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Brittany Whitley, PhD

Executive Director
(573) 340-5738
brittany@mostpolicyinitiative.org

Brittany earned her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Washington- Seattle. Prior to her dissertation research, she completed her B.S. in Neuroscience at Bucknell University and served for two years at the National Institutes for Health as a post-baccalaureate research fellow. Brittany has worked enthusiastically to promote science accessibility for both policymakers and the public- as a Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center, Life Science Interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium and Policy Director for the UW Graduate and Professional Senate. She is eager to work with legislators, scientists and other stakeholders to support evidence-based policy making in Missouri.

Zachary Miller, PhD

Program Coordinator
(314) 308-5755
zachary@mostpolicyinitiative.org

Zachary Miller earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) where he worked with Dr. Lauren Sullivan to investigate climate change impacts on pollination ecology. Using alpine ecosystems as study sites, Miller used novel acoustic techniques alongside long-term climate and floral data to understand how shifts in climate affect bumblebee health and pollination services. His work helped to demonstrate the viability of alternative, non-lethal methods for studying important pollinators. Miller is passionate about science outreach and education. He worked on an NIH SEPA grant with MU’s Linking Science & Literacy for All Learners to develop and implement middle school science curricula, and he presently serves on the executive team of Science on Wheels, an MU-based science outreach organization. After graduation, Miller seeks a career at the intersection of science and policy in Missouri. Prior to MU, Miller served as a Sustainable Agriculture Extensionist in the United States Peace Corps in Paraguay and earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Truman State University.

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Sarah Anderson, PhD

Human Services & Public Safety Fellow
573-340-9112
sarah@mostpolicyinitiative.org

Cohort Year: 2022-23

Sarah earned her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Campbell University in 2017 and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2022. Her dissertation researched the potential of dental pulp-derived stem cells, a source of adult stem cells, as a therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Sarah spent her time in graduate school, when not in the lab, serving on the Graduate Student Association committee and volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters. This time taught her that she valued community, learning about science, and talking about science. Her passion for science communication led her to the MOST fellowship, and she is excited to work with legislators and scientists to bring the best information forward for the people of Missouri.

Tomotaroh Granzier-Nakajima, PhD

Energy and Environment Policy Fellow
(573) 340-5009
tomotaroh@mostpolicyinitiative.org

Cohort Year: 2021-22

Tomotaroh (Tomy) Granzier-Nakajima earned a PhD in Physics from Pennsylvania State University in 2021. His dissertation work was primarily focused on the modification of the electronic and electrocatalytic properties of graphene via strain and heteroatom doping. He is also a member of COPA-STEP, a science policy group seeking to bridge the gap between the scientific community and policy makers in Pennsylvania. Tomy earned a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arizona, and covers legislative policy topics related to energy and the environment.

Ramon Martinez III, PhD

Health & Mental Health Policy Fellow
(573) 316-5262
ramon@mostpolicyinitiative.org

Cohort Year: 2021-22

Ramon earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as a B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He then moved across the country to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to further pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. His dissertation work focused on novel therapeutic agents that can selectively regulate cell signaling, which may prove a promising alternative to current standard cancer therapies. Ramon was involved in the NIH’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program that focused on helping diverse scientists bring their skills to biomedical research, and was an active member of the student government in graduate school. These experiences got him interested in promoting science accessibility, which he looks forward to working on as a MOST Fellow.

MOST Alumni

Jenny Bratburd, PhD

PhD | Transportation, Public Safety, and Energy Policy Fellow

Jill Barnas, PhD

Human Services, Corrections, and Public Safety Policy Fellow

Josh Mueller, PhD

Deputy Director

Elena Bickell, PhD

Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, and Economic Development Policy Fellow

Ngozi Ndekwu, MBBS

LSEN Coordinator

Rachel K. Owen, PhD

Former Executive Director

Hannah Elder, MS

Data Management & Policy Fellow

Dan English, MS

Local Science Engagement Network Coordinator

Alan Moss, PhD

Education & Workforce Development Policy Fellow
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