Anna Drangowska-Way is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the regulation of enzymes that break down fat during fasting and stress. She received a Master's and Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Wrocław, Poland. Anna’s passion is Science Communication. She is a PhD+ liaison in Science Communication at UVA.
Wenfan Ke is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on metabolic modeling of obesity in the roundworm C. elegans. He received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa. Wenfan is enthusiastic for helping grad students improving their science communication skills and to break the communication barriers between the general public and scientists. Wenfan is also a science communication liaison in the PhD+ program at UVA.
Naomi Miyake is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. She received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. Her research area focuses on developing and understanding catalysts for chemical reactions. She is passionate about promoting women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. As such, Naomi serves as a mentor to undergraduate students in several organizations and during her tenure as president of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, has developed the outreach into the community, focusing on K-12 education. During her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, drinking coffee, and spending time with her friends.
Natasha Claxton is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on designing in vitro models of biological systems and creating material-based therapies to address disease and injury. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. Natasha’s passion is helping others in the community. She spends her free time teaching religious lessons to students at her local church and helping underserved students in the community with coursework and college preparation.
Shaylyn Clancy is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina. She is passionate about making science accessible to young people of all backgrounds and working towards better representation and retention of under-represented voices in the scientific community. In her free time she enjoys singing with a STEM grad student a cappella group, and hanging out with her cat, Shadow.