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Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Najwa is a fourth-year Psychology major pursuing a career in dentistry. She began as a volunteer research assistant for the PRICE lab in May of 2017. Najwa is an active member of UF Pre-Dental ASDA and UF Pre-Dental Society, both of which allow her to give back to the community through various service events and educate others on maintaining good oral dental care habits. She has previously served on the Social Board of Directors for UF Pre-Dental ASDA, as well as Public Relations Chair, and was recently elected Vice President of the club for the 2017-2018 school year. She is a volunteer for United Way of North Central Florida and Helping Hands Pet Rescue. Najwa has previously participated in a mission trip in the Dominican Republic to assist in providing oral health care and education to underprivileged communities. She plans to graduate in the Fall of 2017 and aspires to attend dental school. In her spare time she enjoys attending service events around Gainesville, volunteering at UF Health Shands Hospital, or simply spending time with friends and family.
Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Nathan is a second-year Applied Physiology and Kinesiology major and has aspirations to become an orthopedist one day. He has just begun volunteering at PRICE labs, and hopes to participate in multiple areas of research in the coming years.He is learning the inner workings of the UPLOAD program, and will be pursuing superior knowledge in that study over the next several weeks/months. He has a passion for helping others and improving their quality of life, which is why he feels as if the medical field best suits him. He is also involved in several other things on campus, including being a Dance Marathon captain, playing on the club baseball team, and being in a leadership role for his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha
Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Amy LiKamWa is a second year biology major on the Pre-Med track and is also in the Music in Medicine Undergraduate Certificate Program. She joined PRICE in November 2016 and has assisted with OPPERA II and UPLOAD II studies since then. She is a certified EMR with Gator Emergency Medical Response and is looking forward to attending EMT School in the future. As the Catholic Gators Service Coordinator, she plans service events that help those in need throughout Gainesville. She also enjoys volunteering at Baby Gator and Grace Marketplace. In her free time, she loves playing the piano, violin, and ukulele. She has played multiple gigs as a violinist at many settings, including weddings, farmer’s markets, and weekly Mass. Musical interests aside, she aspires to be a pediatrician one day; thus she will continue to take every opportunity to help and serve others.
Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Chase has been working with the OPPERA II, UPLOAD Follow up and UPLOAD II studies since August of 2014. His primary roles include taking patient vitals, performing Quantitative Sensory Testing (i.e. manipulation of Algometer, Thermodes, monofilament punctate and weighted probes), calibrating machinery, running computer software, recording data, assisting with the MRI scanning and ensuring the cleanliness of the lab. Chase is in the College of Public Health and Health Professions where he working on his Bachelors in Health Science, which he plans to complete by May 2018. Last Spring, he started a program known as the Grandkids Organization. The Organization’s mission is to address two growing problems in America: the isolation of our senior citizens and the decreasing empathy of today’s youth toward our senior population. The Grandkids Organization connects students with senior populations at local Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities and Hospice Foundations to bridge the inter-generational gap. Chase is also a Dean’s Ambassador for his college and a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry. He is involved in several student organizations including Florida Blue Key, Student Government, the American Medical Student Association Premedical Association (AMSA) and the Behavioral Economics Society. Chase plans on pursuing a career in medicine/surgery.
Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Olivia is a fourth-year Nutrition major pursuing a career in dentistry after graduation. She joined the PRICE team as a student research volunteer in May of 2017. She has just started learning the protocols for the UPLOAD II and SOPRANO studies. Aside from her studies, Olivia is involved in a variety of organizations such as Treasurer for the Pre-Dental Honor Society Delta Delta Sigma, and she is an active member of Pre-Dental Society. Both organizations allow her to volunteer around the Gainesville community participating in dental and non-dental related service projects. She also spends her time volunteering in the student oral surgery clinics in the College of Dentistry. Olivia is also a Teaching Assistant for microbiology lab and involved with MentorUF an organization that helps provide guidance for educational and social problems elementary school students may be experiencing. Olivia plans to graduate in spring of 2018 and aims to start dental school in the fall of 2018.
Research Laboratory Technician Volunteer- Christina has been part of the PRICE Lab since September 2015 and is involved in the SOPPRANO and UPLOAD II studies. She regularly assists in setting up sessions for SOPPRANO, UPLOAD II QST and occasionally for BISP. She also performs qualitative sensory pain testing using heat and pressure on participants. She is a third year microbiology major and plans to pursue a Master of Public Health and possibly work towards a doctorate degree. For the future, she hopes to work as an epidemiologist under the Center for Disease and Control or National Institutes of Health. When she’s not in the lab, Christina is a site leader for Florida Alternative Breaks, which is a service-learning organization that aims to help local, national, and international communities with certain social issues. She also is involved as a tutor for the ESOL Empowers Program, which aims to help high school students who do not speak English in their school work.