship in Small Animal Medicine at the Hospital Clinic Veterinari of the Autonomus University of Barcelona, Spain. He obtained a MSc in Basic Sciences and a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Zaragoza, while at the same time working in the Toxicology department as an Assistant Professor. His dissertation studied Pi membrane transport and the characterization of vascular calcification processes using both in vitro and in vivo models. Luis enjoys reading, cooking, and he is really into horror movies. Also, when he is off for more than two days he develops his life passion: traveling around the world.
POUYA JOOLHARZADEH, BM
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Pouya earned his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the University of California, Irvine and post-baccalaureate premedical certificate from Scripps College. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. When not confined in the library, Pouya enjoys spending time outdoors and is obsessed with gardening.
BIOLOGY & PRE-MED, CLASS OF 2019
Sreya is majoring in Biology on the Pre-Med track. She is from northern Virginia, just outside of D.C. When Sreya isn’t studying, she is busy dancing for Pitt Mastana, a bollywood fusion team, and spending time with friends and family.
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, CLASS OF 2020
Jack is an undergraduate majoring in Molecular Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Jack is from Rochester, NY. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, playing the viola, and spending time outside with friends and family.
LAURA GARCIA, BS
PITTSBURGH UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DIVERSITY PROGRAM (PURDiP)
Laura was born in the Dominican Republic and arrived to the United States at the age of 5. She recently graduated from the State University college at Plattsburgh with a B.S in Biology and a Chemistry Minor and plans on attending Medical School in the next year or so and specializing in pediatrics. She is from Manhattan, New York and enjoys spending time with my friends and walking around in the city, or just eating outside.
RACHEL WOLFE, BS
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH – PHYSICIAN SCIENTIST TRAINING PROGRAM
Rachel graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a minor in art history. She is from Hershey, Pennsylvania and is currently a medical student in the Physician Scientist Training Program at Pitt. Her prior research experience includes studying the effects of nanofiber size and density on the distribution of beta catenin in human mesenchymal stem cells, and determining the effects of shear stress and exposure time to the breakdown of von Willebrand Factor in cardiac devices. When not studying or in lab Rachel enjoys cooking, drawing and taking naps.
HANNA VALLI, PHD
SWASTIKA SUR, PHD
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