2019 Alumni

Mohamed Elminawy, M.B., B.Ch., Research Fellow

Dr. Elminawy studied medicine at Ain Shams University, one of the top-ranked schools in Egypt. He spent his final year in one of the busiest hospitals in Egypt, Ain Shams University Hospital. He completed clerkship rotations at Saint Louis University Hospital, Wayne State University and Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Elminawy's research areas of interest include neurologic surgery outcomes, medical statistics and deep brain stimulation. He was a research fellow in Dr. Bydon's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory as part of his preparation to become a neurosurgeon.

Panagiotis Kerezoudis, M.D., M.S., Research Fellow

Dr. Kerezoudis graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece in 2015. Shortly after, he joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, while simultaneously being accepted into Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program and completing the Neurologic Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

The focus of Dr. Kerezoudis' work in Dr. Bydon's lab was on comparative effectiveness and patient-reported outcomes research in spine surgery. He also served as a co-investigator on regenerative medicine stem cell trials involving people with degenerative spine disease and traumatic spinal cord injury.

Dr. Kerezoudis' long-term goals are to become a neurosurgeon and continue his career in the U.S. He would like to practice in an academic program where he can teach the next generation of neurosurgeons and lead a research team on neurosurgical outcomes research.

Benjamin F. Mundell, Ph.D., Medical Student

Dr. Mundell is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Rochester, Minnesota. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics. He subsequently completed a Ph.D. in policy analysis with a focus on health economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.

Before joining Dr. Bydon's lab, Dr. Mundell's previous research looked at health care workforce management in the military and civilian sectors, reducing health care delivery costs, and improving health care infrastructure in austere or resource-limited settings.

His research in the Neuro-Informatics Lab was focused on how patients, providers and payers make decisions around the provision of health care using Bayesian analysis and machine-learning techniques. He is a member of the spring 2019 graduating class of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Ryan M. Naylor, M.D., Ph.D., Neurologic Surgery Resident

Dr. Naylor grew up in San Diego. He attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he majored in biological sciences and chemistry. He completed his undergraduate thesis work in the organic and synthetic chemistry lab of Elizabeth R. Jarvo, Ph.D., and was part of UCI's nationally ranked men's water polo team.

After graduating, Dr. Naylor spent two years at the University of California, San Francisco in the lab of Donald M. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., studying the consequences of disrupting angiogenesis in solid tumors.

In 2010, Dr. Naylor began Mayo Clinic's Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his doctoral training in the lab of Jan van Deursen, Ph.D., where he studied the role of chromosomal instability in tumorigenesis.

Dr. Naylor is completing his residency training in neurologic surgery. His goals are to care for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors and to lead a basic science laboratory that investigates novel therapeutic strategies for patients with primary malignant central nervous system tumors.

2018 Alumni

Redab Alkhataybeh, M.B.B.S., Research Trainee

Dr. Alkhataybeh graduated from the Jordan University of Science and Technology Medical School and completed an internship year at Jordan University. She is in the Neurosurgical Residency academic program at King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan.

Dr. Alkhataybeh is the first female neurosurgical resident in Jordan and will be the first female neurosurgeon in the history of the country. She accepted a six-month position in the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory to gain experience on both clinical and basic science approaches to neurosurgical treatments and treatment improvements.

Mohammed Adeeb Sebai, M.B.B.S., Research Collaborator

Dr. Sebai came to the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory from Damascus, Syria. He was granted a scholarship to enter Alfaisal University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and graduated summa cum laude in July 2017. After completing the National Saudi Progress test in 2013, he was ranked second among his medical student peers across the Saudi nation and ranked first place at his medical school.

Dr. Sebai has had numerous research and travel grants and is the founding president for his school's assembly, fostering student's interest in surgical fields.

Dr. Sebai's main interests are in the advancement of surgical fields, brain computer interfaces, neural engineering, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He is currently part of a team establishing a surgical relief mission to help displaced Syrians.

Dr. Sebai enjoys producing and editing movies in his leisure time. One of his produced movies was featured on the online homepage of King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, the number one leading hospital in the Middle East region.

2017 Alumni

Siham (Susu) Almousa, Undergraduate Research Trainee, 2017

When in Dr. Bydon's lab, Siham (SuSu) was an undergraduate at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, majoring in biology and chemistry and minoring in biomolecular sciences. She is in the graduating class of 2019, on the executive board of the Society of Chemistry Students — Surgery Interest Club, and a member of the Pre-Health Club at St. Olaf College.

SuSu is very proactive within the chemistry and biology departments at St. Olaf, where she works as a laboratory teaching assistant and contributes to assigned research projects. She is also a passionate writer and publishes pieces on psychological and ethical dilemmas regarding professional swimmers in "Swimming World" magazine.

SuSu plans to pursue medical school after completing her undergraduate studies and aspires to become a pediatric surgeon. She began working at Dr. Bydon's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory based on her interest in patient-centered care, and focused her time in the lab on clinical studies examining various methods of capturing patient-reported outcomes. She hopes to continue her research career in her undergraduate work and into her postgraduate education.

