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Meet the team: Alex Brinker

Meet the team: Alex Brinker
Written by Alex Brinker

Hello, everyone!

My name is Alex Brinker.

I recently graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from IUPUI with a focus in medicine. I have been working in Dr. Kacena’s lab since my sophomore year (soon to be five years).

Working in the lab has furthered my understanding of the complex world encompassing scientific research, as well as provided opportunities for professional and personal development.  I originally planned on obtaining my Master’s degree and becoming a research assistant, however after all of my research experiences with Dr. Kacena in both research and clinical fields, I have now decided to pursue medical school. I am studying to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in May.

As for my work in the lab, I am deeply involved in our bone healing and muscle function studies with porcine models, assisting in staff coordination and data analyses. I also participate in our mouse research which include diabetic studies and pain studies. Moving forward I hope to stay involved in the lab and play a more integral role in the studies prior to entering medical school.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a communications coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she supports the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology. Having earned degrees in journalism and telecommunications from Ball State University, Caitlin worked for newspapers in Indiana and Michigan before joining the Office of Strategic Communications. Her goal is to use creative writing and marketing to effectively share stories about the important work happening within the school.