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Mentor Update

Introducing Dr. Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall is an award winning computer science professor at the University of Southampton, England. She served in leadership positions at many prestigious organizations, some of which she founded. Hall has recently been named as the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society at the Library of Congress. During her three months of residency, she will explore the economic, social and technical dimensions that contribute to the development of the web as a “socio-technical system.” MiOra believes that sharing the mentor and mentee stories online creates a quality learning community. Congratulations Dr Hall!

Introducing Dr. Zeynep Madak Erdogan

Zeynep Madak Erdogan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and she is also a MiOra mentor ( Dr Erdogan’s NIFA and Pfizer Inc. funded lab is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the role of estrogens on healthy and diseased physiology including breast cancer and obesity. Her recent findings show that in the ovariectomized obese mouse model, dietary licorice root powder supplement reduced weight gain and fat deposition (Mol Nutrition Food Res 2016). We thank Dr Erdogan for being a MiOra mentor and will continue to follow her research!

Introducing Dr. Betsy Foxman

Dr. Betsy Foxman is a Professor of Epidemiology, and she is the Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan. Although Dr. Foxman is very busy with her own research on the molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and translation of epidemiologic information to policy, she was kind enough to meet with the MiOra mentee, high school senior, Niki D. from Washington and give her career guidance. Thank you Dr. Foxman for giving Niki scientific feedback on her hand flora study and mentoring her.

Introducing Dr. Yonca Bulut

Dr. Yonca Bulut is not only an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UCLA but also a MiOra mentor. She credits her success as a physician and researcher to perseverance. Her own mentor, Dr. Hirschman at John’s Hopkins Hospital has always encouraged Dr Bulut to strive for the highest goals. Similarly, Dr. Bulut wants her own mentee Jessica B, a 10th grader at The Buckley School in California, to persist in asking scientific questions while having fun. We appreciate the heart that Dr. Bulut puts into her work and will continue to follow her story.

Introducing Dr. Margie Morgan

Dr. Margie Morgan is the Scientific Director of the Microbiology Division and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California for the last 30 years. In addition to her research on blood pathogen detection methods, antimicrobial stewardship algorithms, and Clostridium difficile surveillance, Dr. Morgan makes time for students. MiOra mentee Niki Dixon is one of those students who conducted her microbiological experiments with Dr Morgan’s help. Niki’s data will be presented at the SHEA congress. Thank you Dr. Morgan.

Dr. Morgan and Niki D. – Foam Soap vs. Liquid Soap

Dr. Margie Morgan, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the Microbiology laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Under Dr. Morgan’s guidance, Niki Dixon, a MiOra mentee, conducted a study comparing the effectiveness of foam soap with liquid soap. The results of this study have recently been accepted to the SHEA conference for a poster presentation. Thank you, Dr. Morgan!

Dr. Iris Li

Dr. Iris Li, a board-certified Pediatrician at the Good Samaritan and El-Camino-Los Gatos Hospitals in California (, is one of the newest MiOra mentors. She will provide guidance on what it takes to be a medical doctor on the MiOra platforms.  Dr. Li graduated from the top medical school in Shanghai, and before completing her residency at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, she worked as a Neonatologist at Shanghai Children’s Hospital. Since 2008, she has been practicing Pediatrics in the San Francisco area and mentors high school and college students.  Fluent in English and Mandarin, Dr. Li is a mother, an outdoor adventurer, and hiker. Dr. Li enjoys reading science books and poetry, dancing, listening to music, and making gardens flouris...[Read More]