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Jaime L. Schneider was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. She attended Northwestern University where she majored in Biological Sciences and Italian. She worked under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Ridge, analyzing how alveolar epithelial cells respond to different types of chemical and mechanical stress. During this time, she developed an interest in the field of protein homeostasis and a curiosity about how aging cells cope with the perpetual accumulation of damaged and dysfunctional proteins. Jaime joined the M.D./Ph.D. program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and explored the connection between autophagy and metabolism in the context of aging for her thesis studies. Under the direction of Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo, she uncovered a novel mechanism by which regulated protein degradation modulates hepatic metabolic processes. Jaime is now a resident physician in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the physician-scientist pathway.
Richard Ramonell was born in Birmingham, Alabama but was raised in sunny South Florida. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida before crossing enemy lines and attending Florida State University for medical school. In medical school, he met his wife on the first day and they were fortunate enough to match as a couple into Emory University (he trained in Internal Medicine, she trained in General Surgery). Following the completion of his Internal Medicine Residency, he was selected to be a Chief Medical Resident at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has now started a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University and hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine.