Scholar Alumni

ARCS Scholar Alums, We’d Like to Hear from You!

You are a vital part of our mission. Your stories encourage current scholars and help us attract new funding for future scholars.

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Oregon Chapter Scholar Alums

After ARCS funding is completed (three years), the students become ARCS Alums and they continue with their research for another two to three years before receiving their PhDs.  Read about each Scholar Alum by clicking on their name. 

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2016 Scholar Alums
2015 Scholar Alums
2014 Scholar Alums
2013 Scholar Alums
Oregon ARCS Scholar Alums Since 2005

2016 Scholar Alums
Devon Anderson
Biomedical Engineering/MD-PhD
OHSU
Dylan Anderson
College of Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering 
OSU
Chelsea Batavia
College of Forestry 
OSU
Logan Berner
College of Forestry
OSU
 
Reena Clements
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Quin Denfeld
School of Nursing
OHSU
Kyle Gallagher
College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering
OSU
Nora Hammack
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Trevor Howard
College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering
OSU
Scott Jones
Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Travis Moore
College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
OSU
Katarina Morowsky
College of Engineering, Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
OSU
 
Kai Parker
College of Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering
OSU
Brendan Reilly
College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
OSU
Quinn Roth-Carter
Cell and Developmental Biology
OHSU
 
Zachary Schwartz
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Helen Wu
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
OHSU
 

 

2015 Scholar Alums
Hailey Buckingham
Forestry
OSU
Emily Caffrey
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
OSU
Jarvis Caffrey
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
OSU
David Edwards
Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Brian Jones
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Elizabeth King
Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
OSU
Michael Lam
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
OSU
Wai Yan Lam
Biomedical Engineering
OHSU
Glynis Brown Mattheisen
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
David Mildrexler
Forestry
OSU
Rory Morgan
Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Justin Pommerenck
Chemical Biological Environmental Engineering
OSU
Benjamin Rakela
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Laura Springgay
Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Kathryn Verlinden
Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
OSU
 
Kevin Watanabe-Smith
Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Lillian Welch Klug
Molecular & Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
 

 

2014 Scholar Alums
Andrew F. Emmott
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
OSU
Jeremy Glynn
Biomedical Engineering
OHSU
Tyler Hulett
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
OHSU
Amber Jones-Hackathorne
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
OHSU
Paul Kramer
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Jeffrey Luitjens
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
OSU
Sophia Polasky
Forestry
OSU
Danielle Robinson
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Susan Schnur
Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
OSU
 
Garth Tormoen
Biomedical Engineering/MD PhD
OHSU
Christopher Vaaga
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
 

 

2013 Scholar Alums
Yosef (Yossi) Berlow
Behavioral Neuroscience
OHSU
Alexander Egan
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
OSU
Madalynn Erb
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Justin Finn
Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
OSU
Jesse Hostetler
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
OSU
Barbara (Jeannie) Hunnicutt
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
John (Gabe) Knoll
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Colby Mangini
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
OSU
Jessica Martin
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Caitlin Monaghan
Neuroscience Graduate Program
OHSU
Nichole Owen
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Melanie Pina
Behavioral Neuroscience
OHSU
Christopher Schafer
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
OHSU
Allen Waters
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
OSU
Daniel Yaeger
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and Physiology & Pharmacology
OHSU
Oregon ARCS Scholar Alums Since 2005

Oregon ARCS Alums are making their mark in the scientific world with post-doctoral positions.  ARCS Alums are advancing health care, science and technology to improve the human condition in fields of research that include asthma, cancer, cardiovascular treatment, neurodegenerative disorders, environmental issues (i.e. radiation), and computer science. We are proud of their accomplishments.  See our list of Scholar Alums below.

