Hailing from the 'slightly better state' of Mississippi (in her own words), Ivanna Adams is a Tulane undergraduate studying neuroscience, psychology and social innovation and social entrepreneurship. She was drawn to BANGL because it intertwined her passions for maternal and infant health and development, neuroscience, and equality. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the effects of different stressors on long-term health and health disparities. Outside of BANGL, Ivanna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, an Emergency Medical Technician for Tulane EMS, and a wannabe chef.
Keegan is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. He grew up in Louisiana and has experience as an educator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana. Through a dedication to lab work, he hopes to learn about practices and techniques that he will rely upon at his future dream job- a researcher studying the effects of factors such as telomere length on human aging. He is also interested in Philosophy and Japanese.
Kelsey Confreda, MPH
Kelsey, a transplant from Rhode Island, is a staff member in the BANGL lab and the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics. She received her Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane a couple years ago, and took a break from science to start up New Orleans Boulder Lounge, a rock climbing gym that she and her husband own. Kelsey is interested in the clinical applications of research – the process of translating results from lab bench to patient bedside. Her primary research interest is in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) and learning how to improve care for NOWS infants. When not in the lab, you can find Kelsey covered in chalk rock climbing, following cool insects around, or annoying people with useless trivia knowledge (and often all three at once). Kelsey has the most perfect blind Boston Terrier named Emma, and a big, dopey, lovable Great Dane named Sullivan.
Kyle Esteves, MPH
Kyle, a born and raised New Orleanian, is a staff member in the BANGL lab. He is interested in the interaction between early life adversity and genetic and epigenetic factors on child development. As a public health graduate, his research interests focus on policy and community influences on health disparities. His experience with molecular assays, specifically qPCR measurement of telomere length, has led to collaborations in Suriname, Romania, and across the United States focused on the validity of telomeres as an indicator of cumulative exposure. He is currently getting his MBA at Tulane and is also involved in the business side of research: preparing grant applications, processing and tracking grant expenditures, extracting and analyzing financial data, and preparing reports. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys playing with his dog Bayou, cooking, reading, traveling, exercising, and all things Louisiana sports.
Ginny Hatch, M.S.
Ginny received a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University and a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from University of New Orleans. She is interested in the impact of the parent-child relationship and contextual risk on children’s developing social-emotional skills and later school readiness. Specifically, she is interested in how parent-child interactions act as a buffer to early life stress. Ginny has joined the Doctoral School Psychology Program at Tulane under Dr. Sarah Gray.
Louisiana born and raised, Cade Herman is a Tulane undergraduate studying neuroscience and French. He was drawn to BANGL because of the opportunity to examine the intersections of genetics and community health. Cade is currently working on birth outcomes research, focusing on sexually transmitted infections and perinatal illicit substance abuse. He hopes to gain a greater understanding of systemic health inequalities in order to implement targeted campaigns and mitigating interventions. Outside of BANGL, Cade is an Emergency Medical Technician for Tulane EMS, a volunteer with Tulane Stroke Survivors, and is a freelance photographer.
Meghan Howell, MD
Dr. Howell is a pediatrician who joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in 2015 after completing both her medical school and residency here at Tulane. As the clinical director of the Tulane NICU Graduate Clinic, which she founded in 2017, she has worked to enhance the long term medical, social and developmental care of high-risk neonates through a multidisciplinary team approach. More specifically, her interests include both short-term care and long-term implications of intra-uterine substance exposure, and she is currently serving as PI alongside Dr. Drury on the Tulane Lullaby Project - a collaboration with Loyola University's graduate music therapy program evaluating the role of music therapy in the care of opiate exposed infants. In October 2018, she was accepted into the Physician Scientist Pipeline Program, a mentored program through Tulane designed to support early career clinician scientists.
Christopher graduated from the University of Delaware and is a Ph.D student in the Neuroscience program at Tulane. Before coming to Tulane, he worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, where he researched the neurobehavioral consequences to sleep deprivation. He is now interested in the epigenetic modifications resulting from stressful life events, as well as genetic allelic variants that modulate psychophysiology. He is also fascinated by the transmission of experience dependent genetic traits from generation to generation. Christopher enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, and the outdoors.
Jasmine is a medical school student at Tulane. Originally from Orange County, CA, she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Psychology and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke (she swears it “sounds” fancier than it actually is). While she bleeds blue for her alma mater where she cheered for 2015 NCAA men’s basketball championship by the court-side, she is even happier to call New Orleans her new home. She likes all that New Orleans offers except, somewhat ironically, its food and booze. As an aspiring Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Jasmine enjoys thought-provoking conversations about human behavior and relationships but also cherishes her alone time mindlessly flipping through Vogue magazine.
Celia Mayne is a junior from Madison, Wisconsin studying Neuroscience and Public Health. Celia was drawn to the BANGL lab as it integrates her intellectual and personal passions for pediatrics, genetic analysis, and equity. She is particularly excited about with the lab’s implications on community-based organizations, academic research, and policy change, and the potential to improve the lives of children regardless of class, race, or gender. Celia is spending her fall 2018 semester studying Public Health, Gender, and Community Action in New Delhi, India.
Melissa Middleton, Ph.D.
Melissa is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in Infant and Early Childhood Mental health. After completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in infant mental health. Her interests include understanding the impact of the infant-caregiver relationship on infants development as well as examining the role of early exposure to stress and adverse experiences on child developmental outcomes.
Catalina earned her BS in Neuroscience from Tulane University, and is currently pursuing an MS in psychology. She was drawn to BANGL because of its interdisciplinary approach to understanding the extensive influence of the relationship between a mom and baby. Catalina is interested in mental healthcare and hopes to use what she learns in the lab in her future career to better understand patients and their behavior. In her free time, she can be found tending to her plants, cooking, or looking at pictures of dogs online.
Sam, a proud Wisconsinite, double majored in Neuroscience and Africana Studies at Tulane University and is currently enrolled in Tulane's Masters of Neuroscience program. He has worked with children who are cognitively disabled since he was six, which sparked his interest in Neuroscience. In the Fall of 2016, he studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. His experience piqued his interest in studying how experiences shape the brain. When Sam is not in the lab, he can be found teaching English to immigrants, volunteering with cognitively disabled children, or exercising.
Jasmine is an international undergraduate student (from Myanmar/Burma) at Tulane, and is studying economics and philosophy on top of her premed track. Her experience of babysitting her nephew for 4 years inspired her to work in BANGL lab, as she observed the importance of parent-child relationship in the early years of childhood. With dedication and commitment to this lab, she hopes to gain a better understanding of caregivers’ interactions with the child and promote healthier childcare to other societies outside of the U.S. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, exploring cute coffee shops, and going to the beach.