Cassie Ramos joined as a Science Policy Fellow supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Cassie grew up in Sacramento, CA and completed her PhD in Biological Sciences at City of Hope. Cassie’s dissertation research studied the link between obesity and breast cancer, and her findings showed that mitochondria in cancer cells play a major role in tumor progression during pre-diabetes and hyperinsulinemia. While studying cancer and health disparities, Cassie realized that policies surround health research and patient access to resources, and her long-term goal is to work in policy analysis and advocacy. She also has a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Davis and a MS in Biological Sciences from San José State University. In her spare time Cassie enjoys participating in science outreach, cooking and trying new recipes, and spending time outdoors.
Communications Intern Gwendolyn Bogard is a senior Chemistry major in the Honors College at Southern Oregon University. Interested in the intersection of communication and science, Gwendolyn spent last summer interning at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica, leading tours and educating tourists on Costa Rican insect life. Gwendolyn hopes to pursue a career in science communication, potentially working in the nonprofit sector or for a national science organization. The Communications internship is supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Rebecca Mandt joined as a Science Policy Intern, also supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Rebecca is a PhD candidate in the Biological Sciences Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in the lab of Dr. Dyann Wirth. Her research focuses on the biology of the parasites that cause malaria, in particular how they evolve resistance to new drugs that are in clinical and pre-clinical development. Rebecca is originally from Minnesota (you betcha!). She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College. In addition to her academic pursuits, Rebecca is involved in a variety of science education and outreach activities, and is passionate about increasing diversity and representation in STEM fields. In her spare time, she enjoys swing and blues dancing, and taking care of other people’s dogs until she can get one of her own. She is excited to be part of the Research!America team this summer, and to learn about important policy issues that impact her own scientific community.