Nakisha Rutledge is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) at Northwestern University. She is from Detroit, MI and received her B.S. in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She currently works in the Muller laboratory where she studies the role of CD99L2 as a regulator of inflammation. In addition to CGSA, Nakisha serves as Outreach Chair of Alliance of Chicago Minority Students (ACMS), a volunteer in the StAMP program, a student-to-student mentoring program, and is on The Graduate School Child & Family Advisory Board. In her spare time, Nakisha loves to dance, write poetry, paint and sing monster truck songs with her son Tristen.
Chelsea Rugel is a PhD candidate in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) program. She received her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Biology from James Madison University. She currently works in Dr. Sabrina Lee’s Neuromuscular Biomechanics laboratory in the department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science (PTHMS) where she studies mechanical properties of nerves using shear wave ultrasound elastography. In her free time, she enjoys rock-climbing, playing piano, and watching Philadelphia sports.
Jackie is a third year in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD program. Her research integrates drug probes and robotics to study changes that occur in the brainstem following a stroke that lead to debilitating movement impairments. Ultimately, she hopes to contribute to advancing the field of neurorehabilitation to help people who have had a brain injury be able to move with ease and joy again. Alongside science, Jackie loves to run marathons, explore new countries and states, and snack.