Meet the Bloggers

Shaza Al-Holou – M4

Undergrad: University of Michigan 2010
Hometown: Agareb, Syria; Troy, Michigan
Fun fact: I wrote for a satirical newspaper in undergrad

Hema Datwani – M4

Undergrad: University of Miami
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Fun fact: I’m terrified of the ocean, so I became scuba certified to face my fear.

Jonathan Awori – M4

Undergrad: McGill University
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Fun fact: Can juggle…while singing…in Swahili.

Erica Prochaska – M3

Undergrad: Carleton College
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Fun fact: I have a pet hedgehog named Otto.

Jose Davila – M3

Undergrad: University of Michigan
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador & Grand Rapids, MI
Fun fact: I make my own ginger ale.

Kate Brieger – Medical Science Training Program (MSTP) / M2

Undergrad: Pomona College
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Fun fact: When I lived in Switzerland, I actually did eat chocolate with (and between) every meal.

Korie Zink Thielker – M2

Undergrad: University of Michigan ’08
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI/Boston, MA
Fun fact: I once rushed the field at the Big House…on crutches. Go blue!

Sara Walker – M2/MSTP

Undergrad: University of Michigan
Hometown: Brighton, MI
Fun fact: When attempting to modify a Fortran program, I accidentally added a bug that turned the entire computer’s font to Wingdings. Oops!

Alia Ahmed – M1

Undergrad: Wayne State University
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Fun fact:I’m terrified of dogs…even though we’ve had a dog at home for the past eight years!

Patrick Commiskey – M1

Undergrad: Indiana University
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Fun fact: I love backpacking, ice hockey, yoga and bicycling.

Brian Fry – M1

Undergrad: Bowdoin College
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Fun fact: I had a different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on each birthday cake from ages 3-6.

Britta Han – M1

Undergrad: Brown University
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Fun fact: When I grow up, I want to be a micro pig breeder.

Meghan Knol – M1

Undergrad: Washington University
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Fun fact: As a USGS volunteer in the Everglades, 20+ mosquitos bit my hands in one fell swoop!

Megan Lane – M1

Undergrad: Washington University
Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Fun fact: I was on ESPN for dance team in high school.

Jeffrey Nadel – M1

Undergrad: Colorado College
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Fun fact: Abraham Lincoln and I share a birthday!

Joshua Peterson – M1

Undergrad: Idaho State University
Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID
Fun fact: I’m a husband *and* a father–and proud of it!

Stefanie Stallard – M1

Undergrad: Florida State University
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Fun fact: I may or may not have grown out of childhood obsession with Sonic the Hedgehog.

Ray Strobel – M1

Undergrad: University of Michigan
Hometown: Spring Lake, MI
Fun fact: I’ve traveled to and performed in Cuba!

Angelica Willis – M1

Undergrad: Hope College
Hometown: Lansing, MI
Fun fact: As a child, I insisted my parents use food coloring to make Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.