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Research Assistants

JennaJenna Dargie:
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 

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Alexandria Irace: 
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

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Juliana Manganella:

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.


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