Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Neha Agnihotri 

Jasmine Bess


Jasmine Bess is from Columbia, South Carolina. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduation in the Spring of 2022, she plans to venture into medical school and become an Obstetrician Gynecologist. When Jasmine was eight years old her Mother battled breast cancer. While going through the journey of her Mother overcoming breast cancer this sparked her interest in women’s health. On campus, Jasmine serves on the executive board for the Student Ambassadors Program, a member of Minorities in Medicine, and works as a stockroom attendant for the chemistry department. At MUSC Jasmine took part in the Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine Program (SM3). Aside from school Jasmine works as a certified nursing assistant and has recently cared for numerous Coronavirus patients during the summer of 2020.

Elise Courtney


Elise Courtney is from Jacksonville, Florida. She is a Business Administration major and will graduate from the Honors College in 2022 with plans to attend law school after. Elise is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and volunteers with the Charleston Humane Society in her free time. She is interested in providing healthcare to disadvantaged women and improving women’s health initiatives in her community.

Kaitlyn Diaz

Brooke Emery

Shira Finke

Jack Golder

Lauren Kendall Graham

Regan Gregory

Brooke Harris


Brooke Harris is originally from Bettendorf, IA and is pursuing a B.A. in Biology. She is a member of the Honors College and plans to graduate in 2022. Brooke plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a Physician's Assistant. Her interests in women's health include the challenges women are facing regarding pregnancy and fertility. Aside from her studies, Brooke participates in Women's Volleyball and Beach Volleyball for the College of Charleston. 

Raven King


Raven King is originally from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is majoring in Biochemistry, with minors in Biomedical Physics and Business Administration, and anticipates to graduate Spring 2022. Her interest in women’s health stems from her career goal in becoming a dermatologist. Raven plans to graduate from the Honors College and continue her education through medical school. Outside of class, she’s a volunteer for the Green Heart Project at Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood.

Maddy Landa

Mary Lightsey


Mary Lightsey is from Lexington, South Carolina. She is a Public Health major and a member of the Honors College. She plans to graduate in Spring 2022 and attend graduate school. Mary first became interested in healthcare and public health when she was diagnosed as a Type One Diabetic at 15 years old. She is passionate about women’s health, LGBTQ+ health, mental health, and healthcare reform and hopes to explore these things in her future career. Mary also loves writing, cooking, reading, and making art.

Liza Malcolm


Charlotte Marchell


Charlotte Marchell is a biology major pursuing minors in neuroscience and Spanish. She plans to graduate from CofC in 2023 and hopes to attend medical school. Charlotte is also a peer facilitator, a member of AED and a member of the Chucktown Trippintones. She is passionate about educating her community about women's health issues and is excited to be a part of the WHRT. 

Margaret Munz

Margaret Munz is from Califon, NJ. She is a biology major with chemistry and Spanish minors. She plans to graduate from the Honors college at CofC in 2021. She is a volunteer at the MUSC ER, a member of biology club and AED at COFC. She is also treasurer of Spanish club. She plans to pursue a career in medicine, hopefully emergency medicine. Her interest in the Women's health research team comes from a passion for medicine and community betterment. 

Samantha Petillo

Haylee Rikard


Haylee Rikard is a current resident of Whitmire, South Carolina. She is majoring in Biology and Classics, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2023. She hopes to attend medical school after graduation with the goal of becoming an intensivist. She is a member of AED, the College’s pre-health honors society. Her interests in women’s health come from a lifelong love of medicine and a desire to be an advocate for her future patients.

Emily Ritter


Emily Ritter is from Indianapolis, Indiana and plans to graduate in 2021 from the Honors College with a Biology major and a Psychology minor. Emily became interested in the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the WHRT. She hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant one day. She is also a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity, the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, and the Rho Lambda Sorority Leadership Society on campus. 

Emory Stauber


Emory Stauber is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is a Senior Women’s and Gender Studies major with a minor in Medical Humanities. Emory is specifically interested in reproductive justice and access to healthcare for all humans. So far, his research has focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the LGBTQ+ community. He also has a love of animals, placing him to work at Pounce Cat Cafe while finishing up his degree.

Mallory Watford


Mallory Watford is from Miami, FL and plans to graduate in 2021 from the Honors College with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Spanish. Her interest in women's rights and in medicine lead her to a passion for women's health. She has shadowed with a dermatologist and completed a year as a research assistant at MUSC. After her time at the College of Charleston, she hopes to continue her involvement with women's health by going to medical school and doing volunteer work with the Peace Corp.

Duncan Weller


Duncan Weller is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a Public Health major and Chemistry minor at the College. He plans to attend medical school and become a physician after graduating. Duncan is also involved in the REACH Program, AXE, and CofC EMS.