Jenna Dargie grew up in New Hampshire, then graduated from Tufts University in 2011 with a degree in Child Development and Biopsychology. She interned with Dr. Terrell Clark in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program while at Tufts, then became the research assistant for Dr. Kenneth Whittemore, Jr. in October 2011. Their work looks into otitis media, tympanostomy tubes, conductive hearing loss, and vestibular evoked myogenic potential testing. They have presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Jenna loves to travel and has appreciated the opportunity to attend conferences around the world. Giving a podium presentation in front of hundreds of people at the Society for Ear, Nose, Throat Advances in Children 2013 conference in Long Beach, CA was one of the scariest and most exhilarating experiences of her life.
Researcher: Dr. Kenneth Whittemore
Alexandria (Alex) Irace grew up in Southington, Connecticut and graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2015, where she majored in Neuroscience & Behavior and Italian Studies. During her time at Wesleyan, Alex interned as a research assistant at the Middletown Community Health Center and at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the Italian Department, served as a child mentor for the Middletown North End Action Team, and co-founded Wesleyan’s official food blog. She currently works as a research assistant for Drs. Adil and Rahbar, exploring several topics related to rhinology and head and neck abnormalities. She is also involved in several fellowship research projects, including studies that aim to develop a quality of life questionnaire for laryngeal cleft patients, evaluate the utility of sinus surgery in cystic fibrosis patients, and explore how orbital complications impact the clinical course of acute sinusitis. Outside of work, Alex enjoys running, playing guitar, and working as an Italian tutor for Boston residents.
Researcher: Dr. Reza Rahbar and Dr. Eelam Adil
Juliana was born in New York City, but grew up in Carlisle, Massachusetts, before attending Simmons College in Boston, MA. She graduated in 2014, with a degree in Psychology. While in college, Juliana interned at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Pain Treatment Service in the Department of Anesthesiology – Perioperative and Pain Medicine, under the mentorship of Christine Sieberg, PhD. During that time, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on parental roles and influences in the development of pediatric chronic pain. After graduation, Juliana continued working with Dr. Sieberg, and co-authored a manuscript titled Parent Factors and Pediatric Pain which was published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Juliana left the Pain Treatment Service in 2015 and joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, where she now works with Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH. Currently, Juliana is working on a wide spectrum of projects, including the validation of an application that can administer a standard audiogram on your tablet, categorizing the etiologies of hearing loss, and facilitating Boston Children’s Hospital participation in AudGenDB, an audiological and genetic database for hearing loss, with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Vanderbilt University. When Juliana is not at work, she can frequently be found exploring Boston and the surrounding suburbs with her Goldendoodle, Piper.
Researcher: Dr. Margaret Kenna
Talia Shoshany: Talia was born and raised in New York City and recently graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a major in biology. She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, particularly within pediatrics, and loves being part of the Boston Children’s Hospital community. During her time at Dartmouth, she worked as a research assistant at the Dartmouth Sleep Disorders Center as well as at a start-up company called Informulary, which focused on making information about prescription medications more accessible to consumers. She also enjoys volunteering with children at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont. She loves to bike-ride, hike, travel, and is a huge animal-lover. At Children's, Talia is working with Dr. Jacob Brodsky, researching the incidence vestibular and balance disorders in children and newly-developed technologies for assessing and treating these conditions.
Researcher: Dr. Jacob Brodsky
Sonia Yuen grew up on Long Island, went to Dartmouth College, and went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. There, she fell in love with otolaryngology, specifically pediatric otolaryngology. Before applying to residency, Sonia decided to postpone graduation for two years to work with Dr. David Roberson at Boston Children’s Hospital. Sonia has been learning a lot about research and quality improvement work. One of her biggest joys has been working with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, co-founded by Dr. Roberson, which aims to improve tracheostomy care. More and more, Sonia envisions her future as a pediatric otolaryngologist and cannot wait for it to become a reality. In addition to medicine, Sonia loves to pursue her Christian faith, sing, and go hiking.
Researcher: Dr. David Roberson