Joseph (Joe) Cesare, Undergraduate Research Trainee, 2017

Joe began his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin in 2016, majoring in neurobiology, molecular biology, psychology and English with the intent to graduate in 2020. He volunteers as an English mentor for foreign students, as a Science Club leader for local children and in patient services in the Emergency Department.

Upon graduation, Joe plans to go on to medical school and is interested in specializing in neurosurgery. He is passionate about helping others and was drawn to Mayo Clinic because of its commitment to integrate cutting-edge research into patient care.

Mayo Clinic's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory piqued Joe's interest when he discovered the various ongoing projects centered around neurologic surgery that he could be a part of. He hopes to extend his work with the lab by incorporating inventive and evidence-based research into the best medical care possible.

Amika Kamath, Undergraduate Research Trainee, 2017

During the time she spent in the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, Amika was an undergraduate at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, with a major in psychology and minor in biology. While growing up in Rochester, Minnesota, Amika developed an interest in medicine and hopes to pursue a career in that field.

Amika joined Dr. Bydon's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic during the summer of 2017 and focused her efforts on researching racial disparities among patients with lower back pain. Some of her aspirations include attending medical school and building upon her research interests in an academic setting.

Dennis Kurian, B.S., Medical Student, 2017

Dennis majored in biology at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York, and is originally from Clifton, New Jersey. As a medical student at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he serves as president of the school's American Medical Association medical student section and is actively involved in health care policy and advocacy.

Dennis co-founded BonaReach Tutoring and Mentoring — a no-cost program that connects students from St. Bonaventure University with local middle and high school students — and seeks to develop resources for student and patient education.

During Dennis' time in the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, he focused on understanding how to improve patient outcomes through completing systematic reviews and research of spinal surgical techniques.

Jenna Meyer, M.S., Medical Student, 2017

Jenna earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and continued her education with a Master of Science at Boston University School of Medicine.

Her master's thesis was titled "Eye isolating corneal innervation profiles to examine epithelial wound healing in a model of type 2 diabetes." She presented her research at multiple symposium poster sessions and was awarded with a prize finish during her culminating master's defense. While in Boston, she worked with Brewster Ambulance Service as an EMT, which only furthered her desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Jenna is a medical student at the Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She serves as the president of the medical school student council, organizes English tutoring for Bedouin villages and volunteers at the Negev Refugee Center.

Jenna's clinical interests include trauma, regenerative medicine, neuroscience, orthopedics and global medical initiatives. Outside of scholastics, Jenna enjoys kite surfing, scuba diving, CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting.

Kenan Rajjoub, B.A., Medical Student, 2017

Kenan completed his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., where he studied economics and graduated magna cum laude in May 2016.

Since being accepted to medical school at GWU via the early-selection program during his sophomore year, Kenan's focus has been on research. This focus has resulted in a number of publications in the field of neurosurgery.

At GWU, Kenan's research examined the use of cold atmospheric plasma and its use in treating glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In the summer before medical school, Kenan joined the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory and returned the following year with a grant from the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation, provided by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

While at Mayo Clinic, Kenan completed work on both clinical and basic science studies examining spinal surgery, surgical outcomes and patient-centered care. Kenan aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

Jeremie D. Oliver, B.S., B.A., Medical Student

During his time in Dr. Bydon's lab, Jeremie was a second-year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Prior to medical school, he received a Bachelor of Arts in medical microbiology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Brigham Young University — Hawaii.

During his undergraduate training, Jeremie had the opportunity to take two years away from his studies to volunteer as a missionary throughout Brazil, where he later returned to conduct medical humanitarian work. He has a great desire to integrate global health into his future career, with particular outreach to underserved Brazilian communities. He also aspires to pursue his residency and fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, particularly in pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial reconstructive surgery.

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine attracted him for its collegiality, mentorship and faculty support to pursue his passions within medicine and surgery.

Jessica Zacher, High School Research Intern, 2017

During her time in Dr. Bydon's lab, Jessica was a senior at Byron High School in Byron, Minnesota, with plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College as a postsecondary enrollment option student for her senior year to have a head start on her college degree.

Although she had not decided at that time which college she planned to attend, Jessica was and is confident that she will pursue a career in the medical field, with aspirations to become a surgeon. While researching the various avenues for volunteering and gaining medical-related experience, Jessica found the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic and knew that it would be the perfect opportunity to experience the research field and learn from the mentorship of Dr. Bydon and his team.

Jessica plans to continue her research into her college years and hopes to return to the Mayo Clinic family.

Past Alumni

  • Marcus J. Gates, M.D., Resident
  • Hannah E. Gilder, B.S., Medical Student
  • Jennifer Grauberger, B.S., Medical Student
  • Jeffrey S. Hakim, M.D., Ph.D., Resident (University of Virginia)
  • Alice E. Huang, B.S., Medical Student
  • David V. Ivanov, B.S., Medical Student
  • Joseph R. Kapurch II, M.D., Resident
  • Meghan E. Murphy, M.D., Resident
  • Amanda L. Porter, B.S., Medical Student
  • Daniel L. Shepherd, M.D., Resident