Idan Shalev, Ph.D.
Lab Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Idan Shalev grew up in Israel, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He then moved to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed Master’s and PhD degrees under the supervision of Professor Richard Ebstein (Dissertation title: The Genetic and Psychoneuroendocrine Basis of Social Stress Response in Humans). He worked at the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore as a Research Associate (Stress and Decision Making), before moving to Duke University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. At Duke, Shalev worked with Professors Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt where he focused his research on telomeres, a promising new biomarker of stress and aging. In the Spring of 2014, Shalev joined the Department of Biobehavioral Health and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University. The Network, which began in response to a recommendation from the Presidential Task Force on Child Maltreatment in the Fall of 2012, aim to strengthen the University’s research efforts in the area of child maltreatment.
Sue Rutherford Siegel, Ph.D.
Research Professor (email@example.com)
Sue Rutherford Siegel received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland, St Lucia Australia and a PhD in the Department of Health Science from Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia and in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine before her first faculty position at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio Texas. Her research has focused on the age-related genomic basis of blood pressure regulation and the gene-environmental interaction in multiple sclerosis.
Waylon J. Hastings, B.S., B.A., M.S.
Graduate Student (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Waylon is a fourth-year Biobehavioral Health pre-doctoral student and University Distinguished Graduate Fellow in the College of Health and Human Development. He received his B.S. in biochemistry/genetics and B.A. in mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2013. He continued on at A&M and received his M.S. in educational administration in 2015. His previous research focused on regulation of metabolic response to a fungal pathogen. Waylon’s current research interests involve measurement of biological aging, with emphasis on variability between measures of biological aging, and their responsiveness to stress across the lifespan.
Laura Mayer, B.A., M.Ed.
Graduate Student (email@example.com)
Laura is a second year Biobehavioral Health pre-doctoral student and University Distinguished Graduate Fellow in the College of Health and Human Development. She received her B.A. in biology from the University of Delaware in 2010 and M.Ed. in educational administration from Wilmington University in 2014. Motivated by her work as a high school teacher for underprivileged youth, Laura’s research interests focus on the biological embedding of early life adversity on later life health outcomes.
Megan Zinoble, M.S.W.
Project Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Megan Zinobile received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Lock Haven University 2002 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. She has many years of experience in the clinical mental health setting as a child and family therapist. Megan began her work in Biobehavioral Health research with Dr. Shalev in 2015 serving as Project Manager for his pilot study. She has numerous research interests including long term effects of early life stress, prevention and intervention of child maltreatment and abuse and the development of social, emotional, and behavioral well-being in children living in adverse environments.
Kelsie Hendrick, B.S.
Lab Manager (email@example.com)
Kelsie is graduated from Penn State University with a major in Science with a Biological Science and Health Profession option. Kelsie began her work in research during the fall of her junior year on Dr. Shalev’s team as an undergraduate research assistant. Her career goal is to become a doctor and use the techniques she learned in research to combine both of her interests. In her spare time she enjoys playing softball, running, and playing with her two dogs.
Research Support (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Xin Tang received her bachelor of science in biology from Penn State University in 2018. From 2017 to 2018, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Michael Axtell in Department of biology. At the end of 2018, Xin began working as a lab technologist in Dr. Shalev’s Lab. She wishes the lab experience in Dr. shalev’s Lab will allows her have a better comprehending about healthcare research. Her career goal is to attend PA/ science of medical program.
Thomas L. Heller
Undergraduate Assistant (email@example.com)
Thomas is a sophomore, with the intent to major in Biology with an option in Vertebrate Physiology. He began working on Dr. Shalev’s research team as an undergraduate research assistant in the spring of 2019. Thomas hopes to gather the necessary exposure to research, for future collegiate science endeavors, along with acquiring knowledge and skills that come with the research. After graduation, Thomas plans to attend Physical Therapy school, to pursue his dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. Thomas enjoys to watch football/basketball and hang out with friends in his free time.
Dominic M. Farronato
Undergraduate Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dominic is a junior majoring in biology with a vertebrate physiology option and began his work on Dr. Shalev’s team as an undergraduate research assistant in the spring of 2019. Other than research, Dominic is also the president of the Student National Medical Association chapter and participates in the Remote Area Medical club, which organizes and hosts free healthcare clinics throughout the Mid-Atlantic U.S. After graduation, he plans on attending medical school to become a physician.
Ally T. Borgia
Undergraduate Assistant (email@example.com)
Ally is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences with a Health Profession Option. She began her work on Dr. Shalev’s team as an undergraduate research assistant in the spring of 2019. Ally hope that the skills and knowledge she acquire will allow her to grow as a student in the science field. After graduation, Ally plan to attend medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. In her spare time, Ally enjoy hanging out with friends and family and volunteering at the local hospital.
Brooke C. Mattern, B.S.
Research Support (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brooke C. Mattern received her Associate of Arts in Social Science from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from Penn State University in 2014. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as a Research Coordinator and Lab Technician for Dr. Mark Shriver in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University. Her previous work focused on research projects investigating how genes and the environment influence the appearance of externally visible traits (e.g., facial features, skin color, and hair form). Through her work in the Shalev lab she hopes to explore mechanisms underlying the telomere erosion associated with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Brooke is currently a first year Biobehavioral Health pre-doctoral student working with Dr. Engeland.