HIGHLIGHTS: Curb Center – ArtLab Fellows

The event pages officially up as we approach a month out from the Focal Point Lights, Lasers, and Lenses show. Today, we will feature the Curb Center- ArtLab Fellows. See there work at the ArtLab show on Arpil 11th!

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Nicole Fisher is a Pharmacology Ph.D. student with a passion for understanding neurological and psychiatric diseases. Her current research focuses on developing new treatments for rare neurodevelopmental disorders. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and arts and crafts of all kinds, especially painting and knitting. She is particularly interested in ArtLab to use art as a means to communicate the impact and power of science to a broad audience.

Jacob Steenwyk’s interests span the sciences and arts including music, graphic art, and poetry. His award-winning scientific work blends the fields of computer science and biology to understand better the evolution of medically and technologically significant fungi (e.g., disease-causing pathogens and producers of alcoholic beverages, respectively). For example, what causes some species of fungi to be pathogenic while close relatives are harmless? Or what is the evolutionary signature of domestication among yeast associated with wine-making? His artistic endeavors explore the global and personal aspects of modern life such as raising awareness to critically endangered animals, navigating a world of false facts, and the meaning of life itself. As an ArtLab Curb Center Fellow, Jacob aims to use his unique background facilitate dialogue between scientists and artists by implementing techniques and using imagery from both realms.

Nadia Marie Roumanos is a second-year graduate student in the School of Medicine pursuing a master’s in Applied Clinical Informatics and concurrently works as both a supply chain analytics intern at HealthTrust and a clinical data science intern at Utilize Health. A 2016 graduate in Mathematics and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she previously worked at Albany Medical Center’s Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center as well as three positions at Vanderbilt University, most recently as a cloud engineer intern at Information Technology. Her capstone project is focused on mobile health for adults with sickle cell disease. In addition to her academic responsibilities, she serves on multiple boards and committees from three different states.

Maria Luísa Jabbur is a Brazilian scientist who earned her bachelor’s in Biology at The University of São Paulo, where she also started practicing scientific illustration. Most of her work is composed of pointillism illustrations made out of pigma ink and occasionally watercolor. She is currently a graduate student at the Biological Sciences department, working with circadian clocks and evolution. She does art while she should be working since there is no spare time. However, the art she will be presenting at this year’s ArtLab is a series of poems hidden within graphs commonly used in her field, so technically that probably still counts as working.

Haley received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. from the Medical University of Vienna, where she was credited with creating the first murine model of alloreactive mismatch T memory cells for use in bone marrow, heart, and skin transplantation studies. Before moving to Vanderbilt in 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Savona lab where she designs pre-clinical studies for novel therapies in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Samuel Pevzner, M.D., Ph.D. is a second-year diagnostic radiology resident who creates art from images of human eye lenses obtained through computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

Sean Bedingfield is a biomedical engineer in his graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. Oil painting has always drawn his interest with bold colors and enhanced texture. Laboratory research brings plenty of failures, and that taught him to get comfortable enough with failure to finally try his hand at the oil painting he so enjoyed when done by others.

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