Stephanie (Lutter) Fritz, MD, MSCI, Principal Investigator
Stephanie grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. She then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin for her medical school training and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She came to Washington University for fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases where she was inspired by the rich research environment and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. For her outstanding research, she has received the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award and the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association Resident/Fellow Alumni Achievement Award. Stephanie is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of clinician scientists! She is the co-director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship program and the co-director of the Summer Program for Pediatric and Research Careers (SPPARC). She was thrilled to receive the Washington University 2021 Clinical Research Training Center Mentor of the Year Award. Her outside interests include cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball teams, hiking, planning Disney vacations, playing board games, and volunteering with Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue.

Mary Boyle, RN, MSN, CCRC, Research Nurse Coordinator
Mary attended Saint Louis University where she graduated from the School of Nursing with a BSN and an MSN in the Nursing of Children. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC). She has worked as a research coordinator at Washington University for over 20 years. She has 3 children and likes to run, swim, practice yoga and hike at National Parks.

Nahla Nassar, MBBCh, MPH, MHA
Nahla was born and raised in Egypt. She attended medical school and earned her Master of Public Health degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She subsequently conducted multiple research studies focused on patient safety. Nahla relocated to the U.S. several years ago and subsequently earned her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Webster University. In her free time, Nahla loves to play tennis, travel, and spend time biking or hiking with her family.

Kyle Whittington, Medical Student, TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program
Kyle grew up in Southern Illinois and earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is now a medical student at SIU School of Medicine, taking a year off after his third year to participate in the TL1 Program at Washington University. During this year he is excited to take part in clinical research with a focus on rural health and purse a masters degree. He's a huge NBA fan, St. Louis sports supporter and willing participant in any game that keeps score.

Lauren Norton, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator
Lauren graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College with a BS in Chemistry. She moved to St. Louis in 2018 to attend Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice and graduated in May of 2020 with a Master of Public Health and a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She enjoys taking her dog to the park, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Rinat Tal, Clinical Research Aide
Rinat graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment and minors in Biology and Medical Humanities. She is continuing her studies with the goal of attending medical school in the next few years. Her interests and previous experience have centered around maternal and child health. When she is not working or studying, Rinat enjoys singing, cooking and spending time in Forest Park.

Lisa Berry, Research Technician
Lisa graduated from Greenville College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She continued her studies at Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health and received a certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science. In addition to working in the Fritz Lab, she has worked in the Clinical Bacteriology Lab at St. Louis Children's Hospital for 20 years. She truly enjoys working along side with the Infectious Disease physician's. When not in the lab, she spends lots of quality time with her son Caleb and MissyAnn her adorable cat, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Hunter, Master of Public Health Intern
Emily graduated from the University of Miami in 2018 with a BS in Biology. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at Saint Louis University with joint concentrations in epidemiology and behavioral science and health education. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in clinical research and mix her biology background with newfound epidemiology skills. She is eager to join the Fritz lab and learn more about how community health and infectious diseases intersect. Emily's hobbies include reading thriller novels, hanging out in Forest Park and trying new STL restaurants with her friends.

Chris O’Connor, Master of Public Health Intern
Chris grew up in the far off suburbs of Chicago (fan of all Chicago teams except the White Sox). He received his BS and MA in Biology from Drake University. From there he went on for his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently enrolled in the MPH program at Washington University in St. Louis with an emphasis in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. When he’s not studying/working, he enjoys playing with his twin boys and occasionally picks up the guitar and will sing a song or two (sometimes in front of other people).

Samik Partha, Pediatric Summer Research Program Participant
Samik grew up in Madison, WI, and is a huge Milwaukee Bucks fan. He is currently an undergraduate at Washington University as part of the University Scholars Program in Medicine and is majoring in biology and minoring in anthropology: global health. In the future, he looks forward to attending Washington University School of Medicine and exploring his interests in infectious diseases, cancer biology and immunology. Outside of work, Samik enjoys singing, riding his bike and volunteering at local food pantries.

Lauren Hunstad, Pediatric Summer Research Program Participant
Lauren grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she is majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology. She is planning on a future career in biomedical research. At Drake, she is involved with Kappa Kappa Gamma and Women In STEM. Outside of school, her hobbies include reading, spending time with her family and friends, and going on walks with her dog.

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