Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Research Leadership Scholars

Left to right, Novella Bates, Tavita Garrett

The Research Leadership Scholars program provides School of Medicine graduate students with opportunities to develop leadership skills by participating in OHSU research planning and discussion.

Scholars participate in monthly Research Roundtable meetings with faculty and research leaders and share their important perspectives as future biomedical scientists.

Two 2019-2020 scholars have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants.

Congratulations to these recipients!

Novella Bates, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Bates has called Portland her home for the past 10 years. She completed her honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Portland State University before joining Dr. Monica Hinds’ lab in the fall of 2017. She is now a third-year graduate student, and her research focuses on elucidating the role of blood coagulation factor XII in medical device related thrombosis. Bates is co-president of the Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter at OHSU. She also serves on the STEMpowerment committee for Women in Science PDX and participates in local outreach through Ontrack as an advocate for equity in science.

Tavita Garrett, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Garrett is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Laurence Trussell. She completed bachelor of science degrees in cellular and molecular neuroscience, and in psychology at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2012 and completed post-baccalaureate research fellowships at the University of Montana and at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience. Tavita joined the NGP in fall 2016. In Dr. Trussell’s lab, she uses patch-clamp electrophysiology to study unipolar brush cells, which are critical components of the neural circuitry used to process auditory and vestibular information sent from the inner ear. Outside of the lab, Tavita has advocated for increased attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences through her work as communications committee chair in the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science. She plans to continue work for the nascent GSO Peer Mentoring Committee, in addition to providing a student perspective to the Research Roundtable and serving on other research-related committees.

Pictured above, left to right: Novella Bates, Tavita Garrett

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