Anna Harrison

Anna Harrison, Oberlin College, undergraduate, neurology and immunology

Research Assistant Intern, Nerve Unit: January 2018, January 2019, June-August 2019
I investigated an autoimmune cause of small fiber polyneuropathy through a passive transfer model of human sera in rodents. I worked full time on the pilot study of this project, assisting with rat and mouse testing, data analysis, and literature review. I also have experience in science writing and recently I published an article about small fiber polyneuropathy, What's the Big Deal With Small Fibers?, in Oberlin’s science magazine, The Synapse. I aspire to pursue an MD and PhD.


Emily KaiserEmily Kaiser, Boston University, undergraduate, health science and political science

Research Assistant Intern, Nerve Unit: June 2017-present
I am working on a project looking at the association of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). I review the medical histories of our subjects, extract relevant data, and help categorize and analyze the retrieved information. I have presented on this topic at our monthly lab meetings. My other roles include recruiting and consenting subjects for the lab’s ongoing research studies, aliquoting blood samples, and doing DNA purification. In addition, I run the Sudoscan test on adult and pediatric subjects, screen and schedule subjects for our Gulf War Illness study and assist Dr. Oaklander in her clinic with data collection for research. I am also responsible for retrieving blood test results and patient treatment histories and outcomes in preparation for Dr. Oaklander’s clinic.



Katie Stanislawzyk, Simmons University, undergraduate, public health

Research Assistant Intern, Nerve Unit, 2018-present
I am working to summarize clinical data collected on pediatric patients diagnosed with small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) from the Nerve Unit Access Database as well as from EPIC electronic medical records.

Former Interns

Sean Downs

Stonehill College, BS, 2017, neurophysiology (minor in philosophy)

Esty Yanco

University of Technology Sydney, PhD candidate
Tufts University, MSc, 2017, conservation medicine
Dartmouth College, BA, biology and geography, 2013

Zachary Patinkin
Undergraduate Research Student (Johns Hopkins University)
Resident Physician in OB-GYN, University of Rochester Medical Center

Adam Berkwitt, MD
Undergraduate Research Assistant   
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale Medical School