2017 Alumni

Siham (Susu) Almousa, Undergraduate Research Trainee, 2017

Siham (SuSu) is an undergraduate at St. Olaf College, majoring in biology and chemistry and minoring in biomolecular sciences. She anticipates graduating in 2019. She is 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 her school, where she works as a laboratory teaching assistant and contributes to assigned research projects. She is also a passionate writer, evident in her writing for Swimming World Magazine, in which she publishes pieces on psychological and ethical dilemmas regarding professional swimmers.

SuSu plans to pursue medical school after completing her undergraduate studies and aspires to become a pediatric surgeon. She began working at the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory through her interest in patient-centered care. She has primarily focused her time on clinical studies examining various methods of capturing patient-reported outcomes. She hopes to continue her research career in both 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, a Science Club leader for local children and in ER patient services. 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 through its commitment to integrate cutting-edge research into patient care. Mayo Clinic's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory piqued his interest when he discovered the various ongoing projects centered around neurological 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

Amika is currently in her sophomore year at Creighton University with a major in psychology and minor in biology. While growing up in Rochester, Minnesota, Amika has developed an interest and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Amika joined the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory 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, New York, and is originally from Clifton, New Jersey. As a medical student at The George Washington University, D.C., he currently serves as president of the American Medical Association (AMA) medical student section at George Washington and is actively involved in health care policy and advocacy. He co-founded BonaReach Tutoring & Mentoring and seeks to develop resources for student and patient education. During Dennis' time at the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, he has focused his work 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, and continued her education with a Master of Science at Boston University School of Medicine. There she completed a thesis entitled “Eye isolating corneal innervation profiles to examine epithelial wound healing in a model of type 2 diabetes.” She presented this research work 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. She is currently a second-year 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. Presently, 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 where he studied economics and graduated magna cum laude in May 2016. After being accepted to The George Washington University medical school 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 has 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

Jeremie is a second-year medical student at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Prior to coming to medical school, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical microbiology from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a Bachelor of Science degree 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, with particular outreach to underserved Brazilian communities, into his future career.

Jeremie also aspires to pursue his residency and fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, particularly in pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial reconstructive surgery. The Mayo Clinic 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

Jessica is a senior at Byron High School and plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College as a postsecondary enrollment options student for her senior year, to have a head start on her college degree. Although she has not decided which college she plans to attend, Jessica 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 Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory and knew that it would be the perfect opportunity to experience the research field and learn from Dr. Bydon and his team's mentorship. 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