Pediatric Resident Physician
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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.
Hardy, B.L., Dickey, S.W., Plaut, R.D., Riggins, D.P., Stibitz, S., Otto, M.,Merrell, D.S.
mBio. 10(1). pii: e02491-18. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02491-18.
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
  • The history and classification of pizza
  • 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.