Natalie Eng is an undergraduate student from right outside of Chicago, IL studying neuroscience and psychology on a pre-med track. She was drawn to BANGLab because of its research into the environment influences of children's health. She hopes to be a pediatric doctor in the future and wants to better understand how individual experiences of children can impact their health in the long-term in order to treat them more effectively.
Noelle is an undergraduate student at Tulane, majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and minoring in public health. They are from the Chicago area and, in their free time, they enjoy spending time outside, playing board games, and doing various crafts. They were drawn to BANGL because of their interest in how adverse childhood experiences play a role in epigenetics and public health based intervention strategies. Outside of the lab, Noelle is an editor for the Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal, a member of Phi Sigma Pi fraternity, and a Peer Mentor.
Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis, B.A.
Lauren W. Yowelunh is currently a Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate in the Tulane Brain Institute. Originally from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, she majored in Biochemistry and Neuroscience earning a B.A. from Lawrence University in 2018. Her dedication to the BANGLab comes from her passion about the lab’s integration of molecular and behavioral assays in understanding health disparities with culturally appropriate contexts. She is particularly interested in the role of genetic and epigenetic factors and modifications in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative pathways across the life span, as well as potential interventions for minoritized populations. Outside of the lab, she enjoys New Orleans’ food and culture, traveling with her partner, calling her family, and spending time with her seven-year-old black German shepherd, Yotahuhtá·ktu.
Josh is an undergraduate student at Tulane, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Sociology. He was drawn to BANGL for the opportunity to combine laboratory science and research with its direct application to patients and communities. Outside of the lab, Josh enjoys running and hiking, and he is involved as a volunteer with the New Orleans Mission shelter.
Maria Kinsey, B.S.
Maria is a Neuroscience doctoral student at Tulane University from Shreveport, LA. She graduated with a BS in Neuroscience as well as a double minor in Chemistry and English from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She has a special interest in Developmental Neuroscience and Immunology, which drew her to the BANGLab. In her free time, she likes to improve her cooking and baking skills as well as spend time with friends. She loves creative writing and taking long walks on St. Charles with her dog Ozzy.
Brooke Maglia Batista, B.A., M.S.
Brooke is from northern California and graduated in May 2020 from Beloit College with a B.A. in Biology. During her Fall 2019 semester she conducted independent research while abroad in Tanzania looking at the effects of stray dogs on urban Arusha residents. She became interested in BANGL because of its focus on how early life stressors accompanied with racial disparities can impact development. Outside of the lab, she spends her time working out, reading, or trying out new restaurants around New Orleans.
Trevor Roy, B.S., M.S.
Trevor is a Neuroscience 4+1 Master's student from Slidell, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with a double major in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. His passions include elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, how trauma and other factors can alter the structure of our DNA, and what are the consequences of these epigenetic modifications. Aside from brushing up on the latest in qPCR methodology and analysis, Trevor will either be "maining" Zelda or Palutena on Smash Bros, obsessing over his growing collection of over 55 plant babies, or making and distributing memes to his friends and the students of the classes for which he is a supplemental instructor.
Madeline Magruder is originally from Los Angeles, California is now studying as a sophomore at Tulane University. She is currently majoring in Public Health and Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. Madeline was drawn to the BANGLab through her interest in the neurological and psychological effects of early childhood adversity on childhood development and later health outcomes. She hope to discover and develop her passion while working in the lab.
Davis Benson, B.S.
Davis Benson graduated from Tulane University in 2022 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is currently working through his gap year while applying to medical programs. He has previously worked in Tulane University’s Frank Lab (EEBio) and Machado Lab (Biochemistry). During his gap year, Davis is hoping to learn more about human health and patient interactions outside of the classroom setting. Outside of the lab, Davis loves finding new artists and challenging himself to bike further on the Mississippi River Levee Trail.
Katelynn Montgomery, B.S.
Katelynn is currently a BioInnovation PhD Candidate at Tulane University, studying amniotic fluid-derived exosomes. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA where she completed her B.A in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. Before moving South, she met her mentor Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, the mother of neonatology, who encouraged her to use science to improve the “quality” of pre-term babies’ lives. She is particularly interested in the BANGLab and their NOLA MilkTruck initiative because it allows her to work for and with a community that is equally invested in improving fetal maternal health. Outside of the lab, she enjoys exploring New Orleans restaurants, cuddling with her two pandemic puppies, and collaging.
Julianne is an undergraduate student at Tulane, majoring in public health and neuroscience and minoring in psychology. She was drawn to BANGL because of her interest in the effect of environmental stressors on epigenetics and neurodevelopment, as well as in promoting health equity through research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys swimming, playing guitar, and facilitating workshops as a Community Engagement Advocate.