SPARK Alumni

We are proud to show off some of our SPARK trainee alumni and where they have traveled in their scientific journeys. See what our SPARK alumni are up to now.


ShaliniShalini Nair – completed her MPH at the University of Florida and is now a public health analyst at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She supports a diverse portfolio of infectious disease projects addressing viral hepatitis, STIs, COVID-19, and vaccine equity.


Kay Lee SteinerKayLee Steiner - a second-year Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University in the Cancer Biology program. She works in the laboratory of Jeff Rathmell researching immunometabolism in CD4+ and CD8+ T cells with its relevance in cancer models.



Kelsey JohnsonKelsey Johnson - a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Baylor University. Kelsey will defend her doctoral dissertation titled "CCCTC-binding factor CTCF modulates epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity" on Nov. 22, 2021. 


Jason RiveraJason Rivera - completed his MD at Florida State University and is now a resident at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in Denver.