RTI University Scholars represent our region's exceptional talent with rich expertise across various domains and disciplines. We invite you to learn more about them.

Meet Our Scholars

Alice Ammerman, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2018-19 | Project focus: Nutrition and Obesity

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Jason Amsden, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2014-15 | Project focus: Bio-integrated Electronics

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Mohd Anwar, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

RTI University Scholar 2018-19 | Project focus: Data Science and Opioid Crisis

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Sheresa Boone Blanchard, East Carolina University

RTI University Scholar 2021-22 | Project focus: BIPOC Engagement in Early Check

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Miriam Braunstein, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Drug Discovery

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Edwin Castellanos, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Global RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Crystal Cené, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Social Networks and Health *Affiliation at time of appointment; recently appointed to University of California at San Diego Health System and School of Medicine

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Shauna Cooper, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2020-21 | Project focus: Fathering, Health, and Wellbeing

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Kelly Evenson, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2014-15 | Project focus: Activity Tracking

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David Gotz, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2019-20 | Project focus: Data Science

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Emily Gower, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2020-21 | Project focus: Trachomatous Trichiasis Detection

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Claudia Gunsch, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Bioremediation and Metabolomics 

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Kathleen Mullan Harris, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2020-21 | Project focus: Add Health and Multi-Omics 

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Heileen Hsu-Kim, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Environmental Health Impacts

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Archana Lamichhane, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Aflatoxins

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Hollylynne Lee, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2018-19 | Project focus: Data Science Literacy 

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James Levis, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: Life Cycle Assessment, Smart Cities

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Nichola Lowe, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2021-22 (beginning Fall 2022) | Project focus: Manufacturing Workforce Equity 

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Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*

RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: NC Private Drinking Water *Affiliation at time of appointment; currently at Indiana University

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Rakesh Malhotra, Fayetteville State University*

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Remote Sensing *Affiliation at time of appointment; currently at North Carolina Central University

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Carmen Monico, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

RTI University Scholar 2021-22 | Project focus: Guatemalan Immigrant Reintegration 

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Clara Muschkin, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: Early Child Assessment

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Roger Narayan, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2019-20 | Project focus: Wearable Sensors for Health Information

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Sylvia Nassar, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Global Counseling

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Shu Wen Ng, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2019-20 | Project focus: Nutrition

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Owen Duckworth, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Environmental Biogeochemistry

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Cynthia Powell, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Newborn Screening

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Michael Relf, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: HIV Stigma in East Africa

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Nagui Rouphail, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Transportation and Big Data

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Ilene Speizer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2016-17 | Project focus: Intimate Partner Violence 

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Nina Smith, North Carolina Central University

RTI University Scholar 2021-22 | Project focus: Child Wellbeing, Health Equity & Justice

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Eleanor Stevenson, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2018-19 | Project focus: Health Systems Strengthening

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William Vizuete, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University Scholar 2019-20 | Project focus: Environmental Health 

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Ellen Weiss, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RTI University School 2015-16 | Project focus: Retinal Degeneration

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Erik Wibbels, Duke University

RTI University Scholar 2015-16 | Project focus: Governance 

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Yang Zhang, North Carolina State University

RTI University Scholar 2017-18 | Project focus: Air Quality

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