Our Team

Caroline Schuerger

President and Founder

Caroline founded the Ohio Science Policy Consortium in 2020. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, where she researches bladder cancer. At CWRU, she is the President of the Science and Human Rights Coalition. Currently, Caroline is a 2020 Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as a U.S. Congressional Intern. She is passionate about bridging the science-policy gap and engaging local policymakers to benefit the overall community. She currently lives in Shaker Heights, OH with her husband.

Contact me: caroline@ohiosciencepolicy.org

Christin Godale

Vice President and Director

Christin was born and raised in Ohio. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology from Baldwin Wallace University and interned at NASA Glenn Research Center. Currently, Christin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she studies the development of epilepsy. She received predoctoral fellowships from the American Epilepsy Society and the National Institutes of Health for her research. Christin has been involved in leadership through the duration of her academic career, including serving as Graduate Student Trustee on UC Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Ohio Student Trustee Association, Co-Founder of the UC Science Policy Ambassadors, Treasurer of the Greater Cincinnati Association for Women in Science, and Board Member on the UC Health Epilepsy Community and Development Outreach Board. Christin believes that a science policy fellowship will be a transformative career opportunity for early-career scientists, which will lead to talent retention in Ohio.

Contact me: christin@ohiosciencepolicy.org

Rachel Gilfarb

OSPC Member, The Ohio State University

Rachel is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Rachel’s research interests are in the maternal brain and neurodevelopment consequences of hormonal birth control use during adolescence. She is passionate about enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and is an active member of the NGP, Neuroscience Department, and Psychology Graduate Student D&I committees. Additionally, Rachel is an active member in the National Science Policy Network within the Central Hub. She is invested in creating more informed policy concerning women’s brain and overall health by engaging policy makers at both the state and federal levels.

Paige Greenwood

OSPC Member, University of Cincinnati

Paige is a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her dissertation research is focused on the role of socioeconomic status on the behavioral and neurobiological correlates of reading for children with reading difficulties and typically developing readers. She is currently a 2020 National Science Policy Network intern with Science for Georgia and a iBiology Young Scientist Seminar competition winner in science communication. She is enthusiastic about using scientific evidence and advocacy to reform K-12 STEM education for marginalized students.

Allie Greene

OSPC Member, University of Cincinnati

Allie earned her Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2017. She then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to begin her graduate work. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. Working in the labs of Matia Solomon and Lisa Privette Vinnedge, she studies the protein DEK as a novel player in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Allie has earned numerous awards in her time at the University of Cincinnati, including Excellent Graduate Mentorship in Undergraduate Research from the University of Cincinnati Division of Experience-Based Learning & Career Education, a STEM scholarship from the Greater Cincinnati Association for Women in Science, and the Gridley McKim-Smith Women’s Health Fellowship Award from the Foundation for Women’s Wellness. Allie is also active in her community; she volunteers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate others and spread awareness of mental health conditions. She hopes to use her scientific training to advocate for mental health best practices and evidence-based policy in her future career.

A.J. Adejare

OSPC Member, University of Cincinnati

A.J. is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he studies race disparities in medicine through informatics. A.J. is passionate about providing equitable opportunities, care, and help to disadvantaged people and minorities. He believes that the creation of a Science Technology Policy Fellowship will improve Ohio for all Ohioans, including under-resourced Ohioans, through science-based policy recommendations.  

Jennifer Patritti-Cram

OSPC Member, University of Cincinnati

Jennifer is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she studies neurofibromatosis type 1. Earlier this year, Jennifer became an Early Career Policy Ambassador at the Society for Neuroscience. She advocated members of the United States Congress for increased science funding for several federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. Jennifer is also the co-founding President of the Science Policy Ambassadors: Union of Concerned Scientists Local Team at the University of Cincinnati, a student-led organization that aims to increase science policy and advocacy amongst UC students and faculty. Jennifer is passionate about law and policy, and upon completion of her Ph.D., she will pursue a career in intellectual property law and policy.


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