Research Assistant Alumni


Talia_SMTalia Shoshany: 
Talia was born and raised in New York City and recently graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a major in biology. She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, particularly within pediatrics, and loves being part of the Boston Children’s Hospital community. During her time at Dartmouth, she worked as a research assistant at the Dartmouth Sleep Disorders  Center as well as at a start-up company called Informulary, which focused on making information about prescription medications more accessible to consumers. She also enjoys volunteering with children at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont. She loves to bike-ride, hike, travel, and is a huge animal-lover. At Children's, Talia is working with Dr. Jacob Brodsky, researching the incidence vestibular and balance disorders in children and newly-developed technologies for assessing and treating these conditions.

Sonia Yuen:
Sonia_SM Sonia Yuen grew up on Long Island, went to Dartmouth College, and went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. There, she fell in love with otolaryngology, specifically pediatric otolaryngology. Before applying to residency, Sonia decided to postpone graduation for two years to work with Dr. David Roberson at Boston Children’s Hospital. Sonia has been learning a lot about research and quality improvement work. One of her biggest joys has been working with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, co-founded by Dr. Roberson, which aims to improve tracheostomy care. More and more, Sonia envisions her future as a pediatric otolaryngologist and cannot wait for it to become a reality. In addition to medicine, Sonia loves to pursue her Christian faith, sing, and go hiking.


Julianne Edwards:Julie_SM
Julianne grew up in Vermont before attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where she majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Biology, and Science in Society. She was the leader of a science outreach program for local elementary school students, interned at a Cancer Center, and spent her summers working at a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses. Since graduating in May 2013, she has been working as a research assistant for Dr. Margaret Kenna. Their research focuses on categorizing the various etiologies of hearing loss and their work has been selected for presentation at the Family Center Early Intervention Conference in Austria and the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In July 2014, she helped plan and organize the International Symposium on Usher Syndrome. Julianne loves to run, ski and be outdoors, and hopes to attend medical school in the future. 

Tali Rasooly:tali_SM
Tali Rasooly is a research assistant for Dr. Dennis Poe, and works with him in the Neurotology program. She attended University of Maryland and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and concentration in Neuroscience.  Tali previously worked as a research assistant in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Psychiatry department, and transferred to Otolaryngology in the summer of 2013. She is currently working on Dr. Poe’s upcoming device clinical trials, as well as his research on Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. In the future, Tali hopes to attend a doctoral program in clinical psychology and pursue research in child psychology.

Brandon Cusick:Brandon_SM
Brandon grew up in the humble plains of Kansas but has spent his life living and exploring different corners of the world.  During his undergraduate years at Loyola Marymount University and Masters at the University of Iowa, Brandon pursued higher education in the application of business management and the neuroscience of leadership.  He has utilized those traits while leading medical mission teams across the globe from the Dominican Republic to Nepal and even right in his hometown of Kansas City.  Since moving to Boston in 2012, Brandon has continued his educational journey as a candidate in the Health Careers Program through the Harvard Extension School in a pursuit to become a physician with a heart for mission work.  Since 2013, he has had the great pleasure of supporting Dr. Jacob Brodsky and Dr. Greg Licameli as their research assistant.  His research with Dr. Brodsky focuses on vestibular dysfunction in children and the efficacy of testing and treatment techniques.  His research with Dr. Licameli has been focused on categorizing and analyzing various aspects of treatment involving cochlear implantation in children.  In 2015, they plan on presenting their research at the upcoming Triologic and COSM conferences in addition to publishing their findings.  Outside of research, Brandon enjoys cycling, photography, connecting with fascinating people and exploring the great outdoors.

Ethan Moritz:Ethan_sm
Ethan Moritz was raised in Lower Merion, PA. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in Biology and Italian Studies. While at Wesleyan, Ethan researched cellular movement using a Drosophila model and prior to his Junior year, researched human serum glycan levels in order to search for a biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma. Ethan currently works with Drs. Kenna and Rahbar, researching the various etiologies of hearing loss and many different head and neck abnormalities. Ethan was a member of the Wesleyan University squash team for four years, and continues to enjoy playing. 

Pooja Pendri:pooja_sm
Pooja grew up in Connecticut before attending Princeton University, where she majored in anthropology and received a certificate in global health and health policy. The summer before her senior year, she interned in our department with Dr. Roger Nuss and Dr. Mark Volk through the Princeton Internships in Civic Service program. After graduating in the spring of 2014, she returned to work full-time as a research study assistant for Dr. Nuss and Dr. Volk. She is currently helping Dr. Nuss on a project to develop teaching modules for global residents on diagnosing ear disease and a study on otolaryngologic clinical burden and surgical capacity in Rwanda. With Dr. Volk, Pooja is working on post-graduate continuing medical education projects such as simulation training courses, 3D-printed sinuses as a simulation tool, and interactive iBooks for otolaryngology residents. In addition, she is helping Dr. Volk and Dr. Eric Gantwerker on a clinical study involving tracheotomy patients at the hospital.