Featured Trainees are students, postdoctoral fellows, practicing physicians and faculty, and others who work under the tutelage of Levy CIMAR Core Faculty members and who stand out for their efforts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Trainees might be graduate students, antimicrobial stewards, educators, scientific researchers, medical doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, or a combination of any of these and other professions. If you are a Levy CIMAR Core Faculty member and would like to nominate someone for “Featured Trainee” distinction, please email us any time at email@example.com.
Fall 2022 Featured Trainee:
- Rising Senior at Tufts University’s Undergraduate School of Arts & Sciences working with the Levy CIMAR’s Alysse Wurcel, MD
- Inaugural recipient of the Levy CIMAR Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Groups in Science and Medicine
Rebecca Tenner is a rising senior at Tufts University’s School of Arts & Sciences working toward degrees in Biology and Community Health—a double major that has fostered her appreciation of the intersectionality of medicine and society as well as her passion for public health advocacy. Her interest in infectious diseases started in Summer 2021 while working with Dr. Nir Osherov, a Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine. There, she assisted Dr. Osherov and team in antibiotic analyses of the fungi Aspergillus fumigatus spore viability and associated Minimum Inhibitory Concentration for various antibiotics. Rebecca’s experience taught her about the importance of addressing antimicrobial resistance and provided her with the academic and professional tools needed to continue her research. In April 2022, Rebecca earned the Tufts’ Class of 1947 Victor Prather Prize, a recognition reserved for undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in scientific research, enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge, and a dedication to scholarly achievement.
In June 2022, Rebecca became one of two just students to receive the inaugural Levy CIMAR Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Groups in Science and Medicine and accompanying scholarship to support her summer research. She joined the Levy CIMAR’s Dr. Alysse Wurcel, an infectious diseases clinician and health services researcher at Tufts Medical Center, whose work focuses on improving healthcare for individuals who have been systematically marginalized and minoritized by the healthcare system, including people who use drugs and people who are incarcerated. Rebecca’s project with Dr. Wurcel addresses the lack of existing literature regarding the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in jails and prisons.
In addition to the Levy CIMAR Internship, Rebecca received the competitive Tufts Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program Grant to support her work. Her over all research goal this summer was to initiate a mixed-methods evaluation of barriers and facilitators of implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in jails and prisons in Massachusetts. Rebecca worked to develop qualitative tools for data collection. Her review of current ASP literature facilitated the development and piloting of interview guides to be used to conduct qualitative semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in carceral systems—groups and individuals whose influence can impact antibiotic practices in jails and prisons. Rebecca also performed data analysis on a dataset of antibiotic prescriptions in the jails. She has submitted two abstracts resulting from her data analysis thus far, and she will attend IDWeek, the national conference for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, in October 2022.
Dr. Wurcel was awarded the Tufts Springboard grant to broaden the research evaluation to more New England jails and prisons. Rebecca is excited to continue her work with Dr. Wurcel throughout her final undergraduate semesters, where she will complete her data collection of qualitative interviews and conclude the data analysis for her projects.
Upon graduation, Rebecca plans to relocate to Latin America, where she hopes to conduct similar research and involve herself in community-based volunteer work. She hopes this opportunity will enable her to advance her skills in working with Spanish-speaking communities and expand her knowledge of infectious disease-related work. Eventually, Rebecca plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician in the public sector with a focus on public health policy.
Outside of research, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her friends and family, participating in intramural sports, and trying new restaurants around Boston.
Meet all of the Levy CIMAR's Featured Trainees:
Rising Senior at Tufts University’s Undergraduate School of Arts & Sciences working with the Levy CIMAR’s Alysse Wurcel, MD; Inaugural recipient of the Levy CIMAR Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Groups in Science and Medicine
Emma Price, VMD, master’s candidate in Clinical and Translational Science at Tufts University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2nd year master’s candidate in Clinical and Translational Science at Tufts University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences working with the Levy CIMAR’s Claire Fellman DVM, PhD, and Shira Doron MD, to identify factors driving antimicrobial prescription in hospitalized dogs and cats
Joshua Khuvis, MD Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine and Levy CIMAR Student Researcher
MD Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine and Levy CIMAR Student Researcher working with Dr. Shira Doron on exploring the impact of diagnostic stewardship interventions on Clostridioides difficile test ordering practices and results
Efrat Hamami, Molecular Microbiology PhD Candidate Working to Identify Vulnerabilities in Drug Resistant A. baumannii Isolates
Molecular Microbiology PhD Candidate Working in the Ralph Isberg Lab to Identify Vulnerabilities in Drug Resistant A. baumannii Isolates
Kathleen Davis, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar Working on Adapting Drug Combination Testing of Clinical Isolates
Postdoctoral Scholar working to identify antibiotic and small molecule combinations that function against problematic community and hospital-acquired pathogens; Working on adapting drug combination testing of clinical isolates
Shailab Shrestha, MERGE-ID Ph.D. Candidate and Recipient of the Tufts GSBS Fellowship For International Students
PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology, MERGE-ID (Medically-oriented Research in Graduate Education – Infectious Disease) track at Tufts University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Inaugural Recipient, Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Supporting International Student Education, 2018
Infection Prevention Coordinator and Infectious Diseases Clinic Medical Scribe at Tufts Medical Center; Research contributor and co-author with the Levy CIMAR’s Drs. Maya Nadimpalli and Shira Doron: “Antibiotic Resistance: A Call to Action to Prevent the Next Epidemic of Inequality,” in Nature Medicine (2021)
Undergraduate Researcher at Tufts Medical Center working with the Levy CIMAR’s Dr. Shira Doron; Co-teacher in the PARE (Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment) program’s short course, PARE-Seq, under the guidance of the Levy CIMAR’s Drs. Carol Bascom-Slack and Amy Pickering
Second-Year Graduate Student pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the Cummings School; Winner, Basic Science Award at the 2020 Tufts Vet Summer Research Training Program
Software Developer working with the Levy CIMAR on our Cutter and DiaMOND research and analytics tools; Masters student studying International Business at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
2019 American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Capstone Fellowship awardee and PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology – MERGE-ID (Medically-oriented Research in Graduate Education - Infectious Disease) track at Tufts University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Laidlaw Scholar working with CIMAR’s Drs. Amy Pickering and Carol Bascom-Slack to incorporate molecular methods into the PARE (Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment) project
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pickering Lab, Tufts University School of Engineering; Recipient: National Science Foundation Fellowship titled, “Transfer of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes betwee
Attending physician, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Inaugural LEAP Fellow for 2018-2019