Name and status of TraineeTrainee’s significant achievements*
David S. Paul, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
(01/2012 – present)
42 published peer-reviewed articles
14 published abstracts
11 presentations at (inter)national meetings
11 local presentations
Honors and Awards:
2020 UNC Biochemistry and Biophysics Staff Excellence Award
2016 THSNA Trainee Travel Award
2007-2009 Interdisciplinary Obesity Postdoctoral Training Grant, NIH
2007 Hughes Bryan Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2005 Society of Toxicology, Graduate Student Manuscript Award
2005 American Society for Nutritional Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship
2003-2005 Nutrition Research Traineeship Grant, NIH
2003 American Society of Clinical Nutrition, Young Investigator Award
2002 Nutrition-Biochemistry and Epidemiology of Cancer Training Grant, NIH


Robert Lee, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow/
Research Assistant Professor
(01/2015 – present)
32 published peer-reviewed articles
4 published review articles
2 book chapters
12 published abstracts
12 presentations at (inter)national meetings
9 local presentations
Honors and Awards
2021 Ehlers-Danlos Society Basic Science Grant
2020 ASH Scholar Award
2020 American Heart Association, Kenneth M. Brinkhous Young Investigator Prize in Thrombosis.
2019 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Melbourne, Australia.
2017 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Berlin, Germany.
2016-2019 UNC Hematology T32 training grant.
Jean Marie. Mwiza, M.S., D.V.M
Ph.D. student
(1/2017-present)
7 published peer-reviewed articles
9 published abstracts
Abigail Ballard, B.S.
Ph.D. student
(11/2019-present)
Just started
Dorsaf Ghalloussi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(04/2016 – 2021)
6 published peer-reviewed articles
1 published review article
5 published abstracts
6 presentations at (inter)national meetings
6 local presentations
Honors and Awards
2019 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Melbourne, Australia.
2017 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Berlin, Germany.
Ankita Dhenge, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (4/2018-2021)
1 published peer-reviewed article
1 published review article
3 published abstracts
Katie O. Poe, B.S.
Research Technician
(8/2014-present)
3 published peer-reviewed articles

Honors and Awards
2016 Biochemistry and Biophysics “Star Heel” Award for her outstanding contributions to UNC
Raymond Piatt, B.S.
Research Technician (past)
10 published peer-reviewed article
2 presentations at international meetings
5 local presentations
Honors and Awards
2016 THSNA Trainee Travel Award
2015 Young Investigator Awards from the International Society of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Toronto, Canada
2015 “Best Poster” at 8th Symposium on Hemostasis at Chapel Hill

Ray is currently a research technician at Dignify Therapeutics in the Research Triangle Park, NC.
Aaron Cook, B.S.
PhD Student (2012-2018)
6 published peer-reviewed articles (1 submitted)
1 presentation at national meeting
5 local presentations
Caterina Casari, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(01/2014 – 2016)
5 published peer-reviewed articles
1 published review article
5 published abstracts
3 presentations at national meetings
2 local presentations
Honors and Awards
EHA Fellowship for studies on platelet signaling and clearance in Von Willebrand’s Disease
2015 Young Investigator Awards from the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Toronto, Canada

Dr. Casari is now an Assistant Professor at the INSERM Institute in Paris, France
Yacine Boulaftali, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(10/2010 – 8/2014)
Publications
12 published peer-reviewed articles
2 invited review articles
14 published abstracts

Presentations
12 presentation at (inter) national and regional meetings

Honors and Awards
2010 Fellowship from the Life Sciences Research
Foundation in France
2012 Travel Award for Young Investigators, American Heart Association, ATVB
2012 American Heart Association, Postdoctoral fellowship
2012 Young Investigator Award from the Gordon Conference Research on Hemostasis, Waterville, USA
2013 Sabine Travel Award from the McAllister Heart Institute to visit the XXIV Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2013 Junior Investigator Travel Awards to visit the XXIV Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, UNC Chapel Hill
2015 finalist for the Kenneth M. Brinkhous Prize in Thrombosis of the American Heart Association


(Dr. Boulaftali is now an Assistant Professor at the INSERM institute in Paris)
Agnieska Cholka, B.S.
Research Technician (past)
1 manuscript published;
Agi earned her Master's from University of Texas, Southwest and continues her work as a lab manager.
Lucia Stefanini, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(05/2008 – 7/2013
Publications
12 published peer-reviewed articles
8 published invited reviews
22 published abstracts

Presentations
23 presentations at (inter) national and regional meetings

Honors and Awards
2009 Best Poster Presentation, 51st ASH Annual
Meeting, US
2009 Best Oral Presentation, Postdoctoral Research
Symposium, TJU
2009 ASH Travel Award, 51st ASH Annual Meeting, US
2009 Postdoctoral Travel Fellowship, TJU
2010 Best Poster Presentation, Postdoctoral Research
Symposium, TJU
2011 US New Investigator Travel Award for the 2011
ISTH meeting in Kyoto
2012 URC Research Award from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2012 EHA-ISTH Joint Fellowship for studies on the fine tuning of Rap1 signaling in platelets
2013 Winner of Kenneth M. Brinkhous Prize in Thrombosis, American Heart Association
2013 Junior Investigator Travel Awards to visit the XXIV Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Amsterdam, Netherlands

(Dr. Stefanini is now an Assistant Professor at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy)


Todd Getz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(08/2011 – 12/2013)
Publications
7 published peer-reviewed articles
11 published abstracts

Presentations
4 presentations at (inter) national and regional meetings

Honors and Awards
2012 postdoctoral fellowship on T32 training grant in hematology

(Dr. Getz is now the Acting director of Non-Clinical Research and Development at Cellphire, Inc., Rockville MD)
Moritz Stolla, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(02/2009 – 08/2011)
Publications
5 published peer-reviewed articles
6 published abstracts

Presentations
15 presentations at (inter) national and regional meetings

Honors and Awards
2009 ASH Travel Award, 51st ASH Annual Meeting, US
2010 ASH Travel Award, 52st ASH Annual Meeting, US
2011 US New Investigator Travel Award for the 2011
ISTH meeting in Kyoto
2011 American Heart Association, Postdoctoral
Fellowship

(Dr. Stolla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology at the University of Washington and Associate Medical Director at Bloodworks Northwest)
Firdos Ahmad, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(11/2009 – 08/2011)
Publications
2 published peer-reviewed articles
3 published abstracts

Presentations
5 presentations at (inter) national and regional meetings

Honors and Awards
2010 ASH Travel Award, 52st ASH Annual Meeting, US
2011 US New Investigator Travel Award for the 2011
ISTH meeting in Kyoto
2011 Pierre M. Mannucci award for best articles published in the Journal of
Thrombosis and Hemostasis by investigators younger than 35 years
of age

(Dr. Ahmad is now a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbuilt University)
Crystal Piffath, B.S.
Research Technician (past)
5 manuscripts; Crystal went on to graduate school at Dartmouth College, where she successfully applied for an NSF fellowship (she was the only one in her class who got this fellowship); she currently works at Adimab, Inc.
Timothy Ouellette, B.S.
Research Technician (Past)
4 manuscripts published; Tim is enrolled in a Special Masters Program at Georgetown University, which will culminate in a Masters degree in Physiology. He is currently applying for Medical School.
Steven Cifuni, B.S.
Research Technician (past)
4 manuscripts (one first-authorship); Steve is now a lab manager at Bioverativ
R. Claire Roden, B.S.
Research Technician (past)
3 manuscripts published; Claire is now a resident in pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.