Name University Research Interest
Tara White Adams OHSU Thrombosis and haemostasis
Allison Anacker Stafford OHSU Gender differences in substance abuse, addiction and susceptibilty to relapse
Pierre Apostolides OHSU Neuron regulation and synaptic communication specificity
Amanda Barkley-Levenson OHSU Identify neurological and genetic correlates of binge drinking with the aim of finding means to prevent excessive alcohol intake
Zachary Beattie OHSU Correlation between heart failfure and cognitive impairment
Ethan Beckley OHSU Reproductive hormone impact on the structure and function of the nervous system
Yosef Berlow OHSU Clinical neuroimaging
Michelle Berny OHSU Molecular mechanisms of blood clotting
Tina Bloom OHSU Health disparities in maternal child-health outcomes in the U.S. and the complex relationships between risk factors for these outcomes
Ted Braun OHSU Inflammation of the hypothalamus and how it relates to muscle mass loss in chronic diseases
Christina Brow OHSU Bioremediation and environmental health, the effects of freezing DNA
Kalmia Smith Buels OHSU Interactions between peripheral nerves in the lungs and immune cells
Maggie Buktenica OSU How the ecology and biogeochemistry of northern latitude regions will respond to warming induced by climate change
Delia Chiu OHSU Mechanisms of learning and memory
Brandilyn Coker OSU Synthesizable analogue-to-digital converters, digital calibration methods, biomedical applications
Erin Collins OSU
Wave energy, performing a comparative sustainability analysis of differing wave energy converters
Robert Conley OHSU Targeted imaging method for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular pathologies
Anita Cservenka OHSU Emotional processing of alcoholism in youth using neuroimaging and behavioral methods
Amanda Senrud Dayton OHSU Behavior of light in breast tissue
Tiffany DeVine OHSU Understanding the processes that lead to cancer (focus on p53, a tumor suppressor gene) and creating more effective treatments
Lauren Dobbs OHSU Brain circuits and neurotransmitters affected by drugs with high addiction potential
Alexander Egan OSU Clinical medical physics
Allison Einolf OSU Arctic physical oceanography
Andrew F. Emmott OSU Artificial intelligence, natural language processing, planning, language development
Madalynn Erb OHSU Cellular and molecular neuroscience as it applies to neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration
Justin Finn OSU Simulation of fluid flows in natural and man made systems
Rebecca Foster OHSU Brain mechanisms involved in cocaine addiction
Josiah Gerber OSU Functional and structural properties of biological macromolecules
Jimmy Gladish OHSU Cell alignment and structure using special depolarization of light
Molly Glass OSU Thermal hydraulics, specifically advanced reactor systems engineering
Jeremy Glynn OHSU Cardiovascular tissue engineering, biomaterial for cardiovascular devices
Wilmon Grant OHSU Pathways and signals that regulate process of cachexia in loss of lean body mass
Aaron Grossberg OHSU Neuron process of cachexia; how communication between the immune, endocrine and nervous systems influence disease process
Sarah Hackenmueller OHSU Effects of drug action on biolgical signaling mechanisms
Molly Harding OHSU Genetic regulation of neurogenesis
Megan Herting OHSU White matter microstructural characteristics and impulse behavior in adolescents
Chris HolmesParker OSU Controls and adaptive learning in multi-agent systems
Will Horton OHSU Addiction
Jesse Hostetler OSU Activity recognition via inverse reinforcement learning
Tyler Hulett OHSU Cancer immunology
Jeannie Hunnicutt OHSU How a developing nervous system becomes established and wired
Ravi Iyer OHSU Patho-immune system interactions and zoonotic infections
Amber Jones-Hackathorne OHSU Fluorescence spectroscopy to map distances within proteins
Elad Kaufman OHSU Physiology andpharmacology
Nate Klett OHSU Synaptic plasticity in hippocampi interneurons
Gabe Knoll OHSU Neuroendocrinology
Paul Kramer OHSU Studying how drugs of abuse exert their control over the brain, especially during addiction disorders
Tina Kruger OHSU Neurodegenerative disorders
Rachael Kuintzle OSU Interface of RNA biology and environmental toxicology
Sidney Kuo OHSU auditory system processing acoustic information
Jeffrey Luitjens OSU Critical heat flux in low flow reactors and natural circulation nuclear reactors
