Kim Arena

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


Kim Arena is a graduate student in Sarah Kucenas’ lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. Her project focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying peripheral motor nerve regeneration following injury in zebrafish. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2016 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in psychology.

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