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MEET THE GYRL LAB

Our annual holiday party, shelter in place style!

 
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KAT DILLANE

Research Coordinator

Kat is the Research Study Coordinator for the Gynecology Research Lab. Kat received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Biology and Neuroscience from Loyola University Chicago and began working for the GyRL Lab as a Research Assistant. Kat was initially hired to collect and analyze the lab’s EEG data, but began to recognize the barriers that many women and gender non-conforming patients face when seeking equitable care. She developed a passion for public health and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at DePaul University. Kat is interested in mixed-methods approaches towards Reproductive Health and Reproductive Justice, and believes in the value of storytelling to elevate patient-centered care. Kat hopes to combine her GyRL Lab experiences and education to assess and improve both community and individual well-being.

 
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ELLEN GARRISON

Research Nurse

Ellen is from the Chicago suburbs and received her BS in Biology from the University of Michigan. She worked for a few years as a pharmaceutical rep and decided to go back to school to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Rush. After 10 years as a Labor and Delivery nurse and Assistant Unit Director of a post-partum unit, she changed course and discovered her passion for research.


Ellen enjoys working in women’s health because it is so understudied.  For too long women with menstrual pain have been with limited options for therapies and treatments.  The research we are doing is taking steps forward in understanding the basic mechanisms behind the pain and she enjoys figuring out the “why”.

 
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GENEVIEVE ROTH

Research Coordinator

Gen is originally from the Chicago suburbs and she graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 with a BS in Psychology and minors in Women's & Gender Studies and French Language & Literature. She enjoys working in women's health because she believes in educating women about their bodies and is passionate about supporting gynecological research. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology where she hopes to combine her interests in women's health, psychology, and neuroscience.

 
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KAELA HARBER

Research Assistant

Kaela graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2021 with her B.S. in Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Bioethics. In her research experiences at Loyola, she studied physical activity, mental health, and food marketing’s effects on young women and girls. The GyRL Lab allows her to continue studying women’s health while also working to reduce inequities in women’s health and research. In her time at the GyRL Lab and beyond, Kaela hopes to help eradicate the barriers that prevent people from accessing both physical and mental health care.

 
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SIOBHAN IHENACHO

Research Assistant

Siobhan is from the Southeast side of Chicago. She attended Northwestern University and received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Health Communications and Disorders in 2021. While at Northwestern, she discovered her passion for examining health inequity and health disparities specifically in women’s health pertaining to historically marginalized communities. Siobhan aspires to become a Physician Assistant to create change by working in underrepresented communities where health concerns need to be addressed.

 
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SARAH DARNELL

Research Assistant

Sarah is originally from St. Louis, MO and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2020 with a BS in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology. Sarah has a strong research background in sensory modalities and is interested in how menstrual pain may influence these mechanisms. Sarah is also passionate about advocating for independent access to health care for those who menstruate, and pain management related to pelvic disorders. Sarah aims to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience and hopes to make positive changes towards inclusivity in STEM spaces.

 
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DR. MATT KMIECIK

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Matt earned a BS in Psychology: Natural Sciences from Loyola University Chicago (2013) and a PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas (2019). As a postdoctoral research fellow, he studies mechanisms of menstrual pain using EEG and MRI related techniques. His goal is to optimally identify mechanistic pathways of neurocognitive pain sources to better identify, treat, and prevent maladaptive pain.

 

ALUMNI

MARGARET SCHROER

2019-2021

Nursing Student, Rush University

GABRIELA ASHENAFI

2019-2021

Medical Student, University of Michigan

CODY SAIN

2019-

MD candidate, Pritzker School of Medicine

FOLABOMI OLADOSU, PHD

2016-2019

Medical Writer HealthVizion

NICOLE STEINER

2015-2019

Senior Research Coordinator SCL Health

OMAR NELSON, PHD

2018-

Research Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

RICHARD COCKRUM, MD

2018-

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Gynecology, NorthShore

REBECCA ZUCKERMAN, MD

2014-2018

Ob/Gyn Resident, University of Vermont

AVISEK DATTA

2017-

PhD candidate, University of Illinois

JULIA KANE MORLOCK

2013-2016

Educational Psychologist

CAROLYN KUHN, MD

2015-

Ob/Gyn Resident, University of Chicago

INSIYYAH PATANWALA, MD

2013-2015

Assistant Professor, Indiana University

KELLY POLNAZSEK, PHD

2015-

PhD candidate Loyola University Chicago, Dept. of Psychology

NITA PADAVIL, MD

2013-2015

Psychiatry Resident Northwestern Memorial

ADAM GAFNI-KANE, MD

2012-2014

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

NATHAN SHLOBIN

2014-

MD candidate, Northwestern University

SAANIYA FARHAN

2014

MD candidate, Thomas Jefferson University

ALICE HAN, MD

2012-2013

MD Candidate, University of Illinois

CHRISTINE KANG

2013

MD candidate, University of Illinois Chicago

ALLYSON WESTLING, MD

2011-2012

Resident Physician, University of Colorado

PETER YU, MD

2010-2012

Resident Physician, Ohio State University

JAKE CARROW, PHD

2010-2011

Postdoctoral Researcher at Northwestern University