Alumni (Fellow)

Kim Arena

Newman Family Jefferson Fellow
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
B.S. Duke University (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Kim is a Biology graduate student in Sarah Kucenas’ lab. Her research focuses on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying peripheral motor nerve regeneration following injury in zebrafish. In addition to the Jefferson Fellowship, Kim has received a Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant from the NIH and the Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award from the Department of Biology. In addition to her research, Kim enjoys science outreach, trail running, and climbing.

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