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We’d like to welcome our two new Post Doctoral Research Associates, Jennie Thies and Dre’ Dobson!

Jennie comes to us with a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include: Neurodegenerative Diseases and Others | Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Epilepsy, Autism | Mitochondrial Biology | Mitochondrial Regulation, Mitochondrial disorders | Fatty Acid Metabolism/Lipid Toxicity | Drug Discovery and Natural Products | Identifying and testing compounds or therapeutics. She was also the recipient of the NIA R36 Dissertation Award to Increase Diversity from 2021-2023 (as a PI) and the NIH Diversity Supplemental Fellowship from 2019-2021 (as a fellow). I could list all the other great work Jennie has done here but it would take up pages! Jennie is also a recipient of the Leon and Bertha Golberg Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Dre’ comes to us with a PhD in Pathobiology and Translational Science from UNC Chapel Hill – we’re glad to see Dre’ stay and continue to invest in his Alma Mater as a Postdoc in CiTEM. While working to get his PhD, Dre’ worked in the Blood Research Center in the Wolberg lab, releasing a paper titled, “COVID-19 pandemic perspectives: A scientific silver lining?” (Dre’Von A. Dobson 1, Alisa S. Wolberg 1). His research interests include genes that help to regulate the blood glycoprotein, namely fibrinogen. In addition to his hemostasis and thrombosis research, Dre’ has actively participated in the activities of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program. Dre’ is also a recipient of the Leon and Bertha Golberg Postdoctoral Fellowship.


We look forward to Jennie and Dre’s contributions to CiTEM and UNC at large as we walk into the Fall 2023 semester and soon Winter 2024 as well. Welcome!