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Indiana University School of Medicine - Indianapolis, IN
2018 - Present
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
2014 - 2018
2008 - 2012
Honors and Awards
Distinction in Research in Clinical Investigation
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine - Seattle, WA
Student Scholarship
9th Academic Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health - Baltimore, MD
New York Academy of Medicine - New York, NY
Jeffrey Schulman Memorial Scholarship
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
2014 - 2018
Robert Bowen Brown Jr. Prize for Excellence in Biological Research
Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
Distinction on Senior Compositions
Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
Cabin Counselor
Zebra Crossings - Tuftonboro, NH
  • Worked at Camp Spinnaker, a week-long overnight camp organized by Zebra Crossings for children ages 8-12 with asthma.
  • Directly supervised eight boys in activities including hikes, boating, ropes courses, asthma education, and self-reflection.
Post-baccalaureate Research Fellow
Food and Drug Administration - Bethesda, MD
2012 - 2014
  • Worked as research assistant in vaccine research laboratory.
  • Designed, cloned, and expressed several markerless insertion/deletion mutations in Staphylococcus.
  • Generated large pool of Staphylococcus mutants via transposon mutagenesis.
  • Developed prospective in vitro model of Staphyloccus/influenza co-infection in human lung cells.
Helpline Consultant
Kenyon College Library - Gambier, OH
2010 - 2012
  • Offered technical support for computer, software, audio/visual, and printing services.
Lab Intern
Cook Pharmica - Bloomington, IN
  • Worked as lab intern in quality control at a private pharmaceutical contractor.
  • Designed and implemented a verification study for measuring water content in pharmacological raw materials.
Summer Staff
TEAMeffort - Eureka Springs, AR
  • Worked as counselor and work site coordinator at rustic youth camp in Arkansas.
  • Guided visiting youth groups through basic home rehabilitation projects for low-income families.
Research Projects
Adolescent Enuresis
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
2017 - 2018
  • Mentor: Jessica Rieder, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor in Department of Pediatrics, who directs a weight management clinic for teens.
  • Coordinated recruiting and performed data analysis for a survey investigating the rate of enuresis in the Montefiore teen population and related factors.
Incarceration and Buprenorphine Therapy
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
2015 - 2016
  • Mentor: Aaron D. Fox, M.D., Associate Professor in Department of General Internal Medicine, who directs a primary care clinic for people transitioning out of incarceration.
  • Took lead on post-hoc analysis of a cohort study of patients receiving integrated treatment for HIV and opioid use disorder. Our study asked how recent incarceration affects outcomes for buprenorphine replacement therapy.
  • Presented slides to the New York Academy of Medicine and to the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health with a fellowship and scholarship from each respective organization.
  • Acted as first author for a paper in the journal Substance Abuse.
  • Project led to award from college for distinction in clinical investigation.
Staphylococcal Genetics
Food and Drug Administration - Bethesda, MD
2012 - 2014
  • Mentors: Roger D. Plaut, Ph.D. and Scott Stibitz, Ph.D., who directs a lab studying disease-causing bacteria for which new vaccines and novel therapeutic approaches are being developed.
  • Developed mutant strains and genetic libraries utilized by collaborators studying interactions between human hosts and Staphylococcus, leading to publication in Cell Host & Microbe.
Acid Survival of E. coli
Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
2008 - 2013
  • Mentor: Joan L. Slonczewski, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, who directs a lab researching bacterial genetics and physiology.
  • Took lead on a project investigating how anaerobic conditions affect the acid survival response in E. coli.
  • Presented findings with oral defense for honors research thesis and in a poster at the American Society for Microbiology.
  • Acted as first author on a paper in the journal PLoS One.
  • Project led to award from college for excellence in biological research.
Liu, H., Archer, N.K., Dillen, C.A., Wang, Y., Ashbaugh, A.G., Ortines, R.V., Kao, T., Lee, S.K., Cai, S.S., Miller, R.J., Marchitto, M.C., Zhang, E., Riggins, D.P., Plaut, R.D., Stibitz, S., Geha, R.S., Miller, L.S.
Cell Host & Microbe. 22(5):653-666.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2017.10.006.
Substance Abuse. 38(3):297-302. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2016.1220443.
PLoS One, 8(3), e56796. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056796
Noguchi, K., Riggins, D.P., Eldahan, K.C., Kitko, R.D., & Slonczewski, J.L.
PLoS ONE 5(4): e10132. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010132.
9th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health - Baltimore, MD
New York Academy of Medicine's Medical Student Forum - New York, NY
112th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology - San Francisco, CA
The Effects of Anoxic Conditions on the Extreme-Acid Survival of Escherichia coli (slides)
Kenyon College Biology Honors Student Presentations - Gambier, OH
Volunteer Work
Student Healthcare Provider
Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Free Clinic - Bronx, NY
2014 - 2018
  • Participated in Einstein's student-run free clinic for uninsured patients in the New York City tri-state area.
  • During clinical years (3-4), provided primary care encounters for patients, ran back-of-house operations like laboratory/consult follow-up, and coordinated clinical flow.
  • During pre-clinical years (1-2), performed initial vitals and triage for patients as well as chart review for information on quality measures.
Board Member and Cuddler
Einstein NICU Cuddling Club - Bronx, NY
2014 - 2017
  • Acted as board member for 2015-2016 season--coordinating training and scheduling for program volunteers.
  • Provided supportive human touch for neonates in the Montefiore neonatal intensive care unit.
Board Member and Lecture Coordinator
Einstein Social Medicine Lecture Series - Bronx, NY
2015 - 2016
  • Coordinated lectures delivered by invited speakers on the following topics: healthcare for refugees, ethics of lethal injection, correctional health, and societal implications of antimicrobial resistance.
Educator and Gardener
Bronx, Obesity, Diabetes, and You (BODY) - Bronx, NY
2015 - 2015
  • Taught local elementary students how to plant seeds and transplant them into BODY-run community garden.
  • Maintained the garden over summer months. Harvested produce and shared it with local community members.
Board Member and Head Teacher
Health Education Outreach Program (HEOP) - Silver Spring, MD
2012 - 2014
  • Taught health lessons at homeless shelters in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C.
  • As board member, helped with recruiting, training, and development of organization web site.
  • As head teacher, led a group of five volunteers visiting Carroll House in Silver Spring, MD on a biweekly basis. Coordinated scheduling, wrote/edited content, and assigned responsibilities for each lesson.
Patient Ambassador
Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health - Bethesda, MD
2012 - 2014
  • In the radiology department, I prepped people for scans and transported them to their rooms afterwards.
  • In the surgery department, I stocked operating rooms with supplies and transported patients to/from their procedures.
  • See a brief interview with me in the Clinical Center Newsletter.
Dog Handler
People and Animals Cardio Klub (PACK) - Washington, D.C.
2012 - 2014
  • Picked up dogs from area shelters every Saturday morning and drove them to a meeting spot in Rock Creek National Park for a three-mile run.
  • Sustained exercise helped the dogs with general health, temperament, and prospects for adoption.
Hobbies and Interests
  • Running: I ran varsity cross-country in high school and college, serving as captain in each respective senior year.
  • Poetry: I write poetry with publication of my pieces both in local presses and the teen magazine Cicada.
  • Animals: I am a proud adopted dog-parent and enjoy volunteering at local Humane Societies.