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Third Year Medical Students

Francesca Bruno

Francesca Bruno - MSU Medical StudentFrancesca is from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Neurosciences from the University of Michigan. Francesca has worked as a Research assistant in Detroit Emergency Rooms and volunteered as a Youth Development Coach at SER‐Metro Detroit. Her hobbies and interests include Painting with watercolors/acrylics, playing the piano and running.

Lauren Buhr

Lauren Buhr - MSU Medical StudentLauren is from Pewamo, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology & Health Science from Alma College. Lauren has worked in Community Health & Education and Healthcare Administration at Mid‐Michigan District Health Department. She has done volunteer work at Gratiot County Free Clinic and she enjoys traveling, cooking and outdoor activities.

Leyu Chiu

Leyu Chiu - MSU Medical StudentLeyu is from Seal Beach, CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California Berkley. Leyu has worked in the UC San Francisco Neurology. He has spent some time volunteering with FIMRC in Nicaragua‐ Project Limon. He enjoys baseball, environmentalism and reading.

Rebecca Emery

Rebecca Emery - MSU Medical StudentRebecca is from Grand Rapids, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Michigan. Rebecca has worked as a Research Assistant and has served as a Child Life Volunteer. She enjoys playing the violin, knitting and cooking.

Jonathan Im

Jonathan Im - MSU Medical StudentJonathan is from Troy, MI. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University. He also has a Master’s degree in Basic Medical Sciences from Wayne State University. Jonathan has worked at 3D Cardiovascular mapping of aneurysms and skeletal factures and has volunteer work building houses and schools in underserved areas of Mexico. He enjoys Scuba diving, rock climbing, eating excessively.

Vanessa Amthor LaRouche

Vanessa LaRouche - MSU Medical StudentVanessa is from Bay City, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology & Health Science, from Alma College. She has worked at Heartland Hospice and MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. Vanessa has done volunteer work in Sierra Leone, Africa as a surgery and clinic assistant. She enjoys cooking, playing video games and mountain biking.

Elton Li

Elton Li - MSU Medical StudentElton is from Livonia, MI. He has BS degree from University of Michigan majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy. Elton has worked as a medical scribe and medical assistant in Southeast Michigan. He is currently a Senior Editor of the Medical Student Research Journal. He has volunteered for Angela Hospice and Camp Kesem. Elton enjoys spending time with his friends and family in his spare time.

Poe Lwin

Poe Lwin - MSU Medical StudentPoe is from Troy, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Oakland University. She has worked as a Supplemental Instructor and volunteered for Alternative Spring Breaks and enjoys reading, time with family and crafts.

Kawthar Mohamed

Kawthar Mohamed - MSU Medical StudentKawthar is from Ann Arbor, MI. She has a BA in African Studies from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. She has been a part of several research projects through the University of Michigan including epidemiological research investigating health disparities and clinical research in the areas of dementia and metabolic disease. She enjoys running, creative writing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Thomas Porter

Thomas Porter - MSU Medical StudentThomas is from Danville, KY. His Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Alma College. Some of his recent research includes studying Melatonin exposure during pregnancy for female rates. Thomas has Alternative break to assist poverty stricken areas in urban Louisville, Kentucky. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, world traveling and soccer.

Jacob (Jake) Poynter

Jake Poynter - MSU Medical StudentJake is from Livonia, Mi. He has a BS degree in Biology from The University of Michigan‐Dearborn. He worked as a surgical coordinator at Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons. Jake enjoys hunting, fishing and pretty much anything outdoors.

Charlaine Roberto

Charlaine Roberto - MSU Medical StudentCharlaine is from Concord, CA. She received a bachelorʹs degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Charlaine worked as a clinical research coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco. She was an active member of the Berkeley Free Clinic, a grassroots community health clinic, and did relief work with a local non‐profit community service organization in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. She has volunteered with other MSU CHM medical students on a service trip to Peru, working in partnership with the Peruvian non‐profit organization ʺQuisiera Ser Como Tu.ʺ Her other interests include playing rugby, traveling, and reading.

Adam Van Horn

Adam Van Horn - MSU Medical StudentAdam is from Grand Blanc, MI. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University. Adam has worked as a Pre Professional Peer Advisor at the MSU College of Natural Sciences. He has Volunteered at the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint, MI. He enjoys rugby, weight training and reading in his spare time.

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Paula Klose, M.D.Paula Klose, M.D.
Community Assistant Dean

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