Colby Mangini OSU Charged particle interactions and dosimetry
Wade Marcum OSU Thermal hydraulic characteristics of high performance research reactor fuel
Jessica Martin OHSU The adaptive response of Leishmania donovani to purine starvation
Julia Maxson OHSU Iron metabolism and hemocromatosis
Whitney McGee OHSU Neuroendoctrine reulation of reproductive function
Caitlin Monaghan OHSU Molecular pathogenesis of OCD-spectrum disorders
Gabriela Morin-Webb OHSU Virology, immunology and vaccine devlopment
Mahta Nili OHSU Structure-function of RGMc, a protein involved with iron regulation
Sarah Oman OSU Design-oriented problem solving using mathematics
Nichole Owen OHSU cytogenetics, fanconi, DNA repair processes and disorders, chromosome structure and maintenance
Eric Patterson OSU Lead free piezoelectric systems and their fatique related properties
Melanie Pina OHSU Neurochemical, neuroanatomical and genetic mechanisms underlying drug reward
Chayne Piscitelli OHSU Solving the X-ray crystal structure of a bacterial neurotransmitter transporter homolog bound to a competitive inhibitor
Sophia Polasky OSU Contribute to develop theory through a case study that examines social vulnerability to climate change in West Africa; to identify the role assessment efforts play in further influencing a particular development path; and to guide policies created to assist communities identified as vulnerable
Jacob Postman OSU SRAM memory cells and methods for mult-processor communication
Trish Pruis OHSU Brain and hormonal basis of emotion in older women
Carolynn Rafa Todd OHSU Neural mechanisms underlying disorders of learning and memory such as addiction and PTSD
Rebecca Richards OHSU Cytomegalovirus immunoregulatory
Art Riddle OHSU Perinatal medicine, neurotoxicology labs, events that shape the developing brain
Danielle Robinson OHSU Superresolution imaging of synaptic proteins
Hillary Rodgers OHSU Physiology of ion channels and transporters expressed in the nervous system
Abby Rynko OHSU Understanding how respiratory viruses induce asthma exacerbations and airway hyperreactivity
Katherine Saylor OHSU Hearing transduction in sensory hair cells
Christopher Schafer OHSU Site directed spectroscopic methods coupled with computational modeling to investigate membrane protein structure and dynamics
Susan Schur OSU Seamount formation, physical volcanology of subaqueous eruptions, rheology of subaqueous lava flows
Benjamin Scholl OHSU Quantum dots and interface between technology, neuroscience and medicine
Jessica Siegel OHSU Aging and Alzheimer's disease
Sean Smith OSU Mechanical and electronic properties of thin oxide films for microelectronic application
Eric Stroffregen OHSU Molecular and genetic mechanisms of cancer
Chris Stull OSU Heat transfer enhancement, multiphase flow, vapor separation, two phase flow, visualization
Allison Terwilliger OHSU Community health concepts
Karen Thiebes OHSU Molecular and cellular interactions involved in coaxing neural progenitor cells into neurons
Shane Tillo OHSU High-resolution optical and electrophysiological techniques to study the nervous system
Garth Tormoen OHSU Regulatory mechanisms for the procoagulant activity of circulating tissue factor
Karen Tonsfeldt OHSU Behavioral and physiological effects of steroid hormones
Christopher Vaaga OHSU Electrophysiological mechanisms underlying early sensory transduction
Katy Van Hook OHSU Tumor suppressor variants and protein interaction
Keri Vartanian OHSU Cardiovascular engineering; understanding endothelial cell dysfunction leading to atherosclerosis
David Vasquez OSU Medical physics
Charlene Voorhees OHSU Extinction of ethanol conditioned place preference in mice
Eric Walkingshaw OSU Language design, formal representations of variation and explanation-oriented programming
Allen Waters OSU Analog and mixed signal design
Elaine Wells-Gray OHSU Techniques to study the shrinkage of dental resin composites
Paul Wille OHSU Herpes virus entry and spread
Mark Williamson OSU Human-machine interface issues and operations error prevention in complex systems
Clayton Winkler OHSU Disrupting interactions on T-cell extravasation and oligodendrocyte maturation in multiple sclerosis
Aaron Wortham OHSU Cancer geology: the importance of the NF-kB pathway in squamous cell carcinoma
Daniel Yaeger OHSU Synaptic physiology of neurons in auditory brainstem