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Faculty Feature Amanda Kolmar

Amanda grew up in Westfield, New Jersey (yes, the same 30,000-person town as the nephrology attending Brian Stotter). She attended Westfield High School (apparently where you went to high school is important in St. Louis?) and spent much of high school pretending to play the clarinet in marching band. She …

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Faculty Feature Brian Stotter

Brian Stotter, MD, grew up in Westfield, NJ, a suburb of New York City, in an era when grunge rock, bowl haircuts, and Beanie Babies were all the rage. During his formative years, Brian developed a distinct curiosity about the world around him and was fascinated by science. Much of …

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Faculty Feature Anthony Orvedahl

Anthony Orvedahl, MD, PhD, was born in Denver, CO. He is the product of a professionally eclectic family: his father worked in the aerospace industry; mother was a homemaker and administrative assistant; older brother an accomplished comedian; and younger brother a woodworker. His paternal grandfather designed one of the earliest …

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Faculty Feature William Orr

Dr. William Orr, “Billy,” was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, actress Kim Basinger, actor Jeff Daniels, and the bands R.E.M., Widespread Panic and the B-52s.  He is the son of Dr. William Orr, a practicing Psychiatrist, and Victoria, a former nurse.  His …

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Faculty Feature Danielle Alfano

Danielle grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee with her parents, Gino and Renee, and younger brother, Michael. Growing up, Danielle was an avid gymnast, cheerleader and pianist. Her love of science was first inspired by her high school AP Biology teacher, Ms. Bamberg and while volunteering in …

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Faculty Feature Jorge Di Paola

Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina Jorge had 2 passions that would ultimately determine the direction of his personal and professional life: 1) science, that was cultivated by his late father, a medical doctor who took him almost weekly to the Natural History Museum of Buenos Aires, which has several …

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Faculty Feature Kristine Wylie

Kristine Wylie grew up in Wood River, Illinois. Her primary childhood occupations were riding her bike all over town with friends, swimming at the local pool, reading books from the library, and fighting with her younger sister (not necessarily in that order). Her grandparents bought her first microscope and chemistry …

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Faculty Feature Cece Calhoun

Cece Calhoun is a native of Detroit, MI and after 5 years in St. Louis still considers Michigan her home. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Michigan where she majored in Afro-American studies. She then went back to her birth city to attend medical school at Wayne …

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Faculty Feature Abby Green

Abby grew up in Iowa City and trained herself to say “soda” instead of “pop” when she moved to Boston for college. As an undergraduate at Tufts University, she enjoyed the northeast (mainly the Boston winters and aggressive driving) so decided to stay close after graduation. She matriculated at the …

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Faculty Feature Kim Liss

Kim Liss grew up as the oldest of three girls in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. Her parents emigrated from China in the 1980s and settled in Chicago. Her father is a chef and her mother worked as an assembly line worker at a motor parts factory. As